Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Science Words) for Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 122):

In 1611 Kepler used this word from the Latin for “attendant” to describe the discoveries of Galileo

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Greg Kihm, a systems engineer from Washington, D.C.
Greg Kihm on Jeopardy!
Signe Peterson Fourmy, a Ph.D. candidate from Austin, Texas
Signe Peterson Fourmy on Jeopardy!
MacKenzie Jones, a program development director from Tulsa, Oklahoma (7-day total: $184,208)
MacKenzie Jones on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is satellite?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Johannes Kepler coined the term “satellite” when using the telescope to confirm Galileo’s observing of four moons of Jupiter, naming that work Narratio de Observatis Quatuor Jovis Satellitibus (Narration about Four Satellites of Jupiter observed) that also served to confirm the heliocentric Copernican model of the universe. It’s now more generally defined as “a moon, planet, or machine that orbits a planet or star” (NASA).

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

Scores going into Final:
MacKenzie $20,600
Greg $6,200
Signe $3,000

Tonight’s results:
Signe $3,000 – $2,500 = $500 (What planetary)
Greg $6,200 – $100 = $6,100 (What is astronomy?)
MacKenzie $20,600 + $0 = $20,600 (8-day total: $204,808) (What is satalite?)

MacKenzie Jones, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 26, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
MacKenzie $8,800
Greg $3,400
Signe $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE EARTH $600 (clue #10)
MacKenzie 3200 +3200 (Signe 400 Greg 400)
2) NAMES OF THE 1920s $2000 (clue #16)
MacKenzie 12000 +5000 (Greg 6600 Signe 3400)
3) INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES $1600 (clue #28; $4,000 left on board)
Signe 5000 -2000 (MacKenzie 20600 Greg 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 102

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: LET’S SPEAK HINDI! $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 253 (2.06 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
MacKenzie $15,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Signe $5,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 16.07% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Greg $6,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,200
Lach Trash: $19,600 (on 16 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

MacKenzie Jones, stats to date:
160 correct, 19 incorrect
10/11 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
34.77% in first on buzzer (153/440)
8/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $42,200)
7/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,975

MacKenzie Jones, to win:
9 games: 68.653%
10: 47.133%
11: 32.358%
12: 22.215%
13: 15.251%
Avg. streak: 10.190 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • MacKenzie becomes the 15th player in Jeopardy! history to win at least $200,000 in regular play.
  • Alex sure is having a good time poking fun at MacKenzie’s spelling. Of course, the rules are such that the response only need be spelled phonetically correct, and “satalite” certainly is.
  • Fun fact: Back in Season 1, the question of “who picks first in Double Jeopardy! when there’s a tie for second after the Jeopardy! round?” was broken in favour of the player who game the most recent correct response. I am unsure of when the rule changed to “the player whose lectern is closest to Alex makes the selection”.
  • This week’s games were the first regular games taped following the Greatest of All Time matches; to me, it seemed like the LITERARY LEE category may have been originally written for that event (at least, it seemed to play very difficultly).
  • If you’re in Cleveland, it sounds like WOIO had some technical difficulties and failed to play the Double Jeopardy! round.

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 26, 2020"

  1. Who says Latin is a “dead” language?… Congrats to MacKenzie, she is really on a roll (though the 4th time she misspelled FJ!, Bill pointed out the other 3 yesterday). But as long as the pronunciation is not changed…So now she is over 200K, way to go! I am just curious about her venusian wagers in FJ! when she has a runaway, she could have easily bet at least 5K more yesterday and today?? Well, congrats anyway!!

    • I try not to pass judgment on wagering from the lead in runaway situations. As long as the contestant doesn’t pull a Clavin, they can wager as much or as little as they feel comfortable.

  2. MacKenzie joins the “great eight (wins) club” of Jennifer Quail and Karen Farrell this Season; will she exceed them tomorrow for clear second among women to Julia Collins’ amazing 20 regular wins? Looking forward to finding out tomorrow!

  3. Hi All!
    So one reason I kept my Final bets at 0 or low because I thought eventually my spelling would catch up with me.
    I am naturally just really bad at spelling – Spent a good chunk of my younger years in remedial reading and spelling classes. Eventually I got good enough at memorizing things that I could memorize words I would need for tests or in-class essays. I studied Art History, so I memorized Hieronymus and Agatharchus, but I still can’t spell a lot of much easier words on the spot. I thought the spelling rule flexibility on J! may tighten up as people got tired of me lol

    I am also in a line of work in which many of my projects are funded by gaming (aka casino and gambling). I’m used to the mindset that the house always wins eventually, and I’m not one to press my luck. I bet I’ll get a little crazy if I get to go to ToC. Who knows?

    (Also Andy, I listen to every episode of Complete the List. I love it).

    • MacKenzie, I posted that I thought you were intentionally misspelling! Thanks for clearing that up!

    • Thank you for your explanation, I became really curious. Good luck for tomorrow (though you know it of course already) ! A win tomorrow would put you in the #2 spot on the ToC list! Aloha from Maui (though I am European) and laki maika’i !!

  4. MacKenzie comes across so sweet and innocent, but is a real tiger when the bell rings. She is pleasure to watch and my entire household is rooting for her to continue for a super long run.
    I am beginning to think that her misspelling on FJ might be intentional, almost as a gift to Alex who gets a kick out of it.

  5. Interesting how MacKenzie had the same total going into final 2 days in a row. Really hope she gets win #9 tomorrow. She is my favorite champ since James!

  6. Maurine Gutowski | February 26, 2020 at 4:39 pm |

    Her explanation looked perfectly spelled. I’m bad at spelling weird names but was very good at spelling in school except -ance vs. -ence. My husband goes crazy when he looks up something and his Kindle keeps changing the spelling.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | February 26, 2020 at 5:12 pm |

    Dang! MacKenzie keeps going! She did not initially seem as dominant as Jennifer or Karen but she is a beast on daily doubles and final jeopardy and a great champion indeed! I enjoyed today’s more relaxed game which did not depend on a late DD. Hoping for #9 tomorrow although that seems to be a tough line to cross this season.

  8. Tim MacKenzie | February 26, 2020 at 7:47 pm |

    I’ve watched Jeopardy for 40 years and MacKenzie is my favorite contestant ever. I hope she breaks the all time record!!

  9. In regards to spelling. I remember a middle school competition where a young boy lost because of spelling. It has always bothered me. Do you remember that?

    • The rules are such that misspellings are only still allowed if the spelling is still phonetically correct. The Kids Week contestant you’re referring to added a syllable which made it no longer phonetically correct.

    • If you’re talking about the one who misspelled “Emanciptation Proclamation”, he didn’t lose because of the spelling, he would have lost anyways.

  10. Christine Gregory | February 26, 2020 at 8:27 pm |

    Great game, Mackenzie!

  11. Pizza Face Fred | February 26, 2020 at 10:45 pm |

    I don’t get the massive Triple Stumper leftovers. I was lucky to get one during Holzhauer’s reign. As it is now, I’m cleaning up almost every night. You know, luck is part of Jeopardy!, too. She’s great on the Finals, but I have serious questions about the skills of the contestants…

  12. I just googled jeopardy results 2/26/2020 and found this site. I love it! So great to read Mackenzie’s comments too! I love her cool & calm competing!

  13. I love when the contestants post here, I get star struck and tell others about it! Thanks MacKenzie, keep winning!

  14. Libby Brown | March 2, 2020 at 4:15 am |

    Did anyone notice Mackenzie’s eye roll when she answered “Who is Chris Brown?”? If that was on purpose, I loved it!

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