Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geographic Namesakes) for Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (Season 37, Game 102):

In 1857 the former Surveyor-General of India objected to giving his name to this landmark as “the natives could not pronounce” it

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Pam Sung, a physician & scientist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pam Sung on Jeopardy!
Joe Satran, a writer originally from Montclair, New Jersey
Joe Satran on Jeopardy!
Phil Hoffman, a graduate student originally from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey (1-day total: $14,195)
Phil Hoffman on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Phil proved yesterday that aggressive Daily Double wagering can work out for you even if you aren’t correct – he lost three-quarters of his score midway through Double Jeopardy and still came back to take victory. If the Daily Doubles work out better for him today, he should be able to outperform the prediction model. If not, Pam and Joe will both want to claim the title of Jeopardy! champion.


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Correct response: What is Mt. Everest?


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George Everest never set eyes on the mountain that now bears his name—the highest above sea level on Earth. Additionally, the English in the 1850s were unable to ascertain any native name for the mountain, as any locals close enough to the mountain were inaccessible to them—Nepal and Tibet were both closed to the British at that time. Everest—whose actual name was pronounced EEV-rest and not EV-ER-ist—objected, believing his name was not writable or pronounceable in Hindi.

In Tibet, Mount Everest is known as Qomolangma (“Holy Mother”); in the 1960s, Nepal’s government coined the name “Sagarmatha” to refer to both the mountain and the National Park in which it is situated.


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

Scores going into Final:
Pam $14,200
Phil $11,600
Joe $3,600


Tonight’s results:
Joe $3,600 – $2,801 = $799 (What is Bombay?)
Phil $11,600 + $11,595 = $23,195 (What is Mount Everest?) (2-day total: $37,390)
Pam $14,200 – $10,000 = $4,200 (What is Taj Majal?)


Phil Hoffman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 16, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Phil $5,600
Pam $5,400
Joe $5,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) IT HAPPENS IN GENESIS $400 (clue #1)
Phil 0 +1000 (Joe 0 Pam 0)
2) AMERICAN HISTORY $1600 (clue #3)
Joe 5400 -5400 (Phil 4000 Pam 3800)
3) PIECE OF CAKE $2000 (clue #4, $28800 left on board)
Joe 0 +2000 (Phil 4000 Pam 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.51 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Phil $11,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Pam $14,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Joe $9,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,400

Phil Hoffman, career statistics:
32 correct, 7 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
27.68% in first on buzzer (31/112)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,300

Joe Satran, career statistics:
16 correct, 6 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Pam Sung, career statistics:
21 correct, 3 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Phil Hoffman, to win:
3 games: 27.761%
4: 7.707%
5: 2.139%
6: 0.594%
7: 0.165%
Avg. streak: 2.384 games

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the earliest that all three Daily Doubles have been found in regular play in my data set (complete back to October 2004); prior to today, the earliest occurred when they were found on Clue 1, Clue 3, and Clue 6 on July 3, 2017.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 16, 2021"

  1. I wasn’t aware of the backstory of the name “Everest”. I find it interesting that it’s not dis-similar to the naming of “McKinley” in Alaska. At least we eventually got it right, first changing the name of the National park to the native “Denali” in 1980, and then the name of the mountain during the Obama administration.

  2. I love Andy’s comment about how Everest pronounced his name. Reminds me of Evelyn Waugh. Those funny Brits.

    • Hear, hear.

    • Apparently (according to
      MSNBC), the original, pre-
      ferred pronunciation of
      Dick Cheney’s surname is
      “CHEE-nee”, not “CHAY-nee”.
      Assuming the Cheney family
      is British in origin, they
      fit in quite well with the
      Everests and the Waughs.

      And, of course, there’s
      good ol’ Elbridge Gerry
      (pronounced like GARY Hart), whose name was cor-
      rupted into “gerrymander”
      (pronounced like JERRY
      Ford).

  3. “Those funny Brits.”

    Just wait until you find out how we pronounce Featherstonehaugh. Or St. John. (we’re funnier than you thought LOL!)

  4. So disappointed that none of them got ELO ☹️😁

  5. Congratulations once again to Phil!
    Ken Jennings is getting more & more comfortable each day as host. I dread the day they begin a different host every week.

  6. The same criticism of place names is pervasive. Take, for example, Harney Peak, in South Dakota’s Black Hills, recently changed to Black Elk Peak. Vancouver Island for George Vancouver, or Mt. Rainier, for Admiral Rainier, instead of Mt. Tahoma; or who is this Whitney fella that got a mountain named after him?

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