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.
A triple stumper from each round:
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