Final Jeopardy: World Capitals

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/19/2018) in the category “World Capitals” was:

It’s the only world capital whose name is derived from an Algonquin word.

2x champ Lee Quinn won $42,800 so far in 2 runaway games. In his third game, these two ladies are his challengers: Sarah Daly, from Lakewood, CO; and Rachel Lindgren, from Bend, OR.

Round 1 Categories: A Percussion Discussion – Financial Gobbledygook – The Boston Tangler – States by Lakes – It’s All Fun & Games – Someone Loses an I

Lee found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “States by Lakes” under the $600 clue on the 13th pick of the round. He was in second place with $1,600, $3,000 less than Rachel’s lead. He bet $1,100 and he was RIGHT.

Lake Cadillac, Lac Vieux Desert show

Lee finished in the lead with $6,900. Rachel was second with $6,800 and Sarah was last with $2,800.

Round 2 Categories: Serial Killers – Eastern Asian History – Two-Way Adjectives – 19th Century Occupations – Changing Change – Say Uncle!

Rachel found the first Daily Double in “19th Century Occupations” under the $1,600 clue on the 11th pick. She was in second place with $8,400 at this point, only $100 behind Lee’s lead. She bet $2,000 but had no response so she was WRONG.

This person didn’t drive trucks but rather horses or oxen hauling cargo. show

4 clues later, Rachel landed on the last Daily Double in “Serial Killers” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $6,800, she now had $1,700 less than Lee’s lead. She bet $2,000 again. This time, she was RIGHT.

Mistah Kurtz– he dead: in the April 1899 issue of Blackwood’s magazine thanks to this author. show

Rachel finished in the lead with $14,800. Lee was next with $13,300 and Sarah was in third place with $4,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right, much to Alex Trebek’s delight.


The origin of Ottawa’s name was one of the 150 Capital Facts that The Ottawa Citizen rolled out last year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday: Bytown became Ottawa in 1855, a name believed to come from an Algonquin-speaking First Nation, likely from the word “adawe,” meaning to trade…. As British poet Rupert Brooke wrote in Letters from America, published in 1916, “the ghosts of the old chiefs must surely chuckle when they note that the name by which Canada has called her capital and the centre of her political life, Ottawa, is an Indian name which signifies ‘buying and selling.’”

Also interesting: A chronological history of Bytown

Sarah bet $4,000 to finish with $8,400.

Lee bet $10,300 bet, bringing him up to $23,600.

Rachel bet $10,000 so she won the match with $24,800. Rachel Lindgren is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (1/19/2018) Lee Quinn, Rachel Lindgren, Sarah Daly

A triple stumper from each round:

A PERCUSSION DISCUSSION ($400) Modern drummer’s “evolution of” this double-named drum went from “Chinese noisemaker to essential instrument”

SERIAL KILLERS ($2000) In the May 1, 1886 issue of Graphic, this author killed off Lucetta & her unborn child in “The Mayor of Casterbridge”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Ancient History”

Pantites, sent to recruit troops, & Aristodemus, sent off to treat his eye disease, were the only known Greeks to survive this event. show

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4 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    Lee played brilliantly today but congrats to all for getting final jeopardy right. Let’s see how well Rachel will do next week in her second game. Ottawa is such a beautiful place with numerous tourist attractions. When was the last time you visited Canada, VJ? I heard that thunder bay is a great beach to visit during the summer.

    • VJ says:

      Lee and Rachel were neck and neck for most of the game I thought Lee should have bet everything in FJ. He already had $40 something thousand under his belt, so he didn’t need to worry about that extra $1,000 for second place. tsk tsk.

      Unlike yesterday there were a lot of triple stumpers today.

      LINK: 10 more clues from the match

      P.S. to Lou, last time I was in Canada was in the 90’s, just for a side shopping trip when I was really staying in Vermont.

      • Lou says:

        Very nice! I think you had an enjoyable trip to canada during that time. Were you actually skiing in vermont? Still though I hope you had photos taken during the trip, VJ.

        Overall, I have to give lee props for his performance, but I was certain that he would have the skills of Justin Vossler or Hunter Appler for that matter I mean he had the potential to win more.

        My family and I were thinking of planning a trip to vermont next fall so that is in the works.

        • VJ says:

          @Lou, overall, I agree. Lee had 2 runaways but Rachel was killing it with that buzzer today. idk, in the situation today or anytime like it, a player in his position betting it all (whether they succeed or not) says to me, I really want to win another game, but that’s just me.

          ha ha ha, the very idea of me on skis has tears of laughter running down my face. I never liked going out in the snow at all. That trip wasn’t in the winter anyhow.

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