Final Jeopardy: U.S. History

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28 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    Perhaps I’m missing something but I never heard of the tavern in the clue. However, the date December 7, 1787 is very visible on the Delaware flag which leads one to Dover (the capital city). This was a fair fj clue imo.

  2. Harris Stutman says:

    I thought the FJ was great. Needed to figure out what happened in US in 1787 (Constitution) then what was special about a state capital (like the first state to ratify?) then which state was the first, then what is that state’s capital. Maybe I’m biased because I worked it through (Delaware’s nickname is a big help, of course) but that was the best FJ in a while!!

    • VJ says:

      Hi Harris, I do have a little quibble with the clue for saying “what is now this state capital” when Dover was Delaware’s state capital in 1787.

      Maybe that’s what led John to pick Albany (New York, NY was the state capital til 1797). He did quite well in yesterday’s Constitution category.

      • jacob ska says:

        VJ, John wrote Annapolis. Aaron wrote Albany then crossed it out & wrote NY. Weird.

        • VJ says:

          Okay, you’re right. Then I must amend my comment to say maybe that’s what led John to pick Annapolis (sheepish grin)

  3. aaaa says:

    $8000 in triple stumpers gotten, 2 missed DD’s and FJ!

  4. aaaa says:

    47/61 here

  5. Jasper says:

    I hate to break it to you but Albany is a capital

  6. Lou says:

    Well, I had a feeling this would happen but still not bad guesses. But still though if this keeps up I am hoping to see John bet 0 to keep winning because I think his playing strategy is like Seth Wilson. Don;t you agree VJ? Also I just hope that Tim Aten and Justin Bender don’t end up making the same mistakes in FJ during the tournament of champions later on

    • Dalton Higbee says:

      Not even sure if Justin Bender will be in the ToC.

      • Lou says:

        He won 4 games though, that makes him qualify for it. 62000 dollars in 4 days. The rule of the Toc means that if you win 3 games with 90000 or 4 games with 100000 or more you wil be in the toc.

  7. VJ says:

    Well, Aaron didn’t have the luck John had the other day. Giving up his lead on that last DD cost Aaron this one.

    There was a $200 video clue in “Official State Stuff” on 6/3/2013, where they used the Golden Fleece name: (Sarah of the Clue Crew) I’m at the site of the Golden Fleece Tavern, where, on December 7, 1787, delegates voted unanimously to ratify the U.S. Constitution, earning this state its official nickname, “The First State”

    That last phrase is probably why it was a $200 clue. ;)

    LINK 13 more clues from this match (including the Disney characters category, because I got a kick out of the $800 clue)

    • EricS says:

      What cost Aaron the game was his horrible bet on FJ.

      • VJ says:

        Hmmm, I thought that if he bet $500 or less on that DD, he would have made a different bet in FJ.

        • EricS says:

          Actually, losing the lead (which is generally ill-advised) is what gave him the chance to win on the ts (really just on the miss from the leader). With a third player basically eliminated, the player in 2nd would want to leave an amount one dollar over double the difference between them and the leader. Then, if the leader were to bet (as is convention) to cover the double-up, the player in second would win if the leader misses.

      • VJ says:

        PS – I only said “Delft” on that DD and I have no idea if that would have been good enough

        • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

          I said Delft china. I don’t know if they would accept that.

        • VJ says:

          I think they would take Delft china for sure, Marilyn.

        • rhonda says:

          I said Delfenware, I bet that would not have been accepted.

        • VJ says:

          Imagining it was just a regular clue and all 3 of us were the contestants:

          VJ: What is Delft?
          Alex: We need a little more
          VJ: uh, uh….
          Alex: Sorry, too much time. Rhonda or Marilyn?
          Rhonda: What is Delfenware?
          Alex: Nope
          Marilyn: What is Delft china?
          Alex: We’ll accept that. Delftware. Delftware, pottery or china, also called Delft Blue. Very famous.


        • rhonda says:

          LOL, VJ!! I can even hear Alex saying that!!

        • VJ says:

          me too, Rhonda. though I should have put (annoying pause) before he accepted Marilyn’s answer

  8. jacob ska says:

    Oh stop! 2 contestants wrote the name of states when the fj clue explicitly wanted a city name. I give up.

    Annapolis is only one year later (1788). Not too bad a guess. Contestants blew my prediction to the wind on this fj clue.

  9. Dalton Higbee says:

    And that breaks the record set back in 2002. Do hope we get a correct response tomorrow!