Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Business History) for Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (Season 37, Game 108):

David McConnell’s cosmetics & perfume co. was rebranded in 1939 with this name, honoring the home of his favorite playwright

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Ken Shen, an astrophysicist from San Francisco, California
Ken Shen on Jeopardy!
Andrew Vaughn, a Ph.D student from Moraga, California
Andrew Vaughn on Jeopardy!
Aaron Craig, a business litigation attorney originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1-day total: $22,027)
Aaron Craig on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Aaron picked up victory yesterday after getting a difficult Final Jeopardy! clue correct; though he was strong on the buzzer, he’ll probably need some more gets near the bottom of the board in order to pick up win #2 (17 of his 19 correct yesterday were in the top three rows of the board).

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Correct response: What is Avon?

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The company known today as Avon Products was founded in the 19th century as the California Perfume Company; suggested because David McConnell’s business partner at the time lived on the West Coast and California had an abundance of flowers. In the 20th century, the company began branding some of its products as Avon, as McConnell’s favorite playwright was William Shakespeare—from Stratford-upon-Avon in England. The company took the name Avon in 1939.

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Scores going into Final:
Ken $18,500
Aaron $17,400
Andrew $14,500

Tonight’s results:
Andrew $14,500 + $5,000 = $19,500 (What is Avon?)
Aaron $17,400 + $11,827 = $29,227 (What is Avon?) (2-day total: $51,254)
Ken $18,500 – $16,301 = $2,199 (What is Mac? :()

Aaron Craig, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 24, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Aaron $9,800
Ken $4,800
Andrew $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) CITIES OF THE MIDWEST $600 (clue #17)
Aaron 3600 +2000 (Andrew -200 Ken 3200)
2) PAINTINGS $2000 (clue #5)
Andrew 6000 +2500 (Aaron 11400 Ken 4800)
3) HORSE & WRITER $1600 (clue #14, $16000 left on board)
Ken 7200 +3700 (Aaron 13400 Andrew 10900)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 149

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.43 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Aaron $16,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $14,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Ken $16,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $46,400
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,800

Aaron Craig, career statistics:
43 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
34.21% in first on buzzer (39/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Andrew Vaughn, career statistics:
18 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Ken Shen, career statistics:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,700)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,400

Aaron Craig, to win:
3 games: 43.145%
4: 18.615%
5: 8.031%
6: 3.465%
7: 1.495%
Avg. streak: 2.759 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Ken Shen is the brother of Wen Shen, 1990 Teen Tournament wildcard semifinalist, and Gwen Shen, 1995 Teen Tournament quarterfinalist.
  • Aaron bets in Final Jeopardy! with $27 on the end because of his two children, aged 15 and 12.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 24, 2021"

  1. For some reason, the episode that was broadcast where I live on Monday evening was a repeat. It was good to see Alex though. Last night’s episode was my first opportunity to see Mike Richards in action. I was impressed.

  2. I’m guessing all three get this one. Been some time, but I think Avon has shown up in final jeopardy question before (if I remember correctly).

  3. Avon was never sold in stores and hasn’t been a household name for years. With no indication in the clue that the “favorite playwright” is BRITISH, this might be a tough one for three male players.

  4. Mike Richards is SO good. Ken Jennings is pretty darn good, to my surprise. But Mike is SO good. Very relaxed and comfortable. He is just a natural. Smart, and funny, too. I watched every episode of Divided that he hosted and laughed out loud many times at his little asides. I think his regular job (exec prod of Jeopardy! I think?) probably pays pretty well but I would love to see him do it all the time. I wouldn’t be angry about Ken doing it but if I had my way it would be Mike.

  5. I thought Ken Jennings was good but now that Mike Richards has taken over I must say that Mike Richards is MUCH better. I prefer his lower toned voice and have not seen any of the dead air pauses where Ken occasionally left a contestant and we the audience hanging before he would confirm a correct response. Guess I better let all of the scheduled guest hosts perform before I make up my mind.
    BTW Jim Rome talked up Aaron Rodgers, the Jeopardy! Nerd, as opposed to the NFL’s MVP for a segment on his radio show today noting that Aaron will guest host for two weeks.

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | February 24, 2021 at 9:43 pm |

    Excellent game today. 3 very good players, and a close contest. The bottom line I regarding Ken and Mike is I have found Jeopardy just as entertaining as when Alex hosted, so I’d be happy with either. Given that I can’t imagine mike would be producer and host, ken still holds the lead.

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