Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 25, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Landlocked Countries) for Thursday, February 25, 2021 (Season 37, Game 109):

Losing its ocean access in 1993, this African Union member is the most populous landlocked nation, with 110 million people

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Michael Colton, a screenwriter originally from Newton, Massachusetts
Michael Colton on Jeopardy!
Marisa Blackburn, a senior staffing services associate originally from Short Hills, New Jersey
Marisa Blackburn on Jeopardy!
Aaron Craig, a business litigation attorney originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2-day total: $51,254)
Aaron Craig on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Aaron has won both of his games from second place; while he did do much better at the bottom of the board in Game 2 compared to Game 1, it’s much harder to win this game from second place going into Final Jeopardy. I’d be surprised if Aaron won again if he doesn’t have the lead going into Final.

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Correct response: What is Ethiopia?

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With the secession of Eritrea in 1993, Ethiopia (the second-most populous country in Africa) became landlocked—and with that, became the world’s most populous landlocked country. Kazakhstan is the largest by area, while fellow African country Uganda is the second-most populous landlocked country.

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Scores going into Final:
Aaron $13,800
Michael $11,600
Marisa $9,200

Tonight’s results:
Marisa $9,200 – $9,200 = $0 (What is Chad?)
Michael $11,600 – $2,399 = $9,201 (What is Nigeria?) (1-day total: $9,201)
Aaron $13,800 – $9,427 = $4,373 (What is Nigeria?)

Michael Colton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 25, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Aaron $6,600
Marisa $3,200
Michael $2,600


Opening break taken after: 17 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) SHEDDING LIGHT $1000 (clue #27)
Aaron 6800 -1000 (Marisa 3200 Michael 2600)
2) FILMS OF THE ’80s $1600 (clue #1)
Michael 2600 +2600 (Aaron 6600 Marisa 3200)
3) HISTORY $800 (clue #19, $15600 left on board)
Aaron 14200 -4000 (Marisa 6800 Michael 9200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 57

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.41 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Michael $10,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Aaron $18,800 Coryat, 26 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Marisa $9,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,600
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Aaron Craig, career statistics:
69 correct, 5 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
36.26% in first on buzzer (62/171)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,333

Marisa Blackburn, career statistics:
11 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200

Michael Colton, career statistics:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Michael Colton, to win:
2 games: 36.559%
3: 13.365%
4: 4.886%
5: 1.786%
6: 0.653%
Avg. streak: 1.576 games.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 25, 2021"

  1. Maybe the 3rd time will be the charm.

  2. The irony or maybe it’s just fitting. The two times Aaron went into FJ in second place, he won. This time he went into FJ in the lead…and second place won.

  3. Michael made the best bet for his situation. It assured he would win if both his opponents were wrong. I knew this one. I’m surprised it was a triple stumper.

    Aaron beat the odds when he won twice from second place. Too bad he didn’t bet $0 but it’s hard to know when a triple stumper will happen

    • Actually, now that I kind of look at it, even if Michael covered Marisa’s doubled score, he actually could have won as well. The only thing that saved him was that everybody didn’t get it right. Course, that being said, if he and Marisa were right, she would have won. It’s kind of weird what Jeopardy! does if certain players are just trying to “play the odds”.

    • Whoops. Mistyped right there…I thought it was Michael and Marisa, instead it was Michael and Aaron that said the same thing. Instead, Aaron would have won his 3rd game if the two were right.

    • Not sure how his wager would have assured that he would win if the others were incorrect. What if Aaron had wagered 0?

  4. Before the first break they went through 17 questions instead of the regular 15 or less.

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