Final Jeopardy: South America
The Final Jeopardy question (12/16/2014), in the category “South America” was:
In 2004 the dollar replaced the guilder as the monetary unit of this country.
New champ Alysha Rooks won $18,412 yesterday and defeated a 2x champ. She’ll be a 2x champ herself today if she can beat her two opponents: Josh Vittor, from New York, NY; and Jean Parker, from Montgomery, AL.
Round 1: Rooks found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Name the Decade” under the $600 clue. She was in the lead with $4,000, $3,400 more than Jean in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.
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Rooks finished in the lead with $6,200. Jean was second with $3,000 and Josh was last, in the hole for $800.
Round 2: Josh found the first Daily Double in “Historical Fiction” under the $1,200 clue. He was in third place with $2,400, $5,800 less than Rooks’ lead. He bet $2,000 and came up with “The Other Anne”. That was WRONG.
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Lots of triple stumpers and for the second day in a row, we didn’t get to see the last Daily Double when the contestants ran out of time. It was either under the $1,600 or $2,000 clue in the category “Italian Islands”.
Rooks finished in the lead with a runaway $11,400 and Jean was next with $3,800. Josh just got out of red on the last clue and had $400.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
WHAT IS SURINAME? Formerly Dutch Guiana, it’s the only Dutch-speaking country in South America. Renamed Suriname in 1948, it won full independence from the Netherlands in 1975. The image above shows a guilder note from 1971 on the left and, on the right, is the Surinamese dollar, adopted in 2004. For fast facts on Suriname, check out this World Atlas page, which also shows a $20 note.
Wikipedia has a list of currencies used in South America.
Josh thought it was Ecuador. He lost his $325.00 bet and finished with $75.00.
Jean wrote down Peru and crossed that out in favor of Guyana. She didn’t bet anything so she remained at $3,800.
Rooks got it right. She only bet $12 and mentioned that her fiance’s birthday is 12/12. Hmmm… you shoulda bet $1,212, Rooks, but, no matter — she still won the match with $11,412 and now has a 2-day total of $29,824.
Rooks did not talk about her writing today either. She talked about her hair and Alex kidded around with her and with Jean about her frog.
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