Today’s Final Jeopardy, Monday, June 14, 2021

Happy Monday! Today is Savannah Guthrie’s first day as guest host. All contestant winnings are being matched and donated to the Bowery Mission. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century America) for Monday, June 14, 2021 (Season 37, Game 186):

2-word term for the statement saying U.S. policy is “to leave the parties to themselves, in the hope…other powers will (do) the same”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Caitlin Hackett, a radiologist from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Caitlin Hackett on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Udoff, a business intelligence analyst from San Diego, California
Jonathan Udoff on Jeopardy!
Katie Sekelsky, a graphic designer from Kent, Ohio (1-day total: $7,999)
Katie Sekelsky on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is (the) Monroe Doctrine?

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The Monroe Doctrine has been a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy since the 19th century. James Monroe proclaimed that the United States was to be the protector of the Western Hemisphere, effectively saying that in exchange for the Americans not intervening in the affairs of European colonial powers, that the European colonial powers should not settle the Americas further. Monroe was concerned that European powers were going to attempt to restore the colonial status of newly-independent Central American, South American, and Caribbean states, and was also concerned about Russian interest in the Pacific Northwest. An early use of the Monroe Doctrine was shortly after the Civil War, where the United States sent troops to the border with Mexico in 1867 to pressure France to withdraw its own puppet kingdom in Mexico. (France withdrew.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $10,200
Caitlin $9,900
Katie $9,600

Tonight’s results:
Katie $9,600 – $901 = $8,699 (What is Global isolationism) (2-day total: $16,698)
Caitlin $9,900 – $9,601 = $299 (What is laissez faire)
Jonathan $10,200 – $9,601 = $599 (What is hands off?)

Katie Sekelsky, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 14, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $8,200
Katie $2,800
Caitlin $1,200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BODIES OF WATER $600 (clue #11)
Jonathan 2600 +2000 (Katie -200 Caitlin 600)
2) ASIAN LITERATURE & DRAMA $1200 (clue #19)
Katie 10800 -2000 (Jonathan 11000 Caitlin 7200)
3) TIME LINES $1600 (clue #24, $8000 left on board)
Caitlin 8400 +1500 (Katie 8800 Jonathan 9400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 76

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 192 (1.03 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Katie $11,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jonathan $8,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Caitlin $10,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,400
Lach Trash: $17,800 (on 16 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Katie Sekelsky, career statistics:
36 correct, 11 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
37.72% in first on buzzer (43/114)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400

Jonathan Udoff, career statistics:
17 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Caitlin Hackett, career statistics:
11 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Katie Sekelsky, to win:
3 games: 31.783%
4: 10.102%
5: 3.211%
6: 1.020%
7: 0.324%
Avg. streak: 2.466 games.

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    28 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy, Monday, June 14, 2021"

    1. The clue is one of the worst that I’ve seen. I was trying to figure out what the 2-word term was in The Monroe Doctrine.

    2. The words “other powers” lead me directly to the Monroe Doctrine.
      Recently there seems to be a lack of general knowledge resulting in many missed clues.
      Tangentially, I think Samuel Jackson would have been an interesting guest host, mother******. Maybe on Saturday Night Live? :):):)

    3. Good match and I thought Savannah did quite well for her first match hosting.

    4. Savannah i think did very well for her first day guest hosting, but this wasn’t a tough clue. I think these contestants are just lacking in general knowledge. The clue other powers leads me to the Monroe Doctrine which I learned in social studies a long time ago. But what was Johnathan thinking with hands off?

    5. I learned that the Monroe Doctrine stated that the Americas were closed to further colonization by European powers. Of this definition, only the word “powers” appears in the clue. The fact that none of the contestants got it right suggests that the wording was sloppy. It should not have been that difficult.

    6. i guessed Laissez Faire.
      it’s definition is “lais·sez-faire
      noun: laissez-faire

      a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering.
      "a laissez-faire attitude to life"
      abstention by governments from interfering in the workings of the free market.
      "laissez-faire capitalism"

      seems pretty close, but of course it is economic, and the clue word “powers” doesnt fit well.

