Final Jeopardy: The American Revolution

The Final Jeopardy question (1/29/2016) in the category “American Revolution” was:

He wrote, “As life and fortune are risked by serving his Majesty, it is necessary that the latter shall be secured.”

New champ Mara Apostol won $16,801 yesterday, defeating Fred Vaughn, our first 4x champ. Today she is up against these two players: Sandy Hall, originally from Evansville, IN; and Chris Becker, from Orlando, FL.

Round 1 Categories: Which NYC Borough – Anagrammed Books of the Bible – Alphabet Soup – Long-Running Sitcoms – Double-Letter Brands by Slogan – Po Presents Unconventional Warriors (with clues read by Jack Black as Po the Panda because Kung-Fu Panda 3 opened today)

Mara found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Double-Letter Brands by Slogan” under the $800 clue before the first break. She was in the lead with $2,800, $400 ahead of Sandy in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and took a guess at the very last second that was RIGHT and saved her from going belly up.

“The toughest 4-letter word on wheels.” show

Mara finished in the lead with $7,800. Chris was second with $5,800 and Sandy was last with $5,000.

Round 2 Categories: Rotten Tomatoes – Where’s the Book – Senior-itis – Starts & Ends with Different Vowels – The Western Hemisphere – Band With

Sandy found the first Daily Double in “Where’s the Book” under the $1,600 clue on the 10th pick of the round. In third place with $7,400, she had $2,000 less than Mara in the lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Max is wearing his wolf suit & causing mischief at the start of this Sendak classic. show

4 clues later, Sandy found the last Daily Double in “Different Vowels” under the $1,200 clue. She was in second place with $10,600 now, $800 less than Mara’s lead. She bet $2,000 but could not muster a guess so she was WRONG.

A term for military weapons, ammunition & combat vehicles: insert an “I” & you get a statute. show

Chris surged forward in the last half of the round and finished in the lead with $21,400. Mara was next with $12,200 and Sandy was in third place with $9,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The sentence in the clue comes from a July 12, 1780 letter written by Benedict Arnold to British Army Major John Andre. Arnold wrote it in a code that came to be called “The Arnold Cipher”.

Top 10 American Traitors: Benedict Arnold is No. 1 on Listverse and No. 10 on

Sandy thought it was Alexander Hamilton. That cost her everything but $1.00.

Mara didn’t have a response. She lost her $9,201 bet and was left with $2,999.

Chris wrote down “Cornwallis.” He lost his $3,001 bet but won the match with a very respectable $18,399. We will have to wait 2 weeks for Chris’s next game and, in the meantime, we’ll be watching the College Championships that start next Monday.

Final Jeopardy Results for January 16, 2016

Senior-itis stumpers:

($1600) This “Father of the Waltz” (& of Jr.) composed more than 150 waltzes.

($2000) Around 1830 this Pere wrote a series of historical plays like “Napoleon Bonaparte.”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Inventors”

In an 1854 demonstration, he said, “Cut the rope”; his invention kicked in, then he said, “All safe, gentlemen.” show

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16 Responses

  1. Mary Richter says:

    I’m just catching up on the episodes and watched this one today. Question # 4 re: NYC boroughs is totally wrong. There are no boroughs that are entirely on the mainland which includes the answer of the Bronx. I grew up on an Island in the Bronx. It”s called City Island. There is also High Island which years ago was a vacation place for many and had a radio tower when I was a kid. Also Hart Island on which NYC’s potters field is. I will never trust Jeopardy for a correct answer again

    • VJ says:

      Maybe they got it from the New York Times — “The Bronx is not only the one borough that sports the definite article in its name, but it is also the only one of New York’s boroughs that sits entirely on the North American mainland…”

  2. Donica Sharpe says:

    I can’t believe all three of them missed that question. It seemed obvious to me that the quote by someone who was on the side of the British. I thought Benedict Arnold was TOO obvious as it was the ONLY person I could think of .Who is the most famous traitor in American history? Anyone who has any semblance of knowledge about the American Revolution should have had at least heard of him .These aren’t your average joes. They’re on Jeopardy!!! ,and from what I could tell, they were born and raised in the United States so probably learned about him at some point in school.

    • VJ says:

      Well it wasn’t like they had some extra info in the clue like they did on that first round clue in the “Po Presents” category where they put the answer’s first name right in the clue…. Molly bowl of noodles, Molly dessert. LOL.

      I can see how serving his majesty led one to name a Brit. but I also think it is kinda funny that whenever money shows up in an American Revolution clue, Hamilton shows up.

      Money made all the teens think of Hamilton on this FJ about Arnold in the 2012 Teen Tournament: “In 1777 an opponent wrote of him “Money is this man’s God, and to get enough of it he would sacrifice his country”

      I don’t know what made all the adults answer Benedict Arnold to this regular game FJ in Oct 2011: “He was executed in 1780 & buried in Tappan, New York; his remains were moved to Westminster Abbey in 1821.”

  3. Cece says:

    Good game tonight, very few misses/triple stumpers. I was surprised at the 2 ” Senior-itis” triple stumpers, though. Apparently, both the young and old were afflicted by it tonight. :)

    • rhonda says:

      I was also surprised at the two triple stumpers, Cece. Of course, I’ve already forgotten what the clues and answers were, talk about senioritis.

      • VJ says:

        @Rhonda, I put the two senior-itis clues in the recap under the FJ Results picture with links to the answers

        • rhonda says:

          Thanks so much, VJ. I remember in high school senioritis used to mean something else entirely. Little did I know then that 1 day it would come to this lol.

        • VJ says:

          LOL, Rhonda, that’s funny! I remember when I was a teenager my father would forget the word for things he was looking for and always say the whatchamacallit. Then he would get mad. At the time, it seemed like it was because you didn’t know what the whatchamacallit was but now I know it was from frustration. :):)

        • rhonda says:

          That is funny, it is terribly frustrating. I have a friend who says, ” Remind me, I have to go to whatchamacallit later” and I have to prompt her with various places she usually goes to to until she remembers. Then I usually forget to remind her about it lol.

  4. JEOPARDY says:

    Fairly easy fj today. At least two should get.

    More so if you like and really know american revolution history.

  5. Dalton Higbee says:

    I hope General Cornwallis was in the American Revolution. I was hoping it was the correct response during this Final Jeopardy!.
    Meanwhile, the College Championship begins Monday. Here are my predictions for the quarterfinal games next week. For Monday, Adam (Winner), Carissa (Wild Card). For Tuesday, Kate (Winner). For Wednesday, Sam (Wild Card), Michael (Winner). For Thursday, Hannah (Wild Card), Gus (Winner). And finally, For Friday, Ziad Ali (Winner), Noah (Wild Card). I will be only watching Tuesday and Saturday.

  6. Joshua says:

    Where is the tournament of champions page?