Final Jeopardy: Places in 1950s News

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/1/2018) in the category “Places in 1950s News” was:

Pravda reported that Khrushchev, on his way to lunch, announced his decision to give this region to Ukraine.

New champ Henry Ayoola won $14,800 in the last game of 2017. In the first Jeopardy! match of 2018, he is up against these two players: Nick Spicher, from Everett, WA; and Lisa McAndrews, from White Plains, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Beastly Poetry Fill-in – Let’s Get Organized – Popcorn – Band Stands – Annual Events – What a Q____T!

Henry found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Beastly Poetry” under the $600 clue, with a baker’s dozen to go after it. He was $200 in the red, $5,600 behind Nick’s lead. He bet $500 and he was RIGHT.

For the strength of the pack is the _____, and the strength of the _____ is the pack” show

Nick finished in the lead with $8,400. Lisa was second with $800 and Henry was last with $300.

Round 2 Categories: Saved by the Bela – Flags – Music & Literature Before & After – 3-Letter Responses – Sikh – You Shall Find

Henry found the first Daily Double in “3-Letter Responses” under the $1,600 clue on the 9th pick. He was in second place with $5,100 now, $4,500 less than Nick’s lead. He bet $4,000 but drew a blank so he was WRONG.

During a 3-day alumni reunion in 1916, it moved from Boston’s Back Bay to Cambridge. show

Lisa found the last Daily Double in “Sikh” under the $1,600 clue, with 6 clues to go after it. She had $9,600, $2,400 less than Nick when she found it. Then Nick got dinged on a Before & After clue (see below). That put Lisa in the lead and Nick in second place with $8,800. She bet $2,000 but could not come up with a guess so she was WRONG.

In the 17th century Gobind, the 10th leader, asked all Sikh men to add this word meaning “lion” to their names. show

Nick finished in the lead with $10,000. Lisa was next with $7,600 and Henry was in third place with $1,100.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS CRIMEA? has an article detailing how the “USSR’s Nikita Khrushchev gave Russia’s Crimea away to Ukraine in only 15 minutes,” noting that “Khrushchev informed his comrades of the decision… on the way to lunch. ‘Yes, comrades, there is an opinion to deliver Crimea to Ukraine,’ he said casually. No one dared to express any protests, because a word of the first face of the Communist Party was law.”

Henry got it right. He didn’t bet anything so he stayed at $1,100.

Lisa wrote down “Checyna.” That cost her $7,599, leaving her a dollar.

Nick also got it right. He bet $5,201 so he won the match with $15,201. Nick Spicher is the first Jeopardy champ! of 2018.

Final Jeopardy (1/1/2018) Henry Ayoola, Lisa McAndrews, Nick Spicher

Reversal: MUSIC & LITERATURE BEFORE & AFTER ($1600) A song by Coolio from “Dangerous Minds” goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic – Nick got dinged for saying “Gangster’s Paradise” for the Coolio song instead of “Gangsta’s.” Seemed pretty nitpicky when they accepted “Nan-tez” for the Edict of Nantes last Thursday.

A triple stumper from each round:

BEASTLY POETRY FILL-IN ($400) “The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious ___

YOU SHALL FIND ($1600) Swampy is this type of animal looking for the water for his shower in the app “Where’s My Water”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Milestones in U.S. History”

This President began a State of the Union address by congratulating the historic 100th Congress. show

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7 Responses

  1. BJB says:

    Small typo: the year in the Daily Double clue under 3-Letter Responses should be 1916, not 1961.

  2. VJ says:

    Thanks, Marilyn & Lou, and a very Happy New Year to you both and everyone.

  3. Robert Anderson says:

    It’s pronounced SICK, not SEEK!

  4. Marilyn says:

    Happy New Year, VJ. Thanks for another great year of ficklefame. I really appreciate all of your hard work.

  5. Louis says:

    Well happy New Year to you VJ. But Chechnya had nothing to do with crimea. Furthermore, I’m guessing the news of the Crimea has gotten to you as well right? Plus, has there been numerous debates about the Crimea situation after the news came out VJ?

  6. VJ says:

    2 things blew my mind on today’s show– that they had a clue on Swampy, that little game I got so hung up on last year, trying to catch all the ducks. That was one of my resolutions, in fact. To stop playing it so I would have more time to read!

    And what??? Alex never heard of Bob Ross, the happy painter? We loved his show. This bio says his page on Find-a-Grave is as popular as Andy Warhol’s (as of 2015)

    LINK: 12 more clues from the match

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