Final Jeopardy: 20th Century History
The Final Jeopardy question (1/16/2017) in the category “20th Century History” was:
Villages like Zalesye, Kopachi & Lubyanka remain abandoned 3 decades after this event.
New champ Eli Nehus won $6,227 last Friday. Today he tries for a second win against these two players: Mary Caruso, from Cherry Hill, NJ; and John Avila, from Arlington, VA.
Round 1 Categories: It’s the Geneva Convention – Got Your Name Tag? – Around the House – Out of Con Text – Lotsa “Luck” – A Movie to Die for
John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Geneva Convention” under the $800 clue with only 2 picks left after it. He was in second place with $2,200, $2,600 behind Eli’s lead. He bet $1,600 and thought it was Zurich. That was WRONG.
The 1906 convention called for ratifications to be filed in this nearby national capital. show
That ended the round. Eli finished in the lead with $4,800. Mary was second with $1,400 and John was last with $700.
Round 2 Categories: Civil Rights Leaders – Geometric Shape Rhyme Time – The Emmys 1967 – Tech Talk – Rooms Full of Culture – “C”ounties
John found the first Daily Double in “‘C’ounties” under the $1,200 clue on the 6th pick. He was in second place with $2,300 at this point, $3,300 less than Eli’s lead. He bet $1,300 and he was RIGHT.
Southwest Texas county named for a man who died in San Antonio. show
John found the last Daily Double in “Room Full of Culture” under the $800 clue with only one clue still to go. In the lead with $12,000, he had $3,600 more than Eli in second place. He bet $4,500 and guessed the British Museum. That was WRONG.
For over a century Room 12 has been the center of the Velazquez Collection at this museum. show
That finished this round off and, now, Eli was in the lead with $8,400. John was second with $7,500 and Mary was in third place with $7,000.
TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
“Some tragedies never end. Ask people to name a nuclear disaster and most will probably point to Fukushima in Japan three years ago. The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in Ukraine was 30 years ago, but the crisis is still with us today. That’s because radiation virtually never dies.” That’s the intro to a “60 Minutes Overtime” video from 2014, online here (accompanied by a transcript). A former resident of Pripyat, the most well-known abandoned town, recalls the disaster, often referred to as “26,” the date it happened in April of 1986. They talked about the Exclusion Zone (see maps) and continuing efforts to seal the damaged reactor.
Phys.org reported on how the “giant safety dome” was completed in November 2016: It is “taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty… [and] three times heavier than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.”
Mary got it right. She bet $6,950 and that brought her up to $13,950.
John also got it. He bet $6,501 and finished with $14,001.
Eli thought it was the Rwandan genocide. That cost him $7,000. He was left with $1,400 and John Avila became the new Jeopardy! champ, despite that ill-advised DD bet.
So the “leader curse” strikes another day through the fluke of John overbetting on the last Daily Double. Otherwise, he would have been in the lead before FJ.
A triple stumper from each round:
OUT OF CON TEXT ($800) Dantes crossed the awful threshold and the door closed noisily behind him… he was in prison”
THE EMMYS 1967 ($1600) An award for daytime shows went to this beastly series sponsored by Mutual of Omaha Insurance
2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “British Business Names”
Still around, these 2 rival companies began with a 1744 sale of “scarce and valuable books” and a 1766 sale of chamber pots.