Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Writers for Children) for Tuesday, February 2, 2021 (Season 37, Game 92):

The Dartmouth alumni magazine gave “rejoice” as a rhyme for the correct pronunciation of his name

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Henry Michaels, an arts administrator originally from Morganton, North Carolina
Henry Michaels on Jeopardy!
Myrlin Hermes, a novelist from Portland, Oregon
Myrlin Hermes on Jeopardy!
Steve Crupi, a retired police department information supervisor from Las Vegas, Nevada (1-day total: $10,000)
Steve Crupi on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Dr. Seuss?

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While most people pronounce the name of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss to rhyme with “moose”, Seuss’ Dartmouth friend Alexander Liang created the following poem: “You’re wrong as the deuce / And you shouldn’t rejoice / If you’re calling him Seuss. / He pronounces it Soice (or Zoice).” Eventually, because of the advantages to a children’s author having a name that sounds like Mother Geuss, Seuss relented in his later years on the pronunciation.

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Scores going into Final:
Myrlin $14,400
Steve $12,000
Henry $5,100

Tonight’s results:
Henry $5,100 – $5,000 = $100 (Who is Dubois?)
Steve $12,000 + $0 = $12,000 (Who is Seuss?) (2-day total: $22,000)
Myrlin $14,400 – $10,000 = $4,400 (Who is Boyce)

Steve Crupi, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 2, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Myrlin $6,800
Henry $5,500
Steve $3,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN NAMES $1000 (clue #13)
Henry 2600 +1500 (Steve 1000 Myrlin 1000)
2) OLD NEWSPAPERS $1600 (clue #9)
Henry 5900 -2000 (Steve 4800 Myrlin 8400)
3) THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE $2000 (clue #26, $5600 left on board)
Henry 10700 -4000 (Steve 12000 Myrlin 12400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -14

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 152 (1.65 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Steve $12,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Myrlin $14,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Henry $10,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Steve Crupi, career statistics:
29 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (26/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $400)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,100

Myrlin Hermes, career statistics:
18 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Henry Michaels, career statistics:
16 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Steve Crupi, to win:
3 games: 26.930%
4: 7.252%
5: 1.953%
6: 0.526%
7: 0.142%
Avg. streak: 2.369 games.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 2, 2021"

  1. Given that was the the first children’s author I thought of – and it fit the clue, I’m guessing all three get it today.

  2. Nice FJ. Think also Reuters and Keurig. Those pronunciations are also all over the place.

  3. Chris Stratton | February 2, 2021 at 10:41 am |

    Here’s me trying to rhyme Theodore Geisel‘s last name with rejoice and figuring it works, so said that, not Dr. Seuss. Hope that works.

  4. Two sounds-like Final Jeopardy’s in a row.

  5. How is WEB Du Bois a children’s author was my thought.

    • I’m actually guilty of that response too. As I watched it, I momentarily forgot the word “children” was in the category and Du Bois was the first name I thought of that rhymed with rejoice. I couldn’t get it out my head.

    • Maybe he got E.B. White and W.E.B. Dubois confused because of the E.B. in their names.

  6. Final Jeopardy is easy if you think about German pronunciation, but why would you? Unless Dartmouth is noted for its German alumni.

    • Dr. Seuss—well, Ted Geisel—is a pretty notable Dartmouth College alum. And a generous donor, too. Dartmouth’s medical school was renamed for his wife and him about 10 years ago.

  7. The contestants made good bets. Myrlin had to bet 10,000 and assume Steve would bet it all.
    Steve was right to bet 0 because that assured him 2nd place. His only hope was for Myrlin to miss it and bet big.

    Since most people think Seuss is pronounced “soose”, it doesn’t occur that that wasn’t the correct pronunciation.

    Steve knew. He could’ve bet it all and won big but his only hope would be if Myrlin missed it so he had to bet under that assumption. l

  8. Connie Galster | February 2, 2021 at 10:32 pm |

    There is a children’s novel artist with the last name of voyce.

    • Possibly so, but there wouldn’t have been a poem written by a Dartmouth alumni magazine. Remember that the correct response must fit all parts of the clue.

  9. Myrlin and Henry complicated this by trying to think of names that have the “oi” and “oy” letter combinations, which makes it really difficult. As usual, the simple approach works best on Final Jeopardy. The simple, (or shall I say, elementary) approach is to think of a famous children’s author. The first one that comes to mind is Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, obviously a German name. Then you only need to know that German “eu” sounds like “oi” in English, and the answer just jumps at you. That’s of course if you did not know the story in the first place.

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