Final Jeopardy: The Decorative Arts

The Final Jeopardy question (12/1/2016) in the category “The Decorative Arts” was:

In the early 1700s in Dresden, King Augustus locked up a chemist until he found how to make this product dubbed “white gold”.

4x champ Justin Bender is now up to $62,401 in winnings and there he is on the ToC list. Will he take 3 giant steps to the 5x winner spot today? He’s got to defeat these challenger first: Asim Modi, from San Francisco, CA; and Kylie Carrithers, from Terre Haute, IN
Round 1 Categories: U.S. City Nicknames – Criminal Choices – Shakespearean Shorties – The TV Business – Crossword Clues “G” – The Age of Whaling

Asim found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “U.S. City Nicknames” under the $1,000 clue on the 12th pick of the round. He was in the hole for $400, $1,600 less than Kylie’s lead. He bet $800 and he was RIGHT.

“The Fountain of Youth” city. show

Justin finished in the lead with $4,800. Kylie was second with $2,600 and Asim was in the hole for $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: Building Big – We’ve Got Chemistry – Joel – “Rock” It to Me – War! – Almost Before & After

Asim found the first Daily Double in “War!” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. He was in the hole for $200 at this point, $5,000 behind Justin’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

1904-05: Russia vs. this country . show

Justin found the last Daily Double in “Joel” under the $1,200 clue on the 8th pick. In the lead with $4,000, he had $3,000 more than Kylie in second place. He bet $2,000 and took a guess with the Reichstag. That was WRONG.

From 1913 until his death in 1939, Joel Elias Spingarn was a prominent administrator of this organization. show

Justin finished in the lead with $9,600. Asim was next with $5,200. Kylie was in the hole for $1,400 so she was now out of the game.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Thessaly La Force wrote an interesting review of pottery expert Edward de Waal’s narrative history of porcelain, “The White Road: A Journey into Obsession” for The New Yorker. To put the pertinent parts in a nutshell for us: Johann Friedrich Böttger was imprisoned by King Augustus the Strong and ordered to make good on his claims that he could turn base metal into gold. Mathematician and physicist, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus supervised the alchemist. Many believe he is the one who actually came up with the formula to produce “white gold, valued for both its durability and delicacy, and also prized for its exotic origins.” Von Tschirnhaus died right after they made the first piece in 1708. Böttger got the credit, at least until he died in 1719. King Augustus went on to indulge in his “porcelain sickness,” collecting over 35,000 pieces until his death in 1733.

Also see 300 Years of Porcelain in Dresden and Meißen, with more info on the King’s vast collection.

Asim wrote down “porcelein,” an acceptable misspelling. He bet $5,199 bet. That brought him up to $10,399.

Justin thought it was gunpowder. He lost his $801 bet. That left him with $8,799, and made Asim the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (12/1/2016) Justin Bender, Kylie Carrithers, Asim Modi

Here are 2 stumpers from Round 2:

“ROCK” IT TO ME ($2000) The Righteous Brothers hit No. 3 in 1974 with this tune about a place with “a hell of a band” including Jimi, Janis & Otis

JOEL ($2000) In 1794 when this man was imprisoned in Paris, his friend poet Joel Barlow helped publish his work “The Age of Reason”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Toy Brands”

This product’s website has stated, “helping imagination take shape for over 50 years!” & “fun to (use), not to eat”. show

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16 Responses

  1. SG says:

    I wish they would explain contestant’s occupation when they have a unique one. Like yesterday, what the heck is an “Intensive English” teacher.

    • Bennett says:

      Meaning those teachers typically work with English learners. And/or fluent individuals who truly struggle with reading and writing.

  2. Anne says:

    I think “Kiting” would be an acceptable answer for check Forgery.

    • VJ says:

      Hi Anne, that really wasn’t a great clue. According to, there are 4 types of check fraud (forgery, paperhanging, kiting, counterfeiting & alteration). Check fraud was the response Kylie gave and I think that should have been accepted. I don’t think they gave enough info to pinpoint the actual charge. Here’s the clue with a link to a bit about the incident on the NYT.

      CRIMINAL CHOICES ($1000) Want it in 20s? In 2008 a Texas man was charged with this fraudulent act after trying to cash a check for $360 billion

  3. lou says:

    well this was a bad game but still justin will be in the tournament of champions since he won 4 games. still though despite a few bad rounds, justin was wise not to bet everything dont you agree vj? When fred played his 4 game run back in january of this year he won 65000 what was the difference in the total win between fred and justin

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    This is an ugly goddarn game!

  5. VJ says:

    Gunpowder, eh? Well, that blew up my prediction. lol. (as a play on words, that’s almost, but not quite. as bad as those Almost Before & After clues!)

    LINK I put that category up plus 8 more clues

    • rhonda says:

      What an atrocious category that was, I don’t know why Asim kept choosing it.

      • jacob ska says:

        Glad I’m not the only one who thought that category was horrible.

      • VJ says:

        Well the story behind the porcelain was interesting to me. After 5 years of supervising and working with this alchemist, von Tschirnhaus “suddenly” drops dead right after the goal is achieved. Hmmm. And only 57 years old. Böttger only made it to age 37 himself.

  6. Dalton Higbee says:

    Justin should’ve won this game because it looked like he was going to win.