Final Jeopardy: The U.S. Government
The Final Jeopardy question (3/12/2015), in the category “The U.S. Government” was:
On Aug. 15, 1994, 59 years and 1 day after FDR signed the original act, Bill Clinton made this an independent agency.
New champ Kristin Sausville won $24,801 in yesterday’s game. Today her opponents are: Stephanie Hull, from Columbia, MO; and Brad King, from Hartland, MI.
Round 1: Kristin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Presidential Secrets” under the $1,000 clue before the first break. It was the 5th clue picked in the round, all in the same category. She was in the lead with $1,400, $800 ahead of Stephanie in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Polk. That was WRONG.
In the last year of his presidency in 1844, he secretly married a woman 30 years younger. show
Kristin finished in the lead with $4,400. Stephanie was second with $3,200 and Brad was last with $2,600.
Round 2: Kristin found the first Daily Double in “Zodiac Constellations” under the $800 clue. She was in the lead with $5,200, $1,200 ahead of Stephanie in second place. She bet $2,400 and guessed “Taurus.” That was WRONG.
This constellation is where you’ll find the sun as spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere. show
Brad found the last Daily Double in “Lyricists” under the $1,600 clue. At this point, Kristin was the only one with any money. She had $9,200, Brad was in the hole for $1,000 and Stephanie was in the hole for $1,200. Brad bet the $2,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.
Oscar Hammerstein II & this other great partner of Richard Rodgers were classmates at Columbia. show
This mind-boggling round, full of ill-advised guessing, ended with 5 clues left on the board. Kristin was still the only one with a positive score: $8,400. Brad was in the hole for $200 and Stephanie was in the hole for $6,800, so no Final Jeopardy! for them.
Kristin got Final Jeopardy! WRONG.
“At an historic White House bill-signing ceremony on August 15 1994, Public Law 103-296 – Social Security Independence and Program Improvements Act of 1994 – was signed into law. President Bill Clinton symbolically used one of the pens President Franklin Roosevelt had used when he signed the original Social Security Act 59 years ago, on August 14,1935. The new legislation officially separates the Social Security Administration (SSA) from the Department of Health and Human Services (HBS), effective March 31, 1995, and restores the SSA to its original status as an independent Federal agency. (Since 1939, SSA has operated under the direction of a “parent” agency.) ” (SSA.gov: Public Law 103-296)
The SSA has its organizational history online here, including the “59 years and one day after FDR signed the original act,” wording that’s in the clue.
Kristin came up with the FDIC. She lost her $1,600 bet but won the game with $6,800. Her 2-day total is $31,601.
During the chat, Kristin talked about how she and her brother found common ground in their love of attending Bruce Springsteen concerts, probably why she wished on Twitter that she was playing the game with the Springsteen FJ. Maybe yesterday’s Weird Al FJ made up for that a little bit.
2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Shakespeare”
Samuel Johnson said Shakespeare “so carefully informs us” that this play is set on the eve of May Day & yet called it this. show