Final Jeopardy: TV Characters

The Final Jeopardy question (12/1/2014), in the category “TV Characters” was:

This 8′ 2″ character made his debut in 1969 and is still going strong.

It’s Kids Week on Jeopardy. That means we will have 5 games with one champ from each game taking home a minimum prize of $15,000 each day. Competing in the first game are: Cerulean Ozarow, from Brooklyn, NY; Will Harter, from Park Ridge, IL; and Victoria Agrinya, from Woodbridge, VA.

Round 1: Victoria found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Holidays and Observances” under the $1,000 clue. There was one category left on the board. She and Will were in a tie for the lead with $4,600 each, $2,400 more than Cerulean. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

In 2010, in honor of the 40th anniversary of this observance, a climate rally & concert was held in Washington D.C. show

After 2 clues in the last category were uncovered, Victoria finished in the lead with $5,800. Will was second with $4,600 and Cerulean was last with $2,600.

Round 2: Cerulean found the first Daily Double in “Vocabulary” under the $1,600 clue. So far, he was the only one answering — he ran the “Islands” category and answered the first 3 clues of this category correctly. That put him in the lead in a big way. He had $11,000, $5,200 more than Victoria in second place. Feeling pretty lucky, he decided to make it a true Daily Double. Alex said his parents just had minor heart attacks in the audience. After enough hesitancy to keep everyone on edge, he came up with the RIGHT answer.

This instrument measures atmospheric pressure; its name used to mean anything that indicates change. show

Cerulean found the last Daily Double in “Kids in Lit” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $23,200, he was $17,000 ahead of Victoria in second place. He bet $4,800, and didn’t have a guess so he was WRONG.

This 19th century character asked “Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?” show

Getting the last $2K clue gave Cerulean a runaway with $25,200. Will was next with $11,800 and Victoria was in third place with $11,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


WHO IS BIG BIRD?

“Big Bird is an 8-foot, 2-inch yellow bird who lives on Sesame Street. Since Sesame Street premiered in 1969, Big Bird has entertained millions of pre-school children and their parents with his wide-eyed wondering at the world… The big yellow bird can roller skate, ice skate, dance, sing, write poetry, draw, and even ride a unicycle — pretty talented for a character described in the TV show’s writer’s guide as a 6-year-old.” (Muppet Wiki)

Victoria wrote down Hercules. She bet and lost it all.

Will thought it was Goofy. He lost his $11,000 bet and finished with $800.

Cerulean wrote down Barney. He only bet $42, which left him with $25,158, well above the minimum prize guarantee. Congrats to him! It was risky but it worked out and now he’s got another great story to tell.

FJ Results: 12-1-14

During the chat, Cerulean talked about Halloween a few years ago when he masqueraded as Alex Trebek. They dyed his hair gray and put on a mustache “just because it’s classic Alex”. Then they added a cast on Cerulean’s foot because it was the year that Alex injured his foot chasing a burglar. Trebek was impressed — then Cerulean said no one could tell who he was.

2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Phrase Origins”

This 2-word adjective for “going against accepted speech or conduct” first appeared in a 1933 translation from Izvestia. show

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30 Responses

  1. Will Harter says:

    All the comments are about Ceruleans intelligence and my attractiveness which is really how it should be.

  2. s says:

    Cerulean was truly amazing. He was incredibly funny and cute throughout the show and I couldn’t help but root for him. He also goes to my gifted and talented school, and he is so smart and a great friend.

  3. rama says:

    will harter is gonna be hot in like 5 years

  4. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    I wonder if Cerulean bet $42 because of its significance in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.

    • VJ says:

      somebody mentioned that on twitter saying he was “showing off”. LOL.

    • jacobska says:

      Or he likes Jackie Robinson. Don’t forget he is from New York. Several little league kids named him as their favorite in Pennsylvania at the Little League games this past summer.

      • jacobska says:

        They said they saw the movie “42” which shocked me because Jackie Robinson was long before their time.

      • VJ says:

        Ha! how about that LIRR question, Jacob? My first thought was Cerulean’s got this!

        • jacobska says:

          Yep. Right up his alley. I liked the way he was lagging in the first round and accelerated in the second round.

