Final Jeopardy: Dogs & Geography
The Final Jeopardy question (6/20/2014), in the category “Dogs & Geography” was:
in 2001, the names of these two breeds came together in the new offical name of a Canadian province.
New champ Brian Keele won $12,700 yesterday, by being the only one to get FJ right. Today he takes on these two players: Stacy Gardner, from Long Beach, CA; and Alison Meermans, from Lakewood, OH.
Round 1: Brian found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Breakfast” under the $1,000 clue. He was in second place with $2,400, $2,000 less than Stacy’s lead. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT, but probably wished he’d made it a true Daily Double.
Patrick Towle honored Abraham Lincoln’s humble beginnings with the name of this syrup. show
Brian finished in the lead with $6,000. Alison was second with $5,000 and Stacy was last with $4,400.
Round 2: Alison found the first Daily Double in “The Only President Who…” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $9,000, $1,400 less than Brian’s lead. She bet $2,000 and guessed John Adams. That was WRONG.
is interred in Washington D.C. (at Washington National Cathedral). show
Stacy found the last Daily Double in “Literary Shipping” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $8,000, she had $3,200 less than Brian’s lead. She bet $1,000 but drew a blank so she was WRONG.
In a C.S. Forester novel, Charlie Allnutt pilots this title craft on the Ulanga River. show
Brian finished in the lead with $15,200. Alison was next with $11,400 and Stacy was in third place with $8,600.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
“A strange subject for our final, isn’t it?,” Trebek asked. They make it sound like the provinces were named for the breeds when it’s really the other way around. Whatever. What would be acceptable for this weird clue was discussed earlier today in Spoiler Talk. Labrador Retrievers are commonly called Labradors or just Labs. They are descendants of St. John Water Dogs and other working dogs.
AKC.org says the Newfoundland’s origin is uncertain. Some believe the breed descended from the white Great Pyrenees, “others that he descended from a ‘French hound’ (probably the Boarhound)…” They are called “Newfies” and “Newfs.” But we didn’t get to see if Newfies and Labs would have been accepted after all.
Newfoundland and Labrador first entered the Canadian Confederation on 3-31-1949, simply called Newfoundland. On 12-6- 2001, an amendment was made to the Constitution of Canada to change the province’s official name to Newfoundland and Labrador. “In day-to-day conversation, however, Canadians generally still refer to the province itself as Newfoundland and to the region on the Canadian mainland as Labrador.” (wikipedia)
Stacy only got Newfoundland in, but she didn’t bet anything so she remained at $8,600.
Alison got it right. Her $7,000 bet brought her up to $18,400.
Brian wrote down “Nuna” and “Vut”, splitting up the name of Canada’s newest territory. He lost his $7,800 bet so he ended up with $7,400.
So that makes Alison Meermans, a fund-raising project manager, our new champ.
Alex Trebek had some fun with Brian’s response to a clue for the second time – on the FJ, he quipped “I just bought myself a Nuna, $1,500 bucks… no, it’s going to cost you $7,800…”
In the first round, in the category “On the Wheaties Box”, Brian came up with Olympic swimming champ and star of the Tarzan movies, Johnny Weissmuller, in response to this clue: “1959: this swimmer and star of movies like “Million Dollar Mermaid“. After Alison and Stacy failed to try, Alex informed them that Esther Williams was the Million Dollar Mermaid, not Weissmuller. “Close,” Brian said.
2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “20th Century Technology”
The first major use of simultaneous translation, before adoption by the U.N., was in this European city in 1945 & 1946. show