Final Jeopardy: U.S. State Geography

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29 Responses

  1. Patty says:

    This was a very misleading use of the word contiguous. The definition of contiguous means touching, bordering, in sequence. California and Washington do not border or touch each other and they are definitely not in sequence with Oregon between them. 1, 2, 3 are in sequence, 1, 2, 3, 9 are not in the strictest sense in sequence. I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought this clue was misleading!!

  2. Mathwiz100 says:

    Well, I had no idea that this debate on “contiguous vs. continental” would occur, and to such a degree…
    So if I may, I would like to share an answer from Keith Williams, writer of “The Final Wager”:

    “I suppose the clue would have been slightly clearer with “Of the contiguous 48 states”, but I thought it was fine as written. Your friend’s reading would be correct had it said “these 2 contiguous coastal states”; using the term “continental” would include Alaska.”

  3. Susan Ikenberry says:

    That final question was misleading. The contestants only have a few seconds to understand what’s being asked, and it was easy to assume that it meant that the states had to touch each other….Luckily the outcome didn’t depend on the question, but the writers need to be more careful.

  4. Rick says:

    Contiguous means ” the 48 contiguous states” but I think that another state qualifies, Washington state meets the same criteria of the question…

  5. Eamonn Grant says:

    To the producers of Jeopardy:

    My idea of contiguous states are states having a common border with each other. Please explain your answer Washington and California. Since when did they become contiguous?

    Eamonn Grant

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I also thought this was really misleading. By continguous I assumed they were sharing a border and would have said Washington and Oregon. None of the contestants who got it wrong picked states that shared a border (Washington and Maine, for example) but I still thought this should have been worded differently.

  7. Bettijean Meyer says:

    Re: 6/29/16 – final jeopardy – Calif. and Washington are not contiguous states.

    • mimsy says:

      It makes one fervently wish they had said continental in the clue.

    • Dayne Williams says:

      Question: Of the contiguous states, these 2 coastal states have elevation changes within them of more than 14,000 feet.
      of….the operative word in the sentence….. meaning in sequence or adjacent to. or contiguous=together in sequence. So the question is in true form, but could be structured with much clarity.

    • David H says:


      I absolutely agree with this. This was very misleading.

      David H.

  8. Rob says:


  9. jacob ska says:

    I like Alex’s intro statement about Harris: Age & experience has paid off or him in the games. However, Harris looked tired today during the match. He had a good run though.

    Btw, apples (for Washington) & oranges (for California) is a trivia
    favorite for remembering elevation changes more than 14,000 feet within two coastal states Addie.

  10. William Bartsch says:

    Since when is Washington State contiguous to California?

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      The “contiguous states” are basically all of the U.S. states, minus Hawaii and Alaska.

    • jacob ska says:

      Contiguous means the 48 states plus Washington, DC & not necessarily neighboring states. Excludes Alaska & Hawaii.

    • VJ says:

      yeah, they use adjacent when they want states next to each other, or neighboring as Jacob pointed out

      • Cece says:

        This game kinda dragged…

        I never understood why they called it ‘contiguous states’, a confusing nomenclature at best (as evidenced by some of the comments on this thread). The genius who coined it couldn’t just leave ‘continental states’ alone, huh. :)

        • VJ says:

          I guess they decided on contiguous after Alaska entered the union because it is on the North American continent, although some still use continental to refer to the lower 48 (like the Kids Science article I linked to).

          Here’s an article, Contiguous vs. Continental, referring to sweepstakes rules that talks about the confusion

        • Cece says:

          Yes, the article explains the confusion— thanks, VJ. The conclusion I drew then, is that neither ‘continental’ nor ‘contiguous’ is a good word for it. :)

        • VJ says:

          LOL Cece, that was the best part of the article:

          “Many sweepstakes also bypass the confusing terms altogether, and simply state that Alaskan and Hawaiian residents are not eligible to enter.”

        • Cece says:

          And the funny part is, I didn’t get that far in the article. I read up to the last paragraph before “Why Do So Many Sweepstakes Restrict…?” I didn’t care to find out. :)

  11. VJ says:

    I liked Harris’ “Lives” answer to the DD, though — like they were cool cats and had 9 lives :)

    Here is a link to 12 more clues from this match

  12. Mathwiz100 says:

    Those daily doubles… did not work out in Harris’s favor, unfortunately. So does anyone think that his $63,500 could be enough to qualify for the ToC? I am going to say that it will be close, based on last year’s totals:

    After over a week of one or zero people being correct on FJ, it is nice to see 2.5 people solve this one, though (no comment on Maine).

    By the way, curiosity question: where do these pics next to our profiles come from? They are very… creative.

    • VJ says:

      No way to tell right now if Harris will get in the ToC. There are 4 more weeks left in the season. I’ll put him on the list later anyhow.

      Congrats on half your prediction being correct, even though I was hoping it wasn’t :)

      As for the avatars, they are auto-generated by wordpress

      • Mathwiz100 says:

        Thank you, VJ… also, thanks for embedding the link on that comment… is there a way for anyone to do that, or do you only have that ability?

        • VJ says:

          It goes to moderation if it has a link and I have to approve it, even my own links. Just trying to keep spammers off here.