Final Jeopardy: Landlocked Country Names
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/11/2017) in the category “Landlocked Country Names” was:
One in Europe & one in Africa, these 2 landlocked countries start with the same 2 letters & end with the same 4.
New champ Rich Blashka won $14,500 yesterday. In Game No. 2, he is up against these two players: Kelly Lasiter, from Granite City, IL; and Scott Simpson, from Reston, VA.
Round 1 Categories: Video Games – By Degrees – Also in the Shakespeare Play – We Mean Business – Zoologist’s Dictionary – Words That Should Rhyme
Kelly found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in the “Shakespeare” category under the $1,000 clue, with 2 whole categories still to go. She was in second place with $2,800, $2,000 less than Scott’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.
Sir Robert Brakenbury, Lieutenant of the Tower. show
Scott finished in the lead with $6,200. Kelly was second with $5,000 and Rich was last with $4,600.
Round 2 Categories: Italian Composers – The Woman in the Movie – Cowboy Talk – File Under “OZ” – Shaka – When the Walls Fell
Rich found the first Daily Double in “OZ” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues, including another Daily Double, still to go. He was in second place with $9,000 at this point, $4,000 behind Scott’s lead. He bet $2,000 but mispronounced the answer so he was WRONG.
From the Greek for “ancient” and “animal”, this era of geologic time began about 540 million years ago. show
4 clues later, Scott found the last Daily Double in “Italian Composers” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $13,400, he had $3,200 more than Kelly in second place. He bet $3,600 and he was RIGHT.
Vincenzo Bellini was one of the main proponents of this operatic style whose name means “beautiful singing” show
Scott finished in the lead with $19,000. Kelly was next with $11,400 and Rich was in third place with $10,200. Before Alex read the Final Jeopardy clue, Scott got a reversal on a “Shaka” clue (see below) and his score rose to $21,400.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
WHAT ARE SWAZILAND & SWITZERLAND?
On an alphabetical list of landlocked countries, these two will come one right after the other. On a list of landlocked countries by continent, they won’t, but this list by continent shows you the countries that border all the landlocked countries.
Rich had Andorra and Angola. He lost his $10,000 bet, leaving him with $200.
Kelly got it right. She bet it all and that brought her up to $22,800.
Scott had Tanzania and Romania. He lost $1,401 and landed in second place with $19,999. So Kelly Lasiter is the new Jeopardy! champ.
Reversal: SHAKA ($1,200) Shaka is credited with revolutionizing army tactics by using a main force known as the chest and two horns that would circle around to the rear of the enemy in one of these maneuvers. – Scott’s response of “double envelopment” was accepted by the judges before FJ. Kelly also made $1,200 on the clue with “flanking maneuver”
A triple stumper from each round:
VIDEO GAMES ($1000) Retired fortune hunter Nathan Drake maps out a plan traveling the world in the 4th installment of this franchise
THE WOMAN IN THE MOVIE ($1000) She got an Oscar nomination for 1974’s “A Woman Under the Influence”
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Historic Americans”
The debate team at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire is named for this man who entered the Academy in 1796. show