Final Jeopardy: Historical Figures

The Final Jeopardy question (10/9/2014), in the category “Historical Figures” was:

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

New champ Emily Herndon won $8,100 yesterday and was the only one to get FJ right. Today she is up against these two players: Rena Morse, from Charlottesville, VA; and Venkat Krishnan, from Sharon, MA.

Round 1: Rena found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Mutt” under the $400 clue. She was in second place with $1,600, $2,200 less than Venkat’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Rena finished in the lead with $4,800. Venkat was second with $4,600 and Emily was last with $3,000.

Round 2: Rena found the first Daily Double in “Ears to Classical Music” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $6,000 when she got it but was then credited with $1,600 on a previous response, so that put her in the lead with $7,600. Emily and Venkat were in a $6,200 tie. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Emily found the last Daily Double in “World War I Slang” under the $800 clue. She was in second place with $9,000, $7,200 less than Rena’s lead. She bet $1,000 and thought it was a gatling gun but that was WRONG.

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Rena finished in the lead with $16,200. Emily was next with $11,600 and Venkat was in third place with $7,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The actual question posed in the National Army Museum’s 2012 poll was “Who Was the Greatest Commander to Face the British?” There is a link to a bio for each military commander. The bio for George Washington (1732-99) says “The first President of the United States… made his name as a skilled and determined military commander during the American Revolution.” Runner-up was Irish leader Michael Collins (1890-1922) who “With his talent for organisation and logistics… helped transform the Irish Republican Army into a powerful insurgent force that fought the British to a standstill.” Napoleon Bonaparte came in third, followed by Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in that order. The total number of votes cast among those five was 67, with 30 votes for Washington.

Venkat thought it was Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born in 1769. He lost his $6,400 bet and finished with $1,000.

Emily thought the same thing. She lost $4,601 and wound up with $6,999.

Rena made it the Napoleon trifecta. She lost $7,001 but still won the game with the $9,199 she had left.

FJ Results: 10-9-14

Here’s a strange coincidence. Last year on this same date (10/9/2013), all 3 contestants gave the same wrong answer in FJ.

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

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3 Responses

  1. Eric S says:

    Rena was Cavalier in her dispatch of the Volunteer and the union of Venkat with his misplaced Sox.

  2. Max says:

    George Washington was born on February 11,1731. Britain used the Julian calendar until 1752.

  3. john blahuta says:

    well, i thought at least one would get it. but i had my doubts already in the CotD talk. j saves money again… you could almost “hear and see” alex smirking on the inside when the trap was swallowed hook,line and sinker unanimously….