Final Jeopardy: Historic Connections

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/18/2017) in the category “Historic Connections” was:

A 1796 medical experiment with an English farm girl ultimately led to this breakthrough announced in Geneva May 8, 1980.

3x champ Manny Abell won $1.00 yesterday to bring his winnings up to $42,799. In Game 4, he takes on these two ladies: Chelsea Feltman, from Brooklyn, NY; and Joanna Kimmitt, from Long Beach, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Great Places to Propose – Also an Apple Variety – They Went to Oxford – Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry – Book-pourri – If the Hyphen Becomes a Letter

Chelsea found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Book-pourri” under the $600 clue on the 13th pick of the round. She was in second place with $2,200, $800 less than Joanna’s lead. She bet $800 and didn’t have a response so she was WRONG.

The subtitle of this numerical book by Eliot Asinof is “the Black Sox and the 1919 World Series” show

Manny finished in the lead with $6,000. Joanna was second with $4,000 and Chelsea was last with $3,800.

Round 2 Categories: International Instruments – X Abbreviations – The Holy Roman Empire – Statues – Waterworks – The Electric Company

Chelsea found the first Daily Double in “Statues” under the $1,600 clue on the 12th pick. She was in third place with $5,400 at this point, $4,200 less than Joanna’s lead. She bet $3,000 and took a guess with Chavez. That was WRONG.

The Central Park statue of this man astride his horse was a gift from Venezuela. show

Manny found the last Daily Double in “X Abbreviations” under the $1,600 clue, with 10 clues to go after it. In the lead with $11,600, he had $2,800 more than Joanna in second place. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

The element with atomic number 54 gets this chemical symbol. show

Manny finished in the lead with $19,000. Joanna was next with $9,600 and Chelsea was in third place with $9,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On May 8, 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the goal of global eradication of smallpox had been achieved, more than 180 years after Edward Jenner developed the first vaccination for the dreaded disease from cowpox. PBS recounts what it took to accomplish this great victory.

In the 21st century, there have been concerns that the smallpox virus could be used as a bioterrorism agent. The Center for Disease Control addresses that and who should get the smallpox vaccine here

Chelsea thought it was the chickenpox vaccine. That cost her $401. She had $8,799 left.

Joanna got it right. Her $399 bet brought her up to $9,999.

Manny wrote down “in vitro.” He lost his $17,000 bet and was left with $2,000. That made Joanna the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (10/18/2017) Manny Abell, Joanna Kimmitt, Chelsea Feltman

A triple stumper from each round:

BOOK-POURRI ($1000) Saul Bellow’s “Adventures of” this character follows a poor Jewish kid growing up in Chicago in the Depression

THE ELECTRIC COMPANY ($1200) Rita Moreno, who played Carmela, was known for opening the show with this rousing 3-word cry

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “The Prime Meridian”

Besides the U.K., it’s the only country that the prime meridian touches that starts with a vowel. show

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8 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    Perhaps Manny was trying to bet and win big so he can make it up for his $1 win yesterday?

    • William Weyser says:

      I guess so, but I was thinking that Manny might have known a lot about Historic Connections, except for the Eradication of Smallpox. Manny, just because you know a lot about a category, doesn’t always mean that you should wager a lot. Plus, your $17,000 wager allows an eliminated player named Chelsea back into contention, which is something that you shouldn’t do, but you still have already picked up a lot of money: $43,799.

  2. Lou says:

    Well at least we.know Manny did what he could. Furthermore the smallpox vaccine could also eradicate shingles viruses right VJ? If Manny only bet 5000 he still would have won big and retain the championship title. But at least he knows how to be a great sport.

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, you might say the ladies bet they wouldn’t know FJ and Manny bet he would. There is a unique shingles vaccine that the CDC only recommends for people over 60, whether they have had chickenpox or not.

      LINK: 10 more clues from the match

      • Lou says:

        Yup that’s for sure. Being vaccinated against smallpox will keep you healthy for as long as possible but getting shingles is never a good sign. Kids should be vaccinated in order to stay healthy so they don’t get sick right VJ? Still though we already have a strong group of tournament of champions contestants to get the 250000 prize. Also is there a chance that the attorney from Michigan on Friday will win big?

  3. EricS says:

    Just a horrible wager by the leader. Anywhere in the range of 201-599 covers a double up by Joanna (if they were both right) and completely locks Chelsea out.

    • VJ says:

      I wished he had bet more on that last DD. He would have had a runaway. Oddly enough, on the 2 days he got FJ right, Manny didn’t bet big. Ah well, I guess that’s just the way the mop flops sometimes

    • Jacob Ska says:

      @Erics, interesting you commented because when I watched the game & saw Manny’s fj wager you came to my mind immediately. I was wondering what your impression of his wager would be because of your background on game theory. I couldn’t see the rationale in his wager & had no explanation. :(