Final Jeopardy: U.S. City Firsts

The Final Jeopardy question (10/1/2014), in the category “U.S. City Firsts” was:

Among its firsts are underwater auto tunnel to a foreign country & corporation to net more than 1 billion in a single year.

2-day champ Elisa Korb has won $37,100 so far. Today she is up against these two players: Josh Hager, from Raleigh, NC; and Sara Goodman, originally from Huntington Woods, MI.

Round 1: Sarah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Silent G” under the $800 clue before the first break. She was in the lead with $2,400, $600 more than Elisa in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

The partition separating the thoracic cavity from the abdominal. show

Sara finished in the lead with $4,600. Josh was second with $3,200 and Elisa was last with $2,800.

Round 2: Elisa found the first Daily Double in “Anthropology” under the $1,200 clue. She was in the lead with $10,000, $3,400 more than Sara in second place. She was obviously as confident in this category as she was in the “Painters” category that put her in the lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Ruth Benedict’s “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” is a classic 1946 study of this country’s culture. show

Josh found the last Daily Double in “Literary Quotes” under the $1,600 clue. He was in third place with $4,000, $15,200 less than Elisa’s lead. He bet $3,500 and he was RIGHT.

In this 1946 novel, Old Major says that “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.” show

Elisa finished in the lead with $16,800. Josh was next with $13,100 and Sara was in third place with $8,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was the first vehicular subway ever built between two nations. At the time of its construction, two other tunnels were in use in the United States — the Holland Tunnel in New York and the George A. Posey Tunnel connecting Oakland and Alameda, California.” (Detroit Tunnel History)

In 1955, General Motors became the first American company to earn more than one billion dollars in a single year. More interesting Detroit facts.

Sara got it right and doubled her money to finish with $16,400.

Josh bet $13,000 so he finished with $26,100.

Elisa thought it was Anchorage and that cost her $4,200. She ended up with $12,600, so Josh Hager won and he will be the returning champ tomorrow.

FJ Results: 10-1-14

Josh is an archivist. During the chat, he told an interesting story about making a unique discovery while processing the papers of a vaudeville couple. The wife was a descendant of John Wilkes Booth and he found a cabinet card showing the assassin in profile. The card is now at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.

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

This opera begins with Air Force One landing at Beijing. show

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7 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    sorry, the “stupid bet” was my mistake. i took the 500.00 from yesterday…. but bye bye and good riddance, you are so right tom!! (i thought you would not watch today????}

    the clue was worded in a strange way. should it not have been “..are AN underwater auto tunnel & a corp…….”???
    do they outsource the writing to people whose native language is not english and also have not mastered it well enough????
    just curious. in europe one would say: “this sounds BEHMISCH”, meaning it sounds like a foreigner (mostly from boehmen=czech rep.) speaks german……

    • VJ says:

      it wouldn’t seem like the article was left out if there was a colon after “among its firsts are”. J! abbreviates a lot of stuff, always using the ampersand instead of “and” unless it’s in a quote. They saved a little space by leaving out the articles before underwater and corp. By the way, the NY Times clue of the day had corp. abbreviated but on the show it was spelled out.

  2. Tom Clark says:

    Sorry if I offend anyone, but that’s life, and here goes:

    Many, many years ago someone told me that people who aren’t very bright but want a college degree major in art.

    Elisa Korb has done nothing to disprove this contention.

    Truman — Anchorage — ROFLMAO. ‘Bye, Elisa.

  3. john blahuta says:

    another stupid bet and another inane guess by elisa in fj. first truman, now missing the obvious- detroit!!! math also seems not to be her forte…. how in the he.. did she wind up in first place, just to blow it??

    • VJ says:

      well, she went all in on the first DD when she had $10K, giving her a big lead over the other 2 fairly early in the second round. And I thought that was pretty smart of her myself. She knew what she was weak in and capitalized on her strong categories – she’s an art history professor and dove in there with the “Painters” and “Anthropology” categories.

      Congrats, of course, to the other two players for not giving up.

      • john blahuta says:

        exactly. they might have had a clue that elisa was not that well versed in “americana” in general, (truman, detroit). that truman answer still gets me…….BIG time!!!

        • john blahuta says:

          AND she lucked out on that dd as well. the chrysanthemum IS synonymous with japan like the tulip with the netherlands or the edelweiss with austria…… (had to mention the old country….who hasn’t seen “sound of music” or at least heard the song “edelweiss”??) :):)