Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Early U.S. History) for Friday, February 26, 2021 (Season 37, Game 110):
Elbridge Gerry, Charles Pinckney & John Marshall were the diplomats in this 1797 incident that led to a quasi-war with France
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|Ollie Savage, an English & film studies teacher from Burbank, California
|Syed Ahamed, an operations manager originally from New York, New York
|Michael Colton, a screenwriter originally from Newton, Massachusetts (1-day total: $9,201)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Michael survived a Triple Stumper Final Jeopardy! to pick up victory; he struggled a little bit on the signaling device yesterday, though. He’ll probably need to do better on the buzzer in order to pick up win #2 today.
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Correct response: What is the XYZ Affair?
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In the 1790s, France had gone to war with the rest of Europe. Washington declared neutrality, in spite of the assistance that France had given to the Americans in the Revolutionary War. France and England began seizing neutral ships that were trading with the other side. France was further angered by the Jay Treaty (1795) that saw England and the Americans reach an agreement. Due to the deteriorating relations, an American diplomatic commission was sent to France in 1797 to attempt to negotiate a solution. However, French foreign minister Talleyrand demanded bribes and a loan before initiating negotiations. The Americans, despite Talleyrand’s actions being well-known in the diplomatic community, were offended and left France without negotiating. The breakdown in relations led to the Quasi-War which took place in the Caribbean between 1798 and 1800; the war made Talleyrand realize that he had miscalculated with the Americans, leading to an end of hostilities.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Michael $13,800 – $5,398 = $8,402 (What is the ??) (2-day total: $17,603)
Syed $14,200 – $13,500 = $700 (What is the Affair?)
Ollie $18,400 – $10,001 = $8,399 (What is the Rum Barrel Fiasco?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) ROAD TRIP TO THE SAME-NAMED PLACE $1000 (clue #21)
Michael 6000 +2000 (Syed -600 Ollie 1800)
2) OPERA SONGS $1200 (clue #10)
Ollie 7400 +5000 (Michael 10200 Syed 4400)
3) COLORFUL LANGUAGE $2000 (clue #26, $4800 left on board)
Syed 11200 +3000 (Michael 13400 Ollie 15600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 128
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.40 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Michael $12,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Ollie $14,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Syed $13,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200
Michael Colton, career statistics:
31 correct, 7 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (30/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,700
Syed Ahamed, career statistics:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,200
Ollie Savage, career statistics:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600
Michael Colton, to win:
3 games: 37.179%
Avg. streak: 2.592 games.
- I wish more players would play their Daily Doubles more aggressively. If I was in Syed’s position, I would have bet at least $5,000 on the final Daily Double.
- Kudos to Michael for his Final Jeopardy! bet; clearly, it won him the game.
- Mike Richards misspoke when he spoke of the XYZ Affair; the French didn’t offer a bribe—they demanded one.
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