Final Jeopardy: Famous First Names

The Final Jeopardy question (11/11/2016) in the category “Famous First Names” was:

This first name of a 21st c. activist was inspired by that of a Pashtun heroine known as the Afghan Joan of Arc.

We’re finishing up the week with the third quarter-final of the 2016 Teen Tournament. Today’s players: Michael Kwan a sophomore from Cupertino, CA; Alec Fischthal, a junior from North Woodmere, NY; and Leeyu Addisu, an 8th grader from Ocala, FL.

Round 1 Categories: Checking out all the Angles – Entertaining Animals – Never Bored of Board Games – Starts & Ends with “E” – Motor Vehicles – Which Continent?

Leeyu found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Starts & Ends with ‘E”” under the $600 clue on the very 1st pick of the round. With everyone at zero, she bet the $1,000 allowance but, as sometimes happens, didn’t fully grasp the significance of the quotes around “E” yet. She said election body and that was WRONG.

If you’re 18 you’re part of this body of persons entitled to vote. show

Alec finished in the lead with $7,200. Michael was second with $2,400 and Leeyu was last, in the red for $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: A Student Of Film – Abbrev. – Looking for Alaska – Paper Towns – The Fault – In Our Stars

Alec found the first Daily Double in “In Our Stars” under the $800 clue on the 3rd pick. He was in the lead with $8,000 at this point, $6,000 more than Michael in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

In the group of stars seen here, it’s the bright star at the top.
In Our Stars Jeopardy Daily Double (11-11-16)

Alec found the last Daily Double in “Looking for Alaska” under the $2,000 clue, with 9 clues left after it. In the lead with $15,400, he had $7,000 more than Michael in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1728 this Dane in Russia’s Navy made the first of 2 voyages to the North Pacific. show

Alec finished in the lead with a runaway $18,400. Michael was next with $7,400 and Leeyu was in third place with $2,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


How Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai got her name is highlighted in the 2015 documentary “He Named Me Malala.” When she was “in her mother’s womb, her father would tell her the story of 19th century female warrior Malalai of Maiwand, who inspired her fellow Pashtun soldiers in the battlefield to keep their spirits up as they fought against the British in the Second Anglo-Afghan War.” Malalai was killed in battle and is considered a martyr. Her namesake, Malala, was shot by the Taliban and although she did not perish, she is referred to as a “living martyr” by some. Read more about the documentary on

Leeyu didn’t have a response. She lost $1,599 and finished with $1,001.

Michael added an extra “la” to Malala. That cost him $4,100. He was left with $3,500.

Alec got it right. He didn’t bet anything because he didn’t have to. He already had that semi-final spot sewed up.

Final Jeopardy (11/11/2016) Leeyu Addisu, Alec Fischthal, Michael Kwan

Here are the semi-finalists and wild card spots as of the end of this week:

$23,201 Emily LaMonica
$18,400 Alec Fischthal
$15,601 Lily Allingham
$10,800 Apurva Kanneganti
$5,600 Jack Bekos
$3,500 Michael Kwan
$1,001 Leeyu Addisu

Here is the $2,000 clue in “A STUDENT OF FILM:”

($2000) Andie, Blane & Duckie deal with love & H.S. in this “colorful” ’86 pic; it’s been on cable 1,000 times & you’ve seen it, right?

After Alex read the clue, no one buzzed in. Our host got a laugh when he added “…or not” before giving the answer.

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Opera”

In an 1893 opera that was its composer’s greatest success, Peter & Gertrud are the parents of these 2 characters. show

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18 Responses

  1. Trevor Panno says:

    Michael actually said Polaris on the $400 clue in that same category where Alec hit the daily double.

  2. Cece says:

    @VJ, Oh, a lightbulb just went on—I think he was commenting on yours and Jacob’s observations about Alec (brilliant, eloquent, etc).

  3. Rob says:

    Anyone know the title of the sci-fi book that was one of the answers in paper towns?

  4. aaaa says:

    The kind of 18 year old who would call us internet middle aged adult trolls G-d knows what.

  5. jacob ska says:

    Must agree with Trebek. Didn’t understand one word Alec said during the chat. What a brilliant young man.

    • VJ says:

      Yes and he spoke with great eloquence, and didn’t even have to think twice about that particular “E”clue. :)

      ouch! ouch! ouch! on that extra “la.” Felt bad for Michael. Hope he saved enough for a wild card spot. There are still 4 more chances to get in on that.

      I’ve got 10 more clues from the match up now

      • William Weyser says:

        Yes, tough luck for Michael. It’s hard to make sure that you’ve got the right amount of ”la”s, like Alec did.

        • Cece says:

          Can you imagine if they had asked for her last name? I feel bad for Michael too. Poor kid , it probably cost him a WC; his chances are very slim with that low a score,

        • VJ says:

          @Cece, Yeah, he doesn’t have much of a chance. It wil be interesting to see what happens in the last 2 quarter-finals.

          So far, the teens have seemed more concerned with a big finish than preserving much of what they went into FJ with. Like yesterday, I thought Jack ($11,600) and Sabrina ($9,600) had respectable pre-FJ scores to get Wild Cards. I thought they would bet way less than they did since Emily had already nailed the semi-final spot.

        • Cece says:

          I agree with you on Jack and Sabrina. I was hoping they would bet zero. In all fairness, unlike tonight’s, I thought yesterday’s FJ was a little tough for a Teen game.

          Yeah, we’ll see what happens in the next 2 games.

        • Cece says:

          P.S. VJ, I’m asking you ’cause he never replies to questions. What does aaaa mean by his comment?

        • VJ says:

          Yeah, I agree about that FJ. In fact, I was just writing something to that effect for the weekly recap, you’ll see.

          P.S. You’re asking me? I was gonna ask you. LOL. I have no idea.

        • Cece says:

          LOL, that’s hilarious! Maybe Eric will know, since his comments are kinda crypt sometimes. :)

  6. William Weyser says:

    This is gonna hurt Porter more than it’s gonna hurt me, because Porter Bowman & Sabrina Duong are officially eliminated.