Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 6, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Ranks & Titles) for Thursday, February 6, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 109):

Canada, Belgium & the U.S. are among nations that bestow this artistic title that dates to the Greeks & a tree sacred to Apollo

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Cherisa Burk, a retired I.T. specialist from Haledon, New Jersey
Cherisa Burk on Jeopardy!
Patrick Rice, a business development strategist from San Francisco, California
Patrick Rice on Jeopardy!
Travis Gaylord, a management consultant from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania (3-day total: $37,203)
Travis Gaylord on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is poet laureate?

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Taking inspiration from the Greek and Roman tradition of honoring excellence with a crown of laurel (the tree sacred to Apollo), the British began the modern poet laureate tradition by making Ben Jonson the first Poet Laureate in 1616 (by King James I). Jonson was followed by Sir William Davenant and by the appointment of John Dryden in 1668 that the position was seen as an established royal office. The United States began its own Poet Laureate tradition (known officially as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress) in 1937 with Joseph Auslander.

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

Scores going into Final:
Patrick $20,700
Travis $14,800
Cherisa $4,600

Tonight’s results:
Cherisa $4,600 + $4,100 = $8,700
Travis $14,800 – $5,901 = $8,899 (What is Brigadier General?)
Patrick $20,700 + $11,499 = $32,199 (1-day total: $32,199) (What is laureate?)

Patrick Rice, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 6, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Travis $7,600
Patrick $6,000
Cherisa $1,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE NEW SCHOOL $600 (13th pick)
Travis 3200 +2000 (Cherisa 1000 Patrick 600)
2) IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME $2000 (6th pick)
Patrick 7600 +2500 (Travis 6800 Cherisa 1800)
3) FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MOTTOES $1600 (21st pick)
Patrick 11300 +3000 (Travis 12400 Cherisa 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 122

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: & THEN THERE WERE NUNS $800
Total $ Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 221 (2.03 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Patrick $18,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Travis $13,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Cherisa $4,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 5 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Travis Gaylord, stats to date:
63 correct, 8 incorrect
7/7 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
27.36% in first on buzzer (58/212)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,900

Patrick Rice, stats to date:
21 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,800

Patrick Rice, to win:
2 games: 64.816%
3: 42.012%
4: 27.231%
5: 17.650%
6: 11.440%
Avg. streak: 2.842 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Travis’ betting strategy from second has a name: Zerg’s Fallacy.
  • An astute player might have noticed Travis’ strategy from the audience and may have been able to take advantage better than Cherisa did.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 6, 2020"

  1. I’m surprised I got this one. I had no clue of the mythology reference, so I just went off “artistic” title. Feels nice to get 2 days in a row!

  2. Looks like in Travis’s FJ result, the ‘+’ should be a ‘-‘.

  3. If it was accepted by the judges, why did his total go down? Sorry, obviously haven’t seen the game, just trying to piece things together.

    • I also thought you referring to Patrick’s response of “laureate”. My bad.

      • I was a little surprised they accepted laureate without the poet.

      • Could you take a shot at how they were able to accept simply “laureate,” Andy? The word “artistic” in the clue would seem to require that the response include “poet,” since laureate can apply also to intellectual or scientific achievement, to pick just two (Nobel laureate in science)…On the other hand, it’s stated in the clue that “this title” dates back to the Greeks and the tree. Of course, that only refers to the “laureate” part–“poet laureate” does not go back to the Greeks, but 17th century England, so to avoid having to admit to a poorly worded clue they decided to let “laureate” slide…How am I doin’?

  4. Congrats to our -again- new champ! And kudos for getting all clues in and getting all 3 DDs right. Still quite a few TS though. But things are looking up!!!

  5. Brian O'Leary | February 6, 2020 at 2:01 pm |

    As Andy noted, Travis followed “Zerg’s Fallacy” in calculating his FJ! bet. And he did so in ALL 3 games when he was in 2nd place going into FJ!. It is a nonsensical strategy to use because it is protecting against a situation that ALMOST NEVER happens: a leader betting ZERO when not in a runaway position.

    In all my years watching Jeopardy! I have only seen the leader bet $0 on FJ! when not in a runaway position ONCE. That was Seth Wilson in his 5th game. He only got away with it because it was a triple stumper. The 2nd place contestant followed Zerg’s Fallacy and Seth noticed this fact. In his 13th game he also was gambling that FJ! would be a triple stumper. However, in this case he protected against the 2nd place contestant following Zerg by betting $5. On this occasion the 2nd place contestant bet everything and won when both she and Seth got FJ! right.

    Game 5: Sept 23, 2016
    Game 13: Oct 5, 2016

  6. Can Jeopardy please change to another station and time in Houston. No one is at home at 11:30am to watch. It has also been pre-empted a lot these last few weeks.

  7. The response to the answer about Elliott Roosevelt’s mystery novel which took place in the White House of “What is Murder in the Oval Office” is only one of those that should have been acceptable since he also wrote mysteries about murders in the Lincoln Bedroom, the Red Room, the Blue Room, the East Room, the West Wing, the White House Pantry, and the Executive Mansion.

    • All nice books I’m sure, but none would have been acceptable…the category was “SHAPELY BOOK TITLES”.

  8. Carol Lee Roberts | February 7, 2020 at 8:25 am |

    Why did they accept “laureate” that is not a rank and title, it is merely a title

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