Final Jeopardy: The Great Depression

The Final Jeopardy question (11/9/2017) in the category “The Great Depression” was:

A street-corner occupation that saved many in the Depression was aided by a 1930 tops-in-the-U.S. crop in this state.

Today is the 4th Quarter-Final of the 2017 Tournament of Champions. The returning champs are: Seth Wilson (12x winner), Lisa Schlitt, (6x winner); and Sam Deutsch, (2016 College Championship.

Round 1 Categories: Bodies of Water – Words With Enemies – Top Baby Names in Britain – “N” Titled to Literature – Italian Food – Manga

Lisa found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “‘N’ Titled to Literature” under the $800 clue, with 10 clues to go after it. She was in second place with $3,400, $800 less than Sam’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Wonderboy is the name of a bat, not a superhero, in this 1952 novel. show

Lisa finished in the lead with $9,200. Seth was second with $5,600 and Sam was last with $4,400.

Round 2 Categories: Satisfying All Your Insurance Needs – The Silver Screen – Where & When? – Mechanics – A Shower of Schopenhauer – Making Words

Lisa found the first Daily Double in “Mechanics” under the $800 clue on the 10th pick. She was in the lead with $11,200 at this point, $2,800 more than Seth in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Eureka! This upward force exerted by a fluid counteracts the weight of an object immersed in it. show

3 clues later, Seth found the last Daily Double in “Where & When?” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $8,000, he had $5,200 less than Lisa’s lead. He bet $2,500, and was a year off so that was WRONG.

The Constitution gets its first state ratification: state, year. show

Lisa finished in the lead with $14,400. Sam was next with $12,400 and Seth was in third place with $9,900.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“In the fall of 1930 Joseph Sicker, chairman of the International Apple Shippers’ Association, had the idea of putting unemployed New Yorkers to work selling apples on the street. A fund supported in part by produce suppliers helped the plan get started, and a surplus of Washington State apples made it possible to sell boxes of the fruit cheaply. The apple vendor on the streets of New York became a lasting image of the Depression.” (NYPL Exhibitions: Hard Times)

Seth went with Iowa. That cost him $4,501 and left him with $5,399.

Sam had Florida. He lost $4,200, to finish with $8,200.

Lisa got it right. She bet $1,000 so she nailed a semi-final spot with $15,400.

Final Jeopardy (11/9/2017) Seth Wilson, Lisa Schlitt, Sam Deutsch

A triple stumper from each round:

BODIES OF WATER ($1000) This colorful river forms Namibia’s southern border with South Africa

THE SILVER SCREEN ($1000) Monty Clift loves Liz Taylor, but Shelley Winters’ bun in the oven overshadows matters in this 1951 tragedy

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Artists’ Subjects”

The woman seen here, who was born in North Carolina and died in England in 1881, was the subject of this painting. show

Cindy StowellDuring this year’s ToC, the players and Alex Trebek are wearing blue ribbons to honor 6x champ, Cindy Stowell, who passed away shortly before her episodes aired in December 2016. She donated her over-$100K winnings to cancer research. If you would like to make a donation in Cindy’s honor, click here.

Only Lisa made the cut in this game. That was on the semi-final side, so Pranjal and Austin are secure on the Wild Card side.

2017 Tournament of Champions Results so far

$30,000 Buzzy Cohen
$23,000 Jason Sterlacci
$19,610 Alan Lin
$15,400 Lisa Schlitt
$16,401 Pranjal Vachaspati
$16,000 Austin Rogers
$12,000 Lilly Chin
$11,500 Tim Aten

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6 Responses

  1. mimsy says:

    I was upset about Seth missing that Daily Double – one year off. Ouch! I was hoping he would catch up to Lisa and at least get a Wild Card boo hoo boo hoo

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, mimsy, tough break for Seth on that DD. That reminded me of a list I made on here that shows the century and the year each state was admitted and who was President. Too bad Seth didn’t see it or he would have at least had the 18th and 20th centuries down pat. But, even if he got it, he had to get FJ to make the cut. Kudos to Lisa for getting it, but it was such a confusing clue that I’m not doubting it will be the worst of the week without even seeing tomorrow’s clue yet.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    The pink set is from the Battle of the Decades.

  3. Lou says:

    Does the apples in this final jeopardy clue remind you of Newton,VJ? He used that theory to discover gravity, and the Apple reminds me of the big Apple in New York and william tell. Those things has everything to do with Apple don’t you agree,? I thought Seth knew Washington state so.that should have given him a wild card spot.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, the first thing l usually think of for any given word is a song, and if I can’t think of one, sometimes I make one up :)

      For apple, at one point in my life, I would have thought of “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” At another “Little Green Apples,” and when my kids were young “Apples and Bananas” and I think of “Apples and Bananas” now, too, because we’re always playing kids’ songs for the little ones.

      LINK: 8 more clues from this round

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    The wild cards stay the same, Seth and Sam are out, and then there were 11.

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