Final Jeopardy: Olympic Host Cities
The Final Jeopardy question (1/5/2015), in the category “Olympic Host Cities” was:
This European city hosted the northernmost summer games, also the first where Soviet athletes participated.
New champ Elliot Yates won $18,201 on Friday. In his second game, he is up against these two players: Eric Westra, from Omaha, NE; and Dara Gocheski, from Denver, CO.
Round 1: Elliot found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Country Name Origins” under the $800 clue. He was in second place with $1,600, $1,000 less than Dara’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double, wryly noting that he stunk in the category so far. He came up with Trinidad & Tobago but that was WRONG.
A national pair in the Caribbean “ancient & bearded”. show
Dara finished in the lead with $3,400. Eric was second with $1,000 and Elliot was in the hole for $800.
Round 2: Eric found the first Daily Double in “Medieval Fashion” under the $1,600 clue. He was in third place with $3,400, $4,000 less than Dara’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.
3-letter name for a long white tunic made of linen & worn by medieval clergy. show
Dara found the last Daily Double in “DaFoe” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $9,800, she had $4,600 more than Elliot in second place. She bet $800 and came up with the Hundred Years’ War. That was WRONG.
“Memoirs of a Cavalier” was a fictional account of this decades-long war of 17th century continental Europe. show
Dara finished in the lead with $9,000. Elliot was next with $5,600 and Eric was in third place with $3,200.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
“The Soviet Union (USSR) competed in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. It was the first time for Russians to compete since 1912 as well as the first time for Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Georgians, Ukrainians and Uzbeks to do it ever. 295 competitors, 255 men and 40 women, took part in 141 events in 18 sports.” (wikipedia)
Eric came up with Stockholm. That cost him $3,100 and he finished with $100.
Elliot got it right. His $5,400 bet brought him up to $11,000.
Dara wrote down Oslo. She lost her $2,201 bet and finished with $6,799.
So Elliot won his second game after all, although it surely didn’t look good till we saw that right answer in FJ! His 2-day total is $29,201.
Elliot did talk about opera during today’s chat. He is working on an opera based on Truman Capote’s life and the part of Capote is being written for a countertenor because the author had such a high-pitched voice. On film, Capote has been portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toby Jones, Michael J. Burg and Louis Negin; and in a one-man show “Tru” by Robert Morse and Louis Negin.
2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Sports Legends”
A bio from 1974, 26 years after his death, quotes him: “I swing big… I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can”. show