Final Jeopardy: U.S. Landmarks

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/14/2015) in the category “U.S. Landmarks” was:

For its 50th anniv. In 2012, the roof of this landmark was temporarily repainted its original color, Galaxy Gold.

Superchamp, Matt Jackson can beat Julia Collins’ 20-day winnings ($428,100) today if he knocks this game out of the park. His 13-day total is $411,612. Two opponents are on hand to try to get in a buzz or two: Sally Hatfield, originally from Lakeview, MI; and Michael Baker, from New York, NY.

Round 1: Matt found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “DC-3” under the $800 clue. He was the only one with any money ($600). He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

In-flight service included cookies and a choice of coffee, tea and this beverage that was appropriately used to christen Delta’s first DC-3, “The City of Atlanta”. show

Matt finished in the lead with $6,000. Michael was second with $4,800 and Sally was last with $2,800. During the break, Matt informed the judges that he was mistakenly credited with a correct answer on a 2-Letter Words that begin with “A” clue: $800 – French term meaning “with the.”

Alex thought he was mispronouncing “au” but Matt said “al.” So a big There! to those who doubted Matt’s integrity on the $5 flap, and yeah, the closed caption said “au” even though you could hear the “L” sound. His score was reduced by $1,600 and Matt fell down to second place with $4,400. But not for long…

Round 2: Matt found the first Daily Double in “Compound Words” under the $1,200 clue. He was back in the lead with $6,800, $800 more than Michael in second place. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Time Teller + sagacious = a direction. show

Michael found the last Daily Double in “Curses” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $11,200, he only had $4,200 less than Matt’s lead. He bet $4,400 and he was RIGHT.

This president broke Tecumseh’s Curse, in which presidents elected every 20th year, beginning in 1840, died in office. show

Matt got the $2,000 clue in “Curses” right before time ran out, enabling him to finish in the lead with $17,800. Michael was next with $17,600 and Sally was in third place with $7,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Miller Paints has a “Back in Time” page devoted to Galaxy Gold: “The Space Needle, Seattle’s most known landmark debuted at the Worlds Fair in 1962. It was painted a shade of what would be best described as Crayola’s burnt-sienna orange. The designers however called it ‘Galaxy Gold’. The Space Needle hasn’t adorned that color in quite some time, but to commemorate the landmarks 50th Anniversary it’s going to its RETRO roots as it were, and being painted Galaxy Gold again!…”

Sally came up with Cape Canaveral. She bet and lost it all.

Michael thought it was Dodgers Stadium. He lost his $2,399 bet and finished with $15,201.

Matt wrote down “the Kennedy Center.” That cost him $17,401 and the title. He finished with $399. So Michael Baker is the new champ and the only person in two weeks who can get an “I Beat Matt Jackson” T-shirt.

Kudos to Michael on his FJ bet. We’ll be seeing him tomorrow and we will be seeing Matt Jackson again next month since he will now be in the upcoming Tournament of Champions.

@Tom Clark: Here’s a link to Windex coupons for your crystal ball. :-)

Michael is a travel media editor. During the chat, he talked about his love of Broadway shows and how in one particular year, he managed to see every new show that came out.

2 years ago:: NEITHER of the two players left in FJ got this one in “Female Singers”

In 2013, she became only the third female singer after Aretha Franklin & Madonna to chart over 40 Top 40 Hits. show

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33 Responses

  1. Toni Pabon says:

    I think u guys are all nuts!!! Matt was fabulous and a joy to watch! Isn’t the whole concept of Jeopardy to be knowledgeable, quick on the buzzer, lucky to find daily doubles and willing to bet big? I mean, he blew me away!!!

  2. Riley says:

    For at least the sixth time, Alex puts the accent wrong on Simon Bolivar. It is Si-MON Bol-EE-var. why can’t the staff tell him to get it right? At least this time he was not “correcting” a contestant when he said it.

    • VJ says:

      you could try posting that info on their Facebook page with a link to Forvo where they have people from Colombia, Spain and Argentina saying it. Then maybe the staff will let him know.

  3. Tom Clark says:

    I didn’t say I had a crystal ball. I said I was psychic.

    Well, I guess I’m not psychic.

    Alex Trebek may be. Did you notice that as soon as he started reading off their answers and wagers for Final Jeopardy, he sounded sad?

