Final Jeopardy: Flags of the World

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/13/2017) in the category “Flags of the World” was:

The flag of Laos shows the white circle of the moon over the blue band, representing this river.

New champ Scarlett Sims won $33,201 yesterday when she defeated 12x champ, Austin Rogers. In her second game, she is up against these two players: Michelle Kritselis, from Rolling Meadows, IL; and Manny Abell, from Lacey, WA.

Round 1 Categories: Rickenbacker Guitars – Countries’ Official Languages – Accessories – Completes the Old Testament Quote – Stocking the Cabinet Department – “DED” End

Manny found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Cabinet Department” under the $1,000 clue, with 7 clues left after it. He was in third place with $1,000, $1,800 behind Michelle’s lead. He “bet the farm” and he was RIGHT.

Office of the Chief of Protocol. show

Scarlett and Michelle finished in a tie for the lead with $3,400 each. Manny was hot on their heels with $3,200.

Round 2 Categories: Time’s 100 Most Influential People 2017 – Compound Words – Botany – Recent Nonfiction – October Occurrences – “The” Movie

Manny found the first Daily Double in “‘The’ Movie” under the $1,200 clue on the very first pick, so the scores were the same as above. He went true Daily Double again and he was RIGHT again.

Turned out Jim Carrey was on the ultimate reality TV series in this pic. show

Michelle found the last Daily Double in “Botany” under the $2,000 clue, with just one clue left after it. In second place with $12,600, she had $4,000 less than Manny’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT, to her astonishment.

The 3 main classes of plant pigments are carotenoids, phycobilins & these greenish ones. show

Manny finished in the lead with $16,000. Michelle was next with $15,600 and Scarlett was in third place with $7,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On its Facts about Laos page, Luang Prabang Guide says: “According to the original creator of the current Lao flag, Maha Sila Viravong, the white disk in the center symbolizes the unity of the Lao people (and the future reunification of the two Laotian regions of Laos and Northeastern Thailand that are divided by the Mekong River) under one nation. It is also said to represent a full moon against the Mekong River. The red stripes stand for the blood shed by the Lao people on both banks of the Mekong River… and the blue symbolizes the Mekong River itself, a symbol of the nation’s prosperity.”

Scarlett had the Ganges River. That cost her $7,000. She finished with $400.

Michelle thought it was the Yangtze. She lost her $5,000 bet, bringing her down to $10,600.

Manny got it right. He added $1,199 bringing him up to $17,199 and making him the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (10/13/2017) Scarlett Sims, Manny Abell, Michelle Kritselis

A triple stumper from each round:

COMPLETES THE OLD TESTAMENT QUOTE ($400) “Cast thy ____ upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days”

RECENT NONFICTION ($1200) An adaptation of his self-help book was published as “How to Win Friends & Influence People in the Digital Age”

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

When translated, the full name of this Major League baseball team gets you a double redundancy. show

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11 Responses

  1. Barb says:

    The Mekong river is well-known to flow through Vietnam; since Laos is next to Vietnam, this seemed the most logical answer if one were guessing. I think Scarlett gave an impression of being a quieter Austin that may have been misleading; her success at running the Dolly Parton category that was a large part of her win may have been indeed due to the luck of getting a category so closely associated with her own state and thus familiar to her in a way that evaded Austin.

    • VJ says:

      Hi Barb, idk if her state had a lot to do with it. She just buzzed in faster than Austin. This is what Austin said on Twitter about it: “I love LOVE LOVE Dolly Parton, and Scarlett just CRUSHED me on the buzzer. Good on her! SWEEEEEPP!”

      btw, I’m not from Tennessee and I swept that category too. I’ve been a fan of Dolly’s since her first TV series in the 70s, even before she became a megastar (and probably before Austin and Scarlett were born!). Dolly usually closed the show with “I Will Always Love You.”

      • Jacob Ska says:

        @VJ, you are so correct about Dolly Parton. I ran that category too. I’m a huge fan & watched her sing that song on her show long before the late Whitney Houston sang it. Dolly wrote that song & still owns the rights to it. Smart songwriter & singer. I love her big time. Yes my better half knows. lol

        • VJ says:

          LOL, Jacob. Do you remember all the cracks and jokes they used to make about Dolly when she first came on the scene? Bette Midler, too. They sure showed ’em. Very talented ladies.

  2. Cece says:

    Jeez, what happen to Scarlett tonight? Dalton is right, the curse of the giant killer strikes again. So, back to a champ-a-day, or so.

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, right? “Sometimes you’re hot, sometimes you’re not” lol, but at least she had an excellent payday yesterday so, to paraphrase another slogan, “no tears”

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    Every time when a contestant picks the daily double at the beginning of the Jeopardy! round and Double Jeopardy! round, I say this “Right off the bat!”.

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    No player, after defeating a 10+ time champ, has ever won more than one game.

    • Lou says:

      Agreed this is similar to margie eulner otts second game and she lost miserably. But today Scarlett is not worried at all so still I will give her credit for trying though. Let’s see if the naval officer can win a streak next week.

  5. Lou says:

    The yangzte river is in China and that country is nowhere near laos. But still Scarlett played valiantly today. Also the Mekong is close to the Vietnam country right VJ? The people in Vietnam are somehow related to the laos people based.on their ethnicity if I’m not mistaken. Although this game is similar to margie ott s first game where she completely lost focus.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, Laos is one of the 14 countries that border China, but the Yangtze only flows through China. More of the Mekong River flows through China than Vietnam actually. Check out this article that has a map of the river’s course.

      LINK: 10 more clues from this match