Final Jeopardy: Ancient History

The Final Jeopardy question (1/22/2016) in the category “Ancient History” was:

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

3x champ Kyle Webb has now won $45,200. In the last game of the week and Kyle’s 4th, her opponents are players: Fred Vaughn, from Mineral Point, WI; and Demi Hueth, from New York, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Presidents 101 – Schwa de Vivre – Take My Picture – Pop Hits of the 80s – Archer – Danger Zone

Kyle found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Archer” under the $1,000 clue. There were still 6 clues left on the board after it and she was in the lead with $6,200. That was $4,800 more than Demi in second place. She bet $1,000 and thought it was Orion. That was WRONG.

In the 1730s the “Chronicon Helveticum” expounded on the legend of this archer.  show

Kyle finished in the lead with $5,400. Demi was second with $1,600 and Fred was last, back to zero, after losing $1,000 on the last clue they got to.

Round 2 Categories: State Fish – Female Title Roles – Roaring 20s Reader – U.S. University Towns – “Eye” Witness – Texas Children’s Hospital (with clues read by Dr. Jen Arnold)

Kyle found the first Daily Double in “Roaring 20s Reader” under the $1,200 clue with 7 clues left after it. In the lead with $13,000, she had $600 more than Fred in second place. She bet $3,000 and came up with “The Scarlet Letter.” That was WRONG.

“Connie, this is the new game-keeper” is a line from this scandalous 1928 novel. show

Fred found the last Daily Double in “Texas Children’s Hospital” under the $2,000 clue. He was in the lead with $12,000 now, $2,000 more than Kyle in second place. He bet $2,000 and thought it was hypoxia. That was WRONG.

Simulations are so realistic that in one scenario apparent respiratory distress helps team members learn to distinguish between an asthma attack & this allergen-induced condition in which blood pressure & oxygen levels drop, requiring emergency response. show

Kyle finished in the lead with $10,400. Fred was right on her heels with $10,000 and Demi was in third place with $3,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Aristodemus of Sparta was the last of the 300 Spartans, that is, the last Spartan survivor of the Battle of Thermopylae…. the only other survivor of the 300 was a man name Pantites. Ordered to Thessaly on a diplomatic mission, he didn’t make it to Thermopylae in time to fight….” History Junkie: The Last Known Survivors

Demi’s “Thermopalye” spelling was acceptable so she got it right and doubled her score to $6,400.

Fred also got it right and spelled it right. He bet $6,000 and finished with $16,000.

Kyle wrote down “Mt. Vesuvius.” That cost her $10,000. She was left with $400 and that made Fred Vaughn the new Jeopardy! champ. Well done, Fred!

Final Jeopardy Results for January 22, 2016

Trebek’s Bad: In the first round, Trebek somehow got mixed up when Kyle and Demi rang in on a “Pop Hits of the 80s” clue. He called on Demi but then said he was sorry, and gave this clue to Kyle: ($200) “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” was from Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart, the duo behind this band.

During the chat, when he came to Demi, Trebek said “Good news for you. A little while ago, I in error called your name instead of our champion’s name even though her light was on and you responded (the answer) at the same time almost that she did. So I think that was a little unfair for us to not credit you with $200 so you’re gonna get credit for that.”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Groundbreaking Nonfiction”

Chapters in this 1962 classic include “Earth’s Green Mantle”, “Needless Havoc”, “Rivers of Death” & “And No Birds Sing”. show

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25 Responses

  1. Linda Wayland says:

    Help!!! WJZ in Baltimore Wednesday, February 3, 2016, did not broadcast Final Jeopardy! The category was “Moments in History.” Can anyone let me know what happened? Thank you, Linda

    • VJ says:

      Generally, you can find the current recap by looking on the right sidebar. It’s at the top. Or you can change the date in the URL to the date of the game you’re looking for. It will come up if it’s online.