        • VJ says:

          Yup, he came back in a big way. Always love it when a kid wins far more than the minimum guarantee. Here are some more kids who accomplished that going back to 2007:

          S29 – $66,600 Skyler Hornback (2013)
          S28 – $40,801 Matthew Cline (2012)
          S27 – $28,800 Dillon McCormick (2011)
          S24 – $25,001 Nicole Yoon (2007) *

          *The top prize in 2007 was $10K

  5. john blahuta says:

    unfortunately my hunch in the CotD talk came true. if they would have asked how to fix some problem on a tablet or app etc., it would have been a triple solve….. and i am sure the parents DID know the right answer…. ah, the times we live in. it’s okay to learn new things, but you should not forget a lot of the old, basic stuff.like reading a real book for instance. i wonder how many REAL books any of the 3 have ever read for pleasure /education??

    • VJ says:

      Kids download books right on their tablets, kindles or nooks, whatever they have though they have their own literature tastes. Every generation has its own children’s literature. If we had Amazon back in the day, the most popular list would be a lot different. Comic books were really big when I was these kids’ ages.

    • jacobska says:

      @John, based upon their responses throughout the game they had a broad based knowledge on different topics. I would say that they have read quite a bit and have been taught quite a bit. Bright young people.

      • VJ says:

        Yeah, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is still on the NY Times Best Sellers list, even though it has been filmed. I believe an Artemis Fowl film is still in the works so Cerulean didn’t know about that from TV or movies.

      • john blahuta says:

        true. but remember what it is like to read a REAL book, to SMELL it, turn the pages..??
        tempora mutantur….

        • john blahuta says:

          and remember when they asked for the character in “to kill a mockingbird”? although i think the topic of that clue was a little too much for their age….would rather be something for a teen tournament.
          anyway, call me old fashioned and there are certainly advantages to have a book like “war and peace” on an Ebook. still,i would rather read a book while actually holding it, make notes , use the margin for it . as i said, old fashioned. young kids today probably wonder sometimes why peoploe ever bothered to print huge tomes and not just download it..as i said, times change. God knows what the way to read will be in , say, 50 years???

  6. Tom Clark says:

    When “making it a true Daily Double,” today’s winner asked, “Why not?”

    Answer to that coming right up:

    Because you might not know the answer, that’s why not.

    As in not knowing what 19th century kid in literature whitewashed the fence.*

    When you’re in the lead, why bet it all? Why not bet half? You’ll still be admired far and wide if you answer correctly, but you won’t be thought a total fool if you don’t answer correctly.

    But he was lucky, so he didn’t learn a lesson. We unlucky folk learn lessons.

    *Has Tom Sawyer’s fame really diminished that much? Even as a kid (admittedly over half a century ago), it seems we all knew about Tom Sawyer and that fence.

    • VJ says:

      idk, Tom. Seems to me that unless the kids have someone in their family talking to them about the classics, that’s how it is. (Same with poetry.) Of course, a kid could have a teacher or friend who might spark their interest too. We’ve seen kids in the teen tournaments who were into classic lit.

      Not saying Mark Twain’s works would be a hard sell to today’s kids, though. Just recently, my granddaughter and I watched a remake of “The Prince and the Pauper,” called “Crossed Swords” It starred Mark Lester (the kid who played Oliver Twist in the movie musical) as the Prince and Tom Canty with Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Rex Harrison and Charlton Heston. Lester was just too old for the role and the critics were so harsh, he quit acting. I thought it would be better for her to see the color one, but I was wrong. So when I get my hands on the Errol Flynn one, we’ll watch that too.

    • john blahuta says:

      if i would get a dd in
      austria
      german (language)
      the habsburgs

      i would make it atrue dd, no matter what.

  7. jacobska says:

    Wow! Gutsy move by Cerulean on his “I’ll bet it all” wager of $11,000. Good game by all 3 players.

    My prediction of a triple solve on fj was way off. Can’t knock their choices though in fj. These are clearly smart kids. Being originally from NY I’m not surprised at Cerulean’s competitive spirit. can’t help but like this kid’s spunk.

    • VJ says:

      My youngest used to watch the 90s Barney sometimes. I totally forgot about him. Must be a purple dinosaur mental block. LOL

  8. Riley haase says:

    Will Harter was a cutie on your show