Final Jeopardy: Inventions

The Final Jeopardy question (10/31/2014), in the category “Inventions” was:

This machine was invented in 1929; the Government began buying them to help prevent any more Army Air Corps fatalities.

Our coincidental co-champs today are Ryan Alley (2x $39,800) and Allison Solomon (1x $20,200). Their challenger is Tyler Johnson, from Buffalo, NY.

Ryan and Allison mystified everyone yesterday with their $200 short Final Jeopardy! bets. On the other hand, if they had both bet that extra $200, it would have been just another bet-to-tie scenario, and we say “just another” because bet-to-tie is rapidly becoming normal on Jeopardy! this season.

Round 1: Allison found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Meet Your Ancestors” under the $400 clue, the second clue chosen so she was the only one with any money: $200. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

The census bureau map codes U.S. counties by the residents’ most reported ancestry. Most counties in Nebraska are coded as this, the most common U.S. ancestry from central Europe. show

Ryan finished in the lead with $5,000. Tyler was second with $3,000 and Allison was last with $2,800.

Round 2: Ryan found the first Daily Double in “Words About Words” under the $2,000 clue. After Trebek gave him and Allison $1,600 back each for a clue he misread*, Ryan was in the lead with $10,600, $5,600 more than Tyler in second place. He bet $1,400 and he was RIGHT.

Swatch, formed from “Swiss” and watch”, is this French-named type of word formed from other parts of words. show

*This was the clue in “Words About Words” that Alex misread: “The accent aigu in lamé is this type of mark added to a letter to change its pronunciation.” When he read the clue, Alex said “the ancient aigu.” If you didn’t notice, you may have been surprised when Allison answered “what is an accent mark?”

Allison wound up with the very last clue on the board, the last Daily Double and the $1,200 clue in “A Doll’s House.” She was in third place with $6,800, $11,200 less than Ryan’s lead. She bet $3,000 and thought it was “manufactured in box.” That was WRONG.

In doll collecting, M.I.B. isn’t “Men in Black” but this desirable condition. show

Ryan finished in the lead with a runaway $18,000. Tyler was next with $8,200 and Allison was in third place with $3,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The clue is talking about the Link Trainer flight simulator in particular because that is the one that was purchased by the U.S. Government in the wake of the 1934 Air Mail Scandal involving the U.S. Army Air Corps and mail delivery. The Air Corps bought six Link Trainer flight simulators for $3,500 each and would eventually buy thousands more. See Link History under the Mail Call heading.

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum has one on exhibit: “The Link Trainer, also known as the Blue Box and Pilot Trainer was a flight simulator produced between the early 1930’s based on technology pioneered in 1929 by Edwin Albert Link. These simulators became famous during World War II, when they were used as a key pilot training aid by almost every combatant nation.”

Allison wrote down “helicopters.” That cost her $1,800 and she finished with $2,000.

Tyler thought it was the Flak Jacket. He only lost $500 and finished with $7,700.

Ryan came up with “ejector seat”. He lost his $1,000 bet so he won his third match with $17,000. His 3-day total is $56,800 and we will be seeing him again as the sole champion on Monday.

FJ Results: 10-31-14

ONE MORE WEEK TILL THE 2014 TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS!! Are you hoping for an Arthur Chu vs. Julia Collins face off? The game schedule is in the comments over here.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “College Football Team Nicknames”

The team known as these since 1895 plays its home games on top of the Hayward Seismic Fault. show

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4 Responses

  1. Henry Okraski says:

    I am in the simulation business. How can I get the video of the FJ segment? It would be wonderful to show STEM students.

    I am the author of “The Wonderful World of Simulation”.

  2. john blahuta says:

    well, what did i tell you, vj! a simulator is taken for so granted that subconsciously they may have thought it came about at the same time as planes. they were not able to make the 80+ year jump in 30 seconds.

    if they had 2 minutes, they might have gotten it. but the winner was already established before fj. and yes, not a single “normal” game this week, 3 runaways and 2 ties!!! but at least they were -sort of- in the ballpark, thinking of the pilot’s safety. no ridiculous answers (just 2, uh, not so smart bets yesterday and the SAME ones by ryan and allison)…

    so it made no difference, like some answers we have seen in the prior weeks… but still not being able to finish the logical thought process in that short 30 seconds.

    you learn driving by taking driving lessons, but you are still in a car and can have an accident. the simulator allows you to “fly” and gather experience safely ON THE GROUND before you ever even get into a cockpit. and all airlines make it mandatory to take a certain number of simulator lessons per year for their pilots, so they can learn how to deal with dangerous situations without having to REALLY face them in the air. when they DO encounter an unusual situation in the air, they have at least a pretty good idea what to do.


  3. Lisa Baker says:

    Loved all the contestants tonight. Allison was my fave.