Final Jeopardy: Secretaries of State

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/6/2016) in the category “Secretaries of State” was:

The 2 Secretaries of State who received B.A.s in Political Science from Wellesley, 10 years apart.

New champ Margie Eulner Ott won $34,000 yesterday, a great payday any day. She also sent 12x champ Seth Wilson home. In her second game, she is up against these two ladies: Sarah Flamini, from Pittsburgh, PA; and Randi Rae Arnold, from Kalamazoo, MI.

Round 1 Categories: Make America Grate Again – TV in The Year 2000 – Reading Your Diary – British Spelling Test – Shoot – The Moon

Sarah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Moon” under the $800 clue on the 10th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $3,000, $2,200 ahead of Margie in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Jupiter: this “continental” one aka Jupiter II.  show

Sarah finished in the lead with $10,200. Randi was second with $4,800 and Margie was last with $2,800.

Round 2 Categories: 125 Years of Carnegie Hall – Greek History – Diamonds are Forever – U.S. States’ Largest Islands – Spy Fiction – The New Jeopardy! “App”

Randi found the first Daily Double in “Spy Fiction” under the $1,200 clue on the 5th pick. She was in second place with $6,400 at this point, $3,800 less than Sarah’s lead. She bet $4,000 and took a guess with “One Small Step.” That was WRONG.

Neil Armstrong provided the title of this 1975 Jack Higgins novel about a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill. show

Margie found the last Daily Double in “Diamonds are Forever” under the $1,200 clue in the middle of the round. In second place with $5,200, she had $6,600 less than Sarah’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Elizabeth Taylor. That was WRONG.

For movie publicity photos in 1961, she wore the 128.5-carat Tiffany diamond. show

Sarah finished in the lead with a $17,800 runaway. Randi was next with $6,800 and Margie was in third place with $1,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


This clue may have been inspired by the Feb 2015 Wellesley news item, “#YouGoGirl: Madeleine Albright ‘59 and Hillary Clinton ‘69 Exchange Tweets Inspired by Gift from 2015 Albright Fellows,” covering a Feb 2015 tweet by Madeleine Albright after she was presented with a tee-shirt that reads “Wellesley Women, Great Secretaries” on the front. On the back it says “…of State.” The former Secretary of State tweeted a photo of herself holding the shirt to Hillary Clinton. She wrote “Statistics show that @Wellesley alums make great Secretaries – right @HillaryClinton?” Clinton replied, “@madeleine there must be something in the water @Wellesley. #YouGoGirl.”

In the article, The college’s book store manager said the Secretaries of State tee shirt is their best seller.

Margie had Albright but crossed it off and went with Rice and Clinton. She bet and lost it all.

Randi picked Albright and Rice. She lost her $800 bet and had $6,000 left.

Sarah got it right. She bet $4,000 so she won the match with $21,800.

Final Jeopardy (10-6-2016) Margie Eulner Ott, Randi Rae Arnold and Sarah Flamini

A triple stumper from each round:

READING YOUR DIARY ($600) This Czech writer’s diaries include thoughts like 1910’s “I write… very decidedly out of despair over my body”

SPY FICTION ($2,000) This author’s 2015 bestseller “The English Spy” is the 15th to feature the spy & assassin Gabriel Allon

Here is the poem that Randi wrote and recited during today’s chat, with apologies to Randi for any errors in supplied punctuation:

Why journey from Kalamazoo to L.A.?
What makes this a worthwhile trek?
To get to play Jeopardy!, be on TV…
But above all, meet Alex Trebek!

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Historical Figures”

A 2012 poll by Britain’s National Army Museum voted this man, born in 1732, as the nation’s greatest military enemy. show

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6 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    Congrats champ. Nice runaway lead.

    My favorite category was “British Spelling Test.”

  2. Alfred Robert Hogan, M.A. says:

    Thought this was an easy FJ. My poor dear Mother who watched Jeopardy! with much enjoyment was a 1951 Wellesley College graduate. As a progressive and feminist I strongly disagree with the T-shirt given the two infamous women named. I have noticed that very often contestants who bump off multi-day champions wind up as what I call one- or two-day wonders. But that is still one or two more wins, or even appearances, than I have logged or ever likely to do!

  3. lou says:

    at least we know that margie did her best but that true daily double bet she made was too risky. Still congrats to sarah. I doubt that 34000 dollar win from margie was just a fluke.

  4. VJ says:

    Well, Margie at least made a bundle yesterday, even if her DD didn’t work out today. Congrats to Sarah. I will mark the game a runaway later. I had to hurry because we had a dinner guest.

    Meantime, here are 7 more clues from the match — only 2 more triple stumpers and the “Make America Grate Again” category, which incidentally made me hungry. .

  5. EricS says:

    Here’s another theory for yesterday : Seth thought that Margie wasn’t that strong of a player and that she was unlikely to answer FJ right. It’s worth noting that these people all meet before and talk. He may not have employed the same strategy with Sarah.
    Sarah, btw, scored a solid 16,600 Coryat.

  6. Richard Corliss says:

    The first all ladies game in Season 33.