Final Jeopardy: World Flags & the Bible

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/30/2017) in the category “World Flags & the Bible” was:

The central image on the flag of this nation is a symbol of strength in Psalm 92 & a prized building material in 1 Kings 5.

2x champ Matt Preston has won $25,998 so far. In Game 3, he’s up against these two ladies: Lisa Kristina, from Chicago Heights, IL; and Lily Gebrenegus, from Seattle, WA.

Round 1 Categories: Baby, You’re a Rich Man – Historical Fiction – New England – Some Choice Words – In Their League – “C” in Cooking

Lisa found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Some Choice Words” under the $1,000 clue on the 15th pick of the round. She was in second place with $1,600, $1,400 less than Matt’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double but drew a blank so she was WRONG.

What a parent does to a better-loved child, or what a person limping is doing to the bad leg. show

Matt finished in the lead with $3,400. Lisa was second with $2,800 and Lily was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: Johnny Gilbert, Tough Guy – Ceremonies – The Human Body – “K”9 – Mozart – In the Jungle

Lisa found the first Daily Double in “Mozart” under the $1,600 clue on the 11th pick. She was in the lead with $6,000 now, $1,800 more than Matt in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Count Almaviva invites everyone to a wedding banquet at the end of Act III of this comic opera. show

Lisa got the last Daily Double in “Ceremonies” under the $1,600 clue, with just one clue left after it. In the lead with $14,400, she had $6,600 more than Matt in second place. She bet $1,400 and she was RIGHT.

In an African-American wedding tradition, the bride & groom do this to symbolically sweep away the past. show

Lisa finished in the lead with a runaway $15,800. Matt was next with $7,800 and Lily was in third place with $5,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Lebanon is mentioned in 64 verses of the Bible. Its cedar trees are mentioned in 21 of them. Lebanon adopted its current flag in 1943. World Flags 101 says its cedar tree “has been used as a symbol by the Maronite Christians of Lebanon since the 18th and 19th centuries. The tree represents peace, immortality and tolerance.” has a partial list of countries and nations mentioned in the Bible. It includes chapter and verse you can mouse over or click on.

Lily came up with steel, thinking they wanted a building material. She didn’t bet anything so she stayed at $5,000.

Matt thought it was Ethiopia. That cost him $2,201. He finished with $5,599.

Lisa got it right. She bet $100 so she became the new Jeopardy! champ with $15,900.

Final Jeopardy (11/30/2017) Matt Preston, Lily Gebrenegus, Lisa Kristina

A triple stumper from each round:

HISTORICAL FICTION ($600) This Philipp Meyer novel about the Texas frontier came to AMC with Pierce Brosnan as the powerful Eli McCullough

JOHNNY GILBERT, TOUGH GUY ($1600) “Crush your enemies, see them driven before you & hear the lamentation of their women!”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Songs from Musicals”

This song from a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was once simply titled “First Singing Lesson” show

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11 Responses

  1. Jacob Ska says:

    @VJ, I bet on days like today you don’t miss the east coast. I guess by now you heard we had an earthquake. This is the second in a 10-year timeframe. The last one was in 2011. The epicenter for this one was off the shore of Delaware & felt as far north as NY & to the west in DC. Since we’re south of Philly in the suburbs we felt mild tremors but nothing serious.

    Didn’t stop us from watching Jeopardy. lol. I liked Lisa & glad she won. She’s sharp. Also did you notice how Trebek made the connection in Spoiler Talk? I doubt if anyone knew what those Bible passages state. Sometimes the clue writers throw in the kitchen sink & in today’s clue I felt it was designed to trick the contestants. But, not Lisa. She jumped right on it. I thought the returning champ would too.

    • VJ says:

      Wow, Jacob, no one in our family in North Jersey called us or posted anything about it. A friend of mine who lives in Cumberland County posted that there were some tremors in her neck of the woods. It’s very scary. It’s scary down here too.

      It’s highly possible Lisa knew the passage from the Psalm — a lot of them are set to music. I found out that Psalm 92 was set to music by Schubert. and she certainly knew those Mozart clues without hesitation, even that very hard last one.

  2. VJ says:

    I was confused by that DD that Lisa lost in the first round. I thought someone would favor the good leg (in “the rely on it more” sense), not the bad one.

    Also, on the apapane & honeycreeper clue, several places I looked up say the apapane is a honeycreeper and they have an apostrophe before its name: ‘apapane

    LINK: 11 more clues from the match

    • rhonda says:

      I also thought that the “preferential” clue was poorly worded, it’s not really “excellent” treatment, rather it’s showing favoritism toward someone.

  3. rhonda says:

    VJ, would you be able to tell me what the first clue was in Johnny Gilbert, Tough Guy? The answer was Glengarry Glen Ross

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    A different Lilly vs. a different Lisa playing against each other today.

  5. Charles Brown says:

    Ethiopia is infamous for cutting nearly all of it’s forest down for cooking fuel.

  6. Lou says:

    Jeopardy is preempted again due to the holiday light thing. But still what was Lily thinking coming up with steel? This isn’t the industry category. I’m guessing she misread the clue right VJ? Plus, isn’t Ethiopia popular for its wood industry?

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