Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The 50 States) for Tuesday, February 9, 2021 (Season 37, Game 97):

While it has only 31 miles of coastline on the Atlantic, its shoreline is almost 3,200 miles thanks to a large estuary & its tributaries

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Myles Nye, a game designer from Berkeley, California
Myles Nye on Jeopardy!
Morgan Halvorsen, a news editor from Silver Spring, Maryland
Morgan Halvorsen on Jeopardy!
John Focht, a software team lead originally from El Paso, Texas (1-day total: $24,800)
John Focht on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: John had one of the most impressive games of the season by anybody in his debut yesterday. When the prediction model says a player is 50/50 to win five games after their first win, eyebrows do get raised. I do think that John’s skills are strong enough to get a good run going, but Myles and Morgan have something to say about that, especially if the board is friendlier to them compared to John.

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Correct response: What is Maryland?

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The vast majority of Maryland’s coastline comes as a result of it occupying the north half of Chesapeake Bay. The Congressional Research Service, using measurements from nautical charts, says Maryland only has 31 miles of ocean coastline, whereas the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration counts Chesapeake Bay and accounts for the nearly 3,200 miles of coastline.

Of course, the “coastline paradox” makes any coastline measurements inherently impossible to accurately calculate.

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Scores going into Final:
John $18,400
Morgan $16,800
Myles $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Myles $5,400 – $5,333 = $67 (What is North Carolina?)
Morgan $16,800 + $1,801 = $18,601 (What is Maryland?)
John $18,400 + $15,600 = $34,000 (What is Maryland?) (2-day total: $58,800)

John Focht, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 9, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $6,400
Myles $4,600
Morgan $4,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NONFICTION $600 (clue #20)
Myles 3800 +800 (John 3400 Morgan 1800)
2) HISTORICAL PAIRS $1200 (clue #3)
John 7600 +3000 (Morgan 4000 Myles 4600)
3) BANKS FOR THE MEMORIES $1200 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
John 11400 +3000 (Morgan 14800 Myles 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 152 (1.57 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
John $14,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Morgan $16,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Myles $5,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

John Focht, career statistics:
53 correct, 3 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (46/114)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,200

Morgan Halvorsen, career statistics:
19 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800

Myles Nye, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200

John Focht, to win:
3 games: 76.058%
4: 57.849%
5: 43.999%
6: 33.465%
7: 25.453%
Avg. streak: 5.177 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thank you very much to Jay Johnson for his assistance getting the Final Jeopardy! results for today’s game—he lives in a market where it airs at noon Eastern and did not get pre-empted like KTRK did in Houston.

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

  1. John is from Texas – I hope he gets it!
    My thought was No. Carolina with the Outer Banks.
    Never would have guessed Maryland – it seems so compact.

    • NC has WAY more than 31 miles of coastline on the Atlantic. Remember that MD is split between the Western part of the state (which includes Baltimore) and the Eastern Shore portion, with a huge waterway in between (Chesapeake Bay).

  2. Chesapeake Bay

  3. Jim Cardillo | February 9, 2021 at 12:23 pm |

    Coincidence how this FJ comes up when a contestant from Maryland is on!

  4. Today’s match interrupted after DJ by impeachment breaking news so I now wait for the results to be posted here. 🙂

  5. The clue referencing the 1940 and 1944 Olympics gave the correct response as Japan and Italy, but London was awarded the 1944 Games three months before war broke out. Rome was a finalist. Did they make a mistake?

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