Final Jeopardy: Early America

The Final Jeopardy question (11/22/2016) in the category “Early America” was:

William Bradford wrote that this document was partly inspired by the “mutinous speeches” of some passengers.

We’re wrapping up the 2016 Teen Tournament today. Yesterday’s match ended with these scores: Sharath Narayan, $28,000; Alec Fischthal, $16,500 and Michael Borecki, $0. Whatever they finish with today will be added to those amounts to determine the $100,000 grand prize winner. Second place gets $50,000 and third place $25,000.

In the final match of the last Teen Tournament (8/1/2014), the top prize was $75K. Check that out here. It was an exciting match that ended in a tie-breaker. The video is on the recap.

Round 1 Categories: Pluralize It! – Poetry Fill In The Blank – Play Ball! – Who – What – Wear

Sharath found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Who” under the $600 clue on the 13th pick of the round. He was in second place with $2,600, $1,400 less than Alec’s lead. He bet $2,000 and took a guess with Le Corbusier. That was WRONG.

The bridge seen here was designed in the 1870s by this French engineer.
Jeopardy Daily Double in

Alec finished in the lead with $6,400. Sharath was second with $2,000 and Michael was last with $1,600.

Round 2 Categories: In The Red – Artistes – Inanimate Objects? – You Do The Geographic Math – “Ping” Me – Ewww! Gross!

Sharath found the first Daily Double in “Geographic Math” under the $1,200 clue on the 6th pick. He was in second place with $5,200 now, $1,200 less than Alec’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

The number of Great Lakes times the number of countries that border the United States. show

Sharath found the last Daily Double in “‘Ping’ Me” under the $2,000 clue. This was the last clue in the bottom 2 rows. There were 7 left in the top 3. In second place with $9,800, he had $1,800 less than Alec’s lead. He bet $3,000 and said mediating just to have a response. That was WRONG, as he already knew.

It’s the job of U.N. troops placed between hostile factions. show

Alec finished in the lead with $11,600. Sharath was next with $10,800 and Michael was in third place with $7,200.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Dayspring Christian Academy’s video reenacts the talk of mutiny that led to the need for the Mayflower Compact when the ship arrived in 1620 on the shores of what became Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.

See’s Mayflower and Mayflower Compact page. They also have interesting videos for kids on their Virtual Field Trip page.

Michael bet $7,000. That brought him up to $14,200, and that was his final score as he had nothing to bring in from yesterday.

Sharath bet $901. His $11,701 total today was then added to yesterday’s $28,000. He finished with $39,701.

Alec bet it all, doubling today’s score to $23,200. His $16,500 from yesterday gave him $39,700. So Sharath is the $100,000 winner of the 2016 Teen Tournament.

Final Jeopardy (11/22/2016) Michael Borecki

Here are 2 triple stumpers in the “INANIMATE OBJECTS? category:

($1200) This “South Park” character has a child named washcloth

($2000) On “Adventure Time”, this fun-loving robotic gaming device lives with Finn & Jake

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “People in the Arts”

He once said, “it is through fantasy that children achieve cartharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things.”. show

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9 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    Eric Newhouse also won his quarter final game in the 1989 TofC and Amanda Goad came within $301 of making the 1996 TofC finals.

  2. aaaa says:

    The teen champion hasn’t been invited to the regular TofC since CHacko George competed in 2000. But all the teen champs through February 2005 appeared in the Ultimate TofC, outside of APril Mcmanus who did not appear for whatever reason. 1989 teen champ Eric Newhouse and 1991 teen champ Andy Westney competed in the 80s Battle of the Decades. Eric competed in SUper J! in Summer 1990 and won his quarter final game.

  3. VJ says:

    The audience seemed to be highly amused when the teens didn’t buzz in on that South Park clue. LOL.

    I’ve got 8 more clues from this match LINK which had very few triple stumpers. I had to leave out that “Ping” one with Jimmy. The motion he was making was the answer to the clue.

    I put in the Poetry category, just the way they had it with their little forward slash for line breaks. On the Poe one though, I’ve always seen it as just one line, while on the Sandburg clue, I’ve seen that as two lines.

    I’ve got a feeling that Jeopardy! will put up a video of that fun Geographic Math category.

  4. William Weyser says:

    Congratulations, Sharath! You’re the 2016 Teen Champion, and the sophomore took down the 2 juniors. Alec & Michael, great run, but I’m sorry, it’s over.

    • jacob ska says:

      Wow! Did the sophomore really take the 2 juniors out? Complete reversal from 2014 teen tournament.

      Congrats Sharath. Great effort Alec. What a difference $1 makes in competition. Michael I know you are a boardie and have been reading your posts. You have much to be proud of because you made it to the finals.

      • William Weyser says:

        Yes, the sophomore really took the 2 juniors out, and the good news for Sharath is that he got his revenge on Michael Borecki, who defeated him in the last quarter-final game, while Sharath had enough money for a wild-card spot, which was $22,801.

  5. Dalton Higbee says:

    VJ, do you know if Sharath Narayan qualifies for the Tournament of Champions?

    • VJ says:

      Nope, I don’t know, Dalton. Doesn’t seem like a level playing field anyhow, asking him to compete against the adults and the College Champ.