Final Jeopardy: Little Countries

The Final Jeopardy question (12/21/2016) in the category “Little Countries” was:

It’s the closest nation to the mainland U.S. where cars customarily drive on the left.

6x champ Cindy Stowell winnings rose to $103,803 as she achieved superchamp status. Today her challengers are: Jennifer Johnson, from Chicago, IL; and Sam Scovill, from Oklahoma City, OK.

Round 1 Categories: Here Comes Santa Claus – Working Women – Rhymin’ Simon? – Where – Your Heart – On Your Sleeve

Cindy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Where” under the $800 clue, 2 clues after the chat. She was in second place with $400, $3,200 less than Sam’s lead. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

In Beijing, 178 walled-in acres, home to 24 emperors. show

Sam finished in the lead with $4,400. Cindy was second with $4,000 and Jennifer was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: Built Like a Greek God – 3-Word Book Summary – ____ the ____ – Pardon My French – 1895 – The Del-Tones

Sam found the first Daily Double in “____ the ____” under the $800 clue on the 7th pick. He was in a tie with Jennifer at this point. They had $4,800 each, $400 more than Cindy in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

To do this provides little sustenance for the amount of mastication which may be why it refers to idle chatter. show

5 clues later, Sam found the last Daily Double in “3-Word Book Summary” under the $800 clue. In second place with $6,200, he had $1,800 less than Jennifer in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

1878: Vronsky. Train. Oops. show

Sam finished in the lead with $11,600. Cindy was next with $10,400 and Jennifer was in third place with $9,600.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Most of the islands of the Caribbean retain the British custom of driving on the left. However, the clue narrows it down to nations, and also wants to know the closest one to the United States. Here is a link to World Standards list of left- & right-driving countries. (Don’t go by the map!)

As the crow flies: has a quiz on the 22 nations closest to the USA, “not counting overseas territories of the US or other countries,” though one overseas department got in there.

Jennifer bet $2,002, bringing her up to $11,602.

Cindy bet $8,801, finishing with $19,201.

Sam bet $10,401 so he won the match with $22,001 and that makes him the new Jeopardy! champ. Congrats to Sam on his win.

In the intro, Alex Trebek said that Cindy’s life ambition was to appear on Jeopardy! and win over $100,000, adding “She’s done that.” As we all know, she was battling Stage IV cancer at the time her games taped. It took her life on December 5th before her shows aired. As sad as it is, Cindy was truly a stellar champion, who inspired many. She donated her Jeopardy! winnings to cancer research.

Final Jeopardy (12/21/2016) Cindy Stowell, Sam Scovill, Jennifer Johnson

These 2 triple stumpers were in the “1895” category:

($1600) Oscar Wilde withdrew his libel case against this nobleman but the publicity led to his own conviction for “gross indecency”

($2000) These brothers showed their first movie to a public audience at the Grand Cafe

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Oscar-Winning Actresses”

With a total of 5 wins, they’re the only 2 Best Actress winners who were known professionally by the same last name. show

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13 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Jeopardy! has a video on its Facebook that has already had close to a million views with Cindy telling her own story. It’s also on youtube (though that one is a little shaky), and there is some additional footage on a article.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Cindy Stowell will live forever in the hearts of Jeopardy fans. She has shown us what real courage is all about. RIP Cindy. ♥

  3. Cece says:

    What a run, Cindy! I bow to you. I bet you rode the magic carpet straight to heaven—‘cause you’re magical. Rip, heroine extraordinaire.

  4. hanovermaui says:

    It was appropriate that Alex commented at the close of the show tonight. I was hoping that they (Merv Griffin LLC) might make a donation to The Cancer Society in her name since she won’t be able to participate in ToC. Anyone else feel the same?

  5. lou says:

    Cindy was a stellar champion to win 100k. Congrats. but she will be remembered for her bravery and courage, not to mention her determination. she has inspired us all. Congrats Cindy.

  6. VJ says:

    Andy’s hint on Spoiler Talk this morning was right “on the money” LOL!

    I will put Cindy on the ToC list to honor her achievement. I have so much admiration for her. I read that she was on painkillers and fighting a blood infection. Yet her determination was so strong, she played each game to win. Jacob gave her a very fitting tribute when he said “what a fighter!”

    LINK: 11 more clues from this match

    • rhonda says:

      Thanks for putting her on the ToC list, she was most definitely a champion in so many ways. I am in awe of the courage, poise, and determination that she showed.

  7. patty1930 says:

    Yes, indeed, Ms. Stowell was a stellar champion and an inspiration.