Final Jeopardy: U.S. History

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/2/2017) in the category “U.S. History” was:

Only 4 men have been both VP & President & served in both houses of Congress; 2 of them shared this last name.

New champ Jenny Wrigley won $22,401 yesterday. In her second game, she is up against these two players: Kelvin Smith, from Birmingham, AL; and Monica Ashar, from Washington, DC.

Round 1 Categories: Let’s Explore – Herbs – Literature for the Young – The “Right” Stuff – Heavenly Bodies – Entertainment Tonight Travels Through Time

Jenny found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Heavenly Bodies” under the $600 clue, with a dozen clues still to go after it. She was in second place with $2,400, $3,000 less than Monica’s lead. She bet $2,000 but her response was WRONG. Later, it was RIGHT!

Whirlpool, Sombrero show

Monica finished in the lead with $4,600. Jenny was second with $3,400 and Kelvin was last with $1,200. After the commercial, Jenny’s DD response (inside the spoiler box) was accepted. That reversal put her in the lead with $7,400.

Round 2 Categories: Chair Force – Where’d You Disappear to? – Ooh, Goethe Gumdrops – 5-letter Words – Baseball Records – Bridge Across the “C”

Monica found the first Daily Double in “Chair Force” under the $2,000 clue on the 12th pick. She was in second place with $7,800 at this point, $800 less than Jenny’s lead. She bet $1,200 and couldn’t come up with a guess so she was WRONG.

This 18th century British furniture maker was known for his rococo chairs with a distinctive back. show

Jenny found the last Daily Double in “Bridge Across the ‘C'” under the $1,200 clue, with 7 clues left after it. In the lead with $11,000, she had $3,200 more than Monica in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Matadi suspension bridge traverses this big river in a certain Democratic Republic. show

Jenny finished in the lead with $12,800. Monica was next with $7,800 and Kelvin was in third place with $4,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Wikipedia has a list that presents other offices held by U.S. Presidents. In the Legislative Branch section, you can easily see that Andrew Johnson and Lyndon B. Johnson were the only members of both the Senate and the House with the same last name. Benjamin Harrison and William Henry Harrison both served in the Senate, but only William Henry served in the House. You can see it in the Vice Presidents section, too, only it’s more obvious in Legislative Branch because that is set up by state.

The other 2 Presidents who fit the clue were John Tyler and Richard Nixon.

Kelvin thought it was Clinton. He lost his $1,199 bet and finished with $2,801.

Monica got it right. Her $5,001 bet brought her up to $12,801.

Jenny went with Adams. That cost her $2,801, leaving her $9,999, so Monica Ashar is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (11/2/2017) Jenny Wrigley, Monica Ashar, Kelvin Smith

A triple stumper from each round:

HERBS ($1000) There actually is an herb called this, a word for a flavor that is salty or spicy but not sweet

WHERE’D YOU DISAPPEAR TO? ($2000) Theodosia, daughter of this ex-vice president, was on a ship that disappeared off the coast of Cape Hatteras in 1813

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

Although it’s a statue of a giant’s foe, an observer who saw its 1504 unveiling called it “the marble giant” show

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11 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    Vj, Jenny lost 2801 dollar bet on final jeopardy and not the full 9999. So she had 9999 remaining after she put Adams down as her response.

  2. rhonda says:

    I was surprised no one knew Marlon Brando!

    • VJ says:

      You and me both, Rhonda. Well, I must admit I was a lot more than surprised– my jaw hit the floor.

      LINK: 9 more clues from the match

      • rhonda says:

        VJ, the link for the answer to the $1600 clue in Baseball Records is to the director’s chair.

        • VJ says:

          Thanks, Rhonda. That’s fixed now.

          I was just telling my son about my misadventure with that “Funky Cold Medina” clue today — I blurted out Toc Lone, instead of Tone Loc. omg!

          He thought it was hilarious. I think I need some sleep!

    • Lou says:

      I guess they.don’t watch the godfather or don’t remember the series that well. Perhaps they are not fans of his movies

  3. James Earl “Jimmy” Carter had Walter Mondale as his VP from 20 January 1977 through 20 January 1981. This was a super-easy FJ I was sure it would be a Triple-Get.

  4. The Harrisons are grandfather and grandson. The Johnsons are only both human beings from TN and TX respectively.

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    Are Andrew Johnson and LBJ related to each other? Especially William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison?

    • Lou says:

      No they are not related by blood despite the fact that they have the same last names. Also, VJ, the Clinton’s have the same last name but only bill served as president is that right? Do you know which president had mondale as vice president?

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