Final Jeopardy: Names in American History

The Final Jeopardy question (1/30/2017) in the category “Names in American History” was:

He headed a British committee on prison reform, which gave him the idea for founding a colony in America in 1732.

New champ Lisa Schlitt won $27,600 last Friday. In her second game, she is up against these two players: Valerie Connors, from Owings Mills, MD; and Joe Di Dio, from Queens, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Route ’60-Something – Novel Vocabulary – Yes, Mr. Movie President – 7 Letters, Only One Vowel – Ice Cream – Cones

Valerie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Route ’60-Something” under the $400 clue, with 6 clues to go after it. She was in second place with $2,400, $2,800 less than Lisa’s lead. She bet $2,000 but did not have a guess so she was WRONG.

“The two poles of classical civilization” describes the 1960 Olympic torch relay from here to here. show

Lisa finished in the lead with $5,200. Valerie was second with $1,800 and Joe was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: Slideshow Bob – Chemistry – Comic Strip Canines – Economics – New Brunswick – Here’s 2 “U”!

Joe found the first Daily Double in “Chemistry” under the $800 clue on the 13th pick. He was in third place with $2,800 when he found it, but he got a $2,400 reversal (see below). That put him in third place with $400, $7,200 less than Lisa’s lead. He bet the $2,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

This state of matter is bypassed by sublimation. show

Joe found the last Daily Double in “Slideshow Bob” under the $800 clue, with 8 clues left after it. In second place with $7,200, he had $4,000 less than Lisa’s lead. He bet $5,000 and took a guess with Lovell. That was WRONG.

This inventor & engineer climbed a tree as a lad in 1899 and dreamed of building a craft that could reach Mars.
Slideshow Bob Jeopardy! Daily Double (1-30-17)

Lisa finished in the lead with a runaway $14,400. Valerie was next with $5,800 and Joe was in third place with $3,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


It was Oglethorpe’s “work on the Prison Discipline Committee that brought him in contact with the idea of creating a colony of debtors in the New World. Proposed by a number of writers and in at least one book, the concept gained some acceptance before Oglethorpe became a driving force in the group in 1728. A group of 21 men, including Oglethorpe and Lord Percival, created a charter for the new colony named Georgia (in honor of King George II)…. Oglethorpe used his connections to move the Charter for the colony of Georgia quickly to the king, who signed it on June 9, 1732. (Our Georgia History)

The U.S. Post Office issued a bicentennial stamp in Oglethorpe’s honor in 1933. Face value: 3 cents.

Joe wrote down William Penn, who died in 1718. He bet and lost it all.

Valerie thought it was Sir Walter Raleigh, likewise deceased (1618). She lost her $1,000 bet, finishing with $4,800.

Lisa got it right. Her $1,000 bet brought her up to a winning total today of $15,400 and a 2-day total of $43,000.

Final Jeopardy (1/30/2017) Lisa Schlitt, Joe Di Dio, Valerie Connors

Reversal: NEW BRUNSWICK ($1200) This capital was laid out by Tories in 1785 & named for the son of King George III– not the son’s wife, Frederica (Joe was penalized for pronouncing Fredericton as if it ended in “town”)

A triple stumper from each round:

YES, MR. MOVIE PRESIDENT ($400) Who ya gonna call to play FDR in “Hyde Park on Hudson”? Him

ECONOMICS ($800) The Federal Trade Commission has a Bureau of this, the battle between firms that keeps prices low

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

The street address of his presidential library is 40 Presidential Drive.. show

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5 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    @Jacob, no I don’t recall ever seeing 2 stay-at-home parents on the show. Alex’s quip that they “let them out” was funny.

    @Lou, look at that link to the 9 more clues in my first comment for the other 2 clues that were missed in that new Brunswick category. (I’ve got a cool link on the $2000 one. Looks like a great place to visit)

    No one buzzed in on the $800 clue. Joe buzzed in on the $2000 clue but he gave a wrong response and Lisa and Valerie did not buzz in. So it’s not the same as the reversal, where Joe’s answer was accepted at first, and Lisa and Valerie never got a crack at the clue at all.

    • Lou says:

      I see, but still I love to visit that location that you mentioned. And congrats to Lisa on her runaway Just hope that she will continue the win without any more leader curses

  2. jacob ska says:

    As soon I saw the Canine category I guessed that one of the clues would be about Marmaduke. He pops up a lot on Jeopardy.

    Surprised at the ts on itch relief.

    VJ, do you recall ever seeing 2 stay-at-home parents on the same Jeopardy show? What a coincidence!

    Congrats to the returning champ on her runaway game.

  3. Lou says:

    And a great play today by all the contestants. Just hope that Lisa will continue to build her winnings tomorrow night. also there were two reversals in double jeopardy but who got the second one in the New Brunswick category?

  4. VJ says:

    I felt bad for Joe on that reversal. I guess Alex thought he was consoling Joe after he got the DD right by telling him he had “almost as much” as he had before the reversal. Ouch! It’s moments like those that I’m glad I have no desire to be on the show, esp with the way I say some things (and my precious child never ceases to enjoy poking fun at me over them).

    One time they had a clue about the Battle of Monmouth, and Alex said Mon-muth. I guess that’s the official way to say it but where I come from everybody ignored that “n” and just said Mom-muth (talking about the beach or the county).

    LINK -: 9 more clues from the match