Final Jeopardy: State Songs

The Final Jeopardy question (10/12/2016) in the category “State Songs” was:

The first line of its state song, “Eight stars of gold on a field of blue”, refers to the star group on its flag.

2x champ Pidge Meade has now won $31,001 over the last two games. In Game 3, she is up against these two players: Susan Cole, from Bowie, MD; and Russ Williams, from Alexandria, VA.

Round 1 Categories: Winner, Winner – Chicken Dinner – Traveling through Time- Money Slang – In Conclusion – @_floridaman

Pidge found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “In Conclusion” under the $800 clue on the 15th pick of the round. She was in third place with $600, $2,200 less than Russ in the lead. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

The last day these could be advertised on U.S. TV was January 1, 1971. show

Russ finished in the lead with $4,600. Pidge was second with $3,000 and Susan was last with $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: Horrible History – Language Lab – Literary London – Coming Subtractions – News Terminology – From Dawn til Dusk

Susan found the first Daily Double in “Language Lab” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. She had $1,800 at this point, $2,000 less than Russ, still leading. She went the true Daily Double route and she was RIGHT.

From words meaning “through” & “speak”, it’s a regional form of a language often with its own words. show

Susan found the last Daily Double in “Literary London” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. She was in the lead with $10,400 now, $3,400 more than Russ in second place. She bet $5,000 and she was RIGHT.

Zadie Smith’s novel “White Teeth” is about 2 immigrant families in London: 1 from Bangladesh & 1 from this Caribbean nation. show

Susan finished with a runaway $22,600. Pidge was next with $10,200 and Russ was in third place with $6,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In “Alaska Flag Song stirs powerful emotions,” Frank E. Baker says “Alaska is the only state whose song was inspired and written specifically about its flag.” He describes how the state song began as a poem by Marie Drake in 1927. In 1934, Drake was asked to create a song that would make it easier for Alaskan school children to learn about the flag and she transformed her poem into song lyrics. Elinor Dusenbury composed the music several years later and the song was first played in 1938. The Territory of Alaska made “Alaska’s Flag” its official song in 1955. When Alaska joined the union in 1959, it became the official state song,

Also see Alaska. net for more background on the song and additional lyrics by Carol Berry Davis.

Russ misunderstood the clue and came up with the Big Dipper. He lost his $4,001 bet and was left with $2,199.

Pidge thought it was Texas. She lost $2,300, finishing with $7,900.

Susan wrote down California. She lost $2,000 and won the match with the remaining $20,600.

Final Jeopardy (10/12/2016) Pidge Meade, Russ Williams, Susan Cole

A triple stumper from each round:

CHICKEN DINNER ($800) The name of this spicy Chinese chicken & peanut dish is believed to derive from a Sichuan official

NEWS TERMINOLOGY ($1200) Reporting on human foibles, newswriters are careful to avoid this, from Latin for “source of offense”

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Wordplay”

Subtract a letter from the name of a keystroke found in computer commands & you get this violent reaction to social change. show

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4 Responses

  1. William Weyser says:

    I got this Final Jeopardy! clue right, because I do remember seeing the Alaskan state flag in real life before, and unless I’m mis-remembering things, I recently went into a museum in Boston and got a picture with all of the state flags.

  2. VJ says:

    Congrats to Susan. That was a great second round for her. I’d like to see her get a lit-related FJ tomorrow. She was confident enough to bet 5 grand on Literary London today.

    Anyone notice how they wrote out “one thousand” in that one Money Slang clue? I have that clue and 8 more up now, including the @_floridaman category, with links to the tweets.

    • lou says:

      i noticed. But i really found the florida man category to be hilarious. It’s just like the stories you see on onion news and none were actually real. Congrats to susan. but i would love to see her do a 4 game run or a 5 game run