Final Jeopardy: Ancient History

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25 Responses

  1. Linda Wayland says:

    Help!!! WJZ in Baltimore Wednesday, February 3, 2016, did not broadcast Final Jeopardy! The category was “Moments in History.” Can anyone let me know what happened? Thank you, Linda

    • VJ says:

      Generally, you can find the current recap by looking on the right sidebar. It’s at the top. Or you can change the date in the URL to the date of the game you’re looking for. It will come up if it’s online.

      Today’s recap is here

  2. Trevor Panno says:

    I wonder if eye level would be an acceptable response for eye contact on the $400 clue in “Eye” witness.

    • VJ says:

      Here’s the clue — “Make this direct visual link with an interviewer”

      I don’t think eye level would work myself.

  3. Robert Anderson says:

    Ao in cacao is a dipthong. Cacaovi is a Spanish version of a native word. ka kay oh is an incorrect pronunciation.

  4. JEOPARDY says:

    One of the more easier fj today..

    More so if you know greek history or watched that one movie..

    • Anson MacDonald says:

      Perhaps seeing the movie helped with the answer they were looking for, but I don’t think the same can be said for knowledge of the actual history. The actual history makes it pretty clear that a significant portion, and perhaps a majority, of the Greek army retreated, and therefore survived, after learning that the Persian forces were flanking them.

      As near as I can figure the only thing that could reconcile the clue with that reality is requiring that “known Greeks” means only Greeks who were known by name. That seems awfully nit picky given that we know of many Greeks surviving, even if their names may be unknown. The names do point to the desired answer, but that turns on much more detailed knowledge, and fails to reconcile the historical inaccuracy that should be apparent to those with more than a cursory knowledge of the Battle of Thermopylae. It’s one thing for a clue to benefit those who know certain minor details, and another to put a those with thorough knowledge at a disadvantage.

      There’s no telling how that affected Kyle’s response, but if a contestant gets final jeopardy wrong it should be because of ignorance. In this instance it’s entirely possible that knowledge led her away from the desired answer, leaving her to guess at other possibilities.

      • Davek says:

        There were several thousand Greeks from other cities. It should have stated surviving Spartans. Other Greeks fought with the Spartans for the first 2 days.

  5. Dalton Higbee says:

    STILL! No 4 or 5-time champion. I’m surprised Kyle didn’t win her fourth game today. She might’ve missed watching her fourth Jeopardy! game tonight due to a weather report.

  6. VJ says:

    Tough breaks for Kyle on her DDs today. Helveticum=Swiss; the world’s most famous gamekeeper=Mellors, thanks to Lady Chatterley (check out one of the films, Kyle)

    @Cece, did you laugh at this schwa clue? … A schwa is in the middle of this adjective meaning suffering from feelings of persecution…. I did — not just at the clue — but Alex when he gave the answer.

    • Cece says:

      That totally cracked me up! Between the clue and Alex, plus your Tuesday’s quote of the day and my comment yesterday, lol.

      Yeah, those DD’s totally tripped Kyle up. Poor Fred was a nervous wreck. I worried about him when he got that DD, he seemed barely able to breath. He had a nice comeback after the 1st round—I never thought he would win the game.

      • VJ says:

        At the end of the first round, it did look like Kyle could get a runaway. But I did think he would win when he caught up in the second round because I thought he would be the only one to get FJ. (Good for Demi).

        I wonder if Kyle knew the answer to Fred’s DD and if he knew the answer to any of hers.

        • Cece says:

          Yes, the 1st round looked like Kyle had the game in the bag. As for FJ, when I saw the category (thank you writers!), I thought it would be a triple stumper.

          I bet you run “hits of the 80s”. :):)

        • VJ says:

          I didn’t get the $1,000 British gloom-meisters “Just Like Heaven” :(

        • EricS says:

          VJ, there’s The Cure for that answer. The song was brought to a new level by Dinosaur Jr

  7. William Weyser says:

    Kyle, you were 1 correct response away from the 14th spot in my 6th version of the Tournament Of Champions. Man, if only you got Final right in your 1st appearance or if you wagered as much as you could on Wednesday, which was $13,599. Again, I just can’t catch a break. Well, 1 more week to go before the College Championship, and if I don’t get a spot in the tournament before then, then whoever wins the College Championship will get the 14th spot in my 6th version of the TOC, without avoiding it.

  8. Leena says:

    Come on 4 timers! Good job to Kyle though for going in FJ! with the lead.