Final Jeopardy: German Geography

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/27/2017) in the category “German Geography” was:

Of Germany’s 16 states, these 2 at opposite ends of the country begin with the same letter & are the largest & smallest.
Final Jeopardy 11-27-17

New champ Marcus Gresham won $20,401 on Friday. In his 2nd game, his challengers are: Caity Willox, from Skokie, IL; and Hilary Fried, from Milford, CT.

Round 1 Categories: Keep It Down – Mountains – Ranking the New Military Man – Notable Names – Think Pink – Rhyme Time

Marcus found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Notable Names” under the $800 clue on the 11th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $2,200, $1,600 more than Hilary in second place. He bet $1,200 and guessed Gallaudet. That was WRONG.

This Scotsman came to the U.S. in 1871 at the invitation of Sarah Fuller, a teacher at a school for the deaf. show

Marcus finished in the lead with $6,200. Hilary was second with $4,200 and Caity was last with $2,400.

Round 2 Categories: Wet Science – A Mania for Manias – Major Thirds in Music – Books & Authors – Russia “N” – Crime Time

Marcus found the first Daily Double in “Manias” under the $2,000 clue, with just the Crime Time category left after it. He was in second place with $11,800 at this point, only $600 behind Caity’s lead. He bet $2,200 and he was RIGHT.

Pontius Pilate had ablutomania, an obsessive need to do this. show

Caity got the last Daily Double in “Crime Time” under the $2,000 clue, the last one. In second place with $14,800, she now had $600 less than Marcus. She bet $1,600 and guessed the 1850s. That was WRONG.

Jack the Ripper’s ripping: this decade. show

Marcus finished in the lead with $15,600. Caity was next with $13,200 and Hilary was in third place with $6,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Wikipedia has a sortable list of the States of Germany, where you can see that Bremen is the smallest in area (419 km) and Bavaria is the largest (70,552). Nationmaster has a clickable map where you can click on a state and learn more stuff, like Bavaria’s nickname, the Beer State.

Hilary wrote down Bavaria & Brunhilda. So funny! He lost his $4,601 bet, leaving him with $1,599.

Caity came up with Bavaria & Baden. That cost her $5,000 and she finished with $8,200.

Marcus got it right. He bet $10,801 so he won the game with $26,401. That gives him a 2-day total of $46,802.

Final Jeopardy (11/27/2017) Marcus Gresham, Hilary Fried, Caity Willox

A triple stumper from each round:

KEEP IT DOWN ($400) On “Seinfeld” Jerry is compelled to wear one of these after an encounter with a “low talker”

BOOKS & AUTHORS ($2000) Kind of like a Swedish Forrest Gump is the novel called “The 100-Year-Old Man” who did this “& Disappeared”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “U.S. History”

It’s the only odd-numbered year in which a U.S. Presidential election has been held. show

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6 Responses

  1. Barbara Addams says:

    Does anyone recall any of the questions from the Major Thirds in Music category (other than the one about Loudon Wainwright III’s son, Rufus)

    • TR says:

      400 – If he’d used his full birth name, he’d have released “The Marshall Bruce Mathers III LP”

      800 – Benjamin Montmorency Tench III goes by Benmont as keyboardist in this band backing up Tom Petty

      1200 – Edward Louis Severson III, seen here, is better known as this impassioned singer (try a google image search of his name)

      1600 – “The Man” singer Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III goes by this name that contains Aloe for smoothness

      I left out the answers so you can try the clues for yourself w/o spoilers.

  2. Jacob Ska says:

    This morning on Spoiler Talk I wanted so badly to put BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) as a hint but thought that would be a dead giveaway because Munich, Germany is the automaker ‘s headquarters in the state of Bavaria.

    Bremerhaven, Bremen is the port where we picked up our car we had shipped to Germany from the U.S. Needless to say, we were in Germany 2 weeks before the car arrived via ship. We could fly to Germany but the car had to be shipped. The wait wasn’t bad since we already had friends there. We enjoyed our years spent in Germany…no speed limit on the Autobahn, the Mercedes taxis, and the wonderful people. We go back every 2 or 3 years. By the way, we ditched the American car after about a year & have been driving German cars ever since. Hope I didn’t get offend anyone by saying that but it’s true. 🙂

  3. Lou says:

    Baden is the original home of Ludwig von Beethoven, right VJ? If you remember the movie Beethoven lives upstairs, that place is so beautiful. Although I never heard of Bremen, Bavaria reminded me of the cartoon Jackie Chan adventures. Also is brunhilda part of Germany or elsewhere?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, Brunhilda is a person, a real life queen and I think there’s a Valkyrie by that name, too, in mythology. Also, there’s a comic strip witch named Broom Hilda. 🙂

      @William, thanks, I fixed it.

      LINK: 10 more clues from this game

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