Final Jeopardy: Famous Women

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/30/2015), in the category “Famous Women” was:

On January 5, 1939, in a Los Angeles probate court, this national heroine was declared legally dead.

New champ Brandon Powell won $15,388 yesterday. In his second game, he takes on these two players: Adrian Perez, from Suwanee, GA; and Amy Hollis, from Akron, OH.

Round 1: Brandon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Dr. Who” under the $1,000 clue, with 4 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $4,600, $2,000 more than Adrian in second place. He bet $400 and he was RIGHT.

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Brandon and Adrian wound up in a tie for the lead at $5,000 each. Amy was next with $2,600.

Round 2: Brandon found the first Daily Double in “Oxygen” under the $2,000 clue. He was in the lead with $10,600, $2,000 more than Adrian in second place. He bet $1,000 but didn’t have a clue so he was WRONG.

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Adrian found the last Daily Double in “Name the 19th Century Decade” under the $1,600 clue, with 3 clues left after it. In second place with $11,400, he had $1,000 less than Brandon’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Brandon finished in the lead with $12,400. Adrian was next with $11,600 and Amy was in third place with $6,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHO IS AMELIA EARHART?

“Amelia Earhart’s daring round-the-world-flight was cut short when her Lockheed Electra disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on June 2, 1937. Within hours, rescue workers began scouring the area for signs of the famed aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard launched the largest and most expensive air and sea search in American history. When their efforts failed, Earhart’s husband of six years, George Putnam, financed his own search but came up equally empty-handed. A living legend had vanished into thin air.

In an official report, the U.S. government concluded that the two seasoned flyers, unable to locate their destination of Howland Island, ran out of fuel, crashed into the water and sank. Earhart was declared legally dead on January 5, 1939. The question of why and where her plane went down, however, has never been put to rest.” (History.com)

Amy got it right. She bet it all and finished with $12,400.

Adrian wrote down “Rosie the Riveter”. He lost his $4,600 bet and finished with $7,000.

Brandon also got it right. His $11,000 bet gave him a winning total of $23,400 today. His 2-day total is $38,788.

FJ Results: 6-30-15

The answers:

At the start of the game, Alex Trebek shed some light on Brandon’s $12 FJ bet yesterday, noting that it was his number on his basketball team. During the chat, Brandon talked about getting in the local newspaper, the Anniston Star, during a rainstorm when he and his college roommates decided to go outside with their shirts off and pretend they were taking showers with a bar of soap.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “20th Century Music”

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15 Responses

  1. Arlo says:

    “Famous Women” as a category? Would they ever have a “Famous Men” category?

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    I want to know when is the Teen Tournament and the College Championship gonna start.

    • Cece says:

      Dalton, you seem to be looking forward to these tournaments. Me too. :)

      I checked the Jeopardy website and, unfortunately, they haven’t posted any announcements for these tournaments as yet. Stay tuned.

      Peace. :)

  3. VJ says:

    I put up a screenshot of the actual answers (the best I could get)

    @Theodore, I took a pretty close look at Brandon’s answer, to decide if I wanted to say anything about the spelling in the recap, but I didn’t see a problem with it being accepted. It looked like Erhardt to me with an extra space between the E and a lower case R.

    @Nullfidian, I didn’t think Alex was taken aback by Adrian’s answer because of the “sheer idiocy” of it — I thought Alex couldn’t read it because the lower case I looked like a lower case L.

    btw, I thought it was cool that Brandon knew the words to the Love Boat theme. “Exciting and new” LOL!

  4. Theodore Bratro says:

    Brandon didn’t get final jeopardy correct because he didn’t spell Amelia Earhart’s name correct, even phonetically. He spelled it as if it had one syllable. I’m not even going to comment his “E” was a “G”.

    • Theodore Bratro says:

      I guess I should have said “correctly”, but he still spelled it like Eardht, with a g instead of an “E”

  5. Nullifidian says:

    Alex seemed genuinely taken aback at the sheer idiocy of Adrian’s FJ answer. Even if you ignore the fact that “Rosie the Riveter” (although modeled on a real woman) is a fictional person, the image comes from WWII and the question quite definitely asked about the pre-war era.

    And aside from this, there were too many triple-stumpers and wrong answers for my liking. I prefer it when the contestants actually seem to know something. I couldn’t believe that nobody got that the decade of the California Gold Rush was the 1840s, or that the Russians were fighting Napoleon’s forces in the 1810s. There’s a famous novel about it, people, and General Kuznetsov is in it.

    • Nullifidian says:

      Whoops. I had a brain fart and couldn’t edit out my mistake. The general’s name is Kutuzov. Kuznetsov was a famous general from the Soviet side in WWII.

  6. yeahyman says:

    Rosie the Riveter? lmaoo

  7. jacob ska says:

    @vj, I could not help but laugh when I saw the category “Snow White’s lesser-known Dwarfs.” I was thinking “vj just threw down her pen.” LOL

    I’m still in shock over Adrian’s response. RtR is a symbol for women working during WWII. I guess since he’s so young it didn’t sink in.

    @Eric, congrats. You were right to allow for brain fog. :)

    • jacob ska says:

      Btw, congrats to Brandon for his 2nd win.

      • Theodore Bratro says:

        In his final answer, Earhart was not spelled phonetically correct. It appeared to be missing a “r”, was one syllable, And began with a “G”. Just saying.

    • VJ says:

      ha ha, yeah, the infamous Dwarfs category.

      And yesterday that Hudson River triple stumper brought me back to my childhood when it seemed that everything in my little world was named after Hudson from NJ to VT.

      And, yes, congrats, Eric, your skepticism paid off again. (But I at least thought if there was a wrong answer, it would be a real person.)

      @anyone who’s interested, Here’s a link to wikipedia’s page of people who disappeared in the 1930s (and other decades)

      • Eric S says:

        Thank you both. As I said earlier, I couldn’t conceive of a viable wrong answer, but alas, human error can rear its ugly head.