Final Jeopardy: Primetime TV Actresses

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/8/2017) in the category “Primetime TV Actresses” was:

On the beat since 1999, she plays the longest-running female character currently on TV in a primetime non-animated series.

4x champ Kyle Becker has now won $63,802. It’s Game 5 and he’s got to beat these 2 players for that milestone win: Ben Raphel, from Boston, MA; and Laura Miller, from Arlington, VA.

Round 1 Categories: The Food Chain – Stately Bodies of Water – Hammer – From B to C – I Sing the Body – Electric

Ben found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Stately Bodies of Water” under the $400 clue on the 2nd pick of the round. The only money on the board was the $200 he got from the first clue. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

The Bay of Green Bay lies at its northwestern corner. show

Laura finished in the lead with $5,200. Ben and Kyle were tied at $4,200 right behind her.

Round 2 Categories: Asian Culture – 14-Letter Words – State Department History – Writers & Writing – Fossil Fuels – Stage Name’s the Same

Ben found the first Daily Double in “Asian Culture” under the $1,200 clue on the 15th pick. He was in the lead with $13,000 at this point, $6,000 more than Kyle in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Depicting stories of daily life and from folklore, water puppetry in this country began in the Red River Delta in the 11th century.
Daily Double in Asian Culture (Jeopardy! 12-8-17)

Kyle got the last Daily Double in “14-Letter Words” under the $2,000 clue, the very last clue. In second place with $10,600, he had $5,000 less than Ben’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

The Great Depression gave rise to this, the study of income & output on a national scale. show

Ben finished in the lead with $15,600. Kyle was next with $12,600 and Laura was in third place with $9,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Mariska Hargitay, daughter of 60s siren Jayne Mansfield, and 1955’s Mr. Universe, Mickey Hargitay, began her Law & Order: SVU career in 1999 as Detective Olivia Benson. Now in its 19th season, Benson has risen to the rank of Lieutenant and is the squad commander. According to her bio on, Hargitay is also an executive producer and director of the show. She counts a 2006 Emmy among the many awards she has won for her role.

Laura got it right. Her $9,599 bet brought her up to $19,199.

Kyle drew a blank. He lost his $3,001 bet, leaving him with $9,599.

Ben also got it. He bet $9,601 to win today’s match with $25,201. Ben Raphel is the new Jeopardy! champ and we’ll be seeing him at the first podium on Monday.

Final Jeopardy (12/8/2017) Kyle Becker, Laura Miller, Ben Raphel

A triple stumper from each round:

HAMMER ($800) Judas Priest’s song “Between the Hammer &” this is an idiom for equally unpleasant choices

WRITERS & WRITING ($1600) Paula Hawkins’ follow-up to “The Girl on the Train”, it concerns a creepy “drowning pool”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Historic Names”

The only time the Pope and the U.S. President shared a name ended when both died in this year. show

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7 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    If the TofC is in November 2018, he might have a shot. If they wait two years for the next TofC, his odds of getting in aren’t as good.

  2. Louis says:

    Well, Kyle played well, and he will be in the tournament of champions next year. Also VJ, are you a fan of the law and order franchise? Mariska hargitay played Olivia Benson on svu for many years. That show is still on nbc. I believe you know jerry.preach as Briscoe in the original series right?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I was a fan of the original series with Briscoe and Logan and I loved Criminal Intent with Vincent D’Onofrio, at least till about the last season. I liked SVU on and off and basically only watch it now if my daughter says it’s good or there’s someone on there I might want to see. I think L&O is like Bonanza in this way — lots of guest stars turn up in other series, and sometimes they have big stars.

      LINK: 13 more clues from the match (including the Stage Name’s the Same category)

      • mimsy says:

        That’s true, VJ. They have had Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg as guest stars on SVU!

        • VJ says:

          @mimsy, yes, indeed. I remember those episodes. Whoopi’s was pretty good, as a Fagin-type foster mother. Robin’s was kinda silly, pretending he was giving Olivia electric shocks. One of my personal favs featured Lynda Carter as a bad mom. They had Mike Tyson on there, too, playing a rape victim of all things!

          Dean Winters as Det. Brian Cassidy (one of Benson’s on and off love interests) was always my favorite character.

        • VJ says:

          P.S. I forgot to mention Armand Assante! He was great as Det. Amaro’s father. Amaro was my daughter’s fav character and that’s why I’m surprised she still watches. Most people’s favorites have left the show, imo.

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