Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 12, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Ancient Greek Philosphers) for Friday, February 12, 2021 (Season 37, Game 100):

Asked to describe this 4th century B.C. member of the Cynics, Plato called him “a Socrates gone mad”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Lance St. Laurent, a Ph.D. student from Madison, Wisconsin
Lance St. Laurent on Jeopardy!
Alejandra Oliva, a communications coordinator from Chicago, Illinois
Alejandra Oliva on Jeopardy!
John Focht, a software team lead originally from El Paso, Texas (4-day total: $103,800)
John Focht on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: John Focht is now at four wins and over $100,000. Today would be John’s fifth game of the day; fatigue can definitely be a factor here. It’s not an easy feat to run a full tape day, will John be able to do it? Alejandra and John might have something to say about that.

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Correct response: Who is Diogenes (of Sinope)

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After being banished from his home island for debasing currency, Diogenes became well known in ancient Athens as a controversial person who made a habit out of criticizing the city’s cultural conventions, seeing Athens as corrupt. He would also pull stunts like interrupting Plato’s lectures by choosing to eat during the discussions.

I suspect this one will play easier for those who were regulars on the old Sony message boards in the mid-2000s; Diogenes was a frequent topic there. Speaking of those old Sony boards, I still remember how excited I was to be able to archive this Season 1 episode in J! Archive last year.

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

Scores going into Final:
Lance $24,800
John $16,000
Alejandra $10,600

Tonight’s results:
Alejandra $10,600 – $10,000 = $600 (Who is Zeno?)
John $16,000 – $9,000 = $7,000 (Who is Pythagoras?)
Lance $24,800 – $5,200 = $19,600 (Who is Aristotle?) (1-day total: $19,600)

Lance St. Laurent, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 12, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lance $7,600
John $5,600
Alejandra $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GAME THEORY $800 (clue #5)
John 800 -1000 (Alejandra 0 Lance 600)
2) SYMBOLS $1200 (clue #13)
Alejandra 6400 +3000 (John 9200 Lance 12000)
3) IN CONCERT $1600 (clue #24, $8000 left on board)
Lance 17200 +4000 (John 14000 Alejandra 11400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -30

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 152 (1.52 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Lance $22,400 Coryat, 28 correct, 1 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
John $17,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Alejandra $8,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $48,200
Lach Trash: $2,600 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

John Focht, career statistics:
117 correct, 11 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
38.25% in first on buzzer (109/285)
7/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $20,300)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,120

Alejandra Oliva, career statistics:
9 correct, 2 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Lance St. Laurent, career statistics:
28 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,400

Lance St. Laurent, to win:
2 games: 72.120%
3: 52.014%
4: 37.512%
5: 27.054%
6: 19.512%
Avg. streak: 3.587 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Not making the standard cover bet in a “crush game” position like Lance was in is incredibly risky and extremely unrecommended. You are in a dominating position; making less than a standard cover bet gives that advantage away with zero potential upside.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 12, 2021"

  1. I had a cat named Diogenes. I like to say that he was looking for an honest man, and he found me. And like the said Diogenes, he would often relieve himself in inappropriate places.

  2. If Lance isn’t going to make the cover bet, then he should at least bet small enough to lock Alejandra out.

  3. Could John still possibly qualify for the ToC if they can’t find 15 contestants to invite, or is five wins the absolute minimum for qualification?

    • Contestants with as few as 3 wins have qualified before, so 5 is not an absolute minimum for qualification. However, 5 wins is enough to guarantee a place in the ToC (or, at least it has been in the past).

    • I think he has a good chance since he also went over $100k.

  4. Emma Boettcher won only 3 games with total winnings just shy of $100k. But – SHE defeated “The James”!
    I think they make exceptions for ToC players as they see fit – and Emma competing against James again must have been a huge ratings boost.
    Sorry to see you go, John. Hope to see you again.

  5. What was the question about Bob Dylan tonight?

    • Frank Borland | February 12, 2021 at 10:17 pm |

      “The field where the Nazis once rallied became a sports & music venue; when this Jewish-American performer played here in 1978, he was told, “80,000 Germans turned their back to Hitler & their faces to you”

      • To which Dylan, in his own characteristically pithy way responded, “Well, thank you very much…” (No proof of this, I’m just speculating…:)

  6. This Final Jeopardy is simply asking the players to name one Cynic philosopher, and Diogenes of Sinope is by far the most famous of all the Cynics. It was he who carried a lighted lamp in broad daylight looking for an honest man. It was he who told Alexander the Great to stand out of his sunlight.

  7. Was the correct answer for the Double Jeopardy question about Asian invaders of the Po Valley in Italy given?

    All I heard was Ken Jennings say the 3rd answer was wrong and then move on.

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