Final Jeopardy: Famous Names

The Final Jeopardy question (11/21/2016) in the category “Famous Names” was:

At a May 1989 ceremony in Cape Town, he received a Bachelor of Laws correspondence degree in absentia.

Today we have the first final of the 2016 Teen Tournament. The 3 finalists are: Michael Borecki, junior, SF: 11/18/16; Sharath Narayan, sophomore, SF: 11/16/16; and Alec Fischthal, junior, SF: 11/17/16.

Round 1 Categories: Manic Pixel Dream Girls – Looking At Colleges – Math Men, Myth Men – Hobbies & Pastimes – Languages – “G” Plus 3

Alec found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Languages” under the $400 clue on the 4th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $1,200, $400 more than Michael in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

It’s the official language common to Belgium, Canada & Monaco. show

Sharath finished in the lead with $4,800. Alec was second with $4,200 and Michael was last with $4,000.

Michael got a clue reversal (see below) before the second round began and that put him in the lead with $5,200, so Alec picked first in Double Jeopardy!

Round 2 Categories: Stuff That Explodes – Women Authors – Alliterative Word Pairs – Geography – Colonial America – “The Voice” Song Choices

Alec found the first Daily Double in “Geography” under the $800 clue on the 5th pick. He was in second place with $5,800 at this point, $200 less than Sharath’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

China is planting a new forest to stop this desert’s southward expansion. show

Michael found the last Daily Double in “Colonial America” on the 12th pick. In third place with $5,600, he had $7,200 less than Sharath’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Patrick Henry said his opposition to this 1765 Act began resistance to taxation & led to the revolution & you’re welcome. show

Sharath finished in the lead with $20,000. Michael was next with $13,600 and Alec was in third place with $10,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


From the University of South Africa: “Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela earned his first degree, a BA, through Unisa in 1942. He studied through Unisa during his imprisonment on Robben Island and at Pollsmoor. Unisa awarded him an LLB in 1989 and an Honorary Doctorate in Law in 1995.”’s timeline of Mandela’s life puts that date down as May 17, 1989.

Alec got it right. He bet $6,500 and finished with $16,500.

Michael thought it was Gandhi. He bet and lost it all.

Sharath also got it right. He bet $8,000 so his score rose to $28,000. The players will compete again tomorrow. These scores will be added to tomorrow’s to determine the winner of the 2016 Teen Tournament.

Final Jeopardy (11/21/2016) Michael Borecki, Sharath Narayan, Alec Fischthal

Reversal: MATH MEN, MYTH MEN ($600) We’re 100/100th sure that Simon Stevin introduced the concept of “decimal” these to Europe in 1585. (Michael: Places, Alec: Fractions)

Triple stumpers:

WOMEN AUTHORS ($1200) She spun off her “Vampire Academy” series into another titled “Bloodlines”

“THE VOICE” SONG CHOICES ($1600) Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You” do this

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “British Musicmakers of the 90s”

One critic called them “a social phenomenon”, “the most widely recognised group… since John, Paul George & Ringo”. show

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9 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    Oh, Michael!

    “The player in the distant 3rd…”, where did I hear that before, like, dozens of times? Lol.

    • EricS says:

      His double up in this game proves that he has the heart and his non-arcaic clue-value choice shows that he has the understanding to come back.

      • EricS says:

        Admittedly, I was hoping for a tougher FJ (assuming the CotD is the FJ).

      • Cece says:

        Oh, I don’t doubt that Michael could make a comeback, he’s an amazing player (and if luck also helps along).

        I just can’t help laughing whenever I know what Alex is gonna say before he says it (“no harm no foul”, “they have to guard against each other” , etc). Yeah, I know it’s part of his job, and I’m not being malicious— it just tickles me. :)

  2. jacob ska says:

    Michael jumping around the board backfired on him tonight. It also hit me that he played in the same game as Sharath before in which he won the game. However, Sharath was a wild card from that same game. So Sharath a sophomore leads 2 juniors going into tomorrow’s game.

    Should be exciting tomorrow because Alec is good also. I think the categories make a difference too. If some of the categories are in a particular player’s wheelhouse that player will have a clear competitive advantage. Tomorrow is must see tv for me.

    • Dalton Higbee says:

      Sharath is now a junior, while Alec and Michael B. are now seniors.

    • William Weyser says:

      Speaking of Sharath, the sophomore, leading the 2 juniors, the last time we had a Teen Tournament, we, of course, had 2 juniors and 1 sophomore, and 1 of the 2 juniors was in the best position heading into the Teen Tournament Finale, while the sophomore was in the worst position to be in heading into the Teen Tournament Finale. This time, the sophomore is in the best position to be in, while 1 of the 2 juniors is in the worst position to be in, but in any event, I think Michael, Sharath & Alec handled the 1st half of the finals very well. We’ll see how tomorrow goes, the Teen Tournament Finale. BTW, I’m a junior, but in college, not in high school.

  3. VJ says:

    Ah well, yet another 3/3 prediction shot down. Just like the buzzer war I was anticipating between Alex and Michael, it never came to pass. LOL. Congrats to Sharath. That’s a helluva nice advantage going into tomorrow’s match.

    I’ve got 10 more clues from the match up now (LINK)

    It was pretty funny when no one buzzed in on the $800 clue in the Pixel Girls category (who thinks up these titles?!) Alex said “Well, that stopped them.” It was the only one though.

  4. EricS says:

    Against a player like Sharath (20,000 pure Coryat into FJ), Michael had the right theory, while Alec had the right answers.