Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 26, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Name The Novel) for Monday, February 26, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 121):

“I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jonah Platt, a writer from Los Angeles, California
Jonah Platt on Jeopardy!
Maryann Penzvalto, a librarian from Cleveland, Ohio
Maryann Penzvalto on Jeopardy!
Alan Harrison, an administrative assistant from Seattle, Washington (2-day total: $23,710)
Alan Harrison on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is Frankenstein?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The quote comes from Chapter 5 of Mary Shelley’s 19th century classic novel Frankenstein, where Victor Frankenstein finally succeeds in bringing his monster to life. However, he is horrified by the eight-foot man he has created, and the shock sends him into a nervous breakdown.


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

Scores going into Final:
Alan $13,400
Maryann $11,800
Jonah $7,900


Tonight’s results:
Jonah $7,900 + $7,898 = $15,798
Maryann $11,800 + $4,001 = $15,801 (1-day total: $15,801)
Alan $13,400 – $10,201 = $3,199 (What is Pinocchio?)


Maryann Penzvalto, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 26, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonah $4,400
Maryann $1,800
Alan $200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE BOOK’S ORIGINAL LANGUAGE $600 (28th pick)
Jonah 2800 +1600 (Maryann 1800 Alan 200)
2) HAVE A GREAT ONE! $1600 (22nd pick)
Jonah 6800 -2500 (Maryann 11800 Alan 7800)
3) A LONG ELEVATOR RIDE $1600 (28th pick) ($2400 left on board)
Alan 9400 +4000 (Maryann 11800 Jonah 7900)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 63


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE BOOK’S ORIGINAL LANGUAGE $200 & $400
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $600


Game Stats:
Maryann $11,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
Jonah $9,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer
Alan $11,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,200
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,400


Alan Harrison, final stats:
56 correct, 11 incorrect
33.76% in first on buzzer (53/157)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,355)
0/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400


Maryann Penzvalto, stats to date:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800


Maryann Penzvalto, to win:
2 games: 39.50%
3: 15.61%
4: 6.16%
5: 2.44%
6: 0.96%
Avg. streak: 1.653 games.


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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 26, 2018"

  1. My favorite Frankenstein movie is The Bride of Frankenstein with Elsa Lancaster as the bride.

  2. Anyone else yell out loud in a very Gene Wilderian baritone after they read the clue?

  3. Tonight was the first time I’ve been able to watch Jeopardy! in two weeks — the 7:30 time slot in this area wasn’t affected by the NBC coverage but by an extra, silly “human interest” Olympics show that was produced by the local station’s parent company that frustrated many local Jeopardy” viewers. At any rate, it was difficult missing Jeopardy! for such a prolonged stretch, but thejeopardyfan kept me on top of what was happening. Thanks for keeping us informed, Andy!

  4. Yeah, good to be back to the 7:30 time slot. Here it was recording at 2:30 p.m. on my DVR. I could see where the champ was thrown off by the “lifeless thing that lay at my feet” part of the clue. Having only seen movies, I didn’t visualize the monster in that position. I almost second-guessed myself…

  5. Today everyone got the Final Jeopardy question incorrect. Even though the category was “Name that novel” the clue itself was a quote from the book. It spoke of the lifeless thing that lay at his feet. There is no way he could be laying at his own feet so the only correct answer could be the creature or the creature I had created. There is no way the correct answer could have been Frankenstein. All three contestants were therefore incorrect. Please write me back. This has been battling pet peeve of mine for the longest time and I believe it should be addressed. This is very important to me.

    • The category was “Name the novel”. The clue was a quote from the novel, and thus, the contestants had to name the novel.

      It’s the same as the “Name the 19th Century Work” from last season.

    • It’s similar to what would have happened had the category been the same, “Name that novel” with this clue: “It had previously come to me that this ivory leg had at sea been fashioned from the polished bone of the sperm whale’s jaw.”

      The clue describes Ahab — but Ahab would be an incorrect response, since the NOVEL is “Moby Dick.”

      Similarly, the clue did describe Frankenstein’s monster — but the category wanted the novel’s name, not the name of the character described.

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