Final Jeopardy: Famous Buildings

The Final Jeopardy question (11/17/2016) in the category “Famous Buildings” was:

Completed in 1943, this “city within a city” has outer walls over 900 feet long.

The second Semi-Final match of the 2016 Teen Tournament features the 3 contestants who each won their quarter-final match: Alec Fischthal, a junior (11/11 QF)Emily LaMonica , a senior (11/10 QF); and Connor Pierce, a freshman (11/14 QF)

Round 1 Categories: Never President – Annual Events – Extreme Geography – Movie Villains – Texting – It’s “Lit”

Alec found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Annual Events” under the $1,000 clue, with 2 categories still to go after it. He was in the lead with $6,400, $4,200 more than Emily in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

The date of this annual event honors a June 14, 1977 resolution of the Continental Congress. show

Alec finished in the lead with $11,200. Emily was second with $3,200 and Connor was last at negative $1,000. There was a score change before the next round began for a “Texting” clue (see below). Emily was bumped up to $5,200 and got Connor out of the hole. He now had $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: The National Park System – 10-letter Words – Body Talk – The Ancient World – “T” Up Some Entertainment – It’s American Lit

Emily found the first Daily Double in “American Lit” under the $1,200 clue on the 4th pick. She was in second place with $6,400 at this point, $4,400 less than Alec in second place. She bet $3,000 and guessed “The Sun Also Rises.” That was WRONG. (He got that one from the Bible)

Ernest Hemingway took the title of this novel set during the Spanish Civil War from a line by John Donne. show

Emily found the last Daily Double in “Body Talk” under the $2,000 clue with only 2 clues left after it. In second place with $8,600, she had half the lead held by Alec. She decided to go for the gusto and make it a true Daily. After a couple of tense seconds, she got it RIGHT.

This nerve carries impulses from the retina to the brain. show

Alec finished in the lead with $19,200. Emily was next with $17,200 and Connor was in third place with $5,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Department of Defense has a 2-page history of how the Pentagon was built in 16 months The History page outlines its initial conception in 1941. The “Construction to Completion” page details how construction began on September 11, 1941 and was completed in mid-January, 1943.

Read some Interesting Facts about the Pentagon on

Connor wrote down the Emperor’s Palace. He lost his $3,000 bet and finished with $2,000.

Emily came up with the Forbidden City. She bet and lost it all.

Alec thought it was the Vatican. He lost $15,201 but that was fine with him. He had already realized that the $3,999 he had left made him the second finalist. We will find out tomorrow who will join Sharath and Alec in the last two matches of the 2016 Teen Tournament.

Final Jeopardy (11/17/2016) Alec Fischthal, Emily LaMonica, Connor Pierce

Reversal: The $1,000 clue in TEXTING was: “While working for Microsoft, Dean Hachamovitch invented this texting feature that suggests words for you.” Emily said “autocomplete.” Connor’s reponse was “predictive type.” The response on Alex’ card was “autocorrect.” The judges reversed the rulings, as you probably figured they would.

There were very few triple stumpers in this match. One of them was in IT’S AMERICAN LIT: ($1600) In this novel’s final letter, Celie thanks God “for bringing my sister Nettie and our children home.”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “20th Century Presidential Elections”

In this year, there were no Pres’s or VPs running, but 3 of the 4 men on the 2 major party ballots would become President. show

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20 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    It doesn’t matter what you wager, but it shouldn’t really matter what your wager would be depends on your money. Connor should not have won this game and he should have bet it all. Emily’s wager could’ve still been more than $10,000 and Alec was even lucky enough to win this game.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Gutsy guy Connor. A freshman making it to the semi-finals with a junior & a senior is fantastic. He reminded me of Cooper from a few years ago. Cooper was gutsy too and it paid off for him.

    @VJ, congrats on your call that the contestants would look outside the U. S. on fj.

    @Marilyn, I agree with your strategy.

    Overall, this was a good game. Very few incorrect responses.

