Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (2023)

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Novelists) for Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (Season 39, Game 138):

He served with an airman named Yohannan in World War II & despite what readers might think, he said he enjoyed his service

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Zach Wissner-Gross, a vice president of math curriculum from Roslyn Heights, New York
Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (1)
Karen Morris, a veterinary student from Christiansburg, Virginia
Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (2)
Melissa Klapper, a professor from Merion Station, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $42,400)
Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (3)

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Two-day champion Melissa Klapper goes for victory number three tonight; Zach Wissner-Gross and Karen Morris are your two challengers. Melissa is a very strong player, as strong as recent octochamp Stephen Webb in terms of scoring in the main game. She’s definitely a player worthy of a Tournament of Champions spot; hopefully, she’ll be able to win enough to qualify!

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Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22, said in a 1974 letter, “How did I feel about the war when I was in it? Much differently than Yossarian felt and much differently than I felt when I wrote the novel … In truth I enjoyed it and so did just about everyone else I served with, in training and even in combat.” This might come as a surprise to readers of Catch-22, which was a satirical novel designed to lampoon both war and the military-industrial complex.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Possessive Lit; Long-Lived Critters; Around The House; 4-Letter Sports Terms; Apply The Rainbow Color; At “Last”)

Melissa lost half her score on the first Daily Double; this gave Karen the lead after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Karen 5 correct 0 incorrect
Melissa 4 correct 1 incorrect
Zach 3 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Karen 10 correct 0 incorrect
Melissa 7 correct 1 incorrect
Zach 9 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: 1963; Making Music; Move That T From Front To Back; Resilience; Plateaus; Hans, Solo)

Interestingly, both Daily Doubles were at the $800 level; they thus came out very late in Double Jeopardy! Karen got to them both, finding the second when in a guaranteed runaway position at that point. However, she bet $10,000—and her inability to come up with a response nearly halved her score. This brought both Melissa and Zach back into play; scores going into Final were Karen at $11,400, Melissa at $8,700, and Zach at $7,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Karen 21 correct 4 incorrect
Melissa 14 correct 3 incorrect
Zach 15 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

Zach and Melissa got Final correct; unfortunately, Karen did not–Melissa’s run continues after a shocking result; she’s a 3-day champion now with winnings $59,100! She’ll go for win #4 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, March 22, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Karen $11,400
Melissa $8,700
Zach $7,200

Tonight’s results:

Zach $7,200 + $0 = $7,200 (Who is Keller Heller?)
Melissa $8,700 + $8,000 = $16,700 (Who is Heller?) (3-day total: $59,100)
Karen $11,400 – $6,001 = $5,399 (Who is Hunter S. Thompson)

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Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Karen $6,200
Melissa $3,500
Zach $2,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) APPLY THE RAINBOW COLOR $800 (clue #12)
Melissa 3000 -1500 (Karen 3600 Zach 400)
2) PLATEAUS $800 (clue #21)
Karen 14600 +6000 (Melissa 7100 Zach 6000)
3) HANS, SOLO $800 (clue #25, $2400 left on board)
Karen 21800 -10000 (Melissa 7100 Zach 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -55

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Melissa 3 4 5 2 4*
Karen 3 4 4 5 5
Zach 3 4

DJ! Round:
Melissa 5 5 5 5 3 2
Karen 4 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 2 2* 1 2 2*
Zach 3 4 4 3 1

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Melissa 3.91
Zach 3.14
Karen 3.42

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 16 (0.12 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Melissa $10,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Zach $7,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Karen $16,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,600
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800

Melissa Klapper, career statistics:

58 correct, 6 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (54/171)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,500)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Karen Morris, career statistics:

21 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Zach Wissner-Gross, career statistics:

16 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Melissa Klapper, to win:

4 games: 61.509%
5: 37.833%
6: 23.271%
7: 14.314%
8: 8.804%
Avg. streak: 4.598 games.

Today’s interviews:

Zach knew that being able to solve a hard math problem is how he knew he was “back” from anesthesia.
Karen had to schedule her appearance around birthing pregnant cows.
Melissa had a student who went “I didn’t know [a paper] was plagiarized when I bought it”.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • On the final Daily Double, any bet of $2,799 or less would have guaranteed victory then and there.
  • Today’s box score: March 22, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Karen $11,400 Melissa $8,700 Zach $7,200)

Melissa: Because you can’t both cover Zach and win a Triple Stumper, you might as well go all in and force Karen to cover. (Actual bet: $8,000)

Karen: Standard cover bet over Melissa is $6,001. (Actual bet: $6,001)

Zach: Limit your bet to $1,799 and stay ahead of Karen if she misses Final. (Actual bet: $0)

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