Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Leaders Address Congress) for Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (Season 37, Game 112):

The 2 to address 3 joint sessions are Churchill & this leader, his non-European country’s longest-serving PM, in 1996, 2011 & 2015

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Michele Friedlander, a family law attorney from Encino, California
Michele Friedlander on Jeopardy!
Jeff Noblitt, a university administrator from Northridge, California
Jeff Noblitt on Jeopardy!
Jon Spurney, a musician & screenwriter originally from New York, New York (1-day total: $37,201)
Jon Spurney on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jon picked up a lot of money yesterday after getting Final Jeopardy! correct from the lead. He may need to get slightly better on the buzzer if he wants to put a long run together; I’d say at least 20 times in first would be a good target for him.

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Correct response: Who is Benjamin Netanyahu?

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Benjamin Netanyahu has served as Prime Minister of Israel on two separate occasions, from 1996 to 1999 and since 2009, and is the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israel’s history. His third speech was not without controversy, though; Republican leaders, attempting to undermine the Obama administration’s Middle Eastern foreign policy, invited Netanyahu to speak—without consulting with Obama—in the hope that Congress would impose further sanctions on Iran.

Adding in some Canadian flavor regarding addressing Joint Sessions of Congress: Three Canadian leaders have done so—Governor General Vincent Massey in 1954, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1977, and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1988.

One further thing that I’ve noticed in trivia—and it certainly cropped up last week in LearnedLeague: A lot of people skip over the Middle East when thinking of Asia (Yes, I know it just says non-European in the clue). It’ll be interesting to see if anyone gets to Netanyahu within 30 seconds today. (Yes, I know that my thoughts today are coming from all directions. Sometimes I just feel that I need to do that.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Jon $22,400
Michele $11,400
Jeff $8,400

Tonight’s results:
Jeff $8,400 – $8,000 = $400 (Who is Tony Blair?)
Michele $11,400 – $11,399 = $1 (Who is Fidel Castro)
Jon $22,400 + $401 = $22,801 (Who is Netenyahu?) (2-day total: $60,002)

Jon Spurney, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 2, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jon $6,800
Michele $3,800
Jeff $1,600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MOUNTAINS $400 (clue #30)
Michele 2800 +1000 (Jon 6800 Jeff 1600)
2) ALTERNATE HISTORY NOVELS $2000 (clue #15)
Michele 8600 +2000 (Jon 12000 Jeff 6000)
3) COMPOUNDS $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
Jon 20400 +2000 (Jeff 6400 Michele 11400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 69

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.38 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Jon $21,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 5 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jeff $8,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Michele $10,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,800
Lach Trash: $8,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600

Jon Spurney, career statistics:
48 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (48/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,900

Jeff Noblitt, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Michele Friedlander, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Jon Spurney, to win:
3 games: 67.267%
4: 45.248%
5: 30.437%
6: 20.474%
7: 13.772%
Avg. streak: 4.055 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I was left disappointed by the Daily Double wagering in this game; each one felt too conservative for the respective situations.
  • Michele is probably going to end up on ESPN after her miss on the SPORTS TROPHIES & AWARDS $400 clue.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 2, 2021"

  1. Thinking of the correct answer is only half the battle on this one. It will be interesting to see what spellings are accepted.

    • Technically, the correct spelling is נְתַנְיָהוּ – so, I guess any phonetical spelling with English letters should be okay.

      • In that case–If “Worcester” can be pronounced “Woostah”, then I think that “Tony Blair” can be pronounced “Netanyahu”. 😀

  2. I guessed correctly only because I know he’s been in office forever (and Israel is an Asian country).

  3. This was tough because Shinzo Abe is also the longest-serving PM of his country and has also addressed a joint session of Congress in 2015:


    • I also went with Abe, but it was a tossup. I knew both had addressed Congress, but didn’t know which was the three-timer.

  4. Did anyone else find this FJ difficult to parse? Between the numerals for “two” and “three” (necessary for space, but not ideal for comprehension) and the mouthful “his non-European country’s longest-serving PM” (a noun phrase that is truly an affront to the English language), I got to Netanyahu but not in time to write it down in 30 seconds.

    Some might disagree, but I’d have left this one on the cutting room floor. Props to any contestants who manage to do all that work in the allotted time.

  5. Wow! All the lights were on at Jon’s house today: 26 correct, 52.6% first on buzzer, and the only one to get FJ!
    Congratulations, Sir!

  6. Re Andy’s comment on Michele’s sports miss, she however did quite well on two of the harder clues in that category.

  7. I agree with Andy that Jon’s wager on the last daily double was way too conservative. He could’ve given himself a much better chance at a runaway with very little downside risk.

    • Agree. Interestingly, Jon took a fairly long time calculating that poor wager. Michele’s two wagers were way too conservative in my opinion.

      I guess none of it mattered as it turned out.

  8. Mike Hickey | March 2, 2021 at 8:36 pm |

    There was an error in tonight’s episode. The positive terminal of a battery is the anode, not the cathode. Nobody caught this error.

    • A cursory Google gives me multiple sources—on page 1, even—that say cathode = positive.

      • I believe there was indeed a faulted clue in this game — but it was “Sports Trophies & Awards,” $600. Gary Player’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by the PGA TOUR, not the PGA [of America]. The Tour separated from the PGA in 1968, and the award in question was only first presented by the Tour in 1996. I personally think that a clue requiring such a granular distinction should have never reached the board.

        (I raise the point here only to invite further discussion; I’m fully cognizant of section 10 of the SCP.)

    • David Jasinski | March 3, 2021 at 11:50 am |

      The electrode of a battery that releases electrons during discharge is called anode; the electrode that absorbs the electrons is the cathode. The battery anode is always negative and the cathode positive.

      I also thought a mistake was made, but it’s about perspective.

  9. STUART RUBIN | March 2, 2021 at 10:55 pm |

    I did not understand why Jon’s Fish Fillet answer was disallowed. The host said that the correct response was Fillet of Fish. I do not remember the category title, but the answers seem like one in the same to me.

    • The clue makes reference to a specific McDonald’s sandwich: Filet-o-Fish, being the trademarked name of McDonald’s sandwich, is the only answer that can be given.

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