    7. James M. Bailey | June 14, 2021 at 4:11 pm |

      Another obtuse FJ, but still could come up with the correct response immediately.

    8. Brad (not Rutter) | June 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm |

      Host did pretty well I thought.

    9. I got stuck on the word parties, thinking political parties

    10. David John Craven | June 14, 2021 at 5:02 pm |

      I thought it was a particularly badly worded clue. My first thought was “The Monroe Doctrine”, but I dismissed it because, as I read the question, a two word term wouldn’t apply because, well, “the monroe doctrine” is three words long, and critically, I was looking for the words describing the doctrine. I would have answered “Non-intervention Doctrine”…. I honestly can’t think of a worse final jeapordy question…. ever…

      As for the host, she was fine. Nothing remarkable, nothing bad. Of course she is being compared with the most recent guest host (who was superb) and perhaps if she had followed “Dr” Oz or Katie Couric she would have been better received.

    11. The Monroe Doctrine: Try using it in a sentence without the “The”. Just saying.

    12. Dave simmons | June 14, 2021 at 6:13 pm |

      It seems to me that the clue is a clear definition of Laissez-faire.

    13. Katie was impeessive. It is hard to win from third place but she benefitted from a triple stumper. She did the right thing by betting low abd hoping her opponents would bet big and lose.

    14. Yet another triple stumper that I knew ~

    15. I am so impressed with Savannah Guthrie! Her professional yet warm personality was perfect for this show in every aspect.

      This is going to be a fun 2 weeks!

    16. Agree with all who thought the clue was awkwardly worded. I too got hung up on trying to think of a two-word term from the Monroe Doctrine. Better wording might have been something like “The name of this two-word U.S. policy which made the statement ‘to leave the parties to themselves, in the hope…other powers will (do) the same.'” This clue is saying the Monroe Doctrine is a statement, and I don’t know who would characterize it that way.

      • I agree it was sloppy, only America in the category would steer you away from laissez faire. I knew of the Monroe Doctrine, even started reciting the presidents in the 19th Century when I saw the category, and didn’t think of it due to sloppy wording. Perhaps mentioning “a Secretary of State coined this two word term” would reward those who knew it was from Monroe’s time as SOS, not president.

        • Actually, you’re half-right. The “Monroe” Doctrine WAS written by the Secretary of State, but it was President Monroe’s SOS, who was JQ Adams, who drafted it.

    17. Can somebody please help me with why this clue from the Jeopardy round is not factually incorrect. “In college hoops this play used to happen after every basket, but the possession arrow took over decades ago.” Katie was credited with a correct response when she said jump ball. In the early days of college basketball, there was indeed a jump ball after every basket. That went away, though, way before the possession arrow (at least as we know it today) was introduced in 1981. The possession arrow eliminated jump balls on tie-ups and other special situations, but not following every basket. What am I not getting.

      • Richard Rolwing | June 14, 2021 at 8:28 pm |

        Saw it exactly the same way…I guess you could say “possession arrow” applies after a basket if you say that it points to the same party every time, i.e., the team that was scored against–🤔

    18. Never saw your site before but interested in your opinion. The final Jeopardy clue had minimal to no correlation to what the Monroe Doctrine was all about. It was misleading at best and closer to unrelated. Your thoughts?

      • The Final Jeopardy! clue was a direct quote from the statement that initiated the Monroe Doctrine. I am at an absolute loss to see how a direct quote could possibly have “minimal to no correlation”.

    19. Richard Rolwing | June 14, 2021 at 8:34 pm |

      Wasn’t “benign neglect” a political policy in some Era or another, maybe even the Monroe era??

    20. I agree with RobertS above. The clue was incorrect. The possession ARROW is a much more recent basketball rule than the rule that eliminated the jump ball after scoring in favor of giving the other team possession of the ball.

    21. Thomas Gazdayka | June 14, 2021 at 11:42 pm |

      These contestants aren’t winning much money these days. This current one is averaging $8,000+ each day. What happened to the contestants that averaged $20,000 per game?

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