Final Jeopardy: Countries of the World

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/6/2017) in the category “Countries of the World” was:

They begin with the same 3 letters: the most densely populated country in Europe & the least densely populated in Asia.

8x champ Austin Rogers went over the $300K mark yesterday by $6,900. Will he take that home or add more today? Let’s see how he makes out against these two players: Diana McInnis, from Playa Vista, CA; and Rebekah Smith, from Washington, DC.

Round 1 Categories: Most Instagrammed Places by State – Schooled! – Round House – Aussie Slang – “B”usiness – Broadway, Baby – 19th Century Women Authors

Austin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Aussie Slang” under the $800 clue, with 4 clues to go after it. He was in second place with $4,800, $800 less than Diana’s lead. He bet $4,000 and thought it was a kangaroo. That was WRONG.

Jumbuck is an Aussie term for this animal, of which there are a lot down under. show

Diane finished in the lead with $6,000. Austin was second with $600 and Rebekah was last with $400.

Round 2 Categories: Wordplay – Your Film & TV Wait Staff – Chemistry – Presidents Born West of the Mississippi – “UR” the Top!

Rebekah found the first Daily Double in “19th Century Women Authors” under the $800 clue on the 7th pick of this round. She was in second place with $2,000 at this point, $4,600 behind Rebekah’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Joanna Spyri spent summers in the Swiss Alps & used her memories in this book about an orphan girl sent to live there. show

Austin found the last Daily Double in the “Presidents” category under the $1,600 clue, with a dozen +1 clues left after it. In second place with $8,200, he had $400 less than Rebekah’s lead. He bet $4,500 and he was RIGHT.

Of those on the list, he’s the most recent from a state that borders Mississippi. show

Austin finished in the lead with $15,500. Diana was next with $12,600 and Rebekah was in third place with $6,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


According to Worldometer’s sortable world population chart by country, Monaco is the most densely populated nation in Europe, with 25,970 people per sq. kilometer within its tiny borders. The much larger nation of Mongolia is the least densely populated in Asia with 2 folks per sq. kilometer. It says these figures are based on the 2017 U.N. Population Division estimates. Also, The Telegraph has an article (7/11/17 in honor of World Population Day) article listing the least and most populated places in the world.

They had a clue back in July 2017 that was similar to this one in trying to come up with countries that start (and in that case, end) with the same letters. If you really want to get a handle on countries that have similar beginnings and endings, try this Sporcle quiz, where you have to name all the countries of the world in 7 minutes by entering 3 letter chains they have in common.

Rebekah came up with Turkey & Turkmenistan. She only lost $600 and finished with $6,000.

Diana blanked out. She lost $3,000, leaving her $9,600.

Austin got it right. He added $10,000 and won the match with $25,500. His 9-day total is $332,400. “Ridiculous,” Austin remarked. Trebek assured him that he earned every penny of it.

Final Jeopardy (10/6/2017) Austin Rogers, Rebekah Smith, Diana McInnis

A triple stumper from each round:

BROADWAY, BABY ($800) “The Glass Menagerie” rebroke on B’way & this Oscar winner hoped fans would really like her as Amanda Wingfield

PRESIDENTS BORN WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI ($1200) The one born farthest west in the continental U.S.

2 years ago: TWO (out of two) of the players got this FJ in “Video Games”

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration in 2014, this video game used the slogan “we all fit together” show

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15 Responses

  1. William Weyser says:

    I’m happy that Austin has won 9 games so far, and has won $332,400, and he’s only 1 win away from entering the Double Digit Club, but after seeing his 7th game, I’ve been going from wondering if Austin is keep these really big winnings up, and possibly breaking the single day record of $77,000 to wondering if Austin is a little tired.

  2. Tom Clark says:

    VJ, you’ve got the wrong number for Mongolia’s density. It should be only 2 people per square kilometer.

    Also, according to the website you mentioned, Greenland and Falkland Islands are even less densely populated than Mongolia.

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, (hangs head). I don’t read charts well. Thanks to Ladiebug77 and you for pointing it out.

      Maybe I should change “countries” to “nations”, too? I didn’t think I needed to mention Greenland, Falkland Islands or Western Sahara.

  3. Ladiebug77 says:

    Obviously the statistic given above for Mongolia is incorrect: “The much larger country of Mongolia is the least most densely populated country in Asia and the world with 48,249 folks per square kilometer.” This number represents Mongolia’s “Net Change” in population for 2017. Among countries and dependent territories, the chart referred to gives Mongolia’s Density (P/Km^2) as 2 (rounded up from 1.98). Western Sahara’s is also given as 2 (rounded down from 2.08). Falkland Islands’ is given as 0 (rounded down from 0.24), as is Greenland’s (rounded down from 0.14).

  4. Lou says:

    Waltzing matilda was the same thing I thought of and I knew the response right away at the top of my head since I played Jumpstart 3rd grade mystery mountain and rearranged the pieces to the waltzing matilda song.

    I’m surprised that clinton was the only president that Austin knew, why didn’t they know all the other presidents like Ford and Obama? That category wasn’t that tough but those clues could have been better worded, right VJ? And when Diana said George, she didn’t get dinged when it should have been sunday in the park with Jorge. Spanish is Horhay, don’t you agree VJ?

    Congrats to austin on his 9th win. But when he goes up against Buzzy Cohen maybe we could see a double taunting towards trebek in the tournament of champions. It could happen.

    • VJ says:

      idk why they got hung up on the Presidents category, Lou, and I have never heard them say Sunday in Park with Jorge before. The clue that I thought could have been presented better was that Pakistani Pirates pun.

      The 2017 U.K. Pun Championships produced gems like “Pakistani Pirates.” This language “they think they argh”

      The players always know Urdu is Pakistan’s language so, imo, the clue confused them. It was a funny pun though 🙂

      LINK: 11 more clues from this match

  5. VJ says:

    The next time Austin hears “Waltzing Matilda,” he’ll remember that first Daily Double.

    Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong.
    Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.
    And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
    “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me.”

    • KLM says:

      Exactly the song I thought of, VJ, when I saw the clue. And happy that I knew the correct response!