Final Jeopardy: Inaugural Addresses
The Final Jeopardy question (11/10/2015) in the category “Inaugural Addresses” was:
His first address spoke of “the present happy state”, “our peculiar felicity” and our “happy government”.
In the second quarter-final of the 2015 Tournament of Champions, the players are 7x champ Greg Seroka, 5x champ Brennan Bushee, and 5x champ Kristin Sausville.
Round 1: Brennan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Oklahoma!” under the $600 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $2,400, $600 more than Greg in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Norman. That was WRONG.
This first state capital was named for a judge, not a folk singer. show
Greg finished in the lead with $7,000. Brennan was second with $1,200 and Kristin was last with $1,000.
Round 2: Kristin found the first Daily Double in “Nicknames for Feminists” under the $2,000 clue. She was in third place with $3,800 now, $7,200 less than Greg’s lead. She bet $200 and she was RIGHT.
Of this woman’s 1848 statement demanding the vote, Lucretia Mott said, “Lizzie, thee will make us look ridiculous.” show
Kristin found the last Daily Double in “Holidays & Observances” under the $1,600 clue two clues later. She now had $5,200, still third place but only $5,800 behind Greg’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.
It became an official French holiday in 1880, 91 years after the event that inspired it. show
Greg finished in the lead with $13,000. Kristin was next with $12,800 and Brennan was in third place with $12,000.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
In his first inaugural address, on March 4, 1817, James Monroe used the word “happy” five times. The fifth president of the USA is closely identified with the Era of Good Feelings, a term that was coined by Benjamin Russell, in the Boston Federalist newspaper, Columbian Centinel, on July 12, 1817.
Brennan got it right. He bet $6,000 and that brought him up to $18,000.
Kristin thought it was Woodrow Wilson. She didn’t bet anything so she remained at $12,800.
Greg thought it was FDR. He lost his $1,500 so he ended up with $11,500. So Brennan Bushee is the second semi-finalist. Nice work!
The Wild Card List begins:
$16,599 Vaughn Winchell
$14,000 Dan Feitel
$12,800 Kristin Sausville
$11,500 Greg Seroka
2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Historic Objects”
In 1802, 3 years after it was discovered, it was moved to London under the terms of the surrender of Alexandria. show