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.
WHAT IS NAMIBIA?
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.
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.”
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