Final Jeopardy: Western Hemisphere Geography

The Final Jeopardy question (12/16/2016) in the category “Western Hemisphere Geography” was:

The 2 Central American nations that border only one ocean

3x champ Cindy Stowell has now won $39,600. In her 4th game, her challengers are: Michael Rollins, from Frisco, TX; and Erin Williams, from St. Louis, MO.

Round 1 Categories: Opposites – Songs on TV – Unusual Attractions – December Holidays – Gasoline – Fill “E_R” Up

Erin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “December Holidays” under the $600 clue, with 11 clues still to go. In second place with $3,200, she had $400 less than Cindy’s lead. She bet $3,000 and thought it was the 1930s. That was WRONG.

It was the decade when Maulana Karenga (born Ron Everett) created Kwanzaa. show

Cindy finished in the lead with $5,400. Michael was second with $4,400 and Erin was last with $3,400.

Round 2 Categories: Countries’ Currencies – Trust the Science – Western Movies – The Abolitionist Movement – Numeric Words & Phrases – Women Who Write

Erin found the first Daily Double in “Women Who Write” under the $1,200 clue on the 12th pick. She was in third place with $5,800 at this point, $4,000 less than Cindy’s lead. She bet $3,000 and guessed Gloria Steinem. That was WRONG.

In 1964 this woman big into laissez-faire capitalism offered “The Virtue of Selfishness” show

Erin found the last Daily Double in “Numeric Words & Phrases” under the $1,200 clue. In second place with $6,800, she had $3,800 less than Cindy’s lead. She bet $3,000, and took a guess with Lakers ’89. That was WRONG.

The Lakers won championships in 1987 & ’88, so before the next season, Pat Riley trademarked this. show

Cindy finished in the lead with $15,400. Michael was next with $11,200 and Erin was in third place with $5,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


This video doesn’t really address the borders of the Central American countries, but it does highlight them as it names them so you can see Belize’s only shoreline is on the Caribbean Sea, and El Salvador’s is on the Pacific Ocean, and you can also learn how to sing the Central American countries muy rapido.

Erin bet it all and finished with $10,800.

Michael bet $8,800, bringing him up to $20,000.

Cindy bet $7,001 so she won today’s match with $22,401. Her 4-day total is $62,001.

Final Jeopardy (12/16/2016) Cindy Stowell, Erin Williams, Michael Rollins

These triple stumpers are from the last round:

WESTERN MOVIES ($2000) Audie Murphy played Tom Destry in 1954’s “Destry”; oddly, this film with Jimmy Stewart in the role came 15 years earlier

THE ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT ($2000) This 3-named abolitionist crusader published a Boston newspaper called The Liberator

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “International Motoring”

One of the 3 European Union countries besides the United Kingdom that have not switched to driving on the right. show

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21 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    I was surprised by the triple solve in FJ. On Latin America? Tough break there on Erin’s 3 wrong DD responses—geez!

    I hope Hollywood is not thinking about Cindy’s story…

    Even though I’m abstaining from watching her games, I hope she plays on—all week.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    Why was Sports Jeopardy preempted on December 14 2016?

  3. aaaa says:

    Michael should have wagered less than $400 to lock Erin out of winning and to win if Cindy gets FJ! wrong.

  4. Ken Brown says:

    The cat was waiting for the “Feline and Furry” category.

  5. VJ says:

    @Jacob, so glad you enjoyed the video. I thought it was great myself!

    @everyone, I’ve got 12 more clues from the match up now, including the currencies category, even though I am miffed that they didn’t give the metical a clue yet. (Just kidding) LINK

  6. Jamil says:

    She passed away before these episodes aired

  7. Leena says:

    Would Cindy be able to compete in the ToC because she taped 3 months before she died, I think.

  8. Dalton Higbee says:

    Jeopardy preempted here in Orlando FL due to sports!

    • VJ says:

      I missed a part of the first round today because of President Obama’s news conference. It ended at 3:06 actually, but the reporters had to talk about it some more. Then much to my dismay, The Ellen Show came on in progress, which meant I had it on the wrong channel. LOL!!

      Luckily the DVR was recording Jeopardy on the right channel, or I would have missed that first DD.

      • rhonda says:

        Oh, dear, I’m sorry that you missed part of the first round. Having it on the wrong channel is something that I’ve done, too. And you won’t believe this but I missed part of the first round tonight because my dog sat on the remote and changed the channel. I didn’t even realize she was sitting on it. at first, I wondered what happened to the station!

  9. aaaa says:

    Cindy’s strongest game of the week probably. She’s on the TofC tracker, and a win on MOnday would certainly give her a berth in it. The shows she was in this week taped August 31st, next week’s shows tape September 13th.

  10. Dalton Higbee says:

    I wonder when the 2017 Tournament of Champions tapes, could be airing May or even November 2017.

  11. jacob ska says:

    Wow! Cindy was on a roll. A win Monday will have made her a 5-day champ.

    Love the video and the “más rápido.”

    VJ, congrats on getting fj. I thought only of the Pacific Ocean. Always thought of Belize as being off the Caribbean Sea. Never gave the Atlantic Ocean a thought. lol

  12. Dalton Higbee says:

    Finally a 4+time woman champ, but I think Philip Tiu will likely miss out on the Tournament of Champions. But can anyone know if Cindy Stowell officially qualifies for the next Tournament of Champions if she wins again on Monday?

    • jacob ska says:

      Dalton, I was wondering the same thing.

    • William Weyser says:

      Because Cindy died, I don’t think Cindy qualifies for next Tournament Of Champions, so Susan Cole is lucky, and I’m sure that this not true, but I’m hoping that the Tournament Of Champions will after the College Championship, because no one knows when the Teachers Tournament airs, and I want to see Philip Tiu in the Tournament Of Champions.