    Actually, I’ve thought for a long time that he sees the answers and wagers as they’re writing them, and this proved it to me once and for all. He already knew Jackson lost.

    I guess he was sad because their ratings go up when they have someone who wins a lot and I think they were hoping for another Jennings.

    • VJ says:

      I know you didn’t say you had a crystal ball, Tom. It was just a joke. (but some psychics have crystal balls, don’t they?)

      I have very often thought the same thing about Alex knowing their bets and answers before they are shown. Sometimes, though, I’m not sure if it just seems that way because something is out of sync..

      • Cece says:

        Based on some of the comments here last night, I believe we’re in need of an in-house psychologist, not a psychic. :):)

    • Stan says:

      I haven’t watch Jeopardy/Matt since he won for the 5th time.

  4. David Banchs says:

    answer for todays jeopardy is space needle

  5. Karen T says:

    Thanks for the Jeopardy review. I watch it every night, but this evening, I didn’t remember to record the show. I just can’t believe he’s gone. But, he’ll be back for the finals. Strange fellow, but extremely knowledgeable.

  6. William Weyser says:

    Congratulations, Michael Baker! You were able to do something that a lot of players were unable, and that is beat Matt Jackson. And in doing so, you become our brand new champion, and you have won $15,201 and who knows? Maybe it’s the beginning of a long run for you as our champion. We’ll see you tomorrow and we’ll see if you start a streak of your own. Well, Matt, The Seattle Space Needle ended up to be the old downfall, it had to happen sooner or later. But let me tell you, you’ve played the game extremely well, you were very fast with the buzzer, you were very good at finding the Daily Doubles, you answered 8 out of 14 Final Jeopardy! responses correctly, while you missed only 6, including this one and you leave us as a 13-time champion and you also leave us with a lot of money: $411,612 and we’ll see you in the Tournament Of Champions.

  7. Lou says:

    This was a very easy FInal Jeopardy question and I was able to come up with the answer very easily. I mean seriously Cape Canaveral? Dodger Stadium>? kennedy center? They went too far east and south. But still congrats to matt for going into the TOC 2015

  8. BAB says:

    If Matt had NOT been defeated, I was NOT going to watch JEOPARDY until he was gone!

  9. Dalton Higbee says:

    Too bad so sad Matt lost. I wanted Matt to win 31 games and wait until the next 2017 Tournament of Champions. I didn’t want Matt to lose. Many people (including me) didn’t think Matt will keep winning after the upcoming Tournament of Champions.

  10. VJ says:

    Just added Matt to the 2015 TOC list.

    • Cece says:

      Wipe that grin off you face, VJ. :)

      • VJ says:

        LOL, Cece. I wonder if the big media will cover Matt’s big dinner party. I’m assuming he’ll post about it on his Facebook page with photos of the people he played against (also assuming he will invite them all)

        • Cece says:

          I don’t know—he may answer the big media questions about his dinner party with just a slow smile and leave them wondering….

  11. jacob ska says:

    Not bragging but it took someone from New York to slow down the Matt Jackson Express. On the other hand, this is just the beginning of Matt Jackson’s success. Media blitz, possible commercials, etc. Jeopardy has a way of making people famous. The long tv exposure has worked to Matt Jackson’s advantage.

    • Cece says:

      It took someone from California to stop Ken Jennings, What’s your point? (Just K!)

      So, that was a spoiler on the HH. Also, his mom had a slip of the tongue on the WP, mentioning something about Matt trying to continue his streak on Wednesday’s TOC game (the paper later removed the TOC part, but it was too late).

      Although I knew he was going to lose this week, I was hoping it would be tomorrow (Thursday). Oh well, he had a terrific run and is laughing all the way to the bank.

      • jacob ska says:

        Cece, you’re funny. I like your sense of humor. Nobody brags like those of us on the west coast and east coast. This time it was my turn. LOL

        Yep, mom had a Freudian slip of the tongue and Jeopardy displayed a spoiler with the other Matt’s name in this week hometown howdies. Kudos to you for picking up on it. ‘

  12. Jasper says:


  13. Leena says:

    Darn! I was totally rooting for Matt, as always. I wonder what Richard has to say to this.

  14. Richard Corliss says:

    I hope matt doesn’t win $250,000