Final Jeopardy: Cars

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/4/2018) in the category “Cars” was:

When it was introduced in 1953, this car model’s emblem had a checkered flag & a red flag with a fleur-de-lis.

New champ Steph Bundy won $18,801 yesterday. In her second game, her challengers are: Meghan Whalen, from Chicago, IL; and Sean Sullivan, from Verona, NJ.

Round 1 Categories: Around the South – At the Yard Sale – Paint Miss, Behaving – Cliches Made Fancy – Help! TV Police! – Faux Pas

Steph found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Paint Miss, Behaving” under the $800, with 6 clues remaining after it. She was in the second place with $3,000, $1,600 less than Sean’s lead. She bet $1,500 and took a guess with Kadinsky. That was WRONG.

1929’s “The Woman and the Roses” has one of the floating females of this Belorussian-born painter who settled in France. show

Sean finished in the lead with $5,000. Steph was second with $1,100 and Meghan was last with $600.

Round 2 Categories: The Meh Decade – Science Stuff – In the Dictionary – “B” Movies – Government Around the World – Foe Pa

Steph found the first Daily Double in “Foe Pa” under the $1,600 clue on the 10th pick. She was in third place with $2,300 at this point, $6,700 less than Sean’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

In this Emma Donoghue book, “Old Nick” is the father to young Jack, who thinks the title domicile is the whole world. show

Sean found the last Daily Double in “Meh Decade” under the $1,600 clue, with 5 clues to go after it. In the lead with $13,000, he had $6,800 more than Steph in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

The 1710s in the American colonies must have been sleepy, because in 1720 came the religious revival called this. show

Sean finished in the lead with a runaway $18,800. Steph was next with $7,000 and Meghan was in third place with $3,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Chevrolet originally intended to use a checkered flag and an American flag on the Corvette’s emblem, but right before its release in 1953, they realized that, pursuant to the National Flag Code, they could not use the American flag for advertising purposes. They decided to use something connected with the company’s founder, Louis Chevrolet, but were unable to uncover a family crest so they opted for the fleur-de-lis, the French symbol for peace and purity. See these Corvette emblems and later ones on

Meghan got it right. She doubled her score to $6,000.

Steph wrote “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Alex liked her sense of humor. She lost her $3,000 bet, finishing with $4,000.

Sean crossed out LeSabre in favor of GTO. That cost him $3,800 bet so he won the match with $15,000. Congrats to the new Jeopardy! champ, Sean Sullivan.

Final Jeopardy (1/4/2018) Steph Bundy, Sean Sullivan, Meghan Whalen

A triple stumper from each round:

PAINT MISS, BEHAVING ($1000) Just after Botticelli in Art Dictionary, comes this French rococo master who also painted goddesses

FOE PA ($1200) Fighter pilot Bull Meecham gets this title nickname in a Pat Conroy novel; his 4 kids might pick another moniker

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Places on the Map”

Thanks to John Cabot, 16th century French documents included this island designated as “Terre Neuve” show

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9 Responses

  1. Becci says:

    The correct spelling is Botticelli, someone left off a T.

  2. Becci says:

    I’m questioning that last ‘Daily Double’ answer/question. Because everything I found online says it (GREAT AWAKENING) didn’t start until the late 1730’s.

    • VJ says:

      @Becci, Brittanica backs the clue up: “Great Awakening, religious revival in the British American colonies mainly between about 1720 and the ’40s.” (LINK)

      I’ll fix the missing T in a few seconds :)

      • Becci says:

        That might be, but if you search for the term ‘Great Awakening’ you will find more results that say it started in the 1730’s. But I suppose it’s really too late to do anything about it now?

        Here’s hoping Mr. Trebeck is on the mend quickly.

        • VJ says:

          That’s true, Becci — with 1730s in quotes, I got 2x as many results as 1720s in quotes. I guess the latter ones give credit to those who originated the movement before it became widespread.

  3. VJ says:

    Ah, but we had a runaway game all the same. Not to be contrary, but Sean’s response was my favorite because I love “Little GTO” by Ronnie & the Daytonas

    “Gonna save all my money, and buy a GTO …
    Take it out to Pomona and let ’em know
    That I’m the coolest thing around,
    Little buddy, gonna shut you down
    When I turn it on, wind it up, blow it out, GTO”

    I never had a Corvette, Lou, or a GTO for that matter. I had a Chevy Cavalier station wagon once, though, and a Nova, too, I think.

    LINK: 11 more clues from the match

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    Before Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the original mother died.

  5. Louis says: seems we didn’t see steph get a runaway but I like that chitty chitty bang bang response. Still though glad that Sean didn’t lose a lot in this round. Also didn’t you used to have a corvette, VJ? Have you switched to other cars now or does someone else drive cars in your family?

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