Final Jeopardy: Asian Geography

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/17/2017) in the category “Asian Geography” was:

It’s the only country that borders both the Caspian Sea & the Persian Gulf.

2x champ Manny Abell has won $42,798 so far. In this third game, his challengers are: Carlos Nobleza Posas, from Salt Lake City, UT; and Fran Fried, from Prospect, CT.

Round 1 Categories: I’m a Huge Fan – The Midwest – Letter Perfect – A Novel Idea – Let’s Save the Planet – Let’s Remodel the Kitchen

Carlos found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Novel Ideas” under the $600 clue, with 8 clues left after it. He was in a tie with Fran. They both had $4,000, $2,000 more than Manny. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was the “Heart of Darkness.” That was WRONG.

Chapters in this classic include “5 June 1832” and “Marius Enters the Darkness” show

Fran finished in the lead with $2,800. Manny was second with $2,200 and Carlos was last with $400.

Round 2 Categories: Ancient Wisdom – Supreme Court Justice Before & After – It’s a Battle – Invention & Discovery – October: Sports Fans’ Heaven – A Suffix Will Suffice

Fran found the first Daily Double in “It’s a Battle” under the $1,200 clue on the 4th pick. She was in the lead with $4,000 at this point, $1,800 more than Manny in second place. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

On September 17, 1862 in Maryland, over 3,000 men were killed & 17,000 wounded in this bloody battle. show

Carlos found the last Daily Double in “Inventions & Discoveries” under the $2,000 clue, with 3 clues left after it. He was in second place with $3,600 when he landed on it, but was awarded $4,000 in a reversal (see below). He now had $7,600, $5,100 less than Fran’s lead. He bet $5,100 and he was RIGHT.

William Shockley shared a Nobel Prize for creating this device that supplanted vacuum tubes in electronics. show

Fran and Carlos finished in a tie for the lead with $12,300 each. Manny was next with $1,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Iran has borders with 7 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Iraq. It also borders 3 bodies of water: the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. There’s a great map on, showing Iran’s major seaports on each body of water.

Manny went with Iraq. He lost $999, leaving him with a dollar.

Carlos had Azerbaijan. He bet and lost it all.

Fran had Tibet. She also went all in and lost. What a shocker, eh? She and Carlos went into FJ with a tie and came out of it tied– at zero. We didn’t get to see a tiebreaker but we got to see Manny win the game with that lovely dollar he hung on to. “Whoops,” Manny said. His 3-day total is $42,799.

Final Jeopardy (10/17/2017) Manny Abell, Carlos Nobleza Posas, Fran Fried

So rare are these results, J!Buzz already has an article on it with this video.

The Reversal: A SUFFIX WILL SUFFICE ($1000) Add it to “my” or “neur” & you’ve got real pain — They wanted -algia. Fran said -osis and Manny said -opathy. Manny’s response was accepted right before the last DD.

A triple stumper from each round:

A NOVEL IDEA ($1000) His 1903 novel “The Ambassadors” is about a Yank in Europe convincing a wayward son to come home

ANCIENT WISDOM ($2000) This Roman poet’s “Georgics” tells us, “Happy the man who has been able to learn the causes of things”

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “20th Century Novels”

A line from this 1995 novel is “the infant glistened a scandalous shade of pale emerald” show

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10 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    It’s possible that Manny simply mis-wrote Iraq instead of Iran. It’s easy for one’s mind to do a reverse polarity in a situation like this. Afterall, he probably attended DOD schools around the world wherever his father was stationed, and they are usually very good in world geography, unlike stateside schools.

  2. Kim Green says:

    I was sorry to see Fran go. That voice—and the knowledge.

    • Fran says:

      Thanks for all the kindness, Kim! Here’s how it went down(hill): In the final minute, because of that chain of events, I went from an $8K lead to a dead heat. The one betting scenario I never figured on for Final was a dead heat. And since Carlos was surging, I was sure he was gonna get the answer, so I had little choice but to go all-in, even though I really didn’t want to. And my problem was that I always associated Iran with the Middle East, not Asia. And that’s how epic television is made.

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    (Flabbergasted) Best episode of the night.

  4. Cece says:


    No comments..

  5. Jacob Ska says:

    Kristin Sausville was on WWTBAM today. Don’t know if it’s a rerun or not. I think she made it to $30,000 with all of her lifelines left when the show ended for the day. She returns tomorrow.

    As for today’s Jeopardy Manny got lucky imo.

  6. I’m not in agreement with the reversal in A SUFFIX WILL SUFFICE – “Algia” and “opathy” are NOT the same! You can have an “opathy” (pathological dysfunction) without “algia” (condition of experiencing pain.) Medical Latin 101, dudes… In the end, I guess it didn’t really matter, but I’ve come to expect more from the world’s best game show!

    • VJ says:

      It comes down to how they worded that clue, imo. Whether it’s myopathy or myalgia, “you’ve got pain”

  7. Lou says:

    Probably one of the most shocking episode of all just like Seth Wilson’s five dollar bet that cost him the game. But still Manny caught a lucky break with Iraq but Tibet is way too far to be bordered with the Persian gulf and the Caspian sea. Do you think Manny was a little bit off focus though vj? Also Azerbaijan should have been accepted and Carlos would have won big but still a shocking finish. I think Kristen Sausville watching this would sympathize with Manny.

    • VJ says:

      If you take a look at the map I put a link to in the recap, you can see that Iraq has a very small coastline on the Persian Gulf, but doesn’t border the Caspian Sea at all. For Azerbaijan, it’s the other way around — it borders the Caspian but not the Persian Gulf, so neither response fits the clue.

      I must admit I was totes surprised that Manny did not get it and, whether he did or not, it sure looked like he was a goner with those pre-FJ scores. I’m calling this game Manny’s Miracle Match. LOL!

      LINK: 13 more clues from the game