Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 1, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Science Words) for Monday, February 1, 2021 (Season 37, Game 91):

This word used to denote an irreversible dispersion of energy was coined in the 1860s to sound a bit like “energy”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Steve Crupi, a retired police department information supervisor from Las Vegas, Nevada
Steve Crupi on Jeopardy!
Allie Sibole, a biomedical engineer from Fort Collins, Colorado
Allie Sibole on Jeopardy!
Zach Newkirk, an attorney from Alexandria, Virginia (6-day total: $124,871)
Zach Newkirk on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: After being able to resume his run on Thursday, Zach Newkirk has locked down his spot in the 30th Tournament of Champions with his 6th win on Friday. It’s the start of a new week, though. Will Zach be able to keep the streak going? His performances have had slightly more deviation than previous champion Brian Chang; however, a 6-day champion being announced to the new players is inherently intimidating to newcomers. If Zach plays like last week, though, I would expect to see his streak continue a few more games.


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Correct response: What is entropy?


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Entropy, a term coined in the mid-1860s by Rudolf Clausius, is a term used to measure the amount of energy in a system that is unavailable to do useful work, as energy can decay. The second law of thermodynamics establishes the concept of entropy and explains why a perpetual motion machine is impossible; entropy will inevitably decay the energy source.


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

Scores going into Final:
Zach $9,700
Steve $6,000
Allie $3,400


Tonight’s results:
Allie $3,400 + $0 = $3,400 (What is entropy?)
Steve $6,000 + $4,000 = $10,000 (What is entropy?) (1-day total: $10,000)
Zach $9,700 – $2,301 = $7,399 (What is synergy?)


Steve Crupi, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 1, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Zach $6,400
Allie $4,800
Steve $3,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) A CATEGORY OF 2 CITIES $600 (clue #3)
Steve 400 +400 (Zach -200 Allie 0)
2) FAMOUS AMERICANS $1600 (clue #8)
Zach 8800 -3500 (Allie 6000 Steve 4800)
3) THAT TITLE HAS A TITLE $2000 (clue #12, $22800 left on board)
Allie 7600 -5000 (Zach 5300 Steve 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -66


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 152 (1.67 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Steve $6,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Zach $13,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Allie $8,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,800
Lach Trash: $14,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,000

Zach Newkirk, career statistics:
133 correct, 20 incorrect
11/14 on rebound attempts (on 36 rebound opportunities)
30.91% in first on buzzer (119/385)
8/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,500)
4/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,943

Allie Sibole, career statistics:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Steve Crupi, career statistics:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Steve Crupi, to win:
2 games: 24.136%
3: 5.826%
4: 1.406%
5: 0.339%
6: 0.082%
Avg. streak: 1.318 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • As someone who has streamed both Pokémon and Animal Crossing on Twitch, I was sad to see both of those to fall as Triple Stumpers.
  • By not betting the full amount on the first Daily Double, Steve put himself in a much worse position going into Final Jeopardy; $6,600 to $9,700 is a much better position than $6,000 to $9,700 as it turns the game into a two-thirds situation instead of a crush.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 1, 2021"

  1. All three contestants made good bets. Steve was fortunate because he got the FJ clue right and Zach got it wrong.

    I’m impressed with Zach’s performance. In his first game, he had a score of -200 at the end of the Jeopardy round then proceeded to make a comeback and win.

    • Mark Barrett | February 1, 2021 at 3:26 pm |

      Zach was at minus 1000 at clue 15 of the DJ! round, so yes, amazing that Zach played a seventh game.

    • I would not call that fortunate. Fortunate is when you miss the FJ and still manage to win. Steve was fortunate in a different sense, though: both Zach and Allie lost a lot of money on a couple of rather easy Daily Doubles.

  2. Zach did well to qualify for the TOC, given his shaky performance last June. He seems to have benefited from the long layoff, using the time to brush up on his weak subjects.

    With Tom Llamas resigning from ABC News, Jeopardy! should snatch him up. He’d be a terrific host. Nobody reads text as well as Tom.

  3. Brad (not Rutter) | February 1, 2021 at 5:02 pm |

    That hurts. Zach let that one get away.

  4. Andy, just a thought—in addition to total and average unplaced clues this season, I think it would be interesting to list both tallies by host. I think it would be interesting to see how this measuring stick of game pace compares among the various upcoming guest hosts (and, of course, with Alex as well)…

  5. Aw, man! I made a couple comments on yesterday’s forum, completely unrelated to the primary kerfuffle, and Andy closed the section before they even cleared moderation! Now I’ll NEVER know what people might have said about them!! (Just kidding Andy—I submitted them late enough that likely no one was going to view or respond to them anyway. 😀 )

  6. We loved Alex, but I think its time to remove his name from the cable info

  7. Since Brooke Burns was bypassed for the new Ken Jennings version of Burns’ “The Chase,” I think she would make snother exceptional female guest host. She’s bright, she reads well, and she has a dazzling smile. Hope they consider giving her a shot.

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