Final Jeopardy: World Cities

The Final Jeopardy question (1/3/2017) in the category “World Cities” was:

Named for a saint & built in 1348, Vaclavske Namesti is the main square & center of cultural life in this capital city.

New champ Gavin Mulligan won $15,800. Today he takes on these two players: Amanda Berofsky, from Waterford, MI; and Rebecca Glass, from New York, NY.

Round 1 Categories: After the Cabinet – Movie Numbers – Literature in Action – Homonyms – Capital City Hotels – Lego

Rebecca found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “After the Cabinet” under the $1,000, with 7 clues left after it. She was in the lead with $3,000, $1,600 more than Amanda in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Her 2012 memoir details her family’s experiences in Europe during World War II & the Holocaust. show

Rebecca finished in the lead with $4,000. Amanda was second with $2,600 and Gavin was last with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: After the Cabernet – Ancient Babylon – Art & Artists – All the Singles Ladies – 16th Century Bookshelf – It’s “Twin”s!

Amanda found the first Daily Double in “Art & Artists” under the $1,600 clue on the 8th pick. She was in second place with $3,800 at this point, $1,400 less than Rebecca’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Andre Breton called the art of this fellow 20th c. artist “the most hallucinatory known until now” show

Rebecca found the last Daily Double in “Ancient Babylon” under the $800 clue, with a dozen clues still to go after it. In second place with $3,600, she had $1,800 less than Amanda’s lead. She bet $2,000 and guessed the Tigris. That was WRONG.

A trading hub and cultural center, the city of Babylon was located on the banks of this river.
Ancient Babylon Daily Double (1-3-17)

Amanda finished in the lead with $7,800. Rebecca was next with $4,800 and Gavin was in third place with $4,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) “is the commercial and administrative centre of the city as well as the site of important social and historical events. Here you’ll find cinemas, theatres, banks, hotels, restaurants, dozens of small and large shops, and administrative centres. The square was created during the founding of the New Town by Charles IV in 1348. Today it is dominated by the National Museum (1885–1891) and Josef Václav Myslbek’s statue of the national patron St Wenceslas from 1912.” The Official Tourist Website for Prague

Gavin thought it was St. Petersburg. That cost him $4,598. He had $2.00 left.

Rebecca wrote down Moscow. She lost $4,500 and finished with $300.

Amanda came up with Budapest. She lost her $1,801 bet and won the match with the remaining $5,999. So Amanda is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (1/3/2017) Gavin Mulligan, Rebecca Glass, Amanda Berofsky

A triple stumper from each round:

LITERATURE IN ACTION ($1000) Brian Garfield’s wife had her purse stolen, so Brian wrote this novel about a vigilante whose wife has been murdered

16th CENTURY BOOKSHELF ($1600) This author became a monk but broke his vows to study medicine & pen his masterpiece “Gargantua and Pantagruel”

2 years ago: BOTH players left got this FJ in “Asia”

Meaning “waterless place” this 500,000 sq.-mile area lies in what’s called a “rain shadow” of the Himalayas. show

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13 Responses

  1. ecgberht says:

    Uh … hello … homonyms “flounder” for the fish and moving clumsily in water. No. They meant “founder”. But those are not homonyms, are they?

  2. Sandy says:

    Whomp whomp *loser horns*

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    I’m surprised that they all missed the Ariana Grande clue today as I was surprised that they all missed the Fort Lauderdale clue last month.

  4. louis j says:

    good king wencelas is my favorite song buti still would have hoped to see amanda bet a bit lower than 1800 dollars. Lets hope for a comeback from amanda tomorrow. Also vj good king wencelas can be counted as a christmas song right?

  5. aaaa says:

    39/59 here.

  6. rhonda says:

    Thanks for the video, VJ.

    • VJ says:

      You’re welcome, Rhonda. Glad you liked it. Wasn’t too surprised at the FJ results. I was more surprised at the triple miss on Robert Lincoln. Didn’t think a picture of him was even necessary.

      LINK: 12 more clues from this match

      • rhonda says:

        I was kind of surprised that no one knew Death Wish, because of the Charles Bronson movie and all of the controversy about it. Guess that was before their time.

        • jacob ska says:

          It appears a lot was before their time given how low their scores were throughout the match. Very flat game to watch imo.

        • James says:

          I got the Charles Bronson connection, but misidentified the movie — I said “Mr. Majestyk” as my “living room answer.” All I remember about that film was a scene of a big stack of melons being machine-gunned. A silly thing to remember.

          I think Death Wish spawned several sequels — I should have been able to remember it.