Final Jeopardy: Inaugural Addresses

The Final Jeopardy question (11/10/2015) in the category “Inaugural Addresses” was:

His first address spoke of “the present happy state”, “our peculiar felicity” and our “happy government”.

In the second quarter-final of the 2015 Tournament of Champions, the players are 7x champ Greg Seroka, 5x champ Brennan Bushee, and 5x champ Kristin Sausville.

Round 1: Brennan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Oklahoma!” under the $600 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $2,400, $600 more than Greg in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Norman. That was WRONG.

This first state capital was named for a judge, not a folk singer. show

Greg finished in the lead with $7,000. Brennan was second with $1,200 and Kristin was last with $1,000.

Round 2: Kristin found the first Daily Double in “Nicknames for Feminists” under the $2,000 clue. She was in third place with $3,800 now, $7,200 less than Greg’s lead. She bet $200 and she was RIGHT.

Of this woman’s 1848 statement demanding the vote, Lucretia Mott said, “Lizzie, thee will make us look ridiculous.” show

Kristin found the last Daily Double in “Holidays & Observances” under the $1,600 clue two clues later. She now had $5,200, still third place but only $5,800 behind Greg’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

It became an official French holiday in 1880, 91 years after the event that inspired it. show

Greg finished in the lead with $13,000. Kristin was next with $12,800 and Brennan was in third place with $12,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In his first inaugural address, on March 4, 1817, James Monroe used the word “happy” five times. The fifth president of the USA is closely identified with the Era of Good Feelings, a term that was coined by Benjamin Russell, in the Boston Federalist newspaper, Columbian Centinel, on July 12, 1817.

Brennan got it right. He bet $6,000 and that brought him up to $18,000.

Kristin thought it was Woodrow Wilson. She didn’t bet anything so she remained at $12,800.

Greg thought it was FDR. He lost his $1,500 so he ended up with $11,500. So Brennan Bushee is the second semi-finalist. Nice work!

FJ Results: 11-10-15

The Wild Card List begins:
$16,599 Vaughn Winchell
$14,000 Dan Feitel
$12,800 Kristin Sausville
$11,500 Greg Seroka

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Historic Objects”

In 1802, 3 years after it was discovered, it was moved to London under the terms of the surrender of Alexandria. show

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20 Responses

  1. GaryD says:

    Kudos to you Don. I said the same thing. In fact there is no Silver at all in its composition. It was made of copper and nickel.

  2. VJ says:

    There is a youtube of Brennan with long hair from last year. He looks SO MUCH younger with long hair. (The link should start the video at the part he is in)

  3. Don says:

    The susan b Anthony coin was not a silver dollar. It was a dollar coin. His answer was incorrect

  4. JEOPARDY says:

    This seemed hard.

    Hard to remember something like this.

  5. aaaa says:

    $11,500 as the lowest wild card score at the end of the Tuesday game is pretty high, isn’t it. Kristin underwagered a bit on two DJ! DDs which weren’t that difficult really. Still a close game.

  6. Eric S says:

    To me, a risky zero bet by Kristin. I think she must not have liked the category. I’m not sure what percentage of the lowest wild card qualifiers have 12.8 or more, but I would think more than half.
    I try not to be too critical of the players, but the TOC seems more fair game: those wrong guesses weren’t good. Each involved a POTUS who followed someone from a different party. This is a category (POTUS) which any serious player should well study.

    • VJ says:

      Kristin threw away two chances to win this match with those DD bets, imo. She looked positively terrified when she bet the $2K.

      • Cece says:

        I agree, VJ. To me, she looked terrified throughout the whole game. I don’t know why though; she’s such a good player.

        And there’s a strange trend going on—Vaughn and Greg seemed stronger and didn’t win. There’s hope for Matt’s non-fans… :) :)

        • VJ says:

          Yeah, right? I guess the second round categories weren’t in their wheelhouses because both Vaughn and Greg kind of fizzled out after kicking butt in their first rounds. Somehow I don’t see that happening to Matt, but we’ll see. If I’m remembering right, he’s weak in pop culture and sports.

  7. Richard Corliss says:

    I was hoping Kristin Sausville will win.

  8. jacob ska says:

    Interesting factoid: James Monroe died on July 4th as did Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The latter two died the same year hours apart though. Weird!

    Learned that info in elementary school and never forgot. Some things always stay with you decades later.

  9. jacob ska says:

    Congrats vj. You predicted someone would go for FDR and you were correct. Nice call.

    • VJ says:

      Thanks Jacob. Wow, I could not believe Kristin did not get Victoria Woodhull even when spotted her first name.

      I knew Greg didn’t have FJ by his facial expression when Alex said they went way back

    • JEOPARDY says:

      was one of those not really difficult fj thats a lil hard to remember or not too significant to know.

  10. Leena says:

    Now, that is what I call a high-scoring list for wild-cards. Imagine if Kristin doesn’t even get in the semis. That would just be absurd.