Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 21, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category International Award Trophies) for Friday, February 21, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 120):

La Maison Chopard crafts this annual award’s crystal base & 118-gram, 18-carat frond

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jon Fuhrman, a retired I.T. manager from Pasadena, California
Jon Fuhrman on Jeopardy!
Kimberly Brazier, a social advertising strategist from Queens, New York
Kimberly Brazier on Jeopardy!
MacKenzie Jones, a program development director from Tulsa, Oklahoma (4-day total: $111,202)
MacKenzie Jones on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Palme d’Or?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Palme d’Or is the highest award at the Festival International du Film de Cannes in Cannes, France; the award is in tribute to the fact that a palm frond is on the city’s coat of arms. The Palme d’Or has been awarded between 1955 and 1963 and from 1975 onward (in other years that the festival has taken place, the prize has been known as “Grand Prix du Festival International du Film”). The only 3 films to have won Cannes’ top prize and the Oscar for Best Picture have been The Lost Weekend (1946, as a Grand Prix), Marty (1955, as the Palme d’Or), and Parasite (2019).

And, because the pedants always tend to roll in: Merriam-Webster says “the use of carat (in place of karat) to indicate the fineness of gold is also considered acceptable.”

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

Scores going into Final:
MacKenzie $10,600
Kimberly $9,800
Jon -$200

Tonight’s results:
Jon -$200 (by rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Kimberly $9,800 – $7,000 = $2,800 (What is the BAFTA)
MacKenzie $10,600 + $9,001 = $19,601 (5-day champion: $130,803) (What is Palm d’or?)

MacKenzie Jones, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 21, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
MacKenzie $6,200
Jon $2,000
Kimberly $1,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FAMILIAR PHRASES $600 (7th pick)
Jon 400 -1000 (Kimberly 600 MacKenzie -400)
Jon 800 +2000 (MacKenzie 9800 Kimberly 8200)
3) SOUTH AMERICAN PLACES $1600 (25th pick)
Jon 6800 -5000 (MacKenzie 11000 Kimberly 9800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -74

Unplayed clues:
J! round: OOO, SORRY $1000; YOU’RE OUT OF THE HOLE $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 249 (2.08 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
MacKenzie $10,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Kimberly $9,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jon $4,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,000
Lach Trash: $16,000 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200

MacKenzie Jones, stats to date:
102 correct, 15 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 22 rebound opportunities)
36.63% in first on buzzer (100/273)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,000)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,560

MacKenzie Jones, to win:
6 games: 67.482%
7: 45.538%
8: 30.730%
9: 20.738%
10: 13.994%
Avg. streak: 7.075 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In terms of “top 5-day totals of all time, adjusted for doubled dollar values”, MacKenzie is 54th.
  • As was demonstrated by Alex multiple times in the Jeopardy! round, Alex will warn a contestant who is failing to phrase responses in the form of a question in the Jeopardy! Round, as in that round, a failure to phrase is a warning offense, not a penalty.
  • You can also follow that same link for the rules when it comes to Final Jeopardy! spelling; obviously, “Palm” and “Palme” are pronounced identically. Therefore, the judges were absolutely correct to accept MacKenzie’s spelling.
  • This was only the second time in MacKenzie’s five games where she was leading after the Jeopardy! round.
  • The writers were trying to be clever when it came to setting the Jeopardy! Round board with many of Alex’s familiar phrases (“OOO, SORRY”, “YOU’RE OUT OF THE HOLE”, “MAKE A SELECTION”, “& FINALLY…” and “THE WRITERS ARE TRYING TO BE CLEVER”.
  • A note to future contestants: Both Jon and Kimberly had occasion to ring in with whatever their best guess might have been on the final clue of Double Jeopardy! (IN THE ARTS WORLD $2000), as Kimberly was just $800 off the lead and Jon was at -$200. Neither player had much at all to lose, but a great deal to gain, in terms of improving one’s position going into Final Jeopardy!, and a guess would have been a good idea.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 21, 2020"

  1. If the situation arises, it might be interesting to see what spellings are accepted. If someone were to put “de Or” instead of “d’Or” that’s a slightly different pronunciation. I also wonder if they will accept “top prize at Cannes.”

  2. Good point Robert. It gets touchy when the natural language of the response is other than English. The prize, in my experience, is typically referred to in the US by its name in French. Would the judges accept “The Golden Palm Frond”? even though it repeats part of the clue?

    • Alex could not resist another chance to playfully give MacKenzie the business for how she spelled her response.

  3. Congratulations, we have finally a 5 time champ again. The “frond” was kind of a strong hint together with “international”.
    Too bad that clues were left again, especially since it was a very close game, but MacKenzie would have won anyway since she was the only one of the 2 players left who got it right.
    Have a great weekend everybody!!

  4. i knew what the answer was, but not its name “something d’or”

  5. The clues were very rude to Jon today.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | February 21, 2020 at 10:43 pm |

    “Pedants,” I dig that word…

    • Probably it is from the French pedant(e) and before that from the Latin professoria…..they can be VERY pedant….
      well, 6/15 in FJ this week, 40%….

      Have a nice weekend anyway, everybody! At least we have a 5 time champ!

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