Who won Jeopardy! tonight, March 1?

"Jeopardy!" set (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
"Jeopardy!" set (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images) /

Jeopardy! kicked off March with a brand new episode on Tuesday night. Returning champion Christine Whelchel returned to put her four-game winning streak on the line.

Whelchel entered Tuesday’s game with cash winnings totaling $73, 601. Not bad for the piano teacher and church organist from Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Tonight, she took on two more challengers. Her competition included Margaret Shelton, a homemaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Stefan Stenroos, a technical trainer from Aliso Viejo, California.

Who won Jeopardy! tonight?

Things got off to a much different start for Christine Whelchel than when we last saw her. The “Jeopardy!” round finished with Margaret Shelton in the lead at $4,800. Whelchel was in second with $3,400 and Stefan Stenroos in third with $3,000.

The order stayed the same through “Double Jeopardy!.” However, Whelchel and Shelton ran away from Stenroos. After two rounds, Shelton had $13,600, Whelchel had $10,600, and Stenroos had $1,800.

In “Final Jeopardy!,” all three contestants answered correctly. Margaret Shelton made enough of a wager to maintain her lead and become the new Jeopardy! champion.

What was tonight’s Final Jeopardy! question?

It had been some time since we saw all three players answer the final clue correctly. Here it is, in the category “The Silver Screen”:

He was the first actor to star in 3 films that won the Oscar for Best Picture: those of 1934, 1935 & 1939

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Answer: Who is Clark Gable?

The films in question? It Happened One NightMutiny on the Bounty, and Gone with the Wind.

Who won Jeopardy! tonight, March 1?

Here’s how the final standings ended up for Tuesday, March 1, 2022:

1. Margaret Shelton: $16,600
2. Christine Whelchel: $14,600
3. Stefan Stenroos: $3,599

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Were you surprised to see Christine lose tonight? How do you think Margaret will be as a Jeopardy! champion? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.