Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 15, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, February 15, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Shortly before its demise, it had split into “Conscience” & “Cotton” factions

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Clarissa Santori, a senior at Northeastern University from Ellicott City, Maryland
Mari Hanley, a junior at Stetson University from Lighthouse Point, Florida
Alex Bourzutschky, a junior at the California Institute of Technology from Potomac, Maryland


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What is the Whig Party?


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The Whig party separated into these two factions over slavery; the Conscience faction was morally opposed to it, while the Cotton faction was not. After the demise of the Whigs, many Conscience Whigs ended up becoming part of the newly-formed Republican Party.

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3 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 15, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Alex $20,000
    Clarissa $18,000
    Mari $8,200

    Final results:
    Mari $8,200 + $8,001 = $16,201
    Clarissa $18,000 – $4,000 = $14,000 (What is the Free Soil Party?)
    Alex $20,000 + $3,599 = $23,599 (Automatic semifinalist)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Clarissa $7,600
    Mari $4,600
    Alex $2,800

    Wild Card standings:
    Monday: Lilly Chin, $24,399 ($20,000, $7,200)
    Tuesday: Viraj Mehta, $23,000 ($23,000, $8,200)
    Wednesday: Alex Bourzutschky, $23,599 ($20,000, $2,800)
    1) Netanel Paley $18,000 (99.988%) ($15,600, $4,200)
    2) Mari Hanley $16,201 (98.355%) (8,200, $4,600)
    3) Clarissa Santori $14,000 (70.275%) ($18,000, $7,600)
    4) Jennifer Katz $12,100 (14.768%) ($6,100, $3,800)

    5) Hannah Whisnant $1 ($7,000, $4,400)
    6) Esteban Fernandez $0 ($7,400, $4,200)

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) SHAKESPEAREAN YARD SALE $800 (7th pick)
    Mari 1600 +1600 (Adam 600 Clarissa 200)

    2) BIG ISLANDS $1600 (4th pick)
    Adam 4400 +4400 (Clarissa 8000 Mari 3000)
    3) ACRONYMS & ABBREVIATIONS $1200 (24th pick)
    Adam 16800 +2000 (Clarissa 13600 Mari 8600)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $0

    Game Stats:
    Alex $16,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    Mari $7,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Clarissa $18,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash:
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct clues): $6,000

    Alex Bourzutschky, stats to date:
    21 correct
    2 incorrect
    2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,400)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    29.82% in first on buzzer (18/57)
    Average Coryat: $16,400

    Mari Hanley, stats to date:
    16 correct
    6 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
    Average Coryat: $7,400

    Clarissa Santori, stats to date:
    21 correct
    1 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
    Average Coryat: $18,000

  2. I believe there was an error in scoring in this game. For the $200 box under “EV”erything, Alex answered, What is review? He was deemed incorrect. Another player answered, What is evaluation? After the commercial, Alex’s response was accepted. Both responses were good, but Alex’s did not start with EV.

    • “Review” contains the letters “EV”, which fits the confines of the category, as Alex did not specifically state the the word had to start with EV.

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