Final Jeopardy: Moons & Planets

The Final Jeopardy question (12/26/2016) in the category “Moons & Planets” was:

The name of this moon refers to the mythical group that its planet’s name belonged to.

Current champ Sam Scovill has won 3 games and $56,201 so far. Today he’s looking for Win No. 4. Here are his challengers, looking for Win No. 1: Stephanie Schlatter, from Toledo, OH; and Wren Allen, from Santa Fe, NM.

Round 1 Categories: Grand Marshals of the Rose Parade – Literary Terms – On “Edge” – Pick Your Battle – More Than an Athlete – You’re the Balm

Stephanie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Terms” under the $1,000 clue on the 14th pick of the round. She was in second place with $1,000, $400 less than Sam’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and took a shot with quip. That was WRONG.

It can mean a decorative border of vines or in literature, a short anecdote.
Jeopardy! Daily Double in Literary Terms (12/26/2016)

Wren finished in the lead with $5,400. Sam was second with $4,400 and Stephanie was last with $3,000.

Round 2 Categories: ‘Time”: The 1980s – Nonfiction – 4-Letter Words – Geographic Extremes – Birds in the Bible – Directed but Didn’t Star in

Sam found the first Daily Double in “Geographic Extremes” under the $800 clue on the 8th pick. He was in second place with $6,000 at this point, $600 less than Wren’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

The world’s northernmost national capital is this one that’s on an island. show

8 clues later, Sam found the last Daily Double in “Time: the 1980s” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $6,200 now, he had $2,800 more than Stephanie in second place. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT.

“The Odd Couple” on the July 25, 1988 cover was Texan Lloyd Bentsen & this man from Massachusetts. show

Stephanie finished in the lead with $7,000. Sam was next with $6,600 and Wren was out of the game at this point, $2,200 in the hole.

BOTH contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The name Titan, along with the names for all the seven major satellites of Saturn, were suggested by William Herschel’s son, John. In 1847, John Herschel published Results of Astronomical Observations Made at the Cape of Good Hope, in which he suggested that the moons be named after the mythological Titans – the brothers and sisters of Cronus, who is the Greek equivalent to Saturn.” (UniverseToday: Saturn’s Moon Titan)

I wouldn’t have been mixed up with the moons of Uranus if I had remembered this Final Jeopardy clue from last year.

Sam bet it all and doubled his score to $13,200.

Stephanie bet $6,201 and won the match with $13,201, a buck more than Sam. That makes her the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (12/26/2016) Sam Scovill, Wren Allen, Stephanie Schlatter

A triple stumper from each round:

NONFICTION ($1600) This 1-word title of “A Brief History of Humankind” comes from a scientific name & means “wise”

DIRECTED BUT DIDN’T STAR IN ($1600) In 2015, the non-Shakespearean “Cinderella”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Book Dedications”

The 1853 dedication of “12 Years a Slave” was to this woman author “whose name… is identified with The Great Reform”. show

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7 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    Funny that we both mixed up the moons of Uranus and Saturn, VJ. I didn’t remember last year’s final jeopardy clue at all.

  2. aaaa says:

    44/58, $9200 in triple stumpers.

  3. William Weyser says:

    I think the response that Sam left the S off was what cost Sam his 4th win.

  4. VJ says:

    This was quite an up and down game and, well, Sam was bound to lose sooner or later due to his low DD bets. I’ll have a look to see where he landed on the 3x list later.

    LINK: Meantime, here are 9 more clues from the match

  5. Dalton Higbee says:

    VJ, you forgot the scores before the second round.