Final Jeopardy: Geography & Language

The Final Jeopardy question (10/11/2016) in the category “Geography & Language” was:

The world’s busiest container port, its name is also an English verb with criminal overtones.

New champ Pidge Meade won $17,601 yesterday. Her opponents in her second game are: Kalen Meine, from Littleton, CO; and Alice Emerson, from Oreland, PA.

Round 1 Categories: A Bridge to Somewhere – One-Word Film Titles – They Come In Threes – Russian First Name’s the Same – Homophonic Duos – Fair Fare

Pidge found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “One-Word Film Titles” under the $600 clue on the 3rd pick of the round. She was in the lead with $400, $200 more than Kalen in second place. She bet the $1,000 allowance and thought it was “Barbershop.” That was WRONG.

Ice Cube gave rise to a catchphrase with the dismissive “Bye, Felicia” in this 1995 comedy. show

Kalen finished in the lead with $5,200. Alice was second with $5,000 and Pidge was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: Facts about Authors – The Forest for the Trees – Psychology – Same Title, Different Song – “MM” – It Happened on Meet the Press

Alice found the first Daily Double in “Facts about Authors” under the $1,200 clue on the 13th pick. In second place, with $7,000, she had $5,400 less than Kalen’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

She matched her initials with the pen name Currer Bell & ended up marrying a man named Arthur Bell Nicholls. show

5 clues later, Pidge got the last Daily Double in “Same Title, Different Song” under the $1,200 clue. She had $3,000 at this point, $11,000 less than Kalen’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Petula Clark (1964) & Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2015) show

Kalen finished in the lead with $15,600. Pidge took a giant leap in the last half of Double Jeopardy! to finish second with $15,200. Alice was in third place with $8,400.

Surprisingly, NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The World Shipping Council has a table showing the 50 Top World Container Ports. Shanghai, China tops the list, followed by Singapore and Shenzhen, China.

Shanghai, as an English verb meaning to abduct men and force them to serve as crewmen on ships, has been in use since the 1850s according to Online Etymology. San Francisco’s Barbary Coast area was notorious for the practice: “Shanghaiing flourished openly in San Francisco for 60 years. Paid-off politicians winked at it, and repeated reform efforts failed. There was too much money to be made: As Richard Dillon notes in “Shanghaiing Days,” crimps and their collaborators could make $50,000 a year – the 19th century equivalent of the pay package for a high-level programmer at Twitter.” (SF Gate: … The Drinks had a Brutal Chaser)

Alice wrote down “steal port.” She didn’t bet anything and remained at $8,400.

Pidge came up with Alcatraz. She only lost $1,800 so she finished with $13,400.

Kalen wrote down “lift.” He bet and lost it all and Pidge won! Fantastic catchup and wise bet. Her 2-day total is $31,001.

Final Jeopardy (10-11-16) Pidge Meade, Alice Emerson and Kalen Meine

A triple stumper from each round:

RUSSIAN FIRST NAME’S THE SAME ($1000) Shcharansky & Karpov

SAME TITLE, DIFFERENT SONG ($400) Justin Bieber (2015) & Beyonce (2016)

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

Today this company markets more than 100 times the number of products found in a slogan it used in 1896. show

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8 Responses

  1. lou says:

    congrats to pidge on her second win. But i dont remember san francisco having any ports though. VJ do you know of any other ports other than shanghai or shenzhen topping the list of busy ports?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, There is a link to the Top 50 container ports in the first sentence after the FJ answer. The first one on there in the USA is Los Angeles at No. 19,

  2. jacob ska says:

    Pidge congrats on your 2nd win. But, Alcatraz? :)

    • VJ says:

      LOL, Jacob. Couldn’t believe no one knew that one. I didn’t have time to post on the CotD today but was in agreement with Eric that they’d all get it, and of course, I liked the quote coincidence.

      I might be the only one who ever saw it, but there was an episode of Bonanza called “San Francisco” where Ben Cartwright almost got shanghaied.

      I have 11 clues online from this match, including the Psychology category which had my favorite clue — the $1600 opposite of multitasking one. It used to be called “paying attention.” ROFL

  3. jacob ska says:

    Seth Wilson appeared on CNBC business channel in the 5 pm hour. He played a business version of Jeopardy along with 4 business traders. Fun to watch. I would imagine the clip will be on Youtube soon.

    • rhonda says:

      Thanks for letting us know, Jacob, I would like to see it.

      • Cece says:

        Nice makeover, petit lapin.’Gonna make your own carrot beer?

        You said you got FJ from the English verb hint. That hint actually confused me, as I have never heard the word shanghai as a verb. So I ignored it, and got it from ‘the busiest container port’ part of the clue.

        • rhonda says:

          I’m glad that you approve, ma diabolique pomme de terre, I wouldn’t want to incur your wrath lol. Interesting how we each came to the correct answer differently.