Final Jeopardy: The 1960s

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/29/2018) in the category “The 1960s” was:

It was already a crime to alter one of these; a 1965 law passed 393-1 in the house criminalized burning one too.

New champ Jennifer Tomassi won $20,401 last Friday, defeating 5x champ Rachel Lindgren. In her second game, she is up against these two players: Maria Pecoraro, from New Haven, CT; and Ryan Fenster, from SeaTac, WA.

Round 1 Categories: History Across America – Winter Olympics Preview – Fruits & Vegetables in French – Mythol-“O”-gy – Dog Breeds – The Words of H.G. Wells

Jennifer found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Myth’O’logy” under the $600 clue on the 12th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $200. Ryan and Maria were both in the red. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

This son of Apollo & Calliope could enchant gods, people, animals & even trees with the sound of his lyre. show

Ryan finished in the lead with $2,400. Maria was second with $1,200 and Jennifer was last with $200. After the break, Ryan benefited from 2 reversals (see below). He was awarded $2,800 and his score shot up to $5,200.

Round 2 Categories: Native Sons – They Come in Pairs – Ballet Companies – Freeze Frame – Japanese Authors – 2-Letter Words

Jennifer found the first Daily Double in “Native Sons” under the $2,000 clue on the 6th pick. She was in third place with $1,000 now, $3,800 behind Ryan’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and went with a last second guess of Jackson. That was WRONG.

A plain white fence on Hill Street is a tourist attraction in this Missouri town. show

Jennifer found the last Daily Double in “Ballet Companies” on the very next pick under the $800 clue. She had no money now and was $4,800 behind Ryan. She bet $1,000 but had no response so she was WRONG.

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo was created in 1985 to honor this woman who died 3 years earlier. show

Ryan finished in the lead with a runaway $16,800. Maria was next with $6,000 and Jennifer was in third place with $200.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In the 1960s, U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was met with strong opposition. “Draft card burning became one of the most iconic forms of protest…. The symbolic act had legal implications, however. Burning draft cards was ipso facto illegal because all eligible men were legally required to carry their draft cards with them at all times. Furthermore, after Congress adopted the Draft Card Mutilation Act of 1965 to promote the efficient operation of the Selective Service System and preempt venues of resistance, it became a criminal offense knowingly to destroy or mutilate one’s draft card.” ( Draft Card Mutilation Act)

Also, see, Today in Civil Liberties History (3/31/1966) for info on the Supreme Court challenge to the Act.

Jennifer got it after crossing out the American flag. She didn’t bet anything so she remained at $200.

Maria bet $5,000, bringing her up to $11,000.

Ryan bet $4,199, winning the match with $20,999 and he is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (1/29/2018) Jennifer Tomassi, Ryan Fenster, Maria dodPecoraro

Reversals: Ryan got $1,600 on the Dog Breeds clue and $1,200 on H.G. Wells, when the judges approved his previously rejected responses.

DOG BREEDS ($800) This breed is an English greyhound in miniature
Ryan – Italian greyhound; Maria – whippet

THE WORDS OF H.G. WELLS ($600) Wells preached & definitely practiced this 2-word phrase for ignoring the conventional constraints of marriage
Ryan – open marriage; Maria – free love

A triple stumper from each round:

HISTORY ACROSS AMERICA ($600) The sixth floor museum at Dealey Plaza is in this building that in November 1963 became instantly world famous

JAPANESE AUTHORS ($2000) Change one of the digits of 1984 to a letter to get the title of this Orwellian Haruki Murakami novel

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “U.S. Natural Wonders”

Teddy Roosevelt called it “the one great sight which every American should see” show

You may also like...

8 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    VJ, I was hoping they would go back to the Fruits and Vegetables in French category, it was fun.

    • VJ says:

      heh heh, yeah, once Ryan realized there were still 6 clues left on the board, he must have felt he’d have a better shot in the Winter Olympics category. They only got to 2 of them anyhow.

  2. rhonda says:

    Thanks for the clip, VJ.
    I was sure wrong about my prediction for today’s FJ!

    • VJ says:

      @Rhonda, yeah, but it’s a nice surprise when we think they won’t get it and they do compared to when we think they’ll all get it and they don’t 😉

      LINK: 9 more clues from the match

  3. Lou says:

    Jennifer couldn’t get any rhythm going today but seriously, did the judges become a little unfair in their rulings of responses from Maria and Ryan, VJ? I think alex should think about the two responses carefully before judging. Also do you have any close relatives that used to be Vietnam war veterans and were they automatically drafted in without the draft card,.VJ?

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    Tough game today.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *