Final Jeopardy: World War II

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/19/2017) in the category “World War II” was:

The book “From the Volcano to the Gorge” tells the story of this World War II battle.

New champ Kate O’Connor won $21,000 yesterday. In her second game, her opponents are: Jordan Garroway, from Rochester, NY; and Lisa Beth Davis, from Altadena, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Christmas Movies With Leonard Maltin – Sounds Like a Liquor Brand – American History – First Ladies of the World – “Social” – Security! –

Lisa Beth found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “First Ladies of the World” under the $600 clue on the 8th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,600 when she found it. Then she got dinged for $1,200 on a reversal (see below). That put her in third place with $400 with Kate and Jordan tied in the lead at $800 each. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

“Destilando Amor” & “Huracan” are telenovelas featuring Angélica Rivera de Peña, First Lady of this country. show

Jordan finished in the lead with $6,800. Kate was second with $2,400 and Lisa Beth was last with $1,800. Another reversal (also below) brought her down to $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: The City of Nicknames – More Than One Meaning – Microbiota – Dead Men Tell Some Tales – Angels in America – “Hope”Ful Entertainment

Jordan found the first Daily Double in “Dead Men” under the $800 clue on the 17th pick. He was in the lead with $8,000 at this point, $800 more than Kate in second place. He bet $1,000 and took a guess with “Death of a Salesman.” That was WRONG.

The stage manager says “Doc Gibbs died in 1930”, but a minute later the doc is chatting away in this play show

Lisa Beth found the last Daily Double in “Angels in America” under the $800 clue, with 7 clues left after it. In third place with $5,400, she had $1,800 less than Kate’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

Angels in America Daily Double (Jeopardy! 12-19-17)
Here’s this group of
the United States Navy
doing its thing with
precision and grace.

Kate finished in the lead with $9,600. Jordan was next with $7,400 and Lisa Beth was in third place with $6,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“From the Volcano to the Gorge” was published by Tower Publishing on 3/1/2011, 66 years after the Battle of Iwo Jima that began on 2/19/1945. It contains the first-person narratives of Howard N. McLaughlin Jr and Raymond C. Miller, “two Marines who landed on the beaches on the first day of the invasion and took part in the grinding combat to the bitter end.” It is unique in that the authors did not know each other and began writing their recollections as private memoirs for their families. One hope of the publisher was that it would encourage other Iwo Jima veterans to preserve their memories. See a review on the Marine Corps. Association website

Lisa Beth got it right. She bet it all and finished with $13,600.

Jordan thought it was Etna. He lost $6,200 and was left with $1,200.

Kate got it right, too. She bet it all, too, so she won the game with $19,200. She is now a 2-day champ now with $40,200.

Final Jeopardy (12/19/2017) Kate O'Connor, Lisa Beth Davis, Jordan Garroway

Reversals: AMERICAN HISTORY ($600) First performed in 1897, this musical work was designated the official march of the United States in 1987 – The judges nixed Lisa Beth’s “Stars & Stripes” response after Alex accepted it and supplied the “Forever” himself

CHRISTMAS MOVIES WITH LEONARD MALTIN ($400): “I found the laughs mild & sparse in this reworking of ‘A Christmas Carol’ starring Bill Murray as a venal TV executive” – Lisa Beth left the “d” off “Scrooged”

A triple stumper from each round:

SOUNDS LIKE A LIQUOR BRAND ($1000) Australian wilderness grain-grinding buildings

DEAD MEN TELL SOME TALES ($2000) The dead Leon, son of Kilgore Trout, recounts this author’s 1985 “Galapagos”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “The Ancient World”

Dedicated to a female, it’s among the few of the 7 Ancient Wonders whose ruins you can visit. show

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5 Responses

  1. Sally says:

    I thought the question involving words meaning the same thing to be in error if I heard it correctly. The word “pall” was explained as a coffin or casket. It is the covering put over the casket, usually in a religious service.
    Did anyone else notice?

    • VJ says:

      You heard it correctly, Sally. It said: “A coffin, or the gloomy feeling that comes upon you as it’s being carried”

      maybe the person who wrote that clue thought that because the people that carry the coffin are called pallbearers, the coffin itself is a pall.

  2. Lou says:

    There is a famous iwo Jima memorial in Washington DC. I think you might remember it right? Also what other locations have the iwo jima memorial, VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I know there’s one in Harlingen, Texas, though I have never been there. The Marine Military Academy there has the original model for the statue that is in D.C.

      LINK: 8 more clues from the match

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    Bad scores after Double Jeopardy!.

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