Final Jeopardy: State Capitals

The Final Jeopardy question (1/18/2016) in the category “State Capitals” was:

A 1957 event led to the creation of a National Historic Site in this city, signed into law by a President whose library is now there too.

New champ Mike Drummond is back after winning $20,801 in last Friday’s game. 2x champ, Claudia Corriere, is also back. She was up to $29,000 in winnings last December when she had to postpone her next game. The new player in today’s game is Randi Kristensen, from Washington, D.C.

Round 1 Categories: Creation Stories, Lakes & Rivers, A-B-C-D-E, O Say Can You See?, What So Proudly We Hailed & Gallantly Streaming TV.

Randi found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Lakes & Rivers” under the $1,000 clue before the first break. She was in second place with $200, $2,400 behind Mike’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double, rather than risk the $1,000 allowance, and she was RIGHT.

In 1699, Sieur D’Iberville saw Okwata, a vast lake near the Gulf of Mexico & renamed it this.  show

Mike finished in the lead with $4,600. Claudia and Randi were tied in second place with $4,000 each.

Round 2 Categories: Planetary Book Store, Foreign Words & Phrases, Accounting, Whose ’70s No. 1 Album, The French Revolution, Long-Lived Creatures

Claudia found the first Daily Double in “Long-Lived Creatures” under the $1,600 clue. After she answered 5 of the first 8 clues correctly, she was now in the lead with $8,800. That was $4,200 more than Mike in second place. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

Defying a Coleridge poem, this type of bird was 64 when she laid an egg in 2015. show

Randi found the last Daily Double in “Foreign Words & Phrases” under the $800 clue. She was in third place with $4,800, $7,000 less than Claudia’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

From the French for “loosening”, it was a loosening of tensions between the U.S. & Soviet Union in the 1970s. show

Mike and Claudia finished in a tie for the lead with $13,800. Randi was next with $6,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock serves as a symbol of the national struggle over school desegregation. Here in 1957, the governor of Arkansas attempted to defy federal court orders by preventing nine African American students from attending Central High School. President Eisenhower ordered 1200 U.S. Army troops into Little Rock to protect the civil rights of the students and guard the campus. Little Rock Central High School … was designated a National Historic Site in 1998.” (

Click here for an article from the day Bill Clinton signed the law. Also see this map showing the locations of all Presidential Libraries

Randi started writing down Springfield but didn’t finish it. She bet and lost it all.

Claudia thought it was Austin. She also bet it all and finished with zero.

Mike came up with Atlanta. He, too, went all in and had bupkis left.

“We have three players finishing with no money,” Trebek said, “and what that means, ladies and gentlemen, is that tomorrow we will have no returning champion. We will introduce three new players to Jeopardy!”

FJ Results for January 18, 2016

In case you didn’t see the match, both Mike and Claudia got the second place $2,000 prize, presumably because they were tied at the end of the game. Randi got the third place prize of $1,000.

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Government Sites”

Begun as part of a 1930s project to reclaim Maryland mountain land, it’s officially “Naval Support Facility Thurmont.” show

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22 Responses

  1. James Lang says:

    Randi’s only chance was for the others to defend against each other and be wrong so Randi’s smart bet would have been $0 but greed took control.

  2. Ken says:

    This was a betting catastrophe.

    • Mitchell Hodack says:

      And what that means, ladies and gentlemen, is that tomorrow we will have no returning champion.

  3. Cece says:

    The weird synchronicity is that the last time a $0 3-way tie happened (a Teen Tourney), the FJ was ‘Capital Cities’.

  4. angie myers says:

    Jimmy Carter made Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta a National Historic Site in 1980. The church was the where the SCLC was started with Martin Luther King Jr as it’s head in 1957. The Carter Presidential Library is just a few miles away from the church. I think Atlanta could also be considered correct.

  5. aaaa says:

    They’ve had the Hometown Howdies up on Saturday or Sunday before IIRC. When they still allowed for ties, there were times that 10 contestants being shown in the howdies spoiled there’d be a tie. Maybe they realized that having 12 contestants would spoil either a contestant not being able to return to the next taping(like Claudia couldn’t return to the next taping) or a three way tie on zero. Also, the JOhn Glenn getting a ticker tape parade clue was worth $100K on WWTBAM single run last week, he was the last non-sports person to get a NYC ticker tape parade when he returned to space in 1998.

  6. Lou says:

    this is just unbelievable with all three contestants finishing with zero. I was expecting Claudia to bet zero and stayed at the current amount and was hoping to see her stick around. But the clue of little rock Arkansas was familiar to me when joel poole played the same game. but I really need to see a 4 or 5 time champion

  7. aaaa says:

    43/58 here. I thought for a moment there’d be an Eagles album in the 70s No.1 category in the wake of Glenn Frey’s passing today (One of these Nights, Long Run, and Hotel California were No. 1 albums in the 70s). BTW, Bowie’s getting his first #1 album in the US this week.

  8. Dalton Higbee says:

    Well, I never knew it was going to happen with no winner at the end of today’s program. But I was hoping that Claudia would win today. It says at This Week’s Lineup @ for Tuesday’s Contestants “A returning champion was yesterday’s winner”. Guess we’ll have to wait and see who will be at the first podium tomorrow.

    • VJ says:

      This is no doubt why they don’t have the Howdies video up yet — they’ll probably straighten it all out later tonight

  9. aaaa says:

    It’s been mentioned on JBoard by people that have been on the show in the last year and change that there are no more ties on J!, and ties will be broken by a tiebreaker clue now. But still no tiebreakers for three way ties on zero. THe last three way tie on zero in a regular game was in season 14, but there was one during a teen tourney semifinals more recently.

  10. EricS says:

    This is one time where the Collins idea of looking ahead at dates may have hurt. MLK was not in the state of Arkansas in 1957 (although there was correspondence with Ike, some think it played no role). He was, however, born in Atlanta and did his undergraduate work there.

    • Cece says:

      I think you make a good point and Mike was probably confident in his answer. But given the ‘air date’, I think the contestants should’ve boned up on all kinds of civil rights stuff.

      BTW, that’s what we both get for joking about a 3-way tie on Thursday. :):)

  11. Sandy says:

    OH MY.

  12. Leena says:

    So much for begging Claudia’s return. I understand her and Mike’s wager, but Randi? At least you leave a buck on the table!

    • jacob ska says:

      @Leena, I agree. Now the three of them will go in history books on J! for the history they did not know. Weird!

    • VJ says:

      My feeling is they all studied their State Capitals well, had them down cold and felt supremely confident.

      There was an FJ in a Joel Pool game in the 1957 category asking for the state on 5-22-2012.

      • jacob ska says:

        Just checked J! Archive. 2-2-2015 there was a clue that discussed Central H. S. 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas. How recent must a clue be for contestants to remember it?

  13. jacob ska says:

    What? So much for wagering it all!!!

    Given the year 1957 I don’t understand the misses. A similar clue was given on Jeopardy about a year ago. But, I think the name of the high school was given then. Too much focus on the latter part of the clue imho.

    • jacob ska says:

      Btw, Never knew that President Bill Clinton signed a bill for a historic site In Little Rock. But I do know that in 1957 “the Little Rock Nine” were infamous.

      • Berob says:

        Little rock nine “infamous”? I’d say courageous, determined, and naive. And definitely historic.