Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 28, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Civil War) for Friday, February 28, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 125):

The Chicago Tribune called Clement Vallandigham, an anti-war Ohio Democrat, a “traitor” & a “hissing” one of these creatures

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Meredith Moore, a server from Knightdale, North Carolina
Meredith Moore on Jeopardy!
Susan Hill, a pet sitter from Halifax, Massachusetts
Susan Hill on Jeopardy!
Aaron Goetsch, a law student from Macomb, Michigan (1-day total: $24,800)
Aaron Goetsch on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a Copperhead?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Copperheads were anti-Civil War Democrats who wanted an immediate peace resolution with the Confederacy; the term became a badge of honor amongst the group, who began wearing Liberty Head cent coins (made out of copper) as badges. They were certainly opposed to Abraham Lincoln’s Republicans; many of them held particularly racist viewpoints and were at least partly behind the New York City draft riots that took place during the way (which led to lynchings and violence against African-Americans). Their fortunes faded with the Union victory. Vallandigham was convicted at an Army court for his opposition to the war in 1863 and was exiled to the Confederacy.


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

Scores going into Final:
Aaron $16,600
Susan $8,500
Meredith $7,000


Tonight’s results:
Meredith $7,000 – $1,800 = $5,200 (What is a snake in the grass?)
Susan $8,500 – $1,500 = $7,000 (What is a snake?)
Aaron $16,600 + $401 = $17,001 (What is a Copperhead?) (2-day total: $41,801)


Aaron Goetsch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 28, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Aaron $5,400
Susan $1,800
Meredith $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) JUST FOR ONE DAY $400 (clue #9)
Aaron 2800 -2800 (Susan 0 Meredith 0)
2) HIGHER EDUCATION GEOGRAPHY $1600 (clue #12)
Aaron 6600 +4000 (Susan 5400 Meredith 2200)
3) TRANSPORTATION $2000 (clue #25)
Susan 11000 -2500 (Aaron 14200 Meredith 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -62


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: SPELL IT LIKE THE BRITS $600 $800 $1000
DJ! Round: BODY PARTS $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $6,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 258 (2.06 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Aaron $17,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.31% in first on buzzer (22/52), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Susan $11,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Meredith $7,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.15% in first on buzzer (11/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600

Aaron Goetsch, career statistics:
41 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.03% in first on buzzer (36/109)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Susan Hill, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Meredith Moore, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
21.15% in first on buzzer (11/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,000

Aaron Goetsch, to win:
3 games: 50.376%
4: 25.377%
5: 12.784%
6: 6.440%
7: 3.244%
Avg. streak: 3.015 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • “Why don’t leaders bet more in a crush position in Final Jeopardy!?” is a question I see a lot of in wagering discussions. “Because sometimes trailers don’t bet enough when they need to do so” is my usual response there, and that certainly happened with today’s game.
  • For what it’s worth, this is precisely the situation why I think that Jeopardy! needs to increase its consolation prizes, so that players in second place feel comfortable taking the risk and going for the win here. Make the difference between second and third something small; as things stand now, the difference between $2,000 and $1,000 is enough that second-place contestants aren’t playing for the win, and this makes the game less exciting.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 28, 2020"

  1. “Snake” will probably come up, whether the specific copperhead – I doubt it. One correct tops, more like a TS I fear.

    • By the way, Sean: if you click on the clue number when viewing a game in J! Archive, you can submit a correction suggestion to the Archive itself for that clue.

  2. Very confused. Technically, isn’t snake a correct answer? Snake is a creature, copperhead is a type of that creature.

  3. I respect every single person that makes it onto the show after passing so many obstacles. I cannot understand, however, failing to even give yourself a chance to win after going through all that it takes to be a contestant.

    • Well said…I totally agree. It really is mind-boggling.

    • There are contestants who consider the chance of coming second to be more important and more likely than the slim chance of winning and they’re not willing to risk winning $1,000 for third. This is why I think the show needs to raise its consolation prizes, so that contestants in this position aren’t risking as much.

      • …or, just make the second- and third- place prizes identical—taking away any financial reason to play for anything but first place.

      • I’ve long said there should be no difference in prizes between 2nd and 3rd. I understand that it takes away some element of the competition. In a game that’s 16K/14K/5K heading into Final Jeopardy, the last place person still has a chance to win if things break their way. That’s totally fine. But when the person who most dominated the game for the first two rounds ends up in 3rd because of a TS and gets the least amount of prize money, I don’t consider them the worst player of the day. Give them the same! (Or, as you said, something negligible.)

      • Completely agree that the runner-up prizes should be raised. They’ve been constant since they replaced the “parting gifts” in May 2002; $2,000 then adjusts for inflation to only $1,394 today.

      • Spot on, Andy. When the final category was revealed, I knew I’d be playing for second place. I had no confidence in the category, and my instincts were correct. Having such a slim chance to win, it was more important to stay in 2nd place. It was still a great experience!

    • Like Susan’s bet today.Playing for a possible tie with Meredith, but not wagering enough to win, since Aaron’s bet was pretty predictable. But Susan would have won hads he wagered enough and Aaron had been wrong……

      Have a nice weekend everybody!

  4. Carol A Moro | February 28, 2020 at 7:47 pm |

    The jeopardy champ on today’s episode was correct on the answer of the tridium it is Thursday. He needs to have $ added to his score!

    • Carol, the clue read “Traditionally, this is the first full day of the Paschal Triduum, leading up to Easter”. Because the Triduum begins at sundown on Maundy Thursday, the first full day is Good Friday; hence the answer is Friday.

  5. Kathy Gouker | February 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm |

    The Triduum begins on Holy Thursday, Aaron was correct! It has always begun on that day!

  6. i know that term and knew that’s what it was. just couldn’t squeeze it out of my brain in time.

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