Final Jeopardy: The U.S. Senate

The Final Jeopardy question (2/12/2016) in the category “The U.S. Senate” was:

During his Senate service, which lasted from 1973 to January 2009, this man cast 12,810 votes.

The final final match of the 2016 Jeopardy! College Championship has arrived. Here are the finalists in order of their scores from yesterday’s match: Sarah Dubnik, $22,001; Sam Deutsch, $22,000; and Niki Peters, $18,600.

Their final scores today will be added to yesterday’s to determine the winner and right now, it looks like whoever comes in third will exceed the $25,000 guarantee.

Round 1 Categories: You Bug Me – Sports Rules Fill in the Blank – Around the Whirled – Dorm Food – Sci-Fi Books – Colorful Words & Phrases

Sarah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “You Bug Me” under the $1,000 clue, the first clue chosen in that category. She was in third place with $1,200, $3,800 less than Sam’s lead. She bet it all and she was RIGHT.

The queen of this destructive insect of the order isoptera can lay 30,000 eggs a day for years on end. show

Niki finished in the lead with $6,200. Sam was second with $5,400 and Sarah was last with $3,400.

Round 2 Categories: OMG! – LOL – FAQ – “ILY” – BTW – Acronyms

Niki found the first Daily Double in “ILY” under the $1,600 clue on the 4th pick of the round. In the lead with $7,400, she had $1,600 more than Sam in second place. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

This Shakespearean adverb doth mean “in truth”. show

Sarah found the last Daily Double in “FAQ” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $7,400 now, $5,400 less than Niki’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double but couldn’t come up with a guess so she was WRONG.

When asked in 1779 about being ready to surrender, John Paul Jones replied with this line. show

Niki finished in the lead with $16,400. Sam was next with $8,600 and Sarah was in third place with $4,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Joe Biden (1942-) became vice president of the United States after spending 36 years as a U.S. senator from Delaware. Democratic nominee Barack Obama selected him as a running mate for the 2008 election, and the pair entered office in January 2009 following their defeat of Arizona Senator John McCain and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.” (

Here is a link to a pdf on the website of Iowa’s Senator Chuck Grassley, showing how many senators have cast over 10,000 roll call votes. Joe Biden is No. 12.

Sarah thought it was Obama. She bet and lost it all. So she finished with yesterday’s total: $22,001.

Sam got it right after crossing out Byrd. He doubled up today and finished with $17,200. That brought him up to $39,200 after adding his $22,000.

Niki had Senator Byrd. That cost her $3,350 bet and she had $13,050 left. Yesterday’s $18,600 made her 2-day total $31,650, putting her in second place.

That made Sam Deutsch the 2016 College Champ. A big congrats to Sam — great work!

Final Jeopardy Results for February 12, 2016

Remember Chris Becker? He became the new Jeopardy! champ in the last regular game on January 29, 2016. He’ll be returning on Monday for his second game.

Here is one of the triple stumpers in the “OMG” category. ($2,000) People on islands need good relations with this Greek god; on Tinos he’s beloved for sending storks to get rid of snakes.

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Getting a ‘D’ in College”:

The USA’s oldest endowed chair is a Harvard chair of this subject, given in 1721 when that was largely what Harvard taught. show

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24 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    I’m sorry guys. I’m sorry VJ. I’m sorry Richard Corliss. All I can say is that Sam Deutsch won this year’s college tournament and will be in the Tournament of Champions, but I wasn’t actually expecting him to win, while I wanted Sarah to win. I was also not expecting Niki to win, so Sam won.

  2. VJ says:

    @William Weyser, On behalf of those who don’t know what you are talking about, where or when or how does your 6th version of the Tournament Of Champions take place?

    • William Weyser says:

      I’m doing this in my 4th bedroom, and all I have is the JEOPARDY! Wii game, a notebook, something to draw or write with, and an audience to see what happens through this entire tournament. This tournament lasts from February 15th-26th, 2016.

  3. William Weyser says:

    Congratulations, Sam Deutsch! You’re the 2016 College Champ, we’ll see you in the next TOC, and most importantly, you’ve completed my 6th version of the Tournament Of Champions. Niki and Sarah, great run, but I’m sorry, it’s over!
    Here are the quarter-final match-ups in my 6th version of the TOC, and this tournament lasts from Feb. 15th- Feb. 26th.

    Mon. Brennan Bushee vs. Andrew Haringer vs. Alex Maggio
    Tue. Dan Feitel vs. Sam Deutsch vs. Darren Harris-Fain
    Wed. Fred Vaughn vs. Natalie Lips vs. Choyon Manjrekar
    Thu. Scott Lord vs. John Berman vs. Sean Anderson
    Fri. Matt Jackson vs. Scott Ylinen vs. Steve Belding

  4. Robert Anderson says:

    Niki blew it with bad betting strategy on Thursday.

  5. Trevor Panno says:

    Niki should have bet $4,201 and if she had been right, that would have made her 2-day total $39,201

  6. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    Even if Niki had the correct answer in fj, she would have not won!

  7. EricS says:

    Niki had two chances to put the tournament away. Either going Roger Craig on the the first “FJ” or on her DD today would’ve put the lead out of reach.
    Of course, she made a solid showing and likely has a bright future ahead.

  8. Dalton Higbee says:

    I never knew Sam was going to win, I wanted Sarah to win!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. VJ says:

    Wow, that’s all I can say. When Sarah got that DD and bet it all and I saw it was a quote, I cringed. Especially after that Women’s Army Corps clue that Sam missed for leaving out the “s” after Women.

    I was worried that Sarah would leave a word out or put a word in the wrong place so I typed my answer out, thinking well, let’s see if you remember it correctly yourself. (I did). I was really floored that she couldn’t come up with anything. Tough break.

  10. Richard Corliss says:

    (Imitating Young Freddie Benson) Yeah, Way to go Sam you just ruined all girl ga– ooh popcorn.