Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 22, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Music) for Monday, February 22, 2021 (Season 37, Game 106):

Just 24 notes, this piece is nicknamed “Butterfield’s Lullaby” for the U.S. Army general who arranged it

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

David Maybury, a magnetics engineer originally from Richmond, Virginia
David Maybury on Jeopardy!
Natalie Tyson, an academic advisor from Walnut Creek, California
Natalie Tyson on Jeopardy!
Sam Stapleton, a college consultant from Los Gatos, California (1-day total: $33,201)
Sam Stapleton on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today is the first episode hosted by Mike Richards, the Executive Producer of both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. There are a couple of things that fans should really note with this: firstly, the show did make it clear in November that not every guest host was in contention for the job of replacing Alex Trebek (in fact, there is a chance that the permanent host will not get a guest hosting spot); secondly, the only reason why Richards is hosting this week and next is that California enacted stricter COVID-19 guidelines prior to this week of taping, and Richards was the only person on set with hosting experience. Any other potential guest host was unable to meet the increased COVID restrictions in time to be able to tape. Also, it should be noted that Mike Richards is not Michael Richards, the problematic actor who played Kramer on Seinfeld. Now, onto the actual game: Sam had a very strong performance on Friday, winning over $33,000 and not giving an incorrect response. If he keeps that up, he’ll have a very good chance of picking up win #2. Another thing to watch out for today: which contestant will pick up Mike Richards’ cadence the best.

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Correct response: What is “Taps”?

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“Taps” is a very well-known bugle call played daily at 2100 hours, during military funerals, and at flag ceremonies by the U.S. Armed Forces. It was arranged during the U.S. Civil War by Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield and was an arrangement of a previous bugle call now known as “Scott Tattoo”. Originally written to sound the end of the day, the playing of “Taps” at funerals became de rigeur because the previous tradition, three volleys of rifle fire, was too mistaken for enemy fire.

In Commonwealth countries (including Canada), a bugle call known as “Last Post” is played during military funerals.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $17,200
David $8,400
Natalie $5,200

Tonight’s results:
Natalie $5,200 + $3,201 = $8,401 (What is taps?!?)
David $8,400 + $2,001 = $10,401 (What is Taps?)
Sam $17,200 – $100 = $17,100 (What is Love, Baby Don’t Hurt Me No More) (2-day total: $50,301)

Sam Stapleton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 22, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
David $6,400
Sam $6,200
Natalie $4,000


Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) POLITICAL SLANG $800 (clue #4)
Sam 600 +1000 (Natalie 0 David 600)
2) HISTORIC SECONDS $2000 (clue #20)
Sam 11800 +3000 (Natalie 6400 David 14800)
3) ANIMALS WITHIN WORDS $1200 (clue #27, $5600 left on board)
David 18400 -10000 (Sam 15200 Natalie 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 71

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.45 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Sam $16,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
David $18,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Natalie $5,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400

Sam Stapleton, career statistics:
42 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (36/114)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,500

Natalie Tyson, career statistics:
11 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200

David Maybury, career statistics:
23 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$10,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,400

Sam Stapleton, to win:
3 games: 61.717%
4: 38.089%
5: 23.507%
6: 14.508%
7: 8.954%
Avg. streak: 3.612 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • After Alex and Ken, it’s going to take me some time to get used to Mike’s cadence. That said, I am happy to see we got through all of the clues today.
  • On the final Daily Double, it was a good idea for David to make a large bet. The problem lay in the fact that David’s bet was not large enough. At a minimum, it needed to be at least $12,000, in order to put himself in a lock position; betting only $10,000 risked way too much for any potential upside. That said: I don’t want this to be a criticism of aggressive wagering; I very much like that. It’s just that there’s a middle-ground of “not aggressive enough”, which this bet fell into.
  • One thing I’ve also noticed in the discussion about the show over the past few weeks: It makes me feel uneasy when I see my opinions parroted as others’ opinions on places like Reddit. Form your own opinions, please!

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 22, 2021"

  1. Matthew Yothers | February 22, 2021 at 11:15 am |

    I wonder if Mike Richards is going to wear his glasses here or not. (BTW, Mike wore glasses when he was the host of Divided)

  2. Francine Pilon | February 22, 2021 at 1:38 pm |

    I like Sam’s sense of humour. That Final Jeopardy answer was hilarious.

  3. I was happy to see Sam win again but how on earth did he come up with that response ? lol

  4. Too bad David lost after playing so well. He should of wagered over $12K if he was confident in the category, otherwise minimally wagering keeps his lead entering FJ. Then his correct answer and wager to cover San insures at least a $34,401 payday.

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | February 22, 2021 at 4:55 pm |

    Wow, color me impressed. I thought Mike Richards was really, really good.

    • His bio is interesting. Mike had been running “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal” on CBS before moving to J! and WoF. He was one of the team bringing “Deal” back to television. I suspect he was instrumental in hiring comedian Wayne Brady to host that show. “Deal” is not my cup of tea, but I think Brady was a fantastic choice for that show.

      I didn’t quite understand why the EP was taking a stint as guest host of “Jeopardy!”, but it makes perfect sense now. We will continue to get little surprises all season!

  6. Given how little time contestants are allowed to write an answer, how on Earth did Sam complete all that verbiage (32 characters)?


  7. Just finished watching the show – I am blown away by the finess of Mike Richards in hosting the show!
    In my humble opinion, his cadence is perfect for the show, and his personality fits right in.

  8. Your analysis of my DD bet is spot on. But that fact is that, I had done the math on that (and I did NOT do the math on that spot) and gotten to $12, I probably would have back down and gone very small. Either play for the win or play to minimize damage. The thing that angers me the most about my mistake was that it was a “squishy middle” bet. My own analysis on my blog agrees – though when I wrote that post, I was still working from memory, because the stats weren’t up yet. I didn’t remember that I had not yet taken myself out of contention – Sam had to finish me off.

    • Pinky Hertel | February 24, 2021 at 3:42 pm |

      David! I am kinda new here (lurker) but I wondered if contestants knew of this site. I was rooting for you! With that category, seemed like a (relatively) sure thing. But I wasn’t looking for a 3 letter answer either. Thanks for making that episode very interesting! Love Pinky

      • Some do, some don’t. I had had a fairly long runup to being on the show – I was actually an alternate at Alex’s last show, so I spent a long time looking up various resources to study for the show.

  9. Jim Cardillo | February 22, 2021 at 7:46 pm |

    I echo Brad (not Rutter)’s opinion of Mike.

  10. Lillian Gear | February 22, 2021 at 7:59 pm |

    Mike Richards was excellent hosting Jeopardy tonight.

  11. Mike could be a great fit for a guest host if he had less on his plate.

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