Final Jeopardy: U.S. Legislation

The Final Jeopardy question (12/7/2015) in the category “U.S. Legislation” was:

The website for this ’60s Act says, “first look to see if the information you are interested in is already publicly available”.

New champ Jon Rossiter won $13,600 in last Friday’s game, going into FJ in third place and emerging the winner with the only correct response. Today he takes on these two players: Greg Johnson, from Marietta, GA; and Liz Fritz, from Spring Hill, KS.

Round 1: Greg found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literature” under the $800 clue on his first pick after the chat. He was in third place with $2,000, $800 less than Jon’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Rudyard’s father J. Lockwood Kipling illustrated this 1901 novel with a short title. show

Jon finished in the lead with $7,200. Greg was second with $5,200 and Liz was last with $3,800.

Round 2: Liz found the first Daily Double in “We’re on the Road to” under the $1,200 clue on the very first pick of the round so the scores were the same as above. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

…see the sights in this capital; we’ve left Mecca Highway & are now on the King Fahd Highway. show

Jon found the last Daily Double in “Pulling Rank” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $10,400, he had $400 less than Liz’s lead. He bet $3,000 and thought it was Edward III. That was WRONG.

This prince and would-be king ignored advisors & fought the 1746 Battle of Culloden Moor; ’twas not a bonnie choice. show

Liz finished in the lead with $12,000. Jon was next with $8,200 and Greg was in third place with $4,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The wording contained in the clue is on on the page entitled “How to Make an FOIA Request.

Greg got it right. He added $3,900 to his score and finished with $8,300.

Jon wrote down “The Eminent Domain Act.” That cost him $3,900 and left him with $4,300.

Liz also got it right. Her $4,401 bet brought her up to $16,401 and made her the new Jeopardy! champ.

2 years ago: Only ONE of the two players left to play this FJ got it in “U.S. Presidents”

Although born in the United States, he was the only president who spoke English as a second language. show

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12 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    I showed the Brookfield Zoo category to my granddaughter. She burst out laughing at the little penguin. I told her it was saying “hit the bricks, Jimmy.” Kudos to Jimmy for carrying on with the clue.

    $1,000 – On the red list of threatened species, the Humboldt penguin undergoes severe population fluctuations caused by this recurring oceanic event that brings unwanted warm air to its home on the West Coast of South America

    I would have been laughing my head off. I looked on their Facebook but they didn’t feature Squawky so here’s a link to the zoo’s spheniscus humboldti page :):)

    • Cece says:

      Leave it to South American Penguins! I was laughing my head off just watching it. On that page it says they are shy—yeah, right!

      There was another creature acting up on a different clue, iirc. I remember thinking, I be running….

  2. aaaa says:

    $600 or less, not $400

    • EricS says:

      There’s a lot more to it than that. It’s an interesting situation, because his optimal bet is (assuming 600 is not allowed) 601. That covers the potential double-up by Greg. However, I am not sure that bet is allowed , because a triple stump would give him the exact amount (7599) as Liz: a tie. Since she was able to bet to get to that amount, I wonder if they allow tie-betting on the low side.

  3. aaaa says:

    JOn should have wagered $400 or less to win on the triple stumper as this is a 2/3 game

  4. aaaa says:

    42/59 here. SUrprised part of the correct response was given in the FJ! clue

  5. rhonda says:

    I know, I couldn’t believe his answer either. I was also surprised that no one knew “cub” reporter. And I could have sworn that that “lead” was misspelled in the same category, where the answer was “buried”, or maybe I was seeing things?

  6. VJ says:

    @Rhonda, apparently Jon must have thought the same thing as your initial reaction. I was just flabbergasted