Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 28, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women in Mythology) for Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 123):

Poet & translator Anne Carson addresses her: “Your name in Greek means something like ‘against birth'”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Laura McLean, a data analyst from Nashville, Tennessee
Laura McLean on Jeopardy!
Garan Geist, a strategy consultant from Chicago, Illinois
Garan Geist on Jeopardy!
Maryann Penzvalto, a librarian from Cleveland, Ohio (2-day total: $28,602)
Maryann Penzvalto on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: Who is Antigone?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Antigone, the daughter-sister of Oedipus (thanks to Oedipus’ relationship with his mother Jocasta), was the subject of a play by Sophocles. Her brothers Eteocles and Polynices were supposed to share rule, but Eteocles refused to cede rule to his brothers, and Polynices was expelled. Polynices then attacked Thebes (known as Seven Against Thebes) and both brothers died. Antigone defied a ruling by the successor king Creon not to mourn Polynices’ death, and was ordered locked in a tomb, where she elected to hang herself.

Information about the Anne Carson translation, “Antigonick”, was described at Found in Translation.

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

Scores going into Final:
Laura $11,600
Garan $5,200
Maryann $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Maryann $4,200 + $4,199 = $8,399
Garan $5,200 – $3,201 = $1,999 (Who is Pandora)
Laura $11,600 + $1,199 = $12,799 (1-day total: $12,799)

Laura McLean, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 28, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Laura $5,400
Garan $2,200
Maryann $200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) RACKET BUSTERS $600 (27th pick)
Maryann 1200 -1000 (Laura 5400 Garan 2200)
2) WHERE “RU”? $2000 (8th pick)
Laura 9000 -3000 (Garan 3000 Maryann 600)
3) ODD-NUMBERED PHRASES $2000 (18th pick)
Garan 3800 +3000 (Laura 10000 Maryann 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -38

Unplayed clues:
Total $ Left On Board: $2,200

Game Stats:
Laura $14,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.54% in first on buzzer
Maryann $5,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.31% in first on buzzer
Garan $4,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $24,000
Lach Trash: $19,000 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Maryann Penzvalto, final stats:
44 correct, 8 incorrect
26.09% in first on buzzer (42/161)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,867

Laura McLean, stats to date:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
36.54% in first on buzzer (19/52)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Laura McLean, to win:
2 games: 38.84%
3: 15.08%
4: 5.86%
5: 2.27%
6: 0.88%
Avg. streak: 1.635 games.


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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 28, 2018"

  1. A little disappointed with the contestants and their knowledge of Native American history.

  2. How many games (in a row) now that we didn’t see all 61 clues?

  3. Call me crazy (some have), but I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict two correct responses…

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