Final Jeopardy: Asia

The Final Jeopardy question (1/6/2015), in the category “Asia” was:

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

2-day champ Elliot Yates has won $29,201 so far. Today his opponents are: Val Hannon, from Allen, TX; and Alan Hait, from Wilton Manors, FL.

Round 1: Elliot found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Musical Instruments” under the $800 clue. He was in a tie for the lead with Alan. They both had $1,000 and Val had nothing so far. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

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Elliot finished in the lead with $7,200. Alan was second with $5,600 and Val was last with $2,000.

Round 2: Elliot found the first Daily Double in “State Firsts” under the $2,000 clue. He was in the lead with $14,000, $5,600 ahead of Alan in second place when he found it. Then Alan was awarded $800 on a prior clue*, so Elliot’s lead dropped to $4,800. He bet $2,500 and he was RIGHT.

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Two clues later, Elliot found the last Daily Double in “Watch the Birdie” under the $1,600 clue. At $17,700, he now had $8,500 more than Alan in second place. He bet $2,300 and he was RIGHT.

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*”The “Metric” System” clue that Alan got back was worth $400: “An equilateral triangle is; a scalene triangle isn’t.” Alan said “isometric” but they wanted “symmetrical” at that point.

Elliot finished in the lead with a runaway $20,000. Alan was next with $9,600 and Val was out of the Final Jeopardy! picture since she had zero.

BOTH of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Although it’s only the fifth largest in the world, the Gobi Desert is the most expansive arid region on the Asian continent. The desert spans two countries, covering parts of northern and northwestern China and up into southern Mongolia. A rain shadow desert, Gobi suffers from having most of its rain blocked by the Himalayas. However, this doesn’t mean the region receives zero precipitation. In fact, the Gobi gets about 7 inches of rainfall each year.” (Gobi Desert Facts)

Alan doubled his money, finishing with $19,200.

Elliot only bet $799 so he won this one with $20,799, making his 3-day total $50,000 even and, wow, he qualifies for the Tournament of Champions! We know everyone is happy to see that.

FJ Results: 1-6-15

During the chat, Elliot talked about a trip in France that began badly when he missed his train to Nice and had to shell out another 100 euros for a new ticket. On the way south, he decided the only way to get his money back was in a casino in Nice or Monaco. “I won every cent back,” he asserted.

A bit later, he got a little chuckle in when he got this clue: “One of the 4 quartiers of Monaco, 9 miles east of Nice, France.”

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8 Responses

  1. DJ says:

    The judges really messed up with isometric v. symmetrical. The definition of isosceles triangle includes the fact that they are isometric. Isometric fit the category, and was more correct, plus iso is right there in the word.

    • VJ says:

      wouldn’t that be the cluewriters’ flub? They are the ones who didn’t put isometric as an answer on the card Alex had.

      The judges are there to straighten these things out and they did.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Go Elliot. VJ, how about my prediction? A first for 2015.

    • VJ says:

      Yes, Jacob! How about that? I was laughing my head off, really, saying that figures. I bravely say 3 and there aren’t even 3 in FJ.

      It’s jinxed, I tell ya.

    • William Weyser says:

      That’s the 1st time I think it’s happened when someone wins 3 games and somehow ends up with $50,000 exactly. As a result, Elliot Yates gets the 8th spot in my 5th Tournament Of Champions. The other 7 are Jeff Xie, Bill Cossen, Catherine Hardee, Alexander Persaud, Ryan Alley, Zane Ice, and Vaughn Winchell, who Elliot dethroned.

      • Leena says:

        What? Neither Jeff nor Zane would be in the TofC! Hell, Zane was in KIDS WEEK!

        • William Weyser says:

          Leena, listen to me! This is my version of the Tournament Of Champions. I know that since 2001, Teen Champions are no longer allowed to take part in the Tournament Of Champions, but in 2012, I decided that whoever wins that year’s Teen Tournament, which was Elyse Mancuso, would get a spot in 1 of my TOCs, and not the real one. I did the same with Leonard Cooper, and I’m about to do the same with Jeff Xie. And about Zane Ice, I decided that whoever was the highest scorer in the 2014 Kids Week, which was Zane, I would give him an additional $25,000 and a spot in the tournament. In 2013, when Skyler Hornback set the Kids Week record by winning $66,600, it was actually my brother,Sammy, who wanted me to put Skyler in the tournament, not in the same TOC. 1 last thing, the whole Jeopardy! TOC(William Weyser Version) was all my idea, so if you want to blame me or say that it’s my fault, go right ahead!