Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie Directors) for Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (Season 37, Game 107):

Along with his writing partner, this director is the only person to win screenwriting Oscars for both a film & its sequel

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Frances Kreigh, an assistant controller from Pacifica, California
Frances Kreigh on Jeopardy!
Aaron Craig, a business litigation attorney originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aaron Craig on Jeopardy!
Sam Stapleton, a college consultant from Los Gatos, California (2-day total: $50,301)
Sam Stapleton on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Sam picked up his 2nd win yesterday after David missed a late Daily Double. Sam is still a better-than-average champion, though—the prediction model puts him at over 60% to win today. Much like his last two games, he’ll have a good chance of winning if he keeps the incorrect response numbers down.


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Correct response: Who is Francis Ford Coppola?


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Along with Mario Puzo, who originally wrote the novels that the films were based on, Francis Ford Coppola won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1972 and 1974 for both The Godfather and The Godfather Part II.


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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $19,200
Aaron $11,200
Frances $11,000


Tonight’s results:
Frances $11,000 – $10,900 = $100 (Who is Mike Nichols?)
Aaron $11,200 + $10,827 = $22,027 (Who is Francis Ford Coppola?) (1-day total: $22,027)
Sam $19,200 – $3,201 = $15,999 (Who is Tarantino)


Aaron Craig, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 23, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Frances $5,800
Aaron $4,800
Sam $4,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AIRLINES IN OTHER WORDS $800 (clue #19)
Frances 3600 +2000 (Sam 2200 Aaron 4200)
2) AFRICAN COUNTRIES $2000 (clue #3)
Sam 6800 +4000 (Aaron 4800 Frances 5800)
3) PHYSICS $1600 (clue #28, $4000 left on board)
Sam 21200 -2000 (Aaron 11200 Frances 11000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 105


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.44 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Aaron $11,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Sam $19,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Frances $9,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400

Sam Stapleton, career statistics:
60 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
30.41% in first on buzzer (52/171)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,000)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400

Aaron Craig, career statistics:
20 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Frances Kreigh, career statistics:
12 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Aaron Craig, to win:
2 games: 35.747%
3: 12.779%
4: 4.568%
5: 1.633%
6: 0.584%
Avg. streak: 1.556 games.

Andy’s Thoughts

  • Kudos to Aaron for getting a difficult Final to take victory today.
  • Those fans who care about such details will be happy to know that we saw a full credit roll in today’s game.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 23, 2021"

  1. I know J! has announced a number of upcoming guest hosts–but have they announced an actual “schedule” yet? I realize that with Covid, it’s impossible to consider any schedule to be locked in until the episodes have been recorded. But I did see an article (mostly unrelated to J!) which claimed that Aaron Rodgers’ hosting stint will begin April 5. Is that date collaborated by J! at all so far?

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/shailene-woodley-confirms-engagement-incredible-human-being-aaron-rodgers-081306080.html

  2. I knew this, but it took me longer than 30 seconds to remember

  3. Right away I thought the Godfather movies – I didn’t realize Coppola did the screen plays on them.

  4. If you know Godfather II as the most critically acclaimed sequel ever, this was easy. You just have to remember the category (Directors) to be reminded that F.F. Coppola co-wrote it. Aaron must’ve known it right away to write the whole name, I wonder if they’d give credit for just Coppola, given that Sofia would be a wrong answer, and clearly the wrong gender per the clue.

    • Same here. When I think of a sequel that was Oscar winning, I think of Godfather II. And yes, Sofia is a director, too, so they may have needed more info despite the ‘his’ pronoun.

  5. Love the Snake Oil tee shirts!
    I hope they sell like hot cakes in a blizzard!

  6. I’ll be curious to see whether Aaron states any reason his FJ wager ended in …27, not …01.

  7. Feb 23 they said Aaron Craig founded a magazine still running 27 years ago. I missed the name of it? Do you know?

  8. Were Puzo and Coppola considered partners? I thought writing credits separated writing partners with “&” and writers who worked on a screenplay separately with “and”?

  9. What happened once Aaron’s correct Final response was revealed? Did Sam congratulate him early? They appeared to be conversing? Unorthodox, but good on Sam if that’s what happened.

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