Final Jeopardy: Geography
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/12/2017) in the category “Geography” was:
Cross the Strait of Bonifacio & you go between the 2nd- & 4th-largest Mediterranean islands & between these 2 countries.
New champ Tucker Dunn won $23,601 on Friday. Today he is up against these two players: Janna Seals, from Mont Belvieu, TX; and Liz Kuster, from Chesterfield, MO.
Round 1 Categories: “A” in the Law – The Sporting Life – Districts – Differing by One Letter – This & That – Literary Character Mashup
Janna found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Character Mashup” under the $1,000 clue, with 8 clues left after it. She was in second place with $4,000, $600 less than Tucker’s lead. She bet $2,000, blurted out Dickens and immediately realized that was WRONG.
Hepzibah Chillingworth. show
Tucker finished in the lead with $6,200. Liz was second with $4,400 and Janna was last with $2,800.
Round 2 Categories: The Plays of Jean Racine – Rocks & Minerals – Foreign Words & Phrases – “Bad” Entertainment – Strike! – The Iron Is Hot
Janna found the first Daily Double in “‘Bad’ Entertainment” under the $1,600 clue on the 4th pick. After getting the first 3 clues right, she was in second place with $5,200, only $1,000 behind Tucker’s lead. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.
Leonard Maltin calls it “the quintessential spaghetti western” show
4 clues later, Janna found the last Daily Double in “Rocks & Minerals” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $6,000 now, she had $1,400 more than Tucker in second place. She bet $1,000 and thought it was Connecticut. That was WRONG.
A native sandstone Roxbury Puddingstone is the official rock state. show
Liz finished in the lead with $8,400. Tucker was next with $8,200 and Janna was in third place with $6,200.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
An interesting thing about the 5 largest islands in the Mediterranean is that the top 2 start with S — Sicily is No. 1 and Sardinia is No. 2. The next 3 all start with C in this order — Cyprus, Corsica and Crete. The first two belong to Italy. Cyprus is an independent nation. Corsica belongs to France and Crete belongs to Greece. Now, about the Strait of Bonifacio– it lies between Corsica and Sardinia, is just 6.8 miles wide and separates the Tyrrhenian Sea from the western Mediterranean Sea. Can you swim across it? Apparently yes. Here’s Terry Laughlin’s account of doing just that.
Sporcle quiz – that should give us a headstart in naming the most important straits and seas in the Mediterranean.
Jana was the wrong side of Italy, pairing it with Greece. She bet everything but $2.00.
Tucker misread the clue and gave the island names– the right islands but the clue asked for the countries they belong to. That cost him his $4,201 bet. He had $3,999 left.
Liz had the same response as Jana. She lost $8,001 and finished with $399. Tucker was just blown away to realize that he won the match. His 2-day total is $27,600.
2 triple stumpers from the last round:
“BAD” ENTERTAINMENT ($2000) On this song from “Channel Orange”, Frank Ocean sings to a cab driver of his unrequited love for a man
THE PLAYS OF JEAN RACINE ($1600) Louis XIV was costumer for the Racine play about this Jewish wife of a Persian king
2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Poetry”
He rhymed the title character of one of his best-known poems with “drew on,” “threw on” and “ruin”. show