Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category International Sports) for Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 118):

It’s the only country that has played in every FIFA World Cup tournament, winning 5 times

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sam Leon, an international trade specialist from Washington, D.C.
Sam Leon on Jeopardy!
Adam Greenfield, a client escalations manager from Astoria, New York
Adam Greenfield on Jeopardy!
MacKenzie Jones, a program development director from Tulsa, Oklahoma (2-day total: $38,800)
MacKenzie Jones on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Brazil?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Brazil is the only team to have competed in every single FIFA World Cup (21 on the men’s side, 8 on the women’s), having won the men’s tournament in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002. They also finished second in 1950 (losing to Uruguay), 1998 (losing to France), and on the women’s side in 2007 (losing to Germany).

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

Scores going into Final:
MacKenzie $30,200
Sam $23,400
Adam $3,600

Tonight’s results:
Adam $3,600 – $3,500 = $100 (What is France?)
Sam $23,400 + $23,400 = $46,800
MacKenzie $30,200 + $16,601 = $46,801 (3-day total: $85,601)

MacKenzie Jones, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 19, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $7,200
MacKenzie $5,000
Adam $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) AROUND THE WORLD $400 (5th pick)
Sam 1800 +1800 (MacKenzie 800 Adam -200)
2) A DISASTER AREA $800 (7th pick)
Sam 10400 +7000 (MacKenzie 6600 Adam 2400)
3) MYTHICAL CREATURES $1200 (16th pick)
MacKenzie 11400 +8000 (Sam 20200 Adam 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 237

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 245 (2.08 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
MacKenzie $23,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Sam $15,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Adam $3,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,800
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400

MacKenzie Jones, stats to date:
66 correct, 10 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
39.88% in first on buzzer (65/163)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,067

MacKenzie Jones, to win:
4 games: 78.853%
5: 62.178%
6: 49.029%
7: 38.661%
8: 30.486%
Avg. streak: 6.729 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • While I generally don’t think such a record should be hailed (as obtaining this record usually means that a contestant has made a suboptimal Final Jeopardy! wager), $46,800 is the second-highest known non-winning regular play Jeopardy! score of all time (second only to Adam Levin with $53,999 on April 29, 2019.). $23,400 going into Final Jeopardy! is only tied for the 10th-highest known regular-play score going into Final Jeopardy! of all time (that record is $27,000, also set by Levin).

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 19, 2020"

  1. I have a Brasil jersey with the five stars on it. I’m guessing all three get it correct.

  2. I don’t really follow soccer but I always think of Pele from Brazil.

  3. Adam’s $46,800 makes him the 2nd best second place finisher in J! History named Adam, including everyone else not named Adam! The number 1 Adam is Adam Levin, who famously scored $53,999 in challenging James’ $54,017 on 4/29/19. But he exceeds the “non-Adam” scores of $44,400 by Michael Cudahy on 5/25/04 and the pre-doubled $23,000 of Steve Hettinger 3/10/98.

  4. Can’t wait until 7 p.m. to watch Sam and MacKenzie duke it out!
    AND, she has a 78.8% chance for a 4th win!

  5. Maurine Gutowski | February 19, 2020 at 2:08 pm |

    Me too, Kathy! Only one that popped into my mind.

  6. THAT’S a FJ! clue??? Surely you jest. Football (it is really called football, not soccer, soccer is the American expression) is the most popular sport in terms of active players and spectators, leave alone the amount of money that is moved. And still Adam (a guy!!) said France. Well, at least he was a little in the area, France being the reigning champ (won in Moscow 2018) and have a second title, when they won in their own country 1998, beating – out of all countries !!- Brazil 3:0…
    Sad PS: the referee for the final in Paris in 1990 was Said Belqola from Morocco, then 42 years old, who died 3 years later from cancer at the age of 45…..

  7. 1200 clue in “a disaster area”: Shouldn’t the answer USSR or Soviet Union also be accepted ? 1957 there was no Russia yet.Kind of ambiguous clue: do they want the name of TODAY’S country or the name when the disaster occurred ?

  8. If I’m not mistaken, doesn’t a score of 46,801 give MacKenzie a tie with Emma Boettcher for the 1-day record for a woman.

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