Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American History) for Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 111):

After statesman & banker Robert Morris turned down a job offer from George Washington, this man took the job

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Danyelle Long-Hyland, a scientist from Ranson, West Virginia
Danyelle Long-Hyland on Jeopardy!
Kristyna Ng, a corporate strategist from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Kristyna Ng on Jeopardy!
Vinny Byju, a student from Cambridge, Massachusetts (1-day total: $3,399)
Vinny Byju on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Alexander Hamilton?


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After Congress authorized the creation of the Treasury Department, Washington first offered Robert Morris the secretaryship; Morris declined, however, recommending Alexander Hamilton instead for the job (Hamilton took the job, and the rest is history.) Hamilton ended up on the $10 bill and being the subject of a smash hit Lin-Manuel Miranda musical.


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

Scores going into Final:
Danyelle $9,800
Kristyna $9,200
Vinny $5,600


Tonight’s results:
Vinny $5,600 + $4,201 = $9,801
Kristyna $9,200 + $2,001 = $11,201
Danyelle $9,800 + $3,612 = $13,412 (1-day total: $13,412)


Danyelle Long-Hyland, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 11, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kristyna $5,000
Danyelle $4,200
Vinny $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TIME ZONE CITIES $1000 (21st pick)
Kristyna 2200 +2000 (Danyelle 3600 Vinny 0)
2) “M”EN OF THE PAST $1200 (9th pick)
Vinny 5800 -3000 (Danyelle 7800 Kristyna 7000)
3) I WRITE A SYMPHONY $1600 (12th pick)
Kristyna 8600 +1000 (Danyelle 7800 Vinny 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 51


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: DAY JOB VU $400; MAGIC IN LITERATURE $800; ITALIAN LOANWORDS IN ENGLISH $400 & $800; I WRITE A SYMPHONY $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 229 (2.04 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Danyelle $9,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.92% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Kristyna $8,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.15% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Vinny $8,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,200
Lach Trash: $16,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400


Vinny Byju, stats to date:
28 correct, 7 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
27.36% in first on buzzer (29/106)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Danyelle Long-Hyland, stats to date:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.92% in first on buzzer (14/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Danyelle Long-Hyland, to win:
2 games: 33.403%
3: 11.158%
4: 3.727%
5: 1.245%
6: 0.416%
Avg. streak: 1.502 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Remember, to go from a correct response to an incorrect one, the money taken away is twice the value of the clue (+2000 to -2000 is a difference of 4000, for example.)
  • Having heard Kristyna say “Lawensa”, I believe that the judges were correct to rule against Kristyna.

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 11, 2020"

  1. This one seems the polar opposite in difficulty to the one yesterday. It may be tougher for a Canadian, but we’ll see. The popularity of the musical brought Hamilton’s name more to the forefront the last few years.

  2. No doubt yesterday’s outcome discouraged big wagers in today’s final. Interesting how both ladies had unusually placed Y’s in their names.

    • And to make it unanimous, the gentleman had a “y” as well 😀
      Congratulations to another brand new winner, unfortunately the leftover clues are on the rise again. Somewhat unconventional wagers. We have an “American” FJ!: triple solve!

      • I think perhaps Danyelle’s wager could be described as a little unconventional, since she didn’t wager enough to cover Kristyna if Kristyna were to double her score. Danyelle may have read Kristyna as being risk-averse enough to avoid betting everything.

        Kristyna’s wager was enough to cover Vinny if doubled while minimizing her loss if she missed, and Vinny’s was just enough to cover the slight possibility of Kristyna betting $0. Both of those strategies are fairly common.

        • I’m not saying they were necessarily bad, you just see those strategies that often, especially by all three applying not run of the mill wagers. It would of course be easier for everybody if they knew what the other 2 intend to do, and even more importantly whether they’ll miss or not….well, the usual 20/20…

  3. It seemed to me that Kristyna was incorrectly adjudged to have mispronounced “Walesa” and penalized $4000. I watched it 3 times, and each time I thought she pronounced it correctly. It could have made a difference in the final wagering.

    • I heard “Lawensa”; apparently, the judges did as well, as they ruled “flipped syllables”, which do garner one an incorrect response.

      • That’s exactly what I thought I heard too. I actually looked it up after the answer to see if there was an “n” in his name. I didn’t remember there being one.

        • You are Right. Not only did she “flip”, but it’s Lech Walesa, no “N” in his name.

          • She did flip the consonants – I watched the game online and rewatched that several times and she definitely said “Lawensa”. Adding the N in Walesa seems to be a common pronunciation, not sure where that came from, but that is not what she was penalized for.

          • I know a tiny bit of Polish, and Walesa’s name is actually pronounced “va wen sa” or something like that in Polish (ę makes an “en” sound). So I don’t think they should have penalized her for that in particular.

          • Had that been what she said, I’d agree with you. But she clearly said “La wen sa”.

    • $4000?! Was it a Daily Double, or just a $2000 clue?

  4. If the official problem with her response was the inclusion of an “n” in her pronunciation, it is a mistake on the producers’ part. While there is no ‘n’ in the name, there can be in the correct Polish pronunciation of the name. Dictionary.com has the pronunciation as “vuh-wen-suh”.

  5. Did Kristyna really pronounce Lech Walesa’s name as “lawensa”? I thought they mistakenly penalized her for the “walensa” pronunciation, which is actually close to how the Polish pronunciation of his name sounds.

  6. I am just curious if the contestants got the Inna and Got A Devito joke in reference to the Iron Butterfly song.And how many viewers got it.

  7. I know this doesn’t match up with this instance, but I’ve never been sure how to pronounce Lech’s name, spelling no problem, and probably would have been tempted to respond “Who is W-A-L-E-S-A?” I wonder if you’re allowed to verbally respond this way when you’re not sure of a pronunciation? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone do it.

  8. It must have been a DD to have been penalized $4000? But, as to the pronunciation, “Vah-len-sa” would have been correct in Polish – the ę is a soft “en” – listen to it in the Wikipedia article, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lech_Wa%C5%82%C4%99sa .
    However, the majority of folks on this board seem to think she flipped the first two syllables (“lah-ven-sa”), which would have definitely been wrong. Thanks for weighing in, everyone!

  9. Over several years I have heard that name pronounced several ways. She had the right guy. It’s not like she incorrectly chose the wrong person, i.e. Margaret Thatcher or Benjamin Netanyahu. She is Asian and mispronounced a Polish name. In the past they have given latitude on pronunciation, except where pronunciation is specifically required by the clue. If this were not the case, Alex could rule against almost everyone who can’t pronounce a French name as well as he can.

    • Wyatt:

      Yes, latitude is given on pronunciation. But a line has to be drawn somewhere, and for 35 years, that line has been “if the pronounced word can’t be spelled the same way as the correct spelling, credit is not given”. The judges made a ruling consistent with their past rulings in this case.

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