Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 19, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Surnames) for Friday, February 19, 2021 (Season 37, Game 105):

In 2019, for the first time, this nation allowed for non-gendered last names with the suffix -bur

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Lauren Menke, a math teacher from Columbus, Ohio
Lauren Menke on Jeopardy!
Sam Stapleton, a college consultant from Los Gatos, California
Sam Stapleton on Jeopardy!
Alan Johnson, a software engineering manager from Metuchen, New Jersey (1-day total: $14,800)
Alan Johnson on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Alan Johnson nearly had a runaway game yesterday; Sam or Lauren will have to play very well in order to dethrone Alan as champion. Mike Richards as next week’s guest host may await the winner—depending on where the champion is from, there’s a chance they’ll end up having to wait to defend their title, as COVID restrictions changed significantly between the taping of today’s and Monday’s games.

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Correct response: What is Iceland?

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Prior to 2019, all first and last names in Iceland were considered gendered—surnames with -son and -dottir. Even for a name like Alex, with significant numbers of men and women using the name worldwide—the government needed to be petitioned for a woman to use the name Alex. However, with the passage of Iceland’s Gender Autonomy Act in 2019, this introduced -bur, or “child of”. “In order to truly improve people’s rights, political courage and political will are needed”, said Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir. “With the passing of these laws Iceland puts itself in the forefront internationally”. This Icelandic law permits individuals to determine their own gender, recognize their gender identity, and enjoy equality before the law regardless of their identity. It’s a shame that more countries do not ensure that transgendered people are considered equal. Trans rights are human rights.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $22,200
Alan $16,600
Lauren $9,600

Tonight’s results:
Lauren $9,600 + $9,599 = $19,199 (What is Iceland?)
Alan $16,600 + $6,000 = $22,600 (What is Iceland)
Sam $22,200 + $11,001 = $33,201 (What is Iceland?) (1-day total: $33,201)

Sam Stapleton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 19, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $8,000
Alan $4,600
Lauren $2,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HAIR’S TO YOU $1000 (clue #21)
Sam 3600 +2000 (Alan 3200 Lauren 2000)
2) HISTORIC GEOGRAPHY $800 (clue #10)
Sam 10800 +4000 (Alan 4600 Lauren 4800)
3) DR. YES (M.D., NO) $2000 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
Sam 19200 +3000 (Alan 10600 Lauren 9200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 108

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.47 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Sam $17,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Alan $16,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Lauren $9,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,200
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,600

Alan Johnson, career statistics:
41 correct, 4 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
32.46% in first on buzzer (37/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,500

Sam Stapleton, career statistics:
23 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Lauren Menke, career statistics:
13 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Sam Stapleton, to win:
2 games: 66.655%
3: 44.429%
4: 29.615%
5: 19.740%
6: 13.158%
Avg. streak: 2.999 games.

Andy’s Thoughts

  • With Sam being from in-state, the chances are much lower of there being a Zach Newkirk-like situation on Monday.

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 19, 2021"

  1. A classmate of mine posted on Facebook that she worked with Alan’s father at an oil refinery in Lemont IL.

  2. Houston preempted once again for important news on water and power status so can’t complain, but couldn’t they wait until noon at least? :-D. So I await the outcome summary here once again.

  3. david mathews | February 19, 2021 at 1:18 pm |

    I loved this clue! This was wholly new information for me rather than things I once knew and have forgotten—which is too often the case!

  4. BIG congratulations to Sam!
    He certainly handled ALL the DDs most admirably!!
    Hope to see him back Monday for an encore performance!!!

  5. This week’s Final Jeopardies have done an excellent job of showing I don’t know anything.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | February 19, 2021 at 11:01 pm |

    I felt really dumb today. I didn’t have the slightest clue, and they all got it, of course. The last couple of weeks have been really humbling. Only four correct Final responses last week, and only three coming into Friday this week. I usually get two or three Finals a week. I need a new hobby. Oh, the humanity . . .

  7. I was a little surprised by how short Ken’s sign-off was at the end of the show. There was no mention of next week. I can only assume that this was taped BEFORE the guest host schedule had been finalized and Ken didn’t know who was going to be hosting (whether him again or someone else).

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