Final Jeopardy: A Year of Firsts

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16 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    I hope Graham makes it to next week also.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Robert Fulghum “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.” What’s with the even years?

    • jacob ska says:

      A Kindergarten teacher beat out a middle school teacher and a high school teacher. That pretty much says it all.

  3. Babs says:

    1950 was not even a presidential election year let alone an inaugural one. Guess he was going for Harry Truman, but that was his given name right? And Barack Obama was long past Barry in 2008. Energy Department was a good clue since that happened during carter’s administration. Of course I was alive and voting then, which could help. Winning bet amount was a strange one. A lot of easy clues missed!

    • VJ says:

      @Babs, Yes, Harry was Truman’s given name. I have looked around mightily for the reason why Carter went with his nickname, suspecting it was because of James Earl Ray. I finally found this on google books:

      “James Earl Carter Jr. would never do in a country that had just seen the trial and conviction of James Earl Ray Jr. for the assassination of the beloved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

      It was a wise choice, I’m sure, especially when James Earl Ray was big news again in June of 1977 when he broke out of prison.

      • jacob ska says:

        VJ, thanks for this info. I was wondering if that was the reason he went with the name Jimmy for the swearing in ceremony.

        • VJ says:

          You’re welcome, Jacob. Apparently, he went with Jimmy his whole campaign for that reason.

  4. EricS says:

    Gail’s wager was horrible. It didn’t cover the double-ups of either player (which may have been perceived as generous, but probably would have won them a wild-card spot anyway) and only risked her shot at a wild-card.

    • Susan Ikenberry says:

      It was a weird bet on what turned out to be a weird question. Should have read “first US president to be sworn in using a nickname”. As it was written the question was confusing. President of what? The Indy 500?

  5. Lou says:

    This was a challenging final jeopardy, but glad that Graham didn’t bet.anything so he could score a wildcard.spot.

    VJ, how much do you remember about the Carter administration ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, idk, probably not enough to get every Jeopardy! clue about him right, but I got this one and I do remember Billy Beer

      BEERS TO YOU! $600: Cans of Billy Beer came inscribed with a note from him: “I think it’s the best I ever tasted. And I’ve tasted a lot”

      LINK: 11 more clues from this match

  6. Charles Brown says:

    That clue was a hard one…

    • Susan Ikenberry says:

      Badly written question… “First US President to be sworn in using a nickname” would have clarified.

  7. Myron M. says:

    “Pop Culture Madness has a collection of trivia from 1977 that includes none of the above events.”

    This cracked me up for some reason.

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