Final Jeopardy: Men of Science

The Final Jeopardy question (1/5/2017) in the category “Men of Science” was:

Him vs. Him: “The Life-Long Feud That Electrified the World” is a book about these 2 men.

2x champ Amanda Berofsky has won $15,998 so far. In Game No. 3, her rivals are: Kelsey Morgan, from Charlottesville, VA; and Joe Bartomoleo, from Florence, MA.

Round 1 Categories: The Shape of Things – Also a Basketball Term – Been There, Done That – A Film Classic – Shark! – NATO

Joe found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “NATO” under the $800 clue with only one clue left after it. He was in second place with $4,800, $600 less than Amanda’s lead. He bet $800 and he was RIGHT.

In 1950, NATO named this General its Supreme Allied Commander in Europe; he’d had recent experience in the job. show

Joe finished in the lead with $6,600. Amanda was second with $5,400 and Kelsey was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: American Literature – At the Ballet – Known by Their Middle Names – File Under “L” – Canadian Lakes – A Visit with Rita Moreno

Amanda found the first Daily Double in “File Under ‘L'” under the $800 clue on the 14th pick. She was in second place with $10,200 at this point, $800 behind Joe’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

It’s built into a fortress wall to shoot through. The tax code has a different type.


Joe found the last Daily Double in “Canadian Lakes” under the $1,200 clue. There were 5 clues left after it. In second place with $12,600, he had $6,400 less than Amanda’s lead. He bet $1,200 and thought it was Lake Louise. That was WRONG, but it was the right response to the very next clue and he got it then.

This Manitoba Lake is the largest body of water entirely within any province. show

Amanda finished in the lead with $21,000. Joe was next with $14,200 and Kelsey was in third place with $6,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Part of the summary for this book says: “120 years ago, they were billed as the ‘Twin Wizards of Electricity’, here Nigel Cawthorne chronicles the life and times of the two great men to help us finally decide just who really is the Electric King– Edison or Tesla?” It was published in March 2016 and has all 5-star reviews. Nigel Cawthorne previously published “Tesla: The Life and Times of an Electric Messiah” in April 2014. Not everybody liked that one.

Kelsey got it right. She bet it all and finished with $13,600.

Joe came up with Edison and Lumiere. That only cost him $200, so he finished with $14,000.

Amanda just had one man– Tesla. (“The tougher one, really,” Alex said) She lost $7,401 and landed in third place with $13,599. That made Joe Bartolomeo the new Jeopardy champ!

Final Jeopardy (1/5/2017) Amanda Berofsky, Kelsey Morgan, Joe Bartolomeo

A triple stumper from each round:

THE SHAPE OF THINGS ($1000) This tuba is named for its spiral shape, which makes it easier to carry in marching bands

A VISIT WITH RITA MORENO ($1600) “Hey, you guys!” I won a Grammy for a cast recording of this ’70s PBS show in which I played a little girl named Pandora

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Artists”

He said a 2009 exhibit was the 1st time taxpayers’ money was used “to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off.” show

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13 Responses

  1. Trevor Panno says:

    How often in the “Jeopardy!” round that the daily double gets hit as the next to last clue in the round 2 days in a row?

  2. aaaa says:

    Categories, especially in DJ! where all the clues are going to be read by the Clue Crew or a celebrity, should be saved for last, or at least the last clue in the category saved for last. The powers that be want all five clues in such categories revealed. Because that wasn’t done tonight, two clues were left unrevealed in DJ!. Such categories appearing in the first round sometimes means DJ! has several unplayed clues as happened a few shows ago.

    • rhonda says:

      I agree. The Clue Crew and the celebrity clues are annoying to me. They waste time and then Alex wastes more time by talking when the celebrity clues are finished.

      • VJ says:

        They aren’t going to go away, though. Doesn’t Jeopardy! gets paid to promote new shows and all that?

        It reminds me of something Zsa Zsa’s husband, Von Anhalt told a reporter when asked why they adopted someone just so that person could call himself a prince. He said (paraphrasing) well, someone offers you a million dollars, so you do it. LOL!

    • rhonda says:

      I’m sure you’re right, about that, VJ. That prince cuts right to the chase lol.

  3. VJ says:

    Amanda did pretty good today with that $21K pre-FJ finish. Too bad she got done in by the FJ.

    LINK 14 more clues from the match

  4. Lou says:

    Interesting final but still though the weakest play from the returning champion and she hasn’t even gotten a single final jeopardy question right. lets just hope for the next multi game champion by friday and then next week before the toc. Also VJ, were Tesla and Edison rivals since they both did electricity? I wonder if they ever had a competition to see which one of their inventions were better?

    • VJ says:

      idk, Lou. My knowledge of science is rather superficial. Why don’t you read up on it and let me know what you find out?

  5. aaaa says:

    Roger Craig mis-ID’D Lake Winnipeg as Lake Manitoba on a DD in the finals of the Battle of the Decades.

  6. Jim Meyer says:

    I believe the answer should have been Westinghouse vs Edison. Tesla was the man behind AC but Westinghouse and Edison went toe to toe.

    • Jim Meyer says:

      Jim, I agree totally. Questions was too ambiguous. Could have rightly been Edison and Westinghouse. I guess since we have same name, we think alike. Jim Meyer

    • VJ says:

      the answer could only have been what it was since the clue says it’s a book, though I guess you could argue that it was ambiguous because they failed to point out that the quoted part was actually the subtitle,

      That book cover in the recap is the actual book being referred to.

  7. Dalton Higbee says:

    Wow, we have yet to have the pre FJ! high scorer to get the Final right.