Final Jeopardy: The Calendar

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/22/2017) in the category “The Calendar” was:

November 2017 is in the year 1439 AH in the calendar that dates from an action of this religious figure.

New champ Kiana Nakamura won $10,500 in yesterday’s game. In her 2nd match, she takes on these new players: Kelsey Van Bokken, from San Diego, CA; and Jim Eckess, from State College, PA.

Round 1 Categories: Police Your Area – Around the World – Untold TV Stories – “B”reeds – There’s a Word for That – Looks Like We Made It

Jim found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Around the World” under the $400 clue on the 7th pick of the round. Trebek said he hit it at “an inpropitous moment” as he was $800 in the hole. Kelsey was in the lead with $1,800. He bet the $1,000 allowance but couldn’t come up with a response so he was WRONG.

This 14-foot-long holy relic has been housed in Italy’s Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista since 1578. show

Kiana finished in the lead with $5,200. Kelsey was second with $3,000 and Jim was last, in the hole for $400.

Round 2 Categories: Chapels Show – Single-Named Singers’ Last Names – The Age of Treason – The “Mother” of All Words – Now You’re Speaking My Language – Poe Folks

Kiana found the first Daily Double in “Languages” under the $800 clue. There were 9 clues left after it. She was in the lead with $11,200 at this point, $3,800 more than Kelsey in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first name means “freedom” in this language in Africa. show

4 clues later, Kiana found the last Daily Double in “The Age of Treason” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with a runaway $13,000, she had $7,600 more than Kelsey in second place. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.

17 when convicted of treason in the death of this man, Vaso Cubrilovic went on to be Yugoslavia’s Minister of Forests. show

Kiana finished in the lead with a runaway $16,200. Kelsey was next with $5,400 and Jim was in third place with $800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Time and has loads of info on the Islamic Calendar, noting that the Year 1 began “in 622 CE when the Muslim prophet Muhammad migrated to Medina. This event is referred to as Hegira or Hijrah, accounting for the name Hijri calendar. In parallel with the letters AD (Anno Domini) used in the Christian calendar, years in the Islamic calendar are designated either H for Hijrah or AH, which stands for the Latin term Anno Hegirae.”

The Islamic New Year (Muharram) occurs on a different date each year. It can even be observed on 2 different dates in different places. About explains why in this article, expecting 9/21/2017 to begin the New Year in 2017. Time and Date shows 28 countries marking the occasion on September 22nd, and two on September 21st (in the Quick Facts).

Jim thought it was the Dalai Lama. He didn’t bet anything so he stayed at $800.

It looked like Kelsey was going for Martin Luther, but she only got as far as the L. She lost her $3,000 bet, finishing with $2,400.

Kiana got it right. Having already won the game with $16,200, she didn’t feel the need to bet anything. Kiana’s 2-day total is $26,700.

Final Jeopardy (11/xx/2017) Kiana Nakamura, Jim Eckess, Kelsey Van Bokken

A triple stumper from each round:

UNTOLD TV STORIES ($800) This Fox show was originally supposed to be about a family of cannibals who ran a restaurant

POE FOLKS ($1600) In “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, this sleuth is said to come from an illustrious family

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Day of the Week”

To the Ancient Greeks, this day of the week was Hemera Aphrodites. show

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7 Responses

  1. Samoca says:

    Re Final Jeopardy, I knew Mohamed was born around 700 A.D.. so I thought it was a pretty easy clue.

  2. Samoca says:

    My first post here. If I heard correctly, Kiana actually made a mistake with the answer to Vaso Cubrilovic–she called Archduke Franz Ferdinand “Duke” not “Archduke”–but she got the name right so they gave her the answer as correct. I wondered if the judges decided to ignore it or didn’t hear it correctly. Anyone else hear her say “Duke?” My hearing is pretty accurate in general, I think.

  3. rhonda says:

    VJ, I neglected to answer you yesterday, you’re right, Kiana does resemble Meg Tilly quite a bit.

    • VJ says:

      yes, I hope she knows it’s meant as a compliment if she see this, and congrats to Kiana on the runaway and lone correct FJ response.

      @Lou, yes, I have heard of Ramadan but I confess I don’t know very much about the Islamic calendar.

      LINK 13 more clues from the match

  4. Lou says:

    The prophet Muhammad, interesting, also you heard of Ramadan right, VJ? I wonder if that holiday was dedicated solely to the prophet as a sign of worship? Finally Dalai Lama is not on the calendar but people worships him a lot. I wonder why jim thought of that guy?

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    Wow, Kelsey and Jim were up and down and couldn’t get any rhythm going today.

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