Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 8, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Literature) for Monday, February 8, 2021 (Season 37, Game 96):

In a classic novel from 1866, the murders of 2 women take place in this city

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Michael White, a marketing professional from Mission Viejo, California
Michael White on Jeopardy!
John Focht, a software team lead originally from El Paso, Texas
John Focht on Jeopardy!
Leah Wiegand, a stay-at-home mom originally from Asheville, North Carolina (1-day total: $17,000)
Leah Wiegand on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: In a category that screamed “This is difficult” on Friday, Leah won by making a conservative wager that paid off when a Triple Stumper happened. “World Literature” doesn’t scream “This is difficult”, though, and as you’ll see below, I think this is an esoteric clue. Leah may need some luck to out-maneuvre her opponents and claim a second win today.

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Correct response: What is St. Petersburg, Russia?

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The 1866 classic novel is Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment; one of the major parts of its plot is the murder of an elderly pawn-broker and her half-sister by the impoverished Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, with the intent on stealing the wealthy pawn-broker’s wealth; however, Raskolnikov, overcome by guilt, does not steal significant wealth and eventually confesses to the murders.

Regarding this clue, though: Unless you’re positive that the 1866 novel with the murders is Crime and Punishment, I’m really not sure how you get here—and unless you’re sure of its setting, I’m not sure how you get to St. Petersburg and not Moscow. Full credit to any contestant who gets this one correct. For what it’s worth: maybe I’m just misreading the difficulty of the clue, too. I’ve done that before.

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

Scores going into Final:
John $32,400
Michael $12,200
Leah $6,200

Tonight’s results:
Leah $6,200 – $6,200 = $0 (What is London?)
Michael $12,200 – $201 = $11,999 (What is London Moscow?)
John $32,400 – $7,600 = $24,800 (What is Paris?) (1-day total: $24,800)

John Focht, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 8, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $12,400
Michael $3,600
Leah $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LITERARY ALLUSIONS $1000 (clue #30)
John 9400 +3000 (Leah 2600 Michael 3600)
2) PEOPLE & PLACES $1200 (clue #17)
John 18400 +4000 (Leah 6200 Michael 8400)
3) TAKE ‘EM TO THEIR ROYAL HOUSES $1200 (clue #21, $14000 left on board)
Michael 7600 +5000 (Leah 6200 John 24000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 119

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 152 (1.58 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
John $27,600 Coryat, 29 correct, 0 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Michael $8,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Leah $6,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 0 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,200
Lach Trash: $7,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Leah Wiegand, career statistics:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (20/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

John Focht, career statistics:
29 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,600

Michael White, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 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: $5,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

John Focht, to win:
2 games: 83.535%
3: 69.780%
4: 58.291%
5: 48.693%
6: 40.675%
Avg. streak: 6.073 games.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 8, 2021"

  1. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone said Paris, thinking of Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” The obvious problem there is that is a short story, not a novel, but the plot does involve the murder of two women. Both were written in the mid-1800’s.

    • that was my guess. only work of his I read was “The Brothers Karamazov” (in the English translation)

  2. Chris Stratton | February 8, 2021 at 10:03 am |

    I agree, Andy, very difficult. I have read Crime and Punishment, enjoyed it greatly. But I did not know exactly when it was written and didn’t recall that it involve the death of two women. It’s been decades since I read it.

    And had I thought of it, I might very well have said Moscow, as well. Super difficult FJ, I should think. As it was, I toggled between Paris, Rome and Cairo.

    • You could have spotted the contestants and the audience the title and it still would fall 50-50 Moscow/St. Petersburg for 90% of people.

      • when I was a kid, we called it Leningrad 🙂 a few years back there was a final jeopardy involving St. Petersburg mentioning it had changed names 3 times ending up with the same name it started with.

  3. It’s been years since I read this book. Pretty difficult final but I had a choice of either moscow or St petersburg since it tells about the murders of two women. But Moscow was my only choice

  4. John was a run away from the get go – look at those stats!

    and then came FJ! You were right, Andy – esoteric and THEN some.
    Wishing you a second win tomorrow, John.


  5. I agree with all of the previous comments. I immediately thought of Crime and Punishment, but I would have guessed Moscow too. I can’t recall anything in the novel that makes St. Petersburg stand out as the setting. They should have asked for the country rather than the city. Just knowing which novel they were talking about should have been good enough.

    I wonder if the guest host has veto power over the clues, the way that Alex did.

  6. James M. Bailey | February 8, 2021 at 2:16 pm |

    Read it for AP English in 1976. Nailed it! (Read Bros. Karamazov in summer of ’77 because I loved it so much.) The Russians are the greatest novelists.

  7. Michael Day | February 8, 2021 at 2:33 pm |

    FJs have been uncommonly easy so far this year, but this one was extremely difficult. I’m glad it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. Honestly, I don’t like difficult Triple Stumper-type FJ questions. It makes the game into a lottery. It’s like saying the regular season doesn’t matter is sports.

    I much prefer the easier sorts of questions they have had throughout most of this season, so that there is some element of excitement, but the player who is ahead after DJ (even if not a lock game) will normally win.

  8. Though it was Crime and Punishment but would have guessed Moscow. Also only recalled one murder. But I think its a good question.

  9. Jim Cardillo | February 8, 2021 at 7:41 pm |

    Congratulations John! I too vividly recall that Nolan Ryan – Robin Ventura incident in ‘93.

  10. Matthew Yothers | February 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm |

    This one’s for you, Ben (Glutton for Punishment).
    Leah said she was a glutton for punishment going to the $1200 clue in BEFORE & AFTER GOES TO THE MOVIES.

  11. This Final Jeopardy! clue, like far too many that have come before it this season, requires very specific knowledge of a piece of fiction with absolutely no way to figure it out without substantial familiarity with that work. A really goo FJ! clue uses the fact that there is thinking time by having some other path to the answer other than straight up knowing what they’re asking. In my mind, the peak FJ! experience is figuring out a response that you didn’t know or didn’t realize you knew because of the secondary clues, e.g. knowing enough about the historical context to get a literature question.

  12. Joseph Affinito | February 9, 2021 at 12:34 pm |

    Angela was the correct answer for what question on yesterday’s program Feb. 8 ,2021

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