Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 15, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Playwrights) for Monday, February 15, 2021 (Season 37, Game 101):

This late writer has had 10 plays on Broadway, most of them set in Pittsburgh like “Jitney”, which premiered in 2017

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Phil Hoffman, a graduate student originally from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
Phil Hoffman on Jeopardy!
Karen Ellestad, a chaplain originally from Frankfort, Kentucky
Karen Ellestad on Jeopardy!
Lance St. Laurent, a Ph.D. student from Madison, Wisconsin (1-day total: $19,600)
Lance St. Laurent on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Lance played very well on Friday and knocked off a very strong champion in John Focht. It’s a new week (and a new taping day); Lance may need to find momentum again. Karen and Phil could make Lance’s reign as champion a very quick one.

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Correct response: Who is August Wilson?

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August Wilson, known as the “theater’s poet of Black America”, is an African-American playwright best known for his Pittsburgh Cycle, a series of 10 plays detailing the African-American experience in the 20th century. Two of his plays (Fences and The Piano Lesson) have won Pulitzer Prizes and two have won a Tony Award (Fences and Jitney).

The entire cycle is Jitney (1982, which finally opened on Broadway in 2017), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984), Fences (1985), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1986), The Piano Lesson (1987), Two Trains Running (1990), Seven Guitars (1995), King Hedley II (1999), Gem of the Ocean (2003), and Radio Golf (2005).

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Scores going into Final:
Lance $10,900
Phil $7,100
Karen $4,800

Tonight’s results:
Karen $4,800 + $3,000 = $7,800 (Who is August Wilson?)
Phil $7,100 + $7,095 = $14,195 (Who is August Wilson) (1-day total: $14,195)
Lance $10,900 – $4,100 = $6,800 (Who is Sondheim?)

Phil Hoffman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 15, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lance $10,500
Karen $2,400
Phil $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MICHAEL WROTE $800 (clue #19)
Lance 5600 +2500 (Karen 1800 Phil 1200)
2) ALTERNATE ANTHEMS $1200 (clue #17)
Phil 6000 -4500 (Lance 12100 Karen 1200)
3) A PLACE LIKE RIVER HILL $2000 (clue #22, $5200 left on board)
Karen 2800 +800 (Lance 12100 Phil 6300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -2

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: SPECIFIC HOSPITAL $400 $800
Total Left On Board: $1,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.52 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Phil $11,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Karen $6,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Lance $9,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 6 incorrect, 41.82% in first on buzzer (23/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,800
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,400

Lance St. Laurent, career statistics:
47 correct, 9 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
45.54% in first on buzzer (51/112)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,500)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Karen Ellestad, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Phil Hoffman, career statistics:
15 correct, 6 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Phil Hoffman, to win:
2 games: 26.221%
3: 6.876%
4: 1.803%
5: 0.473%
6: 0.124%
Avg. streak: 1.355 games.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 15, 2021"

  1. I love how the mug just has the word “MUG” on it.

  2. Nancy Nivison | February 15, 2021 at 3:23 pm |

    August Wilson died in 2005. The prolific playwright never graduated from high school, dropping out after being falsely accused of plagiarism.

  3. I thought at first that this clue was too easy, that the addition of the title “Jitney” gave away too much information. Apparently I was wrong, since not everyone got it right.

    The Pittsburgh Cycle is becoming increasingly well known due to the popularity of the movies “Fences” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” My personal favorite of the cycle, however, is “Two Trains Running.”

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | February 15, 2021 at 5:33 pm |

    Karen’s tentative daily double bet almost cost her the game.

  5. Congratulations Phil!!
    I am SO glad you won!!

  6. Was “bang” an acceptable answer, in the category four letter verbs, for a synonym of defeat and what one does to a drum?
    Also, how many more years do we have to endure the lack of a comma after the year in a date or the state/country in a place? (Most reputable usage guides insist they should be written July 18, 1961, and Washington, DC, if not at the end of a sentence.

    • Jim:

      Jeopardy! has a very strict character limit, a result of having to fit a clue on a television screen. Thus, commas that might be seen as extraneous are removed for the sake of the character limit.

      • I’d be curious to know what authority the show used to accept “bang” as a synonym for defeat.. I’ve never heard it, so I googled it and couldn’t find a match. One site had 56 uses of the word, not one meaning defeat though. I do know the show wouldn’t have accepted it if they hadn’t found a match.

    • Todd Rundgren bangs on the drum all day 😁

  7. Perhaps my memory is faulty, but I don’t recall having seen another clergy person as a previous contestant on Jeopardy!

  8. Anybody else get “aubergine” instead of mauve for that “AU” purple question?

  9. Excuse my ignorance, why the hatred towards Dr. Oz? What has he done? I honestly don’t know much about him (why I put excuse my ignorance).

  10. This year the post office issued a stamp honoring Mr.Wilson during Black History Month.

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