Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 15, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Medieval Asia) for Thursday, February 15, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 114):

Though it means “one who serves”, in medieval Japan it was a property holder who received rent from serfs

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Shawn Ralston, a pediatrician from Hanover, New Hampshire
Shawn Ralston on Jeopardy!
Matt Stikker, a graphic designer & illustrator from Portland, Oregon
Matt Stikker on Jeopardy!
Rob Worman, an escalation manager from Edina, Minnesota (1-day total: $15,900)
Rob Worman on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is samurai?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

“Samurai”, who got the name “one who serves” because they also served as the warrior class in medieval Japan, were the second of four classes. The Shogun was at the top, who controlled the daimyo (numbering as many as 260 throughout Japan), who controlled their samurai, who in turn controlled the peasants.

Some also lived outside of the four-tier system, like the emperor, priests, monks, or others.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Rob $16,800
Shawn $14,000
Matt $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Matt $4,200 – $2,000 = $2,200 (Who is a daimyo?)
Shawn $14,000 – $9,500 = $4,500 (Who is Shogun)
Rob $16,800 – $11,201 = $5,599 (Who is a geish) (2-day total: $21,499)

Rob Worman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 15, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Rob $10,000
Shawn $3,200
Matt -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES $800 (21st pick)
Rob 4800 +4800 (Shawn 3200 Matt -1800)
2) COUNTRY NAME ORIGINS $2000 (10th pick)
Shawn 5600 +5600 (Rob 12400 Matt 2000)
3) THE CLINTON CABINET $1600 (23rd pick)
Shawn 12400 -4000 (Rob 16000 Matt 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 168
J! round: ON THEIR LIVE AID SETLIST $200, SYNONYM ROLL $600 & $800
DJ! Round: “I” CATCHING $400, MEDICATIONS $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,400

Game Stats:
Rob $12,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer
Shawn $14,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer
Matt $4,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600

Rob Worman, stats to date:
36 correct, 8 incorrect
32.67% in first on buzzer (33/101)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400

Rob Worman, to win:
3 games: 48.05%
4: 23.09%
5: 11.09%
6: 5.33%
7: 2.56%
Avg. streak: 2.925 games.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 15, 2018"

  1. Maurine Gutowski | February 15, 2018 at 10:27 am |

    I got it right away and my bet would be that all three did, too. I’ve studied Japanese and visited Japan (and Korea) when I was teaching at the University of Hawaii many years ago.

  2. I too got it right away, mainly because it was the only thing I could think of!

    • I didn’t get it right away or at all.

      • My guess was the same as Shawn’s (Shogun). Love Rob’s guess…geish(a). It certainly fits the “one who serves” part of the clue!

        • My first thought was shogun because of the property holder line, which is likely the trap that Shawn fell into. But I knew that didn’t mesh with the “one who serves” clue, which seemed a better fit for samurai, and since the clue implied a class that changed its focus over time, samurai made the most sense to me.

  3. Maurine Gutowski | February 15, 2018 at 2:25 pm |

    Roy, that was why I thought all 3 contestants would get it right. I’m surprised that the results won’t be posted before airing. Is this a new restriction or something? Tonight I can watch the whole program because choir practice is cancelled. It airs at 7:30 EST here.

    • Mark Barrett | February 15, 2018 at 2:31 pm |

      The early airing I get out of Alabama (7:30 a.m. my time) only had the J! round before a day after news update about the shooting. I had to wait for the next airing 2.5 hours later to see the show in its entirety. This delayed the usual report I send to Andy which makes it later in his day. Today’s email has been sent to him and I’m sure he will post the standard summary as soon as he can.

  4. Maurine Gutowski | February 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm |

    Thanks for the explanation. And, boy was I wrong! Nobody got it right!

  5. Seems like once a week a contestant loses only because he or she doesn’t make the right final jeopardy wager. Today, Shawn has to think “If Rob gets the answer right, he’ll win. But if he gets it wrong, he’ll wipe out and I am guaranteed to win (having more than 2x Matt’s total) as long as I don’t bet more than $5,600.” Alas, they are so smart until that final wager.

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