Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 8, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, February 8, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: NATIONAL ANTHEMS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: In her memoirs Queen Liliuokalani tells us that before Hawaii had its own national anthem, it used this one

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kirstin Cutts, a graduate student from Austin, Texas
Carl Falstrom, an immigration attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana
Jody Jabbora, a retired postal clerk from Las Vegas, Nevada (1-day total: $25,600)


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What is “God Save The King” or (“God Save The Queen”)?


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“God Save The King” (or, “God Save The Queen” when the monarch was female), in spite of it being British, was used by the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1810 to 1860. In 1860, Kamehameha IV ran a contest to set the tune to Hawaiian lyrics, and it became “E Ola Ke Alii Ke Akua”. Later, “He Mele Lahui Hawaii” and “Hawaii Ponoi” became anthems.

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14 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 8, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | February 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Carl $12,800
    Kirstin $10,800
    Jody $9,400

    Final results:
    Jody $9,400 – $3,200 = $6,200 (What is Aloha Oy?)
    Kirstin $10,800 + $201 = $11,001 (What is God Save The Queen?) (1-day total: $11,001)
    Carl $12,800 – $8,801 = $3,999 (What is Aloha Oe?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Carl $6,200
    Jody $3,000
    Kirstin $2,400

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) THE BOOK OF PROVERBS $800 (12th pick)
    Kirstin 2600 +1000 (Jody 1200 Carl 1000)

    2) AN “F” IN GEOGRAPHY $1200 (5th pick)
    Carl 7800 +3000 (Jody 3800 Kirstin 2400)
    3) 19th CENTURY BUSINESSMEN $1600 (15th pick)
    Carl 12400 -4000 (Jody 7400 Kirstin 4400)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: HISTORIC AUTOMOBILES $800 & $1000
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $1,800

    Game Stats:
    Kirstin $10,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer
    Jody $9,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer
    Carl $15,000 Coryat, 23 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.64% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $10,600
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct clues): $6,200

    Jody Jabbora, final stats:
    32 correct
    6 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    27.27% in first on buzzer (30/110)
    Average Coryat: $11,100

    Kirstin Cutts, stats to date:
    13 correct
    3 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55)
    Average Coryat: $10,600

    Kirstin Cutts, to win:
    2 games: 34.94%
    3: 12.21%
    4: 4.27%
    5: 1.49%
    6: 0.52%
    Avg. streak: 1.537 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible Tournament of Champions): $23,839


    • In between the first break and the last Daily Double, Carl was in first on the buzzer 16/26. Outside of that: 8/29.
    • Thank you to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
  2. answer on this web site is wrong

    • Andy Saunders | February 8, 2017 at 9:07 pm |

      See the explanation above in the post and to Joe’s comment above as to why it is not wrong.

  3. The answer to the final jeopardy was wrong. You have god save the king. The answer on the show was god save the queen.

    • Andy Saunders | February 8, 2017 at 9:06 pm |

      “God Save The King” and “God Save The Queen” are the same song. In actual fact, “God Save The King” is more correct as they had a king at the time it was used in Hawaii.

  4. Would the British National Anthem have qualified as the correct answer on Final Jeopardy tonight?

    • Andy Saunders | February 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm |

      I’m really not sure. I could see the judges accepting it, but I could see them not doing so either.

      • I’m inclined to say “no,” given the precedent of Rebecca Press Schwartz’s “the founder of the Girl Scouts” being ruled wrong in Game 7019.

        I missed it, and didn’t see it in your live Tweets, but caught by eagle-eared JBoard commenters – the judges whiffed by accepting Kirstin’s response of “Their Eyes Are Watching God” on the penultimate clue of Double Jeopardy. That said, I see no realistic ground for relief for either of her opponents, as neither the judges nor we can speculate as to wagers had Kirstin’s score been reduced by $3,200.

        • Andy Saunders | February 9, 2017 at 6:45 am |


          Even with the score reduction, I am confident to say that because she still would have been in score-contention, Kirstin would still have won the game due to her being the only player to provide a correct response to Final Jeopardy.

  5. Andrena G. Dancer | February 8, 2017 at 11:21 pm |

    Kristen Cutts gave an incorrect answer regarding the title of the 1937 novel by Zora Neale Hurston. Kristen answered: “Their Eyes ARE Watching God”. The correct title is: “Their Eyes WERE Watching God”. The judges did not detect or correct the error, which may have affected the outcome of the game.

    • Andy Saunders | February 9, 2017 at 6:42 am |

      Regardless of whether or not she received credit, Kirstin was the only player to get Final Jeopardy in a game in which she would have been absolutely in score-contention to win.

      It decidedly did not affect the ultimate outcome of the game.

  6. Andy Saunders | February 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm |

    Regarding “Their Eyes…Watching God”:

    Over on JBoard, there has been a good analysis done of the response, including a slow-motion video.

    Taking that into account, this was certainly, in my opinion, a judgement call by the judges, and one that I am not inclined to disagree with at that. I would say that at the very least that we have a case of “the replay is inconclusive, the original call on the field stands”.

    That being said: Even if the scores stood at 12,800 – 9,400 – 7,600 going into Final Jeopardy, Kirstin was still the only player to get Final Jeopardy! correct, and the scores were such that I have to take the viewpoint that she would have won the game regardless.

  7. There was a Jeopardy clue this past week on “Reparations”.
    What was the question/answer?

    • Andy Saunders | February 11, 2017 at 10:49 am |

      It came up on Tuesday, February 7.

      NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY $600: In 1693 people jailed for this in Salem were finally free; families later got reparations
      Correct response: What is witchcraft?

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