Final Jeopardy: Presidential Homes

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/27/2017) in the category “Presidential Homes” was:

Originally called Rural Retreat, this 19th century presidential home has a name that’s a synonym for “retreat”

New champ Ami Li won $14,200 yesterday. In Game 2, she faces these two challengers: Sarah Walsh, from Rockville,, MD; and Kevin Foley, from Mount Sinai, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Killing Gary Oldman – Rhyme Time Fashion – Historic Dates – I Got 3 I’s on You – Hodgepodge – If the Bees Went Away…

Ami found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Historic Dates” under the $600 clue on the 15th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $3,000, $1,200 more than Kevin in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

American patriots dressed as Mohawks for this festive event on December 16, 1773. show

Ami finished in the lead with $7,600. Sarah was second with $5,000 and Kevin was last with $4,400.

Round 2 Categories: Hip-Hop & R&B 2017 – Shakespeare in the Park – Around the Pacific – Translate the Language – Time for Seconds – The Importance of Being Ernest

Sarah found the first Daily Double in “Shakespeare” under the $1,200 clue on the 9th pick. SHe was in third place with $5,000 at this point, $3,400 less than Kevin’s lead. SHe made it a true Daily Double and drew a blank so she was WRONG.

This pastoral place is the setting for most of “As You Like It” show

Kevin found the last Daily Double in “Translate the Language” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. In the lead with $11,200, he had $7,600 more than Ami in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

Islenska. show

Kevin finished in the lead with a runaway $15,200. Ami was next with $4,400 and Sarah was in third place with $800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Shortly before resigning as a Superior Court judge in Tennessee, Andrew Jackson purchased the property that became the Hermitage on July 5, 1804 from one Nathaniel Hays for $3,400. On’s list of 10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Hermitage No. 2 says no one knows why Jackson changed the name from Rural Retreat, but he was far from the first to take a liking to the name “Hermitage.” On Wikipedia’s Hermitage disambiguation page, there are several that predate Jackson’s final choice of a name for his home.

See for a state-by-state list of presidential birthplaces, houses and libraries.

Sarah thought it was Peacefield, home of the Adamses. She bet and lost it all.

Ami got it right. Her $4,399 bet brought her up to $8,799.

Kevin got it right, too. He bet $800, bringing him up to an even $16,000 as he became the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (12/27/2017) Ami Li, Kevin Foley, Sarah Walsh

2 triple stumpers from Round 2:

AROUND THE PACIFIC ($1200) If Lennon played the second-largest Japanese city, it’d be the Ballad of John & this

TIME FOR SECONDS ($400) “On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep” begins the second verse of this patriotic song

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Scientists”

Best known for his theories about planetary orbits, in 1604 he became the first to explain how eyeglasses correct vision. show

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7 Responses

  1. mimsy says:

    I was happy that they got to all the Daily Doubles today!

  2. Lou says:

    I was hoping that ami would have won her second game but since we are almost ending 2017, let’s hope there is a four or five time winner in January 2018, VJ. Also, how did these guys not know the second lightest abundant element, VJ? If they were chemistry majors, I can understand. Plus which other presidents have resided in the heritage after their presidency ended?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I didn’t link directly to the Hermitage website in the recap because the fellow who wrote the 10 Things post did and I thought his list was interesting. He had just visited there and it reflects his immediate impressions. Anyhow, on the Hermitage site, the curator has a post telling how Jackson’s son, AJ, Jr., inherited the home, squandered his inheritance and sold the Hermitage to the State of Tennessee. All very interesting, with pictures.

  3. VJ says:

    The players seemed to be more afraid of the Hip Hop & R&B category than the Ernest one, though I think they probably would have made out better if they stayed with it.

    I was sad to see that the popularity of “Sixteen Tons,” a genuine classic, has waned to that extent. Boo hoo!

    LINK: 10 more clues from the match

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