Final Jeopardy: Commonwealth Countries

The Final Jeopardy question (11/8/2016) in the category “Commonwealth Countries” was:

The constitution of this country came into effect on Feb. 4, 1997 & by 2016, 13 parties were represented in its parliament.

New champ Georjean McKeeman won $15,990 yesterday. In the Election Day match, she is up against: Allon Scheyer, from Brooklyn, NY; and Stephanie Hubley, from Burien, WA.

Round 1 Categories: Yes To November – Palindromes – Geo-Glossary – The Windy Project – French Cuisine – Look At That “S” Car Go

Georjean found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Geo-Glossary” under the $400 clue on the 14th pick of the round. She was in second place with $200, $2,400 less than Allon’s lead. She bet the $1,000 and was missing a word so she was WRONG.

Halite is the naturally occurring form of this mineral. show

Allon finished in the lead with $3,800. Georjean was second with $1,400 and Stephanie was last, in the red for $200.

Round 2 Categories: Cleveland – Contemporaries – Rock Of Love – Cry “UNK” – Ancient Greek Writers – Gone Fishing

Georjean found the first Daily Double in “Contemporaries” under the $2,000 clue, with 9 clues left after it. She had $5,800 at this point. Stephanie had $9,000 but she was dinged on reversal (see below) so her score went down to $7,400. Georjean bet $2,000 and guessed DaVinci. That was WRONG (and also already given as the response to an earlier clue).

1610 saw Hudson discover his bay and this man first observe Jupiter’s 4 moons. show

We didn’t get to the last Daily Double. It was in “Ancient Greek Writers” under the $1,600 or $2,000 clue.

Georjean finished in the lead with $7,400. Stephanie was next with $7,000 and Allon was in third place with $4,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


South Africa’s Parliament has a list of the 13 parties that have seats on its website. I compared that to an earlier list on Media Club South Africa with statistics up to 2009. There were 13 parties with seats at that time as well, but the names of 3 were different in the current one. One thing is the same: The African National Congress has more seats than any other party– way more!

The country’s constitution is officially called the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. Although it was approved on 12/4/1996, it did not go into effect until 2/4/1997. Learn more about it here. For the current list of Commonwealth Countries, click here.

Allon wrote down Northern Ireland. That cost him $3,202 and he had $998 left.

Stephanie had Scotland. She lost her $3,000 bet, finishing with $4,000.

Georjean had no response. She lost her $6,601 bet and finished with $799. That made Stephanie today’s winner. Boy, was she surprised! We will not be seeing this new Jeopardy! champ play her second game for 2 weeks. The Teen Tournament starts tomorrow.

Final Jeopardy (11/8/2016) Georjean McKeeman, Stephanie Hubley, Allon Scheyer

The Reversal: ANCIENT GREEK WRITERS ($800) Socrates speaks in his own defense in this Plato work, & despite the title he’s not really sorry. (Stephanie pluralized the title).

2 triple stumpers in ROCK OF LOVE:

($1200) “I’m not gonna write you a love song ’cause you asked for it”, this pianist/singer crooned in her 2007 chart debut

($2000) said his 2001 “Love and Theft” was “his best album since ‘Blood on the Tracks;”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “The Oxford English Dictionary”

As of 2013, this 3-letter verb common in sports, theater & politics has the largest entry in the online OED. show

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12 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    VJ, you were so lucky you even got to see Jeopardy! on Monday and Tuesday.

  2. Ken Brown says:

    I would like more teen tournaments in a variety of age groups.

  3. Cece says:

    I’m pre-empted like most, but I don’t think I’ll miss much. Let’s see…many TS’s, 2 missed DD’s, low scores, triple stumper FJ. No, I’m good.

    I’m curious, though, if Alex gave Georjean the benefit of a ‘be more specific’ on her response of ‘Sodium’, or if time ran out. If Donna deserved a bms Friday on “Rough and Ready”, so did Georjean tonight. But that’s just me. :)

    • VJ says:

      @Cece, he didn’t give her a “be more specific.” She thought about it a few seconds, gave her response, and he said “mmmm, no. What is sodium chloride?– salt,” not even pausing as he sometimes does, to give a player a second or two to realize s/he left something out.

  4. aaaa says:

    There was supposed to be a teen tourney in season 32. The Teen tourney that starts tomorrow night taped last April in DC, was supposed to air in July to wrap up last season, but got moved first to September and then to November. I counted at least 13 triple stumpers in this game, including both revealed DD’s plus FJ!. Getting all those would have meant a lock game or close to it from the fourth podium.

  5. lou says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us VJ, I missed this episode. but well we will see how the teen tournament goes tomrrow and hopefully to see one of the teens go into the tournament of champions later on

    • VJ says:

      You’re welcome, Lou. I liked the “Contemporaries” category in this game. As you can, see one clue was the Daily Double. I’ve got 11 more clues from this game online now and there’s 2 more clues from that category in it. LINK

      Might as well give the other 2 (who answered it in parentheses)

      ($400) Columbus set sail from Spain in 1492, around the time this Renaissance master drew his “Vitruvian Man” (Allon)

      ($1200) In 1890 Sitting Bull was killed & this Iron Chancellor was forced out of office (Georjean)

  6. rhonda says:

    Second Bob Dylan question in a week. Last week the answer was his hometown, Hibbing.

  7. aaaa says: will have info on how to view tonight’s largely preempted episode, the episode will be uploaded later tonight on the website in question

  8. Dalton Higbee says:

    Yes! Alex’s favorite and lovely time of the year, the Teen Tournament begins tomorrow!