Final Jeopardy: Historic Names

The Final Jeopardy question (12/11/2015) in the category “Historic Names” was:

The only time the Pope and the U.S. President shared a name ended when both died in this year.

3x champ Alex Maggio now has $63,401 to show for his performance so far. Today he is up against these two players: Brandon Haschke, from Sioux Falls, SD; and Katie Price, from Peabody, MA.

Round 1: Alex found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Fruits” under the $600 clue. He was in a tie for the lead with Brandon. They both had $2,400, $3,000 more than Katie who was in the hole. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

The Chinese gooseberry was renamed this by the New Zealanders. show

Alex finished in the lead with $3,400. Brandon was second with $1,600 and Katie was still at negative $600.

Round 2: Brandon found the first Daily Double in “Medieval Job Mart” under the $1,600 clue. He was in the lead with $4,000, $600 more than Alex in second place. He bet $3,000 and thought it was a barber. That was WRONG.

You started this job as a junior to a squire at 7 years of age; nice haircut! show

Katie found the last Daily Double in “Shakespeare’s Women Speak” under the $1,200 clue. She was now in the lead with $4,200, $400 more than Alex in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

“I never did offend you in my life; never loved Cassio but with such general warranty of Heaven as I might love. show

Katie finished in the lead with $14,000. Brandon was next with $1,400 and Alex was in third place with $600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS 1963?

Roman Catholic Pope John XXIII died of stomach cancer on June 3, 1963, 4.5 years after his papacy began. When elected pope in 1958, Angelo Roncalli was the first to select the papal name John in over 500 years. American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, TX. JFK was actually the fifth president named John if you count Calvin Coolidge, who dropped his given name.

Alex got it right. His $598 bet brought him up to $1,198.

Brandon also got it. He bet $200 and finished with $2,000.

Katie wrote down 1961. That only cost her $1,000 so she won the game with the $13,000 she had left.

FJ Results:12-11-15

In the first round, the clues in “Puns” weren’t exactly ringing bells with the players. Here’s the $1,000 clue: “These features on the mouth of a llama relative bring us close to the end of the world.” Brandon was the only one who got any right (2) in the category. Trebek had to explain that $1,000 clue. The commentary and ha-ha’s surely contributed to 3 clues being left on the board in that round.

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Health & Medicine 2013”

There’s news of the first lab test for this 10-letter condition the NIH calls the leading cause of disability for Americans 15 to 44. show

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11 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    Man what an annoying game! And one of them had to ruin a triple-solve on what looked like a kids week FJ.

    “Poultry in motion?” Really?…

    • VJ says:

      LOL on the poultry. As for FJ, the way I see it, at least she didn’t write down a joke answer. That would have been worse.

      • Cece says:

        And “Alpaca lips?” Y’know, I can see humor on most things but these puns…please writers, never again!

        I didn’t know the Pope’s birth name was Angelo—actually all I knew was that a pope named John died the same year as JFK. Why did he change his name to Giovanni? I think Pope Angelo has a nice ring to it. :)

        • VJ says:

          Here’s an online article that answers why they change their names. I thought it was because Christ changed Simon’s name to Peter myself.

          Since the USA had its first president, there have been 17 popes. 7 of them were named Pius. I remember the day Pius XII died. I was 7 years old and Sister Vincent de Paul, my 3rd grade teacher, was the bearer of the news. We had to stand up and pray for his eternal rest and resume our schoolwork. The day JFK died, I was 12 and I was in French class. My teacher, Miss Pormann, came in looking ghostly pale. I said to the kid sitting next to me, “I wonder who died.” Then she told us and sent us all home.

        • Cece says:

          So according to the article, they don’t have to, they just choose to. I guess Giovanni thought the name Angelo wasn’t Roman enough? Anyway, I like the name Pope Marcellus (the last one to use his birth name; interesting). Thanks for the link. :)

          Robin Williams in his hilarious act ‘Weapons of Self Destruction” talked about us having a Latin American Pope—- Pope Enrique-— with his samba nuns clad in little bikinis, dancing and singing “Come on back to the church.”. Side splitting. :)

        • VJ says:

          Well, I guess the decision not to go with one’s given name doesn’t just apply to names that sound like Roman gods. Jorge is the given name of Pope Francis. I can just imagine Robin Williams doing that routine with the Spanish pronunciation. Oy!

  2. Dalton says:

    So, no Ken Jennings’ run for Alex. Well maybe the next player.

    • VJ says:

      Dalton, I thought of you on this Name in Common clue that stumped the players

      The movie’s Trumbo
      English chemist John
      Politics’ Fred Thompson

  3. aaaa says:

    31/55 here. Came fairly close to a solo player FJ!, but not quite.

    • Richard Corliss says:

      Crap. I was hoping she be the single player in Final Jeopardy. That way she would come to the tournament of champions and be knocked out in the quarterfinals.

    • VJ says:

      Yep, Round 2 was quite the disaster for Brandon and esp Alex.

      At one point, there was this $1,600 clue in the 3-D category: A book parody of the Crawley family & their estate uses this word meaning “trampled upon” before “Abbey” in its title.

      Alex said “What is downtreaded– trodded– treaded.”

      Nobody else wanted to give it a try. LOL. Alex Trebek then said “Alex, we cut you a lot of slack on “Jeopardy!” but we do not usually allow our contestants to give three variations of downtrodden.”

      “Fair enough,” Alex replied.