Final Jeopardy: Historic World Buildings

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/1/2017) in the category “Historic World Buildings” was:

Rome’s Colosseum may have gotten its name because of a colossal circa 65 A.D. statue of this Emperor erected nearby.

New champ Lisa Kristina won $15,900 yesterday. Today she is up against these two players: Melissa Fall, from Los Angeles, CA; and Tal Kedem, from New York, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Thrillers & Mysteries – Beastly Glossary – 3 Consecutive Vowels – U.S. Landmarks – Fitness – New Game Versions

Tal found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Fitness” under the $800 clue, with 7 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $6,400, twice as much as Lisa in second place. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT.

To improve balance, try this ancient exercise with a Chinese name that means “supreme ultimate fist”. show

Tal finished in the lead with $9,200. Lisa was second with $5,600 and Melissa was last with $200.

Round 2 Categories: Czechnology – Painters on Film – “Common” Knowledge – That Island Is Ours! – Down Home Talk – Medieval Folks Who Could Write

Tal found the first Daily Double in “Painters on Film” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. He was in the lead with $10,000 at this point, $4,000 more than Lisa in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This 1952 study of Toulouse-Lautrec bears the name of the burlesque hall where he spent a lot of time. show

Tal got the last Daily Double in “That Island is Ours!” under the $1,600 clue. Only one clue was left after it. In the lead with $22,000, he had $6,800 more than Lisa in second place. He bet $2,000 and thought it was France. That was WRONG.

Elba. show

The round ended there and Tal finished in the lead with $20,000. Lisa was next with $15,200 and Melissa was in third place with $3,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


According to historic records, the Greek architect Zenodorus designed the colossal statue of Nero built near the end of his reign (54-68 AD). The Flavians changed it into a statue of the sun god and moved it closer to their new amphitheatre, the Colosseum. In 2015, Roger Pearse (editor of the Tertullian Project) put together a fascinating pictorial history with a depiction of the statue, all well worth viewing, when he learned that “the base on which it stood still existed well into the 20th century” and “was demolished by Mussolini, in the course of constructing the Via del foro imperiali.”

Melissa thought it was Caesar. She bet and lost everything.

Lisa got it right. Her $5,000 bet brought her up to $20,200.

Tal came up with Augustus. He lost $10,401, landing him in second place with $9,599. Lisa remains the Jeopardy! champ with a 2-day total of $36,100

Final Jeopardy (12/1/2017) Lisa Kristina, Tal Kedem , Melissa Fall

Reversal ($200) In “The Woman in Cabin 10”, a travel writer on assignment on one of these hears a possible murder – They wanted cruise ship but took Tal’s ocean liner during the chat. He gained $400.

These 2 triple stumpers were in “Medieval Folks Who Could Write” in the last round:

($1200) Many Chinese could; the Tang Dynasty has left us about 50,000 of these in forms such as lushi & jueju

($1600) Despite its title, this saint’s “Summa Contra Gentiles” was partly meant as an argument against Jews

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Religion in America”

The Dakotas and Minnesota are the 3 states with the largest % of residents identifying as this denomination. show

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4 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    I heard of nero, and there is a fact that the colosseum could seat 50000 people right VJ? Also what did Nero do during his time as the emperor of Rome? Did he take the throne after ceaser s death or before that?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, here’s a link to a sort of funny video about the Roman emperors and how they died. They start with Augustus who came after Caesar. It’s not that long but they do have documentaries on the topic over there, if you’re interested.

      LINK: 11 more clues from this match

      • Lou says:

        Thanks VJ, much appreciated my friend. Also, Its a shame that the Pretorian guards kept killing the emperors and replacing them with new ones during their reign in the Roman times. But I am glad that they are disbanded by Constantine afterwards. Besides, I could see why the Romans hated the pretorians so much, don’t you agree, VJ?

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