Final Jeopardy: European Anniversaries

The Final Jeopardy question (10/21/2016) in the category “European Anniversaries” was:

In 2006 for the 500th anniversary of this group, members trekked from the Canton of Ticino to St. Peter’s Square.

New champ Doug Hartman won $12,400 in yesterday’s match. Today he takes on these these two ladies: Lani Gonzalez, from Austin, TX; and Katie Landers, from Los Angeles, CA. Let’s find out who’s coming back Monday.

Round 1 Categories: Musicians’ Signature Moments – Historic Oopsies – The U.N.’s Country Abbreviations – Hodgepodge – A Blank Expression – Mr. Boston

Doug found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Historic Oopsies” under the $600 clue, with only 5 clues remaining after it. He was in second place with $3,400, half as much as Lani’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Lani finished in the lead with $6,800. Doug was second with $5,400 and Katie was last with $2,200.

Round 2 Categories: A Literary Matter Of Life & Death – McPeople – Architecture – Middle “G” – Horror TV – Boston, Mister

Katie found the first Daily Double in “Literary Matter” under the $800 clue on the 8th pick. She was in third place with $5,000 at this point, $5,400 less than Lani’s lead. She bet $500 but could not come up with a guess so she was WRONG.

This 1883 Mark Twain memoir begins with a short history of Hernando de Soto & his first sighting of a river. show

Doug found the last Daily Double in “McPeople” under the $1,200 clue, with 5 clues left after it. He was in second place with $11,800 now, $5,000 less than Lani’s lead. He bet $5,000 and came up with McKinney. That was WRONG.

Today an asteroid bears the name of this New Hampshire teacher. show

Lani finished in the lead with a runaway $16,800. Katie was next with $7,700 and Doug was in third place with $6,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Guard in 2006 took place over several months, according to Catholic Exchange. Festivities began in January to mark The actual date of the historic arrival of the first guards summoned by Pope Julius II in 1506. On April 7, 2006, a commemorative march began when some 100 former Swiss Guards left Bellinzona in the Swiss Canton of Ticino, arriving in St. Peter’s Square on May 4th, to receive the blessing of then Pope Benedict XVI.

Explore the history of the Pontifical Swiss Guard on their website, where they also list the stringent conditions required of a member of the Pope’s Army.

Doug wrote down the Red Cross (it celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006). He bet and lost it all.

Katie didn’t have a response. She didn’t bet anything, keeping her $7,700 score.

Lani wrote down the Knights of Columbus but crossed it out in favor of the right response. She didn’t bet anything either so she became the new Jeopardy! champ with $16,800.

Final Jeopardy (10/21/2016) Doug Hartman, Katie Landers, Lani Gonzalez

HODGEPODGE ($1000) In 2013 this 76-year-old former cosmonaut & first woman in space said she was ready for a one-way trip to Mars

A LITERARY MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH ($800) This author has written Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of John Adams & Harry Truman

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

Although she has appeared in only 2 Broadway musicals, she got Tony nominations for both, for 1962 and 1964. show

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4 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    I’m a little disappointed in the form of the clue for “Life on the Mississippi”. Clemens begins the book with a description of the current River and doesn’t mention 1542 and De Soto until the fourth page, at least in my German edition. But then, such misdirection for clues which are too obvious is common, and perhaps necessary in some cases.

  2. Richard Corliss says:

    I can’t believe the Teen Tournament is starting on November 9 and ending on 2 days before thanksgiving.

  3. VJ says:

    I didn’t know chickens were good at tic tac toe. Ha! I didn’t even know they could be taught to play it.

    I’ve got 10 clues online from this match now, including the Horror TV category

    • jacob ska says:

      VJ, that’s why the chicken crossed the road. :)

      Anyway, I was surprised at the ts on McCullough. He won the Pulitzer twice on his books about presidents.

      Not impressed by such a low score in a runaway. Last night’s champ had a low score although it wasn’t a runaway but still troubling imo.