Final Jeopardy: Business & Industry

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/24/2018) in the category “Business & Industry” was:

This company’s first mailers in 1953 offered 20 different magazine subscriptions– prizes came 14 years later.

3x champ Rachel Lindgren now has 54,200 reasons to celebrate. She will try to add to that today as she goes up again these two guys: Eric Raygor, from Somerset, PA; and Del Scott, from San Francisco, CA.

Round 1 Categories: The Gold Standard – Only Geography – Ballet – Sports Upsets – Miss Nomers – “Exo”

Rachel found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Geography” under the $1,000 clue on the 12th pick of the round. She was in second place with $400, $1,800 less than Del’s lead. She bet the $1,000 allowance and thought it was Suriname. That was WRONG.

The only mainland South American country with English as an official language. show

Del finished in the lead with $4,600. Rachel was second with $2,000 and Eric was last with $400.

Round 2 Categories: The Gold Standards – The Not-So-Big Cats – Pitt Lit – Sounds Like My First Marriage – “You” Tunes – Let’s Talk Dessert

Del found the first Daily Double in “My First Marriage” under the $1,600 clue with just the “Pitt Lit” category left after it. He was in the lead with $9,800 when he found it but a reversal (see below) put him in second place with $3,000 less than Rachel. He bet $2,500 and guessed Johnson. That was WRONG.

Before she was Martha Washington, she was married to a man with this last name. show

Three clues in “Pitt Lit” went uncovered ($800, $1200, $1600). One of them was the last Daily Double.

Rachel finished in the lead with $12,800. Del was next with $7,300 and Eric was in third place with $4,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Harold Mertz founded Publishers Clearing House in 1953 as a better alternative to selling magazines subscriptions door-to-door. “The real genius of Mertz’s idea, though, was to offer magazines from multiple publishers – about 20 titles in all – making his company, Publishers Clearing House (PCH), a one-stop shop for an entire family’s reading entertainment.” In 1967, PCH started offering sweepstakes prizes after noticing Reader’s Digest success in that area. Read more on Mental Floss: You May Already Be a Winner.”

Eric got it right. His $4,798 bet brought him up to $9,598.

Del had Reader’s Digest. He lost $5,501 bet, dropping him down to $1,799.

Rachel just had “Publishers.” She only bet $1,801 so she won the game with the $10,999 she had left. That’s a 4-day total of $65,199 for Rachel Lindgren!

Final Jeopardy (1/24/2018) Rachel Lindgren, Del Scott, Eric Raygor

Reversal: THE GOLD STANDARDS ($1600) Named for Ransom Eli Olds, REO, an old maker of these, promoted them as “the Gold Standard of Value” – Rachel: Speed wagons, Eric: Fire trucks. They wanted cars. When Rachel’s reply was accepted, she gained $3,200. Eric got back $1,600 (his response would not have happened.)

A triple stumper from each round:

ONLY GEOGRAPHY ($800) The only world capital split in half between two nations

PITT LIT ($2,000) A nurse is supposed to institutionalize a girl born with Downs Syndrome in this novel but instead moves to Pittsburgh with her

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “The Emmys”

It’s the first show nominated for both Outstanding Comedy Series (2014) & Outstanding Drama Series (2015) show

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12 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    VJ, on the first Daily Double above, you mentioned a reversal of fortune for Del, but I don’t see it described later in the recap.

    What a nutty game, btw 🙂

    • Cece says:

      Oops, sorry VJ! I thought there were 2 reversals (and I didn’t even had any wine with dinner).

      • VJ says:

        @Cece, Sorry if I wasn’t clear that the way it affected Del was that he was no longer in the lead.

        I didn’t see this til now — I was mucho tired and went to bed early. I didn’t even have any wine with dinner either 🙂

  2. Contestants seemed baffled to state several really easy questions today. Totally identify with leaving dreaded BALLET category to end of round.

  3. Granite Stater says:

    That is not a Fisher Cat!! Should not have allowed that answer as acceptable

  4. Lou says:

    Interesting. VJ, have you ever became lucky to win money from publishers clearing house in which you have to subscribe to their magazines? Also how long has the PCH been in the advertising industry? Looks like Rachel has inherited Fred Vaughan’s playing style and she is calm cool and collected like Gilbert. We could see her hitting a streak if she keeps winning.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I used to subscribe to magazines and buy other people subscriptions as gifts, though generally not through a service like this. I never subscribed through PCH, but I did get a lot of mail from them back in the day. If they sent me a winning number, they got to keep the dough.

      LINK: 10 more clues from the game

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