Final Jeopardy: Vice Presidents
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/13/2017) in the category “Vice Presidents” was:
A biography of this 19th century VP traces his family to a German town made famous in a folk tale about children.
Round 1 Categories: Get an Education – Starts With a Double Vowel – Ohio – Queen-Sized – Music for Champs – Light Up a Cigar
Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Queen-Sized” under the $800 clue on the 14th pick of the round. He was in second place with $2,200, $600 behind Austin’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.
The 18th century War of this “Succession” helped keep Maria Theresa as ruler but cost her Silesia. show
Austin finished in the lead with $6,800. Andrew was second with $6,000 and Lilly was last with $4,600.
Round 2 Categories: Those Darn Franciscans – ’90s TV – Earth Science – Add a Letter – World Place Names – They Wrote It
Andrew found the first Daily Double in “World Place Names” under the $2,000 clue on the 6th pick. He was in lead with $12,000 at this point, $5,200 more than Austin in second place. He bet $8,000 and guessed Pretoria. That was WRONG.
This African capital is said
to take its name from
the mammal seen here.
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Lilly found the last Daily Double in “Earth Science” under the $1,200 clue, with 11 clues left after it (5 of them worth $400). In third place with $6,200, she had $1,800 less than Austin’s lead. She bet $3,000 and came up with the radius of the earth. That was WRONG.
Millennia ago Eratosthenes calculated this at 252,000 stadia, thought to equal about 25,000 miles. show
Austin finished in the lead with $9,200. Andrew was next with $7,200 and Lilly was in third place with $6,800.
TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
“The Life and Times of Hannibal Hamlin” (1899) is a biography of the USA’s 15th Vice President written by his grandson, Charles Eugene Hamlin. He digs right into the family’s ancestry in Chapter 1, relating that the family name likely comes from old Saxon words meaning “home” and “pool.” The theory is borne out, he says, by “the fact that Hamlins are now living in the ancient town of Hamelin in Hanover… which is the town made famous in the legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning.”
Lilly went with Martin Van Buren, whose family came from Buren in the Netherlands. (We’ll leave it to Jeopardy! to find out if that town has a folk tale.) She lost her $6.000 bet and finished with $800.
Andrew got it right. His $3,199 bet brought him up to $10,399.
Austin also got it. He bet $5,300 and became the first 2017 ToC finalist. Who will join him tomorrow? Buzzy, Jason or Lisa?
A triple stumper from each round:
MUSIC FOR CHAMPS ($1000) “Victory” is the final track on this Dave Mustaine Band’s 1994 platinum-selling album “Youthanasia”
’90s TV ($2000) Originally from Northern Ireland, this actress played Monica on “Touched by an Angel”
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Cities of the European Union”
A Hanseatic City, this port of 1.8 million is the largest European Union city that’s not a capital. show