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
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In case you missed it: Jeopardy! announced four more guest hosts this week. Three of those picks are a good idea. The fourth is a nearly unanimously unpopular pick with fans and former contestants alike.
|Michael White, a marketing professional from Mission Viejo, California
|John Focht, a software team lead originally from El Paso, Texas
|Leah Wiegand, a stay-at-home mom originally from Asheville, North Carolina (1-day total: $17,000)
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:
Leah $6,200 – $6,200 = $0 (What is London?)
Michael $12,200 – $201 = $11,999 (What is
John $32,400 – $7,600 = $24,800 (What is Paris?) (1-day total: $24,800)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
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
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%
Avg. streak: 6.073 games.
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