Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (2023)

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Epitaphs) for Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (Season 38, Game 128):

Her epitaph, from a 1925 poem by her, ends, “She knows that her dust is very pretty”; “dust” was in another she wrote for herself

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sallie Bieterman, an actor & museum educator originally from Seattle, Washington
Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (1)
Shelley Vinyard, an environmental advocate from Washington, DC
Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (2)
Maureen O’Neil, an executive assistant from Rye Beach, New Hampshire (2-day total: $21,000)
Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (3)

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: New Hampshire’s Maureen O’Neil won her second game yesterday, rebounding from her $2,200 total on Monday with $18,800 yesterday. Today’s challengers are Shelley Vinyard from DC and Sallie Bieterman originally from Seattle.

Another thought I had, which came about from Ken saying “No harm, no foul” after all three players got a clue incorrect on yesterday’s show: in my opinion, “no harm, no foul, you all lost the same amount” is a more egregious statement to make in a Jeopardy! context than “Single Jeopardy” is. Because everyone losing the same amount of money, in most cases, affects the proportionality of the scores, one player is inherently harmed more from it, as it may lead to one or more players being in a worse position in Final Jeopardy.

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Correct response: Who is Dorothy Parker?

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American humorist Dorothy Parker, a famed member of the Algonquin Round Table, ended her 1925 poem “Epitaph for a Darling Lady” with “She knows that her dust is very pretty”. Her more famous self-written epitaph: “Excuse my dust”.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: In Recent News, The Apollo Program, Literary Character Spoilers, Furniture, 3-Letter Movie Titles, “Cat” Got Your Tongue

Maureen went 3/5 in 3-LETTER MOVIE TITLES in the opening segment and parlayed that into a $3,000 lead after the opening 15 clues.

Post-interviews, Sallie found the Daily Double immediately, but couldn’t even hazard a guess; meanwhile, Shelley had a strong back half of the round, and nearly caught Maureen by the end of it.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: So That’s What They Looked Like, From the State Song, 3 Consecutive Consonants, Dynasties of China, Names in Pop Culture, Eponymou Body Parts

Unfortunately for Shelley, she was unable to identify Grandma Moses, and sunk $4,000 on a Daily Double. She recovered to take the lead midway through Double Jeopardy. However, Sallie picked up the final Daily Double—getting this one correct—and Maureen picked up the final three clues to take a slim lead going into Final. Scores going into Final were Maureen at $9,000, Shelley at $8,800, and Sallie at $1,500.

Methodical play, and 16 Triple Stumpers, among our players today led to six unplayed clues—but at least they were at the $200 and $400 levels?

In Final, Maureen was able to solve what a lot of people in the comments weren’t able to in a single-solve Final Jeopardy, becoming a 3-day champion!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, March 9, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Maureen $9,000
Shelley $8,800
Sallie $1,500

Tonight’s results:
Sallie $1,500 – $100 = $1,400 (Who is Edna St. Vincent Millay?)
Shelley $8,800 – $4,000 = $4,800 (What is Plath?)
Maureen $9,000 + $9,000 = $18,000 (Who Dorothy Parker?) (3-day total: $39,000)

Today's Final Jeopardy - Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (4)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Maureen $3,800
Shelley $3,200
Sallie $200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Sallie 1400 -1400 (Maureen 4400 Shelley 1000)
Shelley 5200 -4000 (Maureen 6600 Sallie 200)
3) DYNASTIES OF CHINA $1600 (clue #22, $6000 left on board)
Sallie 1000 +500 (Maureen 6600 Shelley 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -152

Unplayed clues:
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 44 (0.34 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Maureen $9,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.49% in first on buzzer (13/51), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Shelley $12,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.45% in first on buzzer (14/51), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Sallie $4,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 21.57% in first on buzzer (11/51), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,800
Lach Trash: $20,400 (on 16 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Maureen O’Neil, career statistics:
47 correct, 6 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
27.85% in first on buzzer (44/158)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,533

Shelley Vinyard, career statistics:
13 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
27.45% in first on buzzer (14/51)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Sallie Bieterman, career statistics:
10 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
21.57% in first on buzzer (11/51)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$900)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

Maureen O’Neil, to win:
4 games: 27.152%
5: 7.372%
6: 2.002%
7: 0.544%
8: 0.148%
Avg. streak: 3.373 games.

Today’s interviews:
Sallie got an unexpected raccoon guest at her birthday.
Shelley rode a bike from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK in college.
Maureen has attended 5 different colleges.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • While going all-in from the lead isn’t as egregious in a game this close, because if you’re betting to cover, you’re probably going to lose anyway if you’re wrong, it’s probably still best to bet as little as you need, just in case.
  • Kudos to WXVT for sticking with Jeopardy! and not airing the Champions League pre-game show.

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:

Maureen: Standard cover bet here is $8,601.

Shelley: To stay ahead of Sallie, you should bet no more than $5,799.

Sallie: Your maximum bet today should be $1,099, to stay ahead of Maureen in case she’s wrong.

Link to the box score: March 9, 2022 Box Score

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