Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 27, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 18th Century America) for Thursday, February 27, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 124):

The first Census, in 1790, listed 24 urban places; this port was the most populous one in the South

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Aaron Goetsch, a law student from Macomb, Michigan
Aaron Goetsch on Jeopardy!
Allison Cuyjet, a software quality assurance analyst from Louisville, Kentucky
Allison Cuyjet on Jeopardy!
MacKenzie Jones, a program development director from Tulsa, Oklahoma (8-day total: $204,808)
MacKenzie Jones on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Charleston, South Carolina?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Charleston, South Carolina (1790 population 16,359) was the 4th-most populous city in the United States in the 1790 Census, and by far the South’s most populous, over 4 times as populous as #2 in the South, Richmond, Virginia. (3,761).

Interestingly, of the 10 most populous in 1790, two of them were folded into Philadelphia in the 19th century; Northern Liberties, PA (#6), and Southwark, PA (T-#10).


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

Scores going into Final:
Allison $21,000
Aaron $12,400
MacKenzie $11,400


Tonight’s results:
MacKenzie $11,400 + $9,601 = $21,001 (What is Charleston?)
Aaron $12,400 + $12,400 = $24,800 (What is Charleston?) (1-day total: $24,800)
Allison $21,000 – $3,801 = $17,199 (What is New Orleans?)


Aaron Goetsch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 27, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Aaron $7,600
Allison $7,200
MacKenzie $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WALLS & BRIDGES $800 (clue #18)
Aaron 3000 +3000 (MacKenzie 1600 Allison 2800)
2) WOMEN OF THE WORLD $1600 (clue #9)
Allison 10000 -4000 (MacKenzie 7800 Aaron 8400)
3) NATURE $1200 (clue #17)
Allison 8000 +3000 (MacKenzie 9000 Aaron 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 98


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 253 (2.04 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Aaron $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
MacKenzie $11,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Allison $23,200 Coryat, 25 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,800
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,600


MacKenzie Jones, final stats:
174 correct, 19 incorrect
10/11 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
33.40% in first on buzzer (166/497)
8/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $42,200)
8/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,578

Aaron Goetsch, stats to date:
16 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Aaron Goetsch, to win:
2 games: 44.029%
3: 19.385%
4: 8.535%
5: 3.758%
6: 1.655%
Avg. streak: 1.787 games.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 27, 2020"

  1. Chris Stratton | February 27, 2020 at 9:13 am |

    What a tough final. Hard to choose between Savannah and Charleston, given that both old cities. Was not aware that Charleston was so much bigger so much sooner. Learning!

  2. I wanted to say Savannah, but not likely it would be used after serving as a hint for Savanna yesterday. I wonder if they timed this to correspond with the South Carolina primary.

  3. What is with these 9th games?! I’m starting to get annoyed with the repeated hype followed by disappointment in the exact same game.

  4. Mackenzie can leave J! with her head held high – she certainly made a good name for herself.
    I think her luck simply ran out – the DDs all went elsewhere.
    Congrats to Aaron, altho with a 44% to win a 2nd game I can’t get very excited.

  5. Is the 8-game curse a thing now? Sorry, MacKenzie!

  6. i got it. definitely thought of savannah as you hear of it as large port these days

    not sure if i would have got it if i hadn’t read John Jakes “North and South”, which featured Charleston prominently. otherwise, i wouldn’t have thought of Charleston as major port.

  7. Maurine Gutowski | February 27, 2020 at 2:29 pm |

    She also gets to collect her money! I had no idea which city it was so long ago. It will be interesting to watch tonight (no choir practice).

  8. Brad (not Rutter) | February 27, 2020 at 5:02 pm |

    Big disappointment. Mackenzie got crushed on the buzzer today.

  9. The second DD in DJ! should be “UK ambassador” I believe, not UJ ambassador”?

  10. A great run by a great champion comes to an end. Congratulations to both MacKenzie and Aaron!

    Also of note today, something I mentioned in passing just after the start of the year, but today’s the day that matters: congratulations to The Jeopardy! Fan on the tenth anniversary of its debut!

    (Link to that first post.)

  11. Again “Champions lose on Thursdays.”

    Did Alex sound a little hoarse?

  12. Congratulations to MacKenzie for a great run, and for spelling Charleston correctly. I was a little surprised to hear Alex say he thought New Orleans was the other choice. Like others have stated, Savannah seems like the other most logical guess. New Orleans may have had a large population, but it wasn’t part of the US until the Louisiana purchase during Thomas Jefferson’s administration. At the time of the Civil War, New Orleans was the most populous city in the south, by far, but it wouldn’t have been included in the 1790 census.

  13. Congrats, to Makenzie, 8 games that has to be stressful and challenging, Alex does sound hoarse, he has for the past few shows.

  14. James Holzhauer is probably upset with Alex for calling him by his first and last name instead of “Jeopardy James” (when Aaron did that Daily Double push). That’s two days in a row he hasn’t called James by the nickname he used to be in love with.

    As Andy pointed out, this week’s games were taped following the GOAT tournament, so Alex knows Ken reclaimed the throne as the greatest player ever and doesn’t want to reverence James in such a way that takes away from Ken’s dominating performance.

  15. We’ll remember MacKenzie and cheer her next in the TOC! If fate has it, may MacKenzie make multiple more spelling mistakes while winning one or more games!

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