Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 18, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Presidential Campaigns) for Thursday, February 18, 2021 (Season 37, Game 104):

The first campaign of this man, who at 36 was the youngest major party nominee ever, was supported by the silver mining industry

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Leah Friedman, a content marketer originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Leah Friedman on Jeopardy!
Alan Johnson, a software engineering manager from Metuchen, New Jersey
Alan Johnson on Jeopardy!
Andy West, a medical information officer from Fishersville, Virginia (1-day total: $1,999)
Andy West on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Andy survived a deceptively difficult Triple Stumper yesterday after his two opponents both overbet in Final Jeopardy. Today, in Ken Jennings’ penultimate game as guest host (at least in this stint), will things work out better for our players?


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Correct response: Who is William Jennings Bryan?


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William Jennings Bryan famously ran in the 1896 Presidential election as the Democratic candidate; at 36, he is still the youngest-ever Presidential candidate on a major party ticket. A major plank of his platform was the concept of “free silver” (the unlimited coinage of silver into money on demand); in decrying the gold standard, Bryan gave a well-known speech called the “Cross of Gold speech” at the 1896 Democratic National Convention: “you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold”. Needless to say, Bryan’s silver support gained him allies in the silver industry, but it was not enough to defeat William McKinley that fall; the United States went onto the gold standard in 1900.


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

Scores going into Final:
Alan $17,800
Andy $9,200
Leah $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Leah $6,000 – $5,000 = $1,000 (Who is Johnson?)
Andy $9,200 – $8,601 = $599 (Who is William Jennings Bryant)
Alan $17,800 – $3,000 = $14,800 (Who is Garfi) (1-day total: $14,800)


Alan Johnson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 18, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andy $5,200
Leah $2,600
Alan $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ALL FAIRS $600 (clue #14)
Alan 2400 -2400 (Andy 1400 Leah 200)
2) FACTS ABOUT COUNTRIES $1200 (clue #4)
Alan 3200 +3000 (Andy 6000 Leah 1400)
3) PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS $1600 (clue #16, $19200 left on board)
Leah 6600 +3000 (Andy 9200 Alan 10200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 39


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.48 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Alan $18,400 Coryat, 23 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
Leah $4,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 9 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Andy $9,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 4/5 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,200
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,200

Andy West, career statistics:
36 correct, 7 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (34/114)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,500

Alan Johnson, career statistics:
23 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,400

Leah Friedman, career statistics:
15 correct, 10 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Alan Johnson, to win:
2 games: 54.448%
3: 29.646%
4: 16.142%
5: 8.789%
6: 4.785%
Avg. streak: 2.195 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The judges were absolutely correct to rule against Andy in Final Jeopardy!; “Bryant” is clearly a different name than “Bryan”. This is a long-standing rule and debate will not be entertained on this point on this website this evening.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 18, 2021"

  1. Teddy Roosevelt was my only guess. He was the youngest president (but not the youngest person elected president), so I was grasping at straws.

  2. I believe this is another one that is much more likely to be a triple stumper than one they all get. Unless you know it outright, it’s tough. Historically, I think people associate Bryan more for the Scopes trial than his presidential runs.

  3. I don’t think this will be a triple stumper as the “cross of gold” speech makes a common appearance in US history textbooks. Or at least it used to, not sure anymore!

  4. Dang. Whether he remembered the name wrong or it was the pressure of the moment, it was an unfortunate way to lose.

  5. For whatever reason when that name comes up, people just want to add a “t”. Alas. But you’ll get no argument from me.
    I’m more concerned about tomorrow being Ken’s last day. Do we know who will be guest hosting next week? Is Mike Richards aware of the uproar there would be among fans if he insists on Dr. You-know-who as guest host? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

  6. Ken should have given Andy extra credit for spelling Jennings correctly.

  7. Don’t they say ‘spelling doesn’t count?’ Isn’t this a spelling error? Sheesh..

  8. Poor Andy.😟 It must really be disappointing because it cost him $17,801. I am glad to see a black man win Jeopardy! If the category was NBA players and someone answered “Kobe Bryan”, that would be incorrect.

  9. Such a disappointment that Andy added that T at the end of Bryan’s name and cost him the game. Still though let’s hope Alan can build up on his wins

  10. Robin G. Lam | February 18, 2021 at 8:00 pm |

    So, I’ve never seen this site before. I notice you’re calling it Season 37! My husband and I both watched Jeopardy, beginning in our teens , and we are 70! If you are discounting the far superior host, Art Fleming, please do not. He never spoke with the condescension that Alex often evinced.

    • Robin:

      In referring to the current season as Season 37, I am simply following the show’s lead here.

      The show itself considers the syndicated version which began in 1984 and the original Art Fleming version to be completely separate entities.

  11. Absolutely correct call by the judges on Mr. West’s FJ! response. And for what it’s worth, I can’t chalk that one up to difficulty with the light pen either. It seems clear to me that there was a “t” on the end. I was yelling at the TV “no, NO… can’t count it!”

    This is one that I’ll be noting down to possibly add to the “case book” of rulings I’ve been working on, and recently threw up: http://jeopardy.mattcarberry.com/j-casebook.html

  12. Jeffrey Brown | February 19, 2021 at 9:27 am |

    Apologies if this is the wrong place… Am I correct in thinking that Alan’s response earlier in the game of “What is falconing” should have been ruled incorrect? Did I hear wrong? I am only familiar with the term “falconry.” Thanks for your thoughts.

  13. James M. Bailey | February 20, 2021 at 2:19 am |

    Wrote a major paper on the Populist Party in 11th grade. Bryan was the nominee of the Populist Party as well as the Democratic Party in 1896.

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