Final Jeopardy: Country Names

The Final Jeopardy question (11/22/2013), in the category “Country Names” was:

In England in 1933, Choudhry Rahmat Ali coined this name, a country that wouldn’t be formed until 14 years later.

It’s the final showdown in the 2013 Teachers Tournament. John PearsonBecky Giardina and Mary Beth Hammerstrom play the last game for the $100,000 prize. Yesterday’s game left John with a $4,200 lead over Mary Beth, and Becky at a distinct disadvantage, since she lost all her money in Final Jeopardy!

On to today’s game:

Mary Beth found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Korean War” before the first break. She was in the lead with $1,800, $1,000 ahead of John in second place. She bet $800 and thought it was Saigon. That was WRONG.

“War’s End Near” said a jubilant U.S. headline on the capture of this metropolis October 19, 1950. show

John finished in the lead with $6,800. Becky was second with $4,000 and Mary Beth was last with $1,600. But when we returned from the break, John got dinged on an “ant” answer when he should have said “termites” or “white ants.” He was still in the lead, but now he had $4,800.

John found the first Daily Double in “Anatomy.” He had a stupendous lead after sweeping through “Literary Openings” and getting the first 3 clues in this category right. Now at $13,200, he had $8,800 more than Becky in second place. He bet $3,000 and thought it was a sebaceous gland. That was WRONG.

Your tear glands are an example of this type of gland that secretes fluid through a duct & not directly into the bloodstream. show

Mary Beth found the last Daily Double in “The Guggenheim Museum.” She was in third place with $4,000, $14,200 less than John’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Jean Arp turned to abstraction as a founding member of this movement that rejected traditional values and embraced chance, even in how its name was supposedly chosen randomly from the dictionary. show

John finished in the lead with $18,200. Mary Beth was next with $10,800 and Becky was in third place with $8,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


You can read the “full text of the pamphlet “Now or Never,” published by Choudhary Rahmat Ali as ‘Founder of Pakistan National Movement,’ in which the word ‘Pakistan’ appears to have been used for the first time in a document” here: Columbia University: Now or Never.

Becky wrote down “Israel.” She lost her $8,000 and finished with zero today plus zero from yesterday. Zero.

Mary Beth got it right. She also bet everything so that brought her up to $21,600. After adding in yesterday’s winnings of $11,000, she finished with $32,600.

John didn’t have any idea so he used the opportunity to write down “I love you, Drew.” He didn’t bet anything at all so he still had $18,200 to add to yesterday’s $15,200 winnings. That gave him the winning total of $33,400 and the grand prize of $100,000.

We will return to the regular games on Monday. Anybody remember who the returning champ is?

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9 Responses

  1. Keith Williams says:

    Yep, Mary Beth was only 400 shy of having a shot. I didn’t like many of her DD wagers, particularly on the dinosaurs category in game one.

    Strange that someone would say Israel since it’s pretty prominent in the Bible.

    • vj says:

      I thought the same thing! I also thought Saigon was a strange reply in a category named The Korean War. :-0

      • john blahuta says:


  2. john blahuta says:

    @ vj

    yes, switzerland was easy for me too as european, they still have the CH as international country sign on their cars (Conf. Helv.) and wouldn’t 401.00 have sufficed for marybeth at the dd? in fj she would have doubled it = 802. john won by 800.00. but then he might have wagered something. we don’t know, he might have come up with the right name. as it was, he knew it was a runaway. we’ll never know. although just for bragging rights he might have written “pakistan” if he knew it. on the other hand, since it was a runaway, he might just have taken the opportunity to tell his wife on national tv that he loves her…. have a nice weekend !!

  3. vj says:

    yes, I do believe Mary Beth’s cautious DD wagering cost her the tournament win. She got more right than wrong.

  4. aaaa says:

    If Marybeth had bet at least $801 more on the DD, or had rung in and gotten the last clue which was a TS, the tourney would probably have been hers. Oh well.

  5. john blahuta says:

    my usual p.s.: 1947 since india gained independence in 1947.

    • vj says:

      I thought it was Ceylon – (independent in 1948 — off by a year) but yeah, somewhere around India, knowing Choudhry to be an Indian surname.

      Yesterday, I got that DD Mary Beth missed on Switzerland right away, because of the confederation part of the clue.

  6. john blahuta says:

    good for john that it was a runaway. my guess was somewhere in the indian area, (1947), but pakistan did not pop into my brain before time was up.