Final Jeopardy: Natural Wonders
The Final Jeopardy question (11/10/2016) in the category “Natural Wonders” was:
Roughly half the size of Texas, it’s the largest structure made by living creatures & can even be seen from space.
Quarter-final No. 2 in the 2016 Teen Tournament features Emily LaMonica, a senior from Sayreville, NJ; Sabrina Duong, a sophomore from La Jolla, CA; and Jack Bekos, a junior from Elm Grove, WI.
Round 1 Categories: Name the Disney Movie – It Happened in the 20th Century – Admirable Adjectives – American Symbols – Geographic Centers – Gooey Centers
Jack found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “American Symbols” under the $1,000 clue, with 11 clues to go after it. He was in second place with $1,600, $4,400 less than Emily’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.
Of the genus haliaeetus, it represents strength & courage. show
Emily finished in the lead with $9,200. Jack was second with $4,200 and Sabrina was last with $800.
Round 2 Categories: When It Was New – The Elements – Born in the ’90s – Have Faith – That’s Messed Up, Shakespeare! – Ends in “FF”
Sabrina found the first Daily Double in “Shakespeare” under the $1,200 clue on the 2nd pick. She was in third place with $2,400 at this point, $6,800 less than Emily’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.
2 lines back to back in this play: Regan: “Hang him instantly”; Goneril: “Pluck out his eyes”: ’nuff said. show
Jack found the last Daily Double in “Have Faith” under the $1,200 clue on the 10th pick. In third place with $5,800, he had $6,600 less than Emily’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.
From the Greek for “many gods”, it’s the belief in mutliple divine beings as opposed to only one. show
Emily finished in the lead with a runaway $24,000. Jack was next with $11,600 and Sabrina was in third place with $9,600.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
WHAT IS THE GREAT BARRIER REEF?
The Facts page on the Great Barrier Reef’s website has plenty of info about the natural wonder, including the “roughly half the size of Texas” comparison. They also point out several countries roughly the same size: Japan, Germany, Malaysia, Japan and Italy. They could have listed the Republic of the Congo, Finland, Vietnam or Norway, too. They’re all closer to its size than Italy.
They also could have said the Great Barrier Reef is roughly half the size of Myanmar, Afghanistan or France, but perhaps it’s like Texas Monthly says: “As a frame of reference for how big parts of the world are, Texas is a pretty good one.”
Sabrina wrote down “those.” She lost her $9,555 bet and finished with $45.
Jack had the Great Wall of China. That cost him $6,000 bet and left him with $5,600.
Emily had the same response as Jack. She only lost $799 so she won the match and a quarter-final spot with $23,201.
The rest of the clues from Messed Up Shakespeare:
($400) This tragedy has it all! Poison in the ear, on a sword & in some wine & the title guy giving his royal mom advise about her sex life! (Emily)
($800) In this play, why does a friar have a potion that can simulate death?
($1600) This play gets a huge body count all because Cassio got the promotion the villain desired
($2000) 3 creepy ladies say a guy’ll be king, so he has to kill the top dog & order a hit on his pal in this play? That’s.messed.up.
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Tunnels”
These 2 islands that begin with the same letter are linked by the 33.5 mile Seikan rail tunnel, the world’s longest in operation. show