Today's Final Jeopardy - Thursday, February 8, 2024 (2024)

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Country Music) for Thursday, February 8, 2024 (Season 40, Game 109):

“It was kind of a prodding to myself to play it straight”, said Johnny Cash of this 1956 hit

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Suzanne Goldlust, a marketing manager from Reston, Virginia
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Ed Petersen, a planning technician from Orlando, Florida
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Alex Gordon, a surgical resident originally from Somers, New York
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Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today’s fourth quarterfinal is between Alex Gordon, Ed Petersen, and Suzanne Goldlust. Suzanne was a 1-day champion who lost to 5-time champion Ben Goldstein, while Alex was a dominant 2-day champion who lost in his third game after a missed Daily Double. Ed has already made an appearance in this tournament, having advanced via the Play-In Game on TuneIn Radio last Friday evening. Alex is definitely one of the favorites to advance all the way to the Tournament of Champions out of this bracket; it’ll definitely be interesting to see how far he goes!

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Correct response: What is “I Walk The Line”?

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Johnny Cash’s first #1 hit on the US country charts, 1956’s “I Walk The Line” was a song that he wrote as a reminder to himself to stay faithful to his first wife, Vivian Liberto. Cash had been the opening act for Elvis Presley, at the early height of Elvis’s fame, and the adoring fans that Elvis was seeing were attempting to court his opening act as well. It was in response to that temptation that spurred him to write “I Walk The Line”, and leading to the quote from the clue, later given numerous times in interviews.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, February 8, 2024 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: A Regional Treasure; Simple Spanish; Military Slang; A Wild Moose Chase; The Mourning News; Super Bowl Stars)

Alex and Suzanne got off to the best start in this one; five correct responses apiece saw their scores $200 from each other at interview time.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Alex 5 correct 0 incorrect
Suzanne 5 correct 1 incorrect
Ed 2 correct 2 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Suzanne still has a parrot “Boo”, who sounds like her mother.
Ed got a fist bump from the mayor Orlando after his win.
Alex would like to thank his co-residents for covering for him.

Alex got to the Daily Double right after the break and only bet $2,000—potentially spooked by the circ*mstances of his defeat last season. While the football category might get some viral play after an incorrect response and two Triple Stumpers, Alex led Suzanne by $1,400 after 30 clues.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Alex 8 correct 1 incorrect
Suzanne 7 correct 1 incorrect
Ed 9 correct 4 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Alex $6,000
Suzanne $4,600
Ed $1,400

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Thinking About The Roman Empire; Sounds Like A Horror Movie, But Isn’t; Medical Specialties; Pastor Brown’s Church Newsletter Crossword; Same First & Last Letter; End Of Story)

There was one—not two—Daily Double in the medical category. Alex had a good time on his, but decided to stay out of the most likely category that the second one was in (even going back into medicine until it was finished.) This let Suzanne get to the last one—and then she only made a $2,500 bet on hers. While it was enough to make Final Jeopardy mean something, Alex was still in a very strong position going into Final.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Alex 21 correct 3 incorrect
Suzanne 16 correct 1 incorrect
Ed 13 correct 8 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Alex $26,000
Suzanne $16,300
Ed $1,000

All three of our players gave an incomplete song title—and while you can have an overfull song title, you can’t have an underfull one, so this one’s a Triple Stumper! Alex was in a strong enough position to advance on the Triple Stumper!

Tonight’s results:

Ed $1,000 – $407 = $593 (What is “Walk The Line”?)
Suzanne $16,300 – $4,000 = $12,300 (What is Walk the Line?)
Alex $26,000 – $7,000 = $19,000 (What is Walk the Line?) (Semi-Finalist)

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Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) SIMPLE SPANISH $800 (clue #16)
Alex 3400 +2000 (Ed 0 Suzanne 3200)
2) MEDICAL SPECIALTIES $1600 (clue #5)
Alex 9200 +9200 (Ed 3000 Suzanne 5400)
3) THINKING ABOUT THE ROMAN EMPIRE $1600 (clue #26, $3200 left on board)
Suzanne 11800 +2500 (Alex 26000 Ed 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 180

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Alex 2 3 4 2 1 4*
Ed 5 3
Suzanne 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 3

DJ! Round:
Alex 5 4* 3† 2† 1† 2 4 1 3 2 1 3 2
Ed 2 3 3 2
Suzanne 4 5 3 4 5 5 4 5 4*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Alex 2.58
Suzanne 4.12
Ed 3.00

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Alex $17,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Suzanne $15,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Ed $1,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 8 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,600
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200
Lead Changes: 2
Times Tied: 0

Player Statistics:

Alex Gordon, career statistics:

99 correct, 16 incorrect
4/8 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
42.54% in first on buzzer (97/228)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,200)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,450

Ed Petersen, career statistics:

75 correct, 29 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
41.59% in first on buzzer (94/226)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,600)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,450

Suzanne Goldlust, career statistics:

49 correct, 8 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
26.90% in first on buzzer (46/171)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,467

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This game ends significantly differently than it did had Suzanne been more aggressive on her Daily Double bet.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Alex $26,000 Suzanne $16,300 Ed $1,000)

Alex: Standard cover bet over Suzanne is $6,601. Considering her conservative bet on her Daily Double, I wouldn’t bet any more than this. (Actual bet: $7,000)

Ed: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $407)

Suzanne: Bet at least $3,100, but realistically, you can bet up to $14,299 here. (Actual bet: $4,000)

Updated CWC Group 2 odds:

Alex +470
Mira +830
Deb +880
Taylor +1000
Patrick +1100
Dan +1200
David +1500
Kat +2000
Elliott +2000
Vince +2300
Long +2700
Nicole +3000
Ilhana +3100
James +3200
Emma +3200
Sriram +3300
Donna +4700
Jesse +8200
Diandra +10000

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