Final Jeopardy: The Civil War

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  1. VJ says:

    Just FYI — that is a very interesting page I linked to on that “Scandinavian Cities” Longyearbyen clue near the end of the recap. One of the facts says that it’s against the law to be buried there!

  2. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    None of the wagers made sense to me.

    • S. Voyager says:

      And the reason for that was that none of them made any sense. The worst was Stephanie’s since it was enough to lose by a dollar if Hallie had been right and bet everything. What an odd bet. As was Colin’s since he wins if he bets $0. All in all a discouraging set of wagers.

  3. Alfred Robert Hogan says:

    The cotton gin was invented/perfected by Eli Whitney in the 1790s. Thank you so much for your hard work in posting these detailed descriptions so quickly!

  4. Tim Baughman says:

    Fuel was said wrong for locomotives making stops to take on water, but water IS the fuel for a steam locomotive–taking on water is taking on fuel.

    • VJ says:

      @Tim. This wikipedia article refers to the places the clue called “tank towns” as “water stops” and colloquially, “jerkwater towns.” It says the water was for the boiler and they picked up the fuel (coal) too sometimes, so I guess the water was indeed part of the fuel system.

      • Tim Baughman says:

        Thanks. I guess they worked together– coal was the fuel that heated the fuel — water–to steam, to drive the train. I thought they should have given it to her.

        • It was pretty obviously water… Steam engines needed a lot of it, not for fuel, so much as to keep them from running out of water and exploding.

        • Tim Baughman says:

          I agree water was the better answer, but steam engines needed it as fuel. It was the steam–the water–that turned the wheels. Steam engines–steam locomotives–are powered by steam.

  5. aaaa says:

    Stephanie wagered $2 less than the expected wager from the lead. Colin overwagered for sure. 44/60

  6. lou says:

    this match was just like justin bender’s first game where he got one final jeopardy question wrong but still retained the lead. Also the cotton gin has nothing to do with the civil war so i dont know where hallie got that from. Vj the cotton gin has to be before the civil war started right?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, maybe it was more like Justin’s second match (11-28-16), where nobody got FJ right. In his first match (11-25-16), he didn’t get FJ but he had a runaway. And yes, the cotton gin was in use well before the Civil War in the USA– there are many articles out there on how the cotton gin actually contributed to the Civil War.

      LINK: 15 more clues from this match