Final Jeopardy: Arlington National Cemetery

The Final Jeopardy question (11/28/2014), in the category “Arlington National Cemetery” was:

The remains for Arlington’s first monument to unknown soldiers mostly came from this battlefield 30 miles away.

New champ David Greisman won $11,600 yesterday. He can be the only 2x champ this week if the can beat today’s challengers: Ann Conger, from New Orleans, LA; and Sam Sukaton, from Los Angeles, CA.

Round 1: Sam found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Chronicles” under the $400 clue. He was in third place with $3,000, $1,400 less than Ann’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

On Sept. 13, 1864, this writer noted the completion of illustrations for a book he wrote for young Alice Liddell. show

Sam finished in the lead with $5,000. Ann was second with $4,800 and David was last with $4,000.

Round 2: David found the first Daily Double in “20th Century History” under the $2,000 clue. He was in second place with $5,200, $1,200 less than Ann’s lead. He bet $1,000 and thought it was Frankfort. That was WRONG.

Clement Attlee succeeded Churchill in the middle of the 1945 conference of allied leaders held in this German city. show

David found the last Daily Double in “U.K. Bodies of Water” under the $1,600 clue with one $2K clue left on the board. In third place with $8,600, he was $3,400 behind Ann’s lead. He only bet $5.00, which he must have regretted because he was RIGHT.

British history books include the story of King John losing the crown jewels in The Wash, a shallow bay on this sea. show

Ann finished in the lead with $12,000. Sam was next with $9,000 and David was in third place with $8,605.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“On June 15, 1864, Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton designated Arlington House and 200 surrounding acres a military cemetery under the control of the Union Army’s quartermaster general, Major General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, a Southern native who had remained loyal to the Union. Meigs reportedly despised [Robert E.] Lee for his service to the Confederate cause. Meigs… ordered immediate burials at Arlington House, personally pointing out the slight terrace bordering the mansion’s garden and said, “Bury them there.”… He surmised that burying the dead so near the house was a guarantee that no member of the Lee family would ever want to live in the house again. As the conflict continued, Union dead were gathered from the brutal battlefields of Bull Run, Bristol Station, Chantilly and elsewhere and placed in the new national cemetery, along with some Confederate dead….” (Arlington National Cemetery: The Early Years)

David wrote down Manassas then crossed that out and put Bull Run down. Either way, he added $2,500 and finished with $11,105.

Sam thought it was Antietam. He lost his $2,000 bet and finished with $7,000.

Ann got it right, too. Her $1,999 bet brought her up to $13,999, and she is today’s winner and new champ.

We won’t be seeing Ann Conger try for a second win until December 8th. The kids take over Jeopardy! all next week.

2 years ago:: NEITHER players left in FJ got this one in “20TH CENTURY AMERICAN WRITERS”

A publisher’s note on one of his books called him “The terror of typesetters” & “an enigma to book reviewers” show

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5 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    just saw the show. alex said the beatles sang about the mersey. WRONG! BOO HISS! they were from merseyside liverpool, but the song ” Ferry cross the Mersey” was by Gerry and the Pacemakers”….

  2. MJane says:

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier wasn’t dedicated until after World War I.

    • john blahuta says:

      ok, and david could have won with a bet of 5.395 or higher. what were they thinking, i ask again?

    • john blahuta says:

      THE Unknown Soldier as in all wars. i believe here the clue – since it said “unknown soldiers (plural)” is of a different meaning. they were unidentified soldiers. THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER tomb -dedicated in 1921- represents the unknown soldier of both world wars, korea and vietnam. why panama, iraq and afghanistan are not represented is beyond me. ww II was the LAST “war”, where the usa formally declared war. korea was a u.n. police action and vietnam was fought under a war “resolution”, panama was an “invasion” and “a state of war” existed. since my only explanation for the missing iraq and afghanistan “unknown” soldier is that the “states of war” are not over yet, i am asking: why is there no “unknown soldier” for panama? the u.s. lost service members during that invasion. and panama is long over. so is “desert storm”, although one could argue that our involvement in iraq never really completely ended (yet). a lot of questions….

  3. john blahuta says:

    strange bet….actually plural, strange bets by all 3. but congratulations anyway!! if the regular game resumes 12/15. 5 days, 5 champs. what can i say except HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY !!!