Final Jeopardy: The Civil War

The Final Jeopardy question (12/27/2016) in the category “The Civil War” was:

Made from a boiler at a Mobile, Ala. machine shop, it was deemed a success though it went down off Charleston 3 times.

New champ Stephanie Schlatter won $13,201 yesterday. Today is her 2nd game and her opponents are: Hallie Boston, from Dorchester, MA; and Colin Utley, from New Orleans, LA.

Round 1 Categories: Our Own Shakespearean Rhymes – Working on the Railroad – From the Japanese – Give a Fig – The 1700s – The Musical “R”Tist

Colin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The 1700s” under the $800 clue with 8 clues still to go after it. He was in third place with $800, $4,000 less than Stephanie’s lead. He bet the $1,000 allowance and thought it was Denmark. That was WRONG.

Reigning from 1701 to 1713 Frederick I was this kingdom’s first king, his grandson was a “great one” show

Hallie finished in the lead with $5,000. Stephanie was second with $3,800 and Colin was last, in the hole for $600.

Round 2 Categories: Who Was That Masked Man? – Physics – From “S” to “W” – Sculpture – Scandinavian Cities – A Fond Farewell to the 114th Congress

Stephanie found the first Daily Double in “Scandinavian Cities” under the $1,200 clue on the 14th pick. She was in second place with $6,200 at this point, $1,600 behind Hallie’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Norwegian Olympic Museum is in this small town. show

Colin found the last Daily Double in “Masked Man” under the $2,000 clue, with 9 clues left after it. In third place with $1,800, he had $8,000 less than Stephanie’s lead. He bet the $2,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

When this villain was introduced in a 1948 issue of Detective Comics, he was nicknamed “The Prince of Puzzles” show

Stephanie finished in the lead with $9,800. Hallie was next with $7,000 and Colin was in third place with $6,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Confederate submarine, H.L. Hunley, is called “The World’s First Successful Combat Submarine” on Friends of the Hunley, a non-profit website dedicated to helping preserve both the submarine and its history. The Hunley was successful in sinking the Union screw sloop-of-war, the Housatonic, on February 17, 1864, but it also sank and was lost until its recovery in 1995. Through its 2 test runs and its final mission, the Confederacy suffered more fatalities than the Union. Its namesake and inventor, Horace L. Hunley, died in its second test run in 1863.

See more Jeopardy! clues on the Hunley on J-Archive.

Alex Trebek let 2 of the players know they were wrong right away, by saying: “There are 2 famous names that would come to mind and if you went for one of those, you’d be wrong, unfortunately.”

Colin had one — the Monitor. He lost his $6,598 bet, leaving him with $2.

Hallie wrote down the cotton gin. She lost $1,601 and finished with $5,399.

Stephanie had the other — the Merrimack. She lost $4,199. The $5,601 she had left won the match. So Stephanie remained champ with a 2-day total of $18,802.

Final Jeopardy (12/27/2016) Stephanie Schlatter, Hallie Boston, Colin Utley

A triple stumper from each round:

THE MUSICAL “R”TIST ($1000) “Love is the Drug”

SCANDINAVIAN CITIES ($2000) Whale & Reindeer are on the menu in Longyearbyen, capital of this Norwegian island group also known as Spitsbergen

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Royals”

He was the last English monarch to die in battle. show

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14 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Just FYI — that is a very interesting page I linked to on that “Scandinavian Cities” Longyearbyen clue near the end of the recap. One of the facts says that it’s against the law to be buried there!

  2. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    None of the wagers made sense to me.

    • S. Voyager says:

      And the reason for that was that none of them made any sense. The worst was Stephanie’s since it was enough to lose by a dollar if Hallie had been right and bet everything. What an odd bet. As was Colin’s since he wins if he bets $0. All in all a discouraging set of wagers.

  3. Alfred Robert Hogan says:

    The cotton gin was invented/perfected by Eli Whitney in the 1790s. Thank you so much for your hard work in posting these detailed descriptions so quickly!

  4. Tim Baughman says:

    Fuel was said wrong for locomotives making stops to take on water, but water IS the fuel for a steam locomotive–taking on water is taking on fuel.

    • VJ says:

      @Tim. This wikipedia article refers to the places the clue called “tank towns” as “water stops” and colloquially, “jerkwater towns.” It says the water was for the boiler and they picked up the fuel (coal) too sometimes, so I guess the water was indeed part of the fuel system.

      • Tim Baughman says:

        Thanks. I guess they worked together– coal was the fuel that heated the fuel — water–to steam, to drive the train. I thought they should have given it to her.

        • It was pretty obviously water… Steam engines needed a lot of it, not for fuel, so much as to keep them from running out of water and exploding.

        • Tim Baughman says:

          I agree water was the better answer, but steam engines needed it as fuel. It was the steam–the water–that turned the wheels. Steam engines–steam locomotives–are powered by steam.

  5. aaaa says:

    Stephanie wagered $2 less than the expected wager from the lead. Colin overwagered for sure. 44/60

  6. lou says:

    this match was just like justin bender’s first game where he got one final jeopardy question wrong but still retained the lead. Also the cotton gin has nothing to do with the civil war so i dont know where hallie got that from. Vj the cotton gin has to be before the civil war started right?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, maybe it was more like Justin’s second match (11-28-16), where nobody got FJ right. In his first match (11-25-16), he didn’t get FJ but he had a runaway. And yes, the cotton gin was in use well before the Civil War in the USA– there are many articles out there on how the cotton gin actually contributed to the Civil War.

      LINK: 15 more clues from this match