Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 24, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Music Stars) for Monday, February 24, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 121):

On July 26, 1972 he testified before a Senate subcommittee on national penitentiaries

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Steve Goodreau, a professor from Seattle, Washington
Steve Goodreau on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Aziz, a lawyer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jennifer Aziz on Jeopardy!
MacKenzie Jones, a program development director from Tulsa, Oklahoma (5-day total: $130,803)
MacKenzie Jones on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Johnny Cash?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In addition to his famous live albums recorded at Folsom and San Quentin, Johnny Cash played numerous unpaid prison concerts, dating all the way back to Huntsville State Prison in Texas in 1957. Over the course of these concerts, Cash became an advocate for prison reform, to the point that he was invited to testify before the Senate. His testimony relayed stories about some of the worst abuses he had heard of on his visits. The testimony was so moving that Senator Quentin N. Burdick (D-ND) felt the need to say “We need more Johnny Cashes, I guess”.

I feel as though a lot of viewers at home are going to say “Well, it’s either Johnny Cash or Elvis Presley”, as Presley did have his famous early-’70s meeting with Richard Nixon.

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Scores going into Final:
Steve $16,400
MacKenzie $15,800
Jennifer $6,800

Tonight’s results:
Jennifer $6,800 + $6,700 = $13,500
MacKenzie $15,800 + $15,700 = $31,600 (6-day total: $162,403)
Steve $16,400 – $15,201 = $1,199 (Who is Elvis Presley?)

MacKenzie Jones, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 24, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Steve $7,000
MacKenzie $2,800
Jennifer $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) AROUND THE WORLD $600 (6th pick)
Steve 1000 +1000 (MacKenzie 800 Jennifer 0)
2) 19th CENTURY HISTORY $2000 (13th pick)
Steve 12200 +3000 (MacKenzie 6400 Jennifer 4000)
MacKenzie 8000 +7000 (Steve 16800 Jennifer 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 212

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 249 (2.06 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
MacKenzie $10,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jennifer $6,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Steve $15,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $11,800 (on #10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600

MacKenzie Jones, stats to date:
119 correct, 17 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
35.45% in first on buzzer (117/330)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $28,000)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,767

MacKenzie Jones, to win:
7 games: 65.840%
8: 43.349%
9: 28.541%
10: 18.791%
11: 12.372%
Avg. streak: 7.927 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I anticipate some viewers will be up in arms over CITY FILMS $1600 and whether or not MacKenzie responded in the form of a question. It was very clear to me that her phrasing crossed over Alex saying “MacKenzie, again” (as it was the fourth consecutive clue she had rung in on) and she began speaking after Alex said “MacKenzie”, not expecting him to say “Again”.
  • As a former pub quiz host, I think I would have enjoyed a team with a team name solely as a drawing of a cat.
  • By my count, it appears as though MacKenzie has passed Tom Cubbage ($161,600) to become the highest-earning contestant from Oklahoma on Jeopardy!

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 24, 2020"

  1. My first thought when seeing today’s contestants was whether Steve is related to former 5 day champ Stefan. Uncle, perhaps?

    • The J! Archive neither confirms nor denies this theory.

      • I checked there first and saw that Stefan’s father had appeared on the show before his son. But the surname isn’t that common and wondered if the Jeopardy! genes run throughout the family. 🙂

  2. I expected Elvis to be a response from one of the players, as I got Johnny Cash but considered Elvis also. Go MacKenzie! She wagered 15,800 in final not 15,700 BTW.

  3. Brad (not Rutter) | February 24, 2020 at 5:06 pm |

    As one who recently joined the McKenzie bandwagon, I thought her run was coming to an end today. Steve was a fine player. Was angry that she didn’t do a true DD in the second round, which would have put her into the lead heading into final. But she escaped, yet again!

  4. The first female Vice President candidate was Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 not Sarah Palin in 2008

  5. Juanita Uccello | February 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm |

    What was the question/answer about Sardinia? Italy? Corsica? Thank you, Juanita Uccello

  6. Too bad Steve wasn’t around for all those “outside the US” finals that were stumping contestants a little while back. He would have probably gotten all of them. Steve seemed to be getting a lot of the foreign clues, so I just had to check. By my count, 11 of the 19 he answered correctly had some kind of foreign element to them. Anyhow, good game tonight. They cleared both boards. Congrats to MacKenzie as she begins her second week. I have no idea which Oklahoman has won the most on Jeopardy, but she’s probably the one.

  7. Maurine Gutowski | February 24, 2020 at 10:16 pm |

    I watched a PBS film last night on country music that began and ended with Johnny Cash. It brought back so many memories from earlier days when I sang and played the guitar and put poems to music. I need to find my old tapes and give them to my son before it is too late.

  8. With all due respect to Steve, I found it…ummmm…unnerving the way he twisted the cord to the buzzer. Glad I don’t have to see it, and surprised the staff let him do it. I mean it looked like it was twisted 3 times around his hand, thought he’d break the thing.

  9. MacKenzie has now passed Karen Farrell in total winnings, although Karen won two more games. Assuming MacKenzie loses before reaching eight wins, which of them is higher on the TOC tracker?

  10. MacKenzie’s FJ answer, who was Cash? Not sure but since there are many Cash family members why wasn’t it necessary to say Johnny Cash instead of Cash? As in; who was June Carter Cash, Roseanne Cash, John Carter Cash.

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