Final Jeopardy: Religious Terms

The Final Jeopardy question (1/12/2017) in the category “Religious Terms” was:

Unlike newer bibles the King James version usually translates pneuma hagion as this, which can lead to unnerving images.

New champ Zoey Orol won $4,400 yesterday by hanging on to that amount when making her final bet. Today she takes on these two players: Cheryl Guy, from Columbia, SC; and Sarah Labadie, from Chicago, IL.

Round 1 Categories: What Color is the Dress? – Keyboard Cat – Yas Queen – Dad Bod – Squad Goals – “Me”mes

Zoey found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Dress” under the $1,000 clue on the 10th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,800, $200 more than Sarah in second place. She bet $500 and took a guess with the Maori. That was WRONG.

A lovely shade of green worn by a girl of this M group of Kenya and Tanzania.
1st Jeopardy! Daily Double (1-12-17)

Cheryl finished in the lead with $2,400. Sarah was second with $2,200 and Zoey was last with $1,700. After the break, Zoey was awarded $2,000 on a reversal (see below), so Sarah got to pick first in Round 2.

Round 2 Categories: U.S. Places – Parts of the Organ – You’re the Man! – Speak of the Dickens – Beastly Words & Phrases – “Vice”

Zoey found the first Daily Double in “Dickens” under the $1,600 clue on the 9th pick. She was in the lead with $5,300 now, $100 more than Cheryl in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Dickens used Thomas Carlyle’s “The French Revolution” for much of the background of this novel. show

Cheryl found the last Daily Double in “Parts of the Organ” under the $2,000 clue, with 8 clues still to go after it. In the lead with $10,800, she had $1,100 more than Zoey in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

The vitreous body. show

Zoey finished in the lead with $10,900. Cheryl was next with $10,600 and Sarah was in third place with $10,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Many articles on why the Holy Ghost was changed to the Holy Spirit give the simple explanation that the word “ghost” conjures up scary images of disembodied dead people or, worse, has Halloween or cartoon connotations. Some articles say that Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are synonymous. However, Hebrew Streams takes an in-depth look, explaining that Christian translators had a specific reason for using Holy Ghost, to reflect their belief that the Holy Ghost was not the Holy Spirit and to reinforce a separation between Christian and Hebraic/Jewish foundations. Maybe that is why many churches still use Holy Ghost in their names and services.

Sarah wrote down chest heaving. That’s what Alex said, anyhow. She lost $10,198 and was left with $2.00.

Cheryl got it right. Her $10,000 bet brought her up to $20,600.

Zoey came up with lung disease. That cost her $3,000 (and earned her a “boo, hiss from Alex). She landed in second place with $7,900 and Cheryl Guy became the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (1/12/2017) Zoey Orol, Sarah Labadie, Cheryl Guy

Reversal: YAS QUEEN ($1000) A 16th century Queen of Castile was known as Juana La Loca, which translates to this in English
The judges deemed Zoey’s response of “Jane the Crazy” acceptable.

A triple stumper from each round

SQUAD GOALS ($1000) We must read all 14 books in the Robert Jordan fantasy series known as the “Wheel of” this; let’s get crackin’

YOU’RE THE MAN! ($1200) For his many roles, silent horror film actor Lon Chaney was “The Man of” these

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Business History”

Found near Amsterdam in 2010, a 1606 stock certificate from this long-defunct company has been valued at $750,000. show

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17 Responses

  1. Robert Anderson says:

    Why did Alex “correct” the contestant’s correct pronunciation of Denis (Deh-nee) to Deh’-niss? Maybe he shouldn’t repeat the answers. He still has never gotten the accent right for Simon Bolivar, as another example.

    • VJ says:

      Dunno, Robert, I thought that was odd myself. Even Blondie pronounces the name as Deh-nee in her ’78 cover of Randy & The Rainbows ’63 hit “Denise”.

      On your “halo” guess, here’s a link to pneuma in the Etymology Dictionary. They don’t have a literal translation for it. I don’t think the word halo is even in the Bible, but I did look that up in the dictionary while I was on there. Says “from Latin halo (nominative halos), from Greek halos…”

  2. Robert Anderson says:

    Doesn’t it literally mean “holy air”? That’s why I guessed it means “halo”.

  3. Jan says:

    I learned a new transition of the holy ghost, thank you very much

  4. aaaa says:

    45/60 here.

  5. Charlie says:

    I was shocked that in the Dad Bod category they expected Zoey to make a distinction between chin-up and pull-up. I’ve written to the Jeopardy Clue Crew and they’ve already responded by asserting that there is a distinction, but I am countering with the reality that: 1) the denotation and connotations have varied within the lifetime of Jeopardy (and hence its contestants), and 2) even now, it is acknowledged that many use the terms interchangeably — including the U.S. Marine Corps.

    • VJ says:

      thanks for the info, Charlie. I thought both the Joan/Jane thing and chin up/pull up would get reversed myself. Cool that they answered you so swiftly.

  6. VJ says:

    Was I the only one who thought that “What Color is the Dress” category was a pretty strange name for it when the information they were asking for really had nothing to do with the colors?

    For anyone who missed the chat, the ongoing joke that Cheryl is a queen had to do with her sharing that she is the queen of the Renaissance Fair her high school holds every year

    LINK: 9 more clues from this match

    • rhonda says:

      You’re not the only one, VJ. That was such a silly category.

      • Lou says:

        Agreed that was a very silly category. Still though, this reminds me of january 2016 where there hasn;t been a single 5 time champion in the first 3 weeks of january until Fred Vaughn showed up. Vj does this year remind you of last year with 1 day champions?

        • VJ says:

          This game reminded me of the 4-15-16 match. last year with Margaret Miles, Andrew Pau and McKinnie Lee Sizemore. They all finished close like today, only with $5K more.

          They all got FJ right though, and all of them finished over $30K. That was wild!

    • mimsy says:

      VJ, the first round categories were all part of the theme of the 6th category. The first five were the names of memes. You can look them up on the website Know Your Meme.

      Also, thank you for the link to the indepth article about the translations. It was very interesting.

      • VJ says:

        Thanks, mimsy :) :) No wonder I didn’t get it. I’m totally out of the loop when it comes to memes. lol

        I agree, I esp found the part of that article about translations before the KJV very interesting

        • mimsy says:

          So you didn’t know about the translations before the KJV before you read that article? (Not that I did)

        • VJ says:

          @mimsy, I knew there were translations before KJV but I didn’t know anything about them spelling “ghost” as “goost” and how “Holy Ghost” didn’t start with the KJV translators. I didn’t know anything about the Hebrew word “ruach” either.

          When I was in H.S. and this change came about, the science teacher’s name was Sister Holy Ghost and we had to start calling her Holy Spirit too.

      • rhonda says:

        I don’t even know what a meme is.