    Alec is from my hometown of New York (I was born & raised there) so I’m rooting for him in the Finals next week even though I no longer live there. Like vj I left my roots years ago.

  3. lou says:

    This wasn’t a tough final but I would have seen Connor stay at the 5000 dollar bet he made and hopefully he would have been able to be a finalist. Still a great match. I am rooting for the final three participants including Michael since he is from my home state of Connecticut wish him good luck tomorrow.

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    I think this would be an all boys game next week.

  5. William Weyser says:

    I enjoyed Alec’s reaction to winning his semi-final game, it was hilarious. So, Alec made the only good wager tonight, while the other 2 are kicking themselves badly, and both my parents were like ”Connor should have bet $0, and hope that the other 2 miss in Final, and wager to guard against each other”, but of course, there is a chance that Connor must have had confidence in the category, and so did the other 2, and if that’s the case, then it just didn’t work out for him. Oh, well. We’ll see who joins Sharath Narayan & Alec Fischthal in the finals. Michael Borecki, Antonio Karides, or Apurva Kanneganti?

    • VJ says:

      It was hilarious. They couldn’t even show the Finalist banner in front of him because his face literally disappeared from view a couple of times.

      • William Weyser says:

        Yes, it was hilarious, and you do know that normally they don’t show the Semi-Finalist banner in front of the winner of the last quarter-final match, and the Finalist banner in front of the winner of the last Semi-Final match, because Alex calls the winning contestant to come over and shake hands with him.

        • VJ says:

          @William, idk, they did show the semi-finalist banner in front of Michael Borecki before Alex called him over on Wednesday.

      • William Weyser says:

        You mean on Tuesday.

  6. VJ says:

    What a wild finish to that game. I was thinking Connor would stand pat, esp after Alex Trebek told him: “Emily and Alec are going to have guard against each other in their wagers, so it could work to your advantage.” Well, all the same, Alec was really killing it there, with a big lead and he clearly thought he was going to have the runaway of the century until Emily caught up with that. Bravo on that move to Emily. Sorry to see her bet the farm in FJ.

    @Jacob, that reminded me of how my grandfather used to say. “Lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place.” Sometimes it does on Jeopardy! but it didn’t in this match.

    8 more clues from the game are up now: LINK

    • jacob ska says:

      @VJ, wonder if our grandkids will remember years from now things we say? LOL

      • VJ says:

        @Jacob, LOL. Hopefully we will pass something on. Perhaps my teenage granddaughter will think of me when she teaches her kids to play Slapjack. She loves that game :)

        Ironically, I don’t remember who taught it to me but I do remember my grandfather teaching me to play checkers and how to float on water in Lake Champlain.

    • EricS says:

      It’s incredible that anyone ever listens to Alex about game theory. Conner should have been locked out.

      • Cece says:

        You’re right, as usual. I just want to add that I also find it incredible that, after all these years, Alex still doesn’t seem to understand how theory in his own game works.
        And if the adult players listen to him, I imagine these kids are just helpless.

        • EricS says:

          Cece: Thank you Yellow Blossom! Your comment reminded me of a different comment a while back. In a bizarre coincidence, it is available tonight. Please look under tonight’s recap: 2 years ago , click on “this FJ” (Shakespearen geography ). A previous game will pop up. I think you will find one of the comments most amusing!

        • Cece says:

          A bizarre coincidence is an under statement—Freaky Friday!

        • EricS says:

          I’m glad that you saw it. I laughed very hard.

  7. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    Emily should have bet $2001.

    • Gary says:

      That’s exactly what I was thinking before FJ was shown. Emily would have eliminated Connor with a $2001 bet and forced Alec to get it right. Even if she had missed it, she still would have likely caught Alec because you knew his bet had to be enough to shut her out if correct. When Connor had more than double the difference between the other 2 but still pretty far behind, a bet of $0 seemed like a no-brainer. I never cease to be amazed how these smart players (even the adults) don’t know how to bet FJ.

    • EricS says:

      Up to 7199