Final Jeopardy: Famous Last Names

The Final Jeopardy question (12/29/2015) in the category “Famous Last Names” was:

The first woman space shuttle pilot shares this surname with a man on the 1st manned lunar landing 26 years earlier.

New champ Patricia Franco won $16,401 in yesterday’s match. Today her opponents are: Camille Hooper, from Port St. Lucie, FL; and Ashley Wilson, from Alexandria, VA.

Round 1: Camille found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “‘M’usic” under the $600 clue on the second pick of the round. She was the only one who had answered a clue and that was the $400 clue in the same category. She bet the $1,000 allowance, forgot the quotes around “M” and guessed “cantata.” That was WRONG.

Type of Renaissance vocal work for multiple voices heard here.


Ashley finished in the lead with $4,200. Patricia was second with $3,200 and Camille was last with negative $600.

Round 2: Camille found the first Daily Double in “World Literature” under the $800 clue. She was now in second place with $3,400, $2,000 less than Ashley’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Although best known for their fairy tales, these brothers were pioneers in creating a German dictionary. show

Camille found the last Daily Double in “The Scene in 1715” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $9,800, she now had $2,800 more than Ashley in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Jacobite Rebellion tried to put a member of this royal family back on the English throne but failed. show

Camille finished in the lead with $10,800. Ashley was next with $9,400 and Patricia was in third place with $2,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“When the space shuttle Columbia blasted off on July 23, 1999, pilot Eileen Collins became NASA’s first female shuttle commander.” (

Alex Trebek gave the surnames of the three Apollo 11 men and so did the players.

Patricia got it right but she didn’t bet anything so she remained at $2,600.

Ashley thought it was Aldrin. She bet and lost it all.

Camille came up with Armstrong. She bet $8,001 so she ended up winning the match with $2,799.

FJ Results: 12-29-15

Here’s another clue that produced 3 different answers from today’s player. Camille kicked off the second round with the $800 clue in “Epidemic” with the “Epi” in quotations. The clue was “It’s from the Greek for ‘upon a tomb’.” Patricia said epigraph, Camille said epigram and Ashley got it with epitaph.

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “19th Century Vice Presidents”

Woodrow Wilson said this man had enough genius to be immortal & “unschooled passion enough to have made him infamous.” show

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19 Responses

  1. Joann kuehmstedt says:

    Wow, I can’t believe they brought that chick back….even if Collins was orbiting the moon, the question was what was the womans last name and it was not Aldrin! Lol
    But it was ok a few months ago, when Trebecs boy Matt wagered 5000 and they only deducted 5 dollars and in final jeopardy he would have lost, nothing was ever said about his boy, and he went on to win more games, but thank GOD he lost the tourney!
    I hope she loses tomorrow!

  2. Berob says:

    But the category is Famous Last Names – Eileen COLLINS is the first female shuttle pilot. Neither Armstrong nor Aldrin are correct!

    • Clark K says:

      That’s what they get for trying to be clever. They should have made the category “Famous Women” and just asked for the first female space shuttle pilot.

  3. Zach Woolsey says:

    Is it just me or does this season’s gameplay seem a bit…underwhelming to say the least?

  4. Nullifidian says:

    That first Daily Double was the worst Jeopardy question I’ve ever seen. There was literally NO WAY to guess the intended answer. You would either have to recognize the piece, which is impossible even for me who spent years studying music, or you would have to recognize the language, possibly translate it, immediately recognize the subject as a secular one (as that’s the only distinction between a madrigal and other Renaissance choral works). Good luck with that. There’s nothing but the secular nature of the lyric that makes a madrigal what it is. “Motet, “Mass”, etc. would have been equally applicable possible answers from the music alone.

    • Tom A. says:

      I actually had “madrigal.” It would have been my guess even before the audio from the wording.

      • Nullifidian says:

        My objection isn’t people can’t guess madrigal, but that people cannot know the answer from the clue. The Renaissance was incredibly rich in vocal music, much of it in forms that began with the letter “m”. It’s not a defense of the clue to point out that you can guess the correct answer, because my objection is that you HAVE TO guess.

        • Nullifidian says:

          Of course, looking over my comment, I see what you were responding to, and yes, I shouldn’t have used the word “guess”, but something else like “infer”. My bad.

        • EricS says:

          Or “deduce”, but your honesty is refreshing. Thank you for that and the avi: great Banksy.

  5. aaaa says:

    Haven’t seen an Audio Daily Double on the show in some time, they were fixtures of the show in the 80s and 90s.

  6. aaaa says:

    39/54 here

  7. VJ says:

    Can’t see any reason for them to substitute a DD for the FJ clue on CotD on this one so maybe they are going to start showing random clues instead of just FJ on there.

    Also can’t see any reason for Ashley to return on Thursday like they still have her on their website so it must just be a mistake.

    • VJ says:

      Oh, wait, I missed Trebek’s announcement about them inviting Ashley back. I don’t even have the whole thing he said on my recording – just this much:

      “Our bad, folks. Today’s FJ should have referred to the entire Apollo 11 mission rather than to just the lunar landing part of it. We feel that Ashley might have been disadvantaged and so we have invited her….”

      so yeah, now I see a reason for her to come back on Thursday.

      • jacob ska says:

        Perhaps Ashley said to the Jeopardy staff, something they should have already known, that Collins never landed on the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin set foot on the moon and not Collins.

        Sloppy clue writing. Having said that this was a lackluster game anyway. Pathetic.

        • VJ says:

          LOL, all in all, very strange! The champ gets it right but loses the game because (my guess) she thought she’d have a good shot at that extra $1,000 by betting zero. But if she had bet it all, she would have won and both Ashley and Camille would be coming back. It will be a riot if Ashley wins Thursday’s game.

          Either way, she still gets today’s third prize, doesn’t she?

      • Flaneur says:

        I wonder if the champ was hoping the two big-score players would wager huge and get the question wrong (obviously) and she would have a shot at winning (even if her answer were wrong). But the math didn’t quite work — close though. Maybe she’s not a math wonk. Best to you and yours.

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  8. William Weyser says:

    Patricia! Why did you do that? We haven’t had a repeat champion since Claudia Corriere left on Monday of last week because of some job acceptance that she had to take advantage of, and I was hoping that you would be the 1st repeat champion since that happened, but, Oh well, it is what it is.

  9. EricS says:

    Sorry Ashley, but yet another example of it not always being best for the player in second to bet everything. Here, the person in second should look at two things: take the lead on a correct answer and lock the player in third completely out. Clearly, anywhere in the range of 1401 to 4199 qualifies.