Final Jeopardy: Western Hemisphere Flags

The Final Jeopardy question (1/15/2016) in the category “Western Hemisphere Flags” was:

This country whose name contains a religious order founded in the 1200s has a bible on its flag.

3x champ Amelia Hershberger has won $43,000 and is now going for that 4th win we have all been anxiously awaiting. These two players want to be the champ, too: Mike Drummond, from Columbus, OH; and Jenn Frohlich, from San Diego, CA.

Round 1: Amelia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “O Canada” under the $1,000 clue before the first break. She was in second place with $1,400, $200 less than Mike’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Alphabetically last of Canada’s 3 territories, it can range in temperatures with 80s in the summer & -60s in the winter. show

Amelia finished in the lead with $3,400. Mike was second with $3,200 and Jenn was last with $800.

Round 2: Mike found the first Daily Double in “The Senate Majority Leader” under the $1,600 clue. He was in third place with $6,400, $1,600 less than Jenn’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Amelia found the last Daily Double in “Holy Houses” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $8,200, she had $3,400 less than Mike’s lead. She bet $1,800 and thought it was the Alhambra. That was WRONG.

This Turkish mosque built by Mehmet Aga in the 17th century is named for its 20,000-plus colored tiles. show

Mike finished in the lead with $11,600. Jenn was next with $10,400 and Amelia was in third place with $6,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


A good timeline of the Dominican Republic’s history is on Michigan State’s Global Edge. The country first gained independence from Haiti on February 27, 1844. “That’s Dominican” has an article on the Dominican flag’s history with a close-up picture of the coat of arms, that explains: “This emblem is similar to the flag design and shows a bible, a cross of gold, 4 Dominican flags and two spears on a pattern from the flag…”

The Order of Preachers (later known as the Dominican Friars) was founded in 1216 by the Spanish priest (and later saint) Dominic de Guzman. (wikipedia)

Amelia wrote down “What is Barbados?” and it looked like “Yay!” after that. Trebek said she was going for something else but what it was went unexplained. She lost her $5,200 bet and finished with $1,200.

Jenn came up with “St. Francis & Nevins.” They must have cut out the part where Trebek told her she meant St. Kitts and just left in the Nevis part. She bet and lost it all.

Mike got it right. His $9,201 bet brought him up to $20,801. He is the new Jeopardy! champ we will be seeing on Monday.

Final Jeopardy! Results: 1-15-16

Some of the first round triple stumpers really were surprising. Here’s one from the category “Our Home & Native Land” that was worth $400: “Jean Sibelius, Linus Torvalds.” Jenn guessed Norway and Mike went with Sweden. Amelia just left it alone.

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “American Theater”

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15 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    40/57 here.

  2. Cece says:

    A better game today than yesterday. I was very frustrated for not getting FJ—so obvious after it was revealed—but I had no idea what the DR flag looked like and 1200’s didn’t help me. Never gave any thought to the word “Dominican” before.

    By contrast, I found yesterday’s FJ very easy, even though I never read the book. Of 3 Volcanos, Etna (on Sicily), Vesuvius (not Island), so Stromboli it is.

    Alex was probably pleased with the contestants getting all Canada’s clues.

    • VJ says:

      I was raised Catholic so it was religious order that gave it to me right away. I loved my saints book when I was little and knew about the orders started by St. Dominic, Francis, Benedict, etc. My grandmother had a calendar every year that had the feast day saint on every day.

      • Cece says:

        Well, let’s just say that they tried to raise me Catholic too, but I rebelled against it, lol.

        Speaking of flags, it reminds me of an FJ clue on flags at the beginning of last year and some of the discussion got a little annoying and you commented with a link of galleries of flags on Wikipedia, mentioning all kind s of things found in flags “…people, animals, keys, trees, plants,…”

        See, if you had included bibles, I’d have got today’s FJ, lol!

        • VJ says:

          Peut-être, Cece peut-être pas. LOL, I did find that flag gallery rather fascinating, particularly the African flags, at the time (looking back, the game you’re remembering was on 2-4-15). But I would be hard-pressed to remember more than a handful in 30 seconds without some helpful hints. :):)

        • VJ says:

          PS – speaking of saints, St. John Bosco was a particular favorite of mine when I was little. I thought that Bosco chocolate syrup was named after him. LOL. Check out these retro Bosco jars.

        • Cece says:

          Thanks for the link to that game; I gotta take a look at that flag gallery. Those retro Bosco jars are so cool. Did you collect them as a child?

        • VJ says:

          No, I do remember the Bosco bear jar but I didn’t collect anything when I was a child. My brother was like Jenn’s twin… perhaps she was kidding but I’m not. I learned very early to keep my mouth shut about anything I really liked. We did look a lot alike too and people would ask if we were twins, but he was a year older and shot up to 6 feet at age 14 when I was 5’3″ (and still am)

  3. JEOPARDY says:

    Easy fj today if you know your flags otherwise its somewhat easy. Having that year in the fj might possibly have been confusing.

  4. rhonda says:

    Surprised that only 1 person got it right. Didn’t Amelia give an incorrect response of Dominican Republic to an earlier question? The correct answer was Panama.

    • VJ says:

      Yes, Rhonda, that was another Native Land clue “Mariano Rivera, Ruben Blades” that produced two wrong guesses. Mike said Cuba. Cost them each $1,000.

  5. William Weyser says:

    I know that everyone who watches JEOPARDY! is still waiting for our 1st 4-time champion since Matt Jackson, but guess who else is waiting for our 1st 4-time champion since Matt Jackson? ME! But, that’s not the only thing I’m anxiously waiting for. I’m also waiting for the 14th spot in my 6th version of Tournament Of Champions, and I still can’t catch a break. If only Amelia was the only 1 to get final right instead of Mike, or if the categories were to her liking in yesterday’s game, or if it wasn’t for food coma, it would have been a different story, and I would have gotten the 14th spot. Instead, Amelia Hershberger is DISQUALIFIED! 1 more disqualification like that, and I’m going straight up to the owner of the commissary and force him, or her to close it down FOR GOOD!