Final Jeopardy: Inventions

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/16/2017) in the category “Inventions” was:

When Time Magazine named it Invention of the Year in 2007, it was described as too slow, too big, pretty & touchy-feely.

The final showdown begins today: Buzzy Cohen (SF #2); Austin Rogers, (SF #1); and Alan Lin (SF #3) will compete today and tomorrow for the top 3 prizes in the 2017 Tournament of Champions.

Each player’s score today will be carried forward and added to his score tomorrow to determine the $250,000 winner. Second place wins $100,000. Third place: $50,000 (minimums). Alex thanked Consumer Cellular for their financial assistance with the prizes.

Round 1 Categories: The Joy of Slugs – You Know What They Say – Current Events – Celebrity Memoirs – Card Games – Cheesy Name Origins

Buzzy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Card Games” under the $800 clue on the 2nd pick of the round. He was in hole for $600 after a miss on the first clue. No one else had any money. Buzzy said: “It’s Thursday so let’s bet $1,000” and he was RIGHT.

Chapter 9 of Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale” is called “The Game is” this. show

Austin finished in the lead with $4,800. Buzzy was second with $3,000 and Alan was last with $2,400.

Round 2 Categories: Love Songs, Nothing but ’80s Love Songs – Triple Rhyme Time – Gulp Fiction – Place “Mat”s – Pick a Pope – First-Time Responses

Austin found the first Daily Double in “Triple Rhyme Time” under the $800 clue on the 7th pick. He was in the lead with $6,800, $2,800 more than Alan in second place. He wasn’t too thrilled about it after everyone blanked on the category’s first clue. He bet $2,800 and he was RIGHT.

A happy 10K for women in habits. show

Austin found the last Daily Double in “Place “Mat”s” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues still to go after it. In the lead with $12,800, he had $8,800 more than Alan in second place. He bet $4,800 and said “Marco Polo. I have no idea. That, of course, was WRONG.

Olive of you should know that the capital of the Greek department of Messania is a major fruit market. show

Alan finished in the lead with $14,400. Austin was next with $10,000 and Buzzy was in third place with $4,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


As you can see in Time’s 11/1/2007 article, “Invention of the Year: iPhone,” the negatives in the clue came from elsewhere. In Time’s own opinion, pretty and touchy-feely were Nos. 1 and 2, followed by 3) It will make other phones better; 4) It’s not a phone, it’s a platform; and last but hardly least: 5) It is but the ghost of iPhones yet to come.

If you click on “View All,” they show you a whole list of other 2007 inventions from various fields. Maybe I need to get out more. I never heard of most of them.

Buzzy came up with “the Tesla Model S.” That cost him everything!

Austin had the iPhone but crossed it off for the iPad. He lost his $3,500 bet, retaining $6,500.

Alan went with the iPad, too. He lost $5,600 and was left with $8,800.

FACEBOOK DATE TOMORROW: Hope everyone saw the little box at the end of the show that said Buzzy, Alan and Austin will be on Facebook Live: 11/17/2017 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

Final Jeopardy (11/16/2017) Buzzy Cohen, Alan Lin, Austin Rogers

Reversal: Triple Rhyme Time ($1600) A russet harlequin has collapsed – Austin added an “s” when he said “brown clown’s down.” This was announced right after Buzzy got dinged for adding an “s” to “weevil” on the $2000 clue.

A triple stumper from each round:

CARD GAMES ($200) This game similar to Go Fish was originally played with special cards featuring pictures of famous writers

PLACE “MAT”S ($1200) John Sayles titled a movie about a violent labor dispute after this coal-mining town

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “French Novel Title Heroes”

He “looked as if he had been shut up for a long time in a tomb and… been unable to recover the… complexion of the living.” show

You may also like...

24 Responses

  1. MarieS says:

    I’m trying to find the exact wording of one of the clues in the Cheesy Name Origins category in regular Jeopardy from last night (11/16). The answer was Tillamook. Does anyone have the exact wording of the clue? Thanks!

