Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 1, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geographic Regions) for Monday, March 1, 2021 (Season 37, Game 111):

In “Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes” Charles de Brosses coined this term for the many islands of the region

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Jon Spurney, a musician & screenwriter originally from New York, New York
Jon Spurney on Jeopardy!
Jillian Zeidner, a legislative analyst from Sacramento, California
Jillian Zeidner on Jeopardy!
Michael Colton, a screenwriter originally from Newton, Massachusetts (2-day total: $17,603)
Michael Colton on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Polynesia?

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“Polynesia”, from the Greek for “many islands”, includes such islands in the south Pacific as Tuvalu, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Rapa Nui, Samoa, and Hawaii. The term was originally used by de Brosses to refer to all of the islands in the South Pacific; the 1750s work, which predated the voyage to Australia by Captain Cook, posited that there were lands there to be discovered (and, unfortunately, exploited). de Brosses’ work was very helpful to Cook’s later voyages to Australia and Polynesia.

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Scores going into Final:
Jon $21,400
Michael $17,600
Jillian $4,600

Tonight’s results:
Jillian $4,600 – $4,595 = $5 (What is Oceania?)
Michael $17,600 – $8,399 = $9,201 (What is Oceania?)
Jon $21,400 + $15,801 = $37,201 (What is “Polynesia”?) (1-day total: $37,201)

Jon Spurney, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 1, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Michael $5,400
Jon $5,000
Jillian $2,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN HISTORY $1000 (clue #10)
Jillian 1400 -1400 (Michael 400 Jon 1200)
2) AUTHORS’ ROAD TRIPS $1200 (clue #3)
Michael 6200 +3000 (Jillian 2600 Jon 5000)
3) ANTHROPOLOGY $1200 (clue #24, $8400 left on board)
Jon 16600 +2400 (Michael 15600 Jillian 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -37

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.39 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Jon $20,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Michael $15,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jillian $6,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400

Michael Colton, career statistics:
52 correct, 8 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
29.24% in first on buzzer (50/171)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,600)
0/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,067

Jillian Zeidner, career statistics:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Jon Spurney, career statistics:
21 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,200

Jon Spurney, to win:
2 games: 63.119%
3: 39.840%
4: 25.147%
5: 15.872%
6: 10.018%
Avg. streak: 2.711 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Kudos to all three players for their bets in Final Jeopardy – also, kudos to Jon for getting a difficult Final Jeopardy! correct to take victory.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 1, 2021"

  1. Was thinking Polynesia but ended up going with Thousand Islands.

  2. I was torn between Polynesia and Oceania. I picked the wrong one.

  3. This FJ seemed easy to me, maybe because Wheel of Fortune recently had a toss-up puzzle of FRENCH POLYNESIA. Otherwise I’m not sure what I would have answered.

  4. The “many islands” in the clue almost made it too obvious, but it can be confusing if you think Australia and NZ are included, which we don’t think of as belonging to Polynesia.

  5. Looks like contestants must di their own math. To beat Michael, Jon needed to bet $13,201. He bet $15,201. Since he got it right, he won an extra $2,000.

    Michael made a good bet. If Jon had missed, he would’ve won.

  6. Alan – yeah, Michael bet the maximum he could while also assuring that Jillian could not catch him and was also a small enough wager that he would beat Jon had Jon wagered to cover (which he did) and had gotten it wrong (which he didn’t).

  7. For me this was one of the easiest finals in a while. Many in the clue took me immediately to Polynesia, since poly means many.

  8. With the French title, I thought of Polynesia right away (French Polynesia). “Australes” made me consider Oceania for about 10-15 seconds before I settled back on Polynesia.

  9. Marylynn Swartz | March 2, 2021 at 8:57 am |

    Jullian answered correctly, “jumps over the lazy dog” What was the clue?

  10. I find it interesting that Wikipedia (and yes, I fully realize that Wikipedia is not always a reliable or reputable source) says that “Polynesia” (actually, “Polynésie”) “was first used in 1756 by the French writer Charles de Brosses”. However, in the listing for “Melanesia”, it says that “…in 1832 French navigator Jules Dumont d’Urville coined the three terms ‘Melanesia’, ‘Micronesia’ and ‘Polynesia’…”

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