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.


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.

Final Jeopardy (11/10/2016) Jack Bekos, Sabrina Duong, Emily Lamonica

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

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7 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    I read Carnegie’s book lo many years ago, when he was still alive I think. It didn’t do me a bit of good: I’m still one of the deplorables. Fell asleep and missed the whole show!

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    I actually don’t feel too bad for Sabrina and Porter, because I wanted both of them to become wild-cards.

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    After all three DDs were correct, I was expecting someone to come up with the correct response.

  4. Cece says:

    Good game, fun kids, though Sabrina needs to lay off the java a little. Superb performance by Emily.

  5. MarB says:

    What a badly worded FJ! It should have said “…OF living creatures” not “by”. I’m pretty darn sure the people who built the Great Wall of China were living/alive while building it. I guess the category title: Natural Wonders was supposed to rule out man-made structures.

  6. VJ says:

    well, all I can say about that FJ is people are called creatures sometimes, and “person, human being” is one of the definitions.

    When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.~ Dale Carnegie

    I’ve got 12 more clues online LINK