Final Jeopardy: Countries of the World

The Final Jeopardy question (12/29/2016) in the category “Countries of the World” was:

Of the 5 countries with the lowest population density, this U.N. Member is the only one named for a desert.

New champ Justin Scace won $14,400 yesterday. In his second match, he is up against these two challengers: Nathalie Szilagyi, from Meriden, CT; and Mukund Marathe, from Montclair, NJ.

Round 1 Categories: The State Governed – Brands – The Soviet Union – “H. H.” – My Emmy-Winning Role – 4 Your Consideration

Nathalie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Soviet Union” under the $400 clue, 2 picks after the chat. She was in the lead with $4,000, $1,800 more than Justin and Mukund, tied in second place at $2,200. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

Following the Revolution, Lenin gave him a job as Commissar of Nationalities but might have come to regret it. show

Nathalie finished in the lead with $5,700. Justin was second with $5,000 and Mukund was last with $4,800.

Round 2 Categories: Nature Study – In the Dictionary – Saints Be Praised – Films With Short Titles – Their Original Names – “L”iterature

Mukund found the first Daily Double in “In the Dictionary” under the $1,600 clue on the 9th pick. He was in the lead with $9,600 at this point, $3,000 more than Justin in second place. He bet $1,000 and thought it was rime. That was WRONG.

Its definition as a burden is derived from a Coleridge poem. show

Justin found the last Daily Double in “Films with Short Titles” under the $1,600 clue. There were still 6 clues after it. He had 10,200, $2,400 less than Mukund’s lead when he found it, but there was a score correction (see reversal below). After that, Justin had $11,400, only $1,200 less than Mukund. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

This 2004 Best Picture nominee featured such tunes as “What’d I Say” & “I Got a Woman” show

Justin finished in the lead with $17,600. Mukund was next with $15,400 and Nathalie was in third place with $13,700.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


This video of the Top 10 Least Densely Populated Countries was put up 3 years ago by the Amazing Allan. Looking at current U.N. Statistics for 2016, (only UN members, of course), I found they are still the same, only the order has changed.

1. Mongolia
2. Namibia
3. Australia
4. Iceland
5. Suriname
6. Libya
7. Guyana
8. Canada
9. Mauritania
10. Botswana

There were 2 Jeopardy! clues this year on Namibia’s name, though they didn’t specify the Namib Desert for obvious reasons: 5/30/16: AFRICAN COUNTRIES ($800) It gets its “N”ame from its large coastal desert; and 7/15/16: INTO AFRICA ($1200) Once controlled by Germany, today this country bears the name of a desert found there.

Nathalie started off with Djibouti but changed to Saudi Arabia. She only bet $1,000, so she still had $12,700.

Mukund got it right. He bet $6,000 so that brought him up to $21,400.

Justin came up with Morocco. He lost $14,000, landing in third place with $3,600. So Mukund is the new Jeopardy! champ and Alex finally got his wish for a payday over $20K. “All right,” he said, “We have turned things around on the show.”

Final Jeopardy (12/29/2016) Justin Scace, Mukund Marathe, Nathalie Szilagyi

Reversal: SAINTS BE PRAISED ($1200) She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “On the Waterfront”, her very first feature film.
Eve Marie Saint was not accepted from Nathalie until the judges found a credit for Eva Marie Saint under that name, so she got $2400 back. Justin got the $1200 he lost on “Eve Saint Marie.” It was deemed an “it never happened” event.

A triple stumper from each round:

“H. H.” ($800) This product that debuted in the U.S. in 1958 was inspired by a piece of Australian physical education equipment

“L”ITERATURE ($1600) F. Scott Fitzgerald died with this fifth novel unfinished; he may have wanted the title to begin “The Love Of…”

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

Set to the song “You’ve Got Time”, a montage of real women who were incarcerated is in the opening credits of this series. show

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4 Responses

  1. don says:

    Was the “correct” answer “Namib?” Because. if I read the question correctly, the only country named for a desert is “Namibia.” N’est-ce pas?

    • VJ says:

      Hi Don, they were asking for the country that fit the rest of criteria. On that link to the current U.N. statistics in the recap, Western Sahara is on the left-hand drop down menu. It’s named for a desert and has a smaller population density (2.2) than Namibia, but it’s not a U.N. member

  2. aaaa says:

    51/61 here

  3. VJ says:

    So we learned that Trebek has been abducted by aliens today. Time might update their list of celebrities with close encounters if he doesn’t clear that up and say he was joking. LOL

    It didn’t end up making a difference in the outcome, but the judges find on the Eva Marie Saint clue was cool for Nathalie and Justin. There is only one “Eve Marie” listing on her IMDB profile and it had to be just a mistake because Eva Marie Saint is her real name.

    LINK: 9 more clues from this match