Final Jeopardy: Landlocked Countries

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/7/2017) in the category “Landlocked Countries” was:

South of the Tropic of Capricorn, this kingdom is the world’s southernmost landlocked country.

Quarter-Final No. 2 of the 2017 Tournament of Champions is about to start. Today’s champs are: Tim Aten (7x winner), Lilly Chin, (2017 College Championship winner); and Jason Sterlacci, (2016 Teachers Tournament winner).

Round 1 Categories: Dr. Johnson’s Alphabet – “B” a Sport – U.S.A. – That’s Our Color – Tinder – Swipe Write

Tim found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “‘B’ a Sport” under the $1,000 clue on the 5th pick of the round. He was in second place with $600, $200 less than Jason and Lilly, who were tied for the lead. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

Brittanica’s entry on it notes early Scandinavians revered the Norse God Ull as both a ski god & a hunting god. show

Cindy StowellDuring the chat, it was revealed that the idea to wear blue ribbons during the ToC to honor of 6x champ, Cindy Stowell came from Jason Sterlacci. Cindy qualified to be in this ToC but cancer took her life even before her shows aired. Alex also confirmed that the show is donating $10,000 to the Cancer Research Institute in Cindy’s name. If you would like to make a donation in Cindy’s honor, click here.

Tim finished in the lead with $5,600. Jason was second with $5,000 and Lilly was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: The Dreaded Opera Category – Three of a Kind – Movie & TV Deaths – Kicking Axis – Branches of Science – Overlaps

Jason found the first Daily Double in “Kicking Axis” under the $1,600 clue, with 13 clues still to go after it. He was in the lead with $15,800 at this point, $5,800 more than Tim in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

In this June 1942 battle, Japan lost all 4 of its heavy aircraft carriers & with them, pretty much the Pacific War. show

3 clues later, Lilly found the last Daily Double in “Opera” under the $800 clue. In third place with $7,600, she had $11,200 less than Jason’s lead. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.

Don Jose is the jilted military man who kills the title character in this opera. show

Jason finished in the lead with $18,800. Tim was next with $14,000 and Lilly was in third place with $12,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Tropic of Capricorn is one of 5 major circles of latitude on the map. Its current latitude is 23.43697° south of the Equator, and it runs through 10 countries. According to this wikipedia article, only 4 countries lie entirely south of the Tropic of Capricorn: Lesotho, New Zealand, Swaziland and Uruguay. Out of those, only Lesotho (Lat: 29.6100° S) and Swaziland (Lat: 26.5225° S) are kingdoms so Lesotho is southernmost. Look at the 2 kingdoms on a map.

Lilly thought it was Bhutan. She lost her $800 bet, leaving her with $12,000.

Tim came up with Myanmar. That cost him $2,500. He had $11,500 left.

Jason got it right. He bet $4,200 so he won the second semi-final spot with $23.000.

Final Jeopardy (11/7/2017) Tim Aten, Lilly Chin, Jason Sterlacci

A triple stumper from each round:

TINDER ($1000) An axe head can get stuck; instead use this 4-letter heavy hammer to split firewood

KICKING AXIS ($2000) In May 1941 3 British ships sank this German battleship along with most its 2,300-man crew

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Inaugural Addresses”

His first address spoke of “the present happy state”, “our peculiar felicity” and our “happy government”. show

2017 Tournament of Champions Results so far

$30,000 Buzzy Cohen
$23,000 Jason Sterlacci
$16,401 Pranjal Vachaspati
$12,000 Lilly Chin
$11,500 Tim Aten

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8 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Besides a movie, there was also a song about that German battleship in the $2000 Kicking Axis category (I put a link to the song in the clue)

    I wonder if Alex thought of the song when he read the clue because he said “In May OF 1941,” which made me add “the war had just begun. The Germans had the biggest ship that had the biggest guns…”

  2. Lou says:

    Glad to know that Cindy stowell is being remembered on today’s episode. Also is Botswana part of the Capricorn region,VJ? Also I wonder if Baantu is the primary language of Lesotho or is that spoken in other African countries?

    • VJ says:

      The line does pass through Botswana, Lou. English and Sotho are the official languages of Lesotho. Idk if Sotho is a Bantu language or not. Apparently, the country’s media is mostly in English. Here is a link to a news report from last June, when the prime minister’s wife was murdered. omg!

      LINK: 11 more clues from this match

    • William Weyser says:

      Speaking of Cindy Stowell, I was hoping that Tim Aten would be the 1 to tell the viewers about her, not Jason, because Cindy defeated Tim in his 8th game.

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    You forgot to put Hunter on the wild card list.

  4. Patty Sprofera says:

    Happy to learn that Jeopardy is remembering/honoring Cindy Stowell.

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