Final Jeopardy: Men of Science

The Final Jeopardy question (11/15/2016) in the category “Men of Science” was:

The symbols for 6 chemical elements spell out his name, beginning with cobalt, phosphorus & erbium.

The last Quarter-Final match in the 2016 Teen Tournament takes place today. The players are Jasmine Wheeler, an 8th grader from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Sharath Narayan, a sophomore from Madison, AL; and Michael Borecki, a junior from Darien, CT.

Round 1 Categories: Career Day – Lyrics in Other National Anthems – Slanguage – New Presidential Code Names? – Agriculture – Quarterbacks

Michael found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Presidential Code Names” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. He was the only one with any money so far. He bet $2,000 of his $2,600 and he was RIGHT.

“Hermitage Guy” or “The 20”. show

Michael finished in the lead with $9,800. Sharath was second with $5,000 and Jasmine was last with $2,600.

Round 2 Categories: Stormy Weather – MTV – Literary Characters – Online Learning – “A”lphabetical Verbs – Quarter Backs

Michael found the first Daily Double in “Online Learning” under the $1,200 clue, with 9 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $17,800 at this point, $3,600 more than Sharath in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Michael Hart started e-Books & Project Gutenberg when he typed this famous document into a computer on July 4, 1971. show

On his very next pick, Michael found the last Daily Double in “Quarter Backs” under the $800 clue. He bet $3,000 this time and he was RIGHT.

She is on the back of Alabama’s quarter; her name is there in English and in Braille. show

Michael finished in the lead with $22,800. Sharath was next with $12,200 and Jasmine was in third place with $6,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


You can’t spell everyone’s name with chemical element symbols but Copernicus happens to be a name that you can spell more than one way with them. If you use more two-letter symbols, you can do it with 6, as the clue says.

If you use more one-letter symbols, you can come up with 9 elements.

Try some names out on the Periodic Table Speller.

Jasmine had no response. Alex pointed out that she’s an 8th grader and has not taken high school chemistry yet. She lost her $6,599 bet and finished with $1.00.

Sharath got it right. His $10,601 bet brought him up to $22,801.

Michael also got it right. He bet $1,601 so he won the last semi-final spot with $24,401. Sharath won a Wild Card spot so you’ll see them both in the list below.

Final Jeopardy (11/15/2016) Michael Borecki, Sharath Narayan, Jasmine Wheeler

Over the next 3 days, these 9 players will compete to be in next week’s 2-part Final.

$24,401 Michael Borecki
$23,599 Connor Pierce
$23,201 Emily LaMonica
$18,400 Alec Fischthal
$15,601 Lily Allingham
$22,801 Sharath Narayan
$20,000 Antonio Karides
$16,800 Lucia Geng
$10,800 Apurva Kanneganti

Here are two triple stumpers from this match:

MTV ($2000) MTV ventured into the fantasy realm with these “Chronicles” that find a demon army trying to destroy the four lands

LITERARY CHARACTERS ($1600) In a Victoria Aveyard series, Mare Barrow is this “colorful” title character who fights the Silver Bloods

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “French Literature”

Its first chapter recalls “the little scallop-shell of pastry, so richly sensual under its severe, religious folds”. show

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11 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    Almost every quarterfinal game (since the 2014 Teen Tournament), the fifth quarterfinal game resulted with the wild card finishing with the highest non-winning score among all of the other wild-cards. They were Sydney Mokel (2014 Teen Tournament), Sandie Baker (2014 Tournament of Champions), Kate La Riviere-Gagner (2015 Teachers Tournament), EXCEPT FOR 2014 KIDS WEEK that is Emma Miller (who had the highest non-winning score that week), Ziad Ali (2016 College Championship), Kaberi Chakrabarty (2016 Teachers Tournament) and NOW, Sharath Narayan, who won the 2016 Teen Tournament. So almost all of the two-week tournaments (EXCEPT for the 2015 Tournament of Champions) have the fifth quarterfinal game resulted with the wild card finishing with the highest non-winning score among all of the other wild-cards.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    Wednesday is Sharath, Lucia and Lily, Thursday is Connor, Emily and Alec and Friday is Michael, Antonio and Apurva.

  3. VJ says:

    Tough break there for Jasmine. Have to say I found the MTV category in this match amusing because I remember when parents would gripe that all the teens do is watch MTV. Not so much these days, I guess.

    12 more clues from the match are up now, including the Quarterback category LINK

    • Cece says:

      Good, fast-paced game—great performances. Poor Jasmine, I was afraid she was going to dislocate her wrist from shaking that buzzer in the first round.

      Now I reaaaly feel bad for Michael Kwan–––his misspelling did cost him a WC after all.

  4. jacob ska says:

    The name that jumped out at me immediately from FF comes from Erbium, Iodine, and Carbon on the Periodic Table. What a way to go buddy.

    This teen tournament has lived up to its expectations so far. Very smart young people.

  5. William Weyser says:

    So Apurva’s been sitting on the edge of her seat since Wednesday of last week when it felt like that $10,800 would be a pretty sure bet, and then, the lava just started creeping up the aisle. In other words, it looked like that with $10,800, we would, for sure, see Apurva in the semi-finals later this week, and then, other people just came along and beat her. Not a great position for her to be in. Another great position not to be in is the position that Jack Bekos is in right now. He is the 5th wild-card with $5,600, and that means that he gets to be the alternate, which is never any fun.