      Today’s recap is here

  2. Trevor Panno says:

    I wonder if eye level would be an acceptable response for eye contact on the $400 clue in “Eye” witness.

    • VJ says:

      Here’s the clue — “Make this direct visual link with an interviewer”

      I don’t think eye level would work myself.

  3. Robert Anderson says:

    Ao in cacao is a dipthong. Cacaovi is a Spanish version of a native word. ka kay oh is an incorrect pronunciation.

  4. JEOPARDY says:

    One of the more easier fj today..

    More so if you know greek history or watched that one movie..

    • Anson MacDonald says:

      Perhaps seeing the movie helped with the answer they were looking for, but I don’t think the same can be said for knowledge of the actual history. The actual history makes it pretty clear that a significant portion, and perhaps a majority, of the Greek army retreated, and therefore survived, after learning that the Persian forces were flanking them.

      As near as I can figure the only thing that could reconcile the clue with that reality is requiring that “known Greeks” means only Greeks who were known by name. That seems awfully nit picky given that we know of many Greeks surviving, even if their names may be unknown. The names do point to the desired answer, but that turns on much more detailed knowledge, and fails to reconcile the historical inaccuracy that should be apparent to those with more than a cursory knowledge of the Battle of Thermopylae. It’s one thing for a clue to benefit those who know certain minor details, and another to put a those with thorough knowledge at a disadvantage.

      There’s no telling how that affected Kyle’s response, but if a contestant gets final jeopardy wrong it should be because of ignorance. In this instance it’s entirely possible that knowledge led her away from the desired answer, leaving her to guess at other possibilities.

      • Davek says:

        There were several thousand Greeks from other cities. It should have stated surviving Spartans. Other Greeks fought with the Spartans for the first 2 days.

  5. Dalton Higbee says:

    STILL! No 4 or 5-time champion. I’m surprised Kyle didn’t win her fourth game today. She might’ve missed watching her fourth Jeopardy! game tonight due to a weather report.

  6. VJ says:

    Tough breaks for Kyle on her DDs today. Helveticum=Swiss; the world’s most famous gamekeeper=Mellors, thanks to Lady Chatterley (check out one of the films, Kyle)

    @Cece, did you laugh at this schwa clue? … A schwa is in the middle of this adjective meaning suffering from feelings of persecution…. I did — not just at the clue — but Alex when he gave the answer.

    • Cece says:

      That totally cracked me up! Between the clue and Alex, plus your Tuesday’s quote of the day and my comment yesterday, lol.

      Yeah, those DD’s totally tripped Kyle up. Poor Fred was a nervous wreck. I worried about him when he got that DD, he seemed barely able to breath. He had a nice comeback after the 1st round—I never thought he would win the game.

      • VJ says:

        At the end of the first round, it did look like Kyle could get a runaway. But I did think he would win when he caught up in the second round because I thought he would be the only one to get FJ. (Good for Demi).

        I wonder if Kyle knew the answer to Fred’s DD and if he knew the answer to any of hers.

        • Cece says:

          Yes, the 1st round looked like Kyle had the game in the bag. As for FJ, when I saw the category (thank you writers!), I thought it would be a triple stumper.

          I bet you run “hits of the 80s”. :):)

        • VJ says:

          I didn’t get the $1,000 British gloom-meisters “Just Like Heaven” :(

        • EricS says:

          VJ, there’s The Cure for that answer. The song was brought to a new level by Dinosaur Jr

  7. William Weyser says:

    Kyle, you were 1 correct response away from the 14th spot in my 6th version of the Tournament Of Champions. Man, if only you got Final right in your 1st appearance or if you wagered as much as you could on Wednesday, which was $13,599. Again, I just can’t catch a break. Well, 1 more week to go before the College Championship, and if I don’t get a spot in the tournament before then, then whoever wins the College Championship will get the 14th spot in my 6th version of the TOC, without avoiding it.

  8. Leena says:

    Come on 4 timers! Good job to Kyle though for going in FJ! with the lead.