  2. Becci says:

    So no one got the ‘Authors’ clue? I loved that game when I was a kid. I think I still have it in a box somewhere.

    • VJ says:

      Slapjack was my favorite card game when I was a kid, Becci. When I was older, I liked pinochle and canasta (though I probably would have to relearn the latter).

      Thanks for bringing it up — I want to get a deck. They have Women Authors and Childrens Authors now too. Scientists, Inventors & Composers, too. Great educational tools!

      • Becci says:

        I was a big bookworm as a child (still am). I even read encyclopedias & dictionaries.

        • VJ says:

          Me too, Becci. Encylopedias, dictionaries, world atlases. My grandparents had stacks of Reader’s Digests and I loved doing the Word Power quizzes in them. They had these yearly almanacs, too. I think they were called Information Please. I probably forgot over half the stuff I read in them by now.

  3. Jacob Ska says:

    Loved the coordination of the guys at the beginning of the show. They are clearly having fun in this Tournament. I also like their humor and politeness. VJ, remember how Jackson talked over Alex? So annoying. These champs are champs in every meaning of the word. Such a fantastic game to watch. Glad Alan was calm today. The viewership tomorrow will probably break records imo.

    • VJ says:

      @Jacob, I agree. The chat segment was truly heart-warming today, with Austin honoring his late friend’s generosity, Buzzy acknowledging his high school teacher’s gift of knowledge that won him the semi-final, and Alan explaining yesterday’s nerves as best he could — he couldn’t feel his feet and hands. :):)

    • rhonda says:

      I missed the very beginning of the show, did they all do similar gesturing with their hands? I agree with you, Jacob and VJ, about their politeness and humor. Matt Jackson was continually rude to Alex, I remember. Was it Buzzy who apologized to Alex tonight for interrupting him?

      • VJ says:

        @Rhonda, Jeopardy! tweeted an announcement of the Facebook event tomorrow and they are showing that part of the intro on it.

        The only time I remember hearing Buzzy say he was sorry in this match was on that goat cheese clue. I didn’t think he butchered the pronunciation of chevre at all (he didn’t say cheevre lol), but he kinda drew it out as if he was unsure of how it was said, so Alex said it after him and Buzzy said “sorry about that.”

        • rhonda says:

          Thanks so much for telling me, VJ.
          You’re right about Buzzy and the goat cheese clue, how quickly I forget things!

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    This is supposed to be the easiest FJ! of the week.

  5. Michelle says:

    During the reversal in Triple Rhyme Time ($1600) when Austin added the “s”, why did Alex take away $3200?

  6. Lou says:

    Such an easy final. Also the I pad came out way before the. Iphone. Also do you or your family.still have I pads and I phones, VJ? Or have you guys switched to smart phone now?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, it’s the other way around — the iPad came out in 2010. Maybe the “too big” part of the clue led them to think it was the iPad. It’s hard to remember time periods with precision even in everyday life, nevermind when you are only given 30 seconds. lol. My memory trick, at least since I passed by 25th bday, is to remember my kids’ ages when I heard about something. Before that, I went by how old I was. It doesn’t always work though. idk what kind of phones my relatives have. I know my oldest granddaughter has an iPad though.

      LINK: 12 more clues from the match

  7. Richard Corliss says:

    It’s gonna be a challenge for Austin Buzzy Cohen and Alan Lin especially if Austin Rogers wins again like he always does.

  8. EricS says:

    I may have read an earlier edition, but I really thought that chapter 9 was Chemin de fer.

  9. EricS says:

    VJ, I think there might be a misplaced “$” in that second daily double clue.

    • VJ says:

      Thank you, Eric. I surely imagined that was there. lol. It’s fixed now

      • EricS says:

        My pleasure. I racked my brain with that one lol.

        • VJ says:

          lol Eric, believe it or not, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a 10K without the $ sign and made a mental note to look into that because I didn’t see what $10K had to with running. (Just not a runner– I’m lucky I can walk. lol)