Final Jeopardy: American Business

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (2/12/2018) in the category “American Business” was:

A 2007 headline said after being ridiculed since the 1950s, it “takes its victory lap” & noted the auction of one for $184,000.

2x champ Marty Cunningham won $49,100 last week. In Game 3, these two players want to see him take that home: Lindsey Piesz, from Indianapolis, IN; and Dom Granello, from Madison, WI.

Alex announced that he has a head cold that turned him into an “occasional bass baritone.” He likes it but hopes it won’t be a distraction to viewers. (Didn’t even notice, Alex).

Round 1 Categories: Dumb Criminals – Fitness Abbrev. – Everybody’s a Critic – 8-Letter Words – Fedora – The Explorer

Marty found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Explorer” under the $1,000 clue, with just one clue worth $1,000 left after it. He had a big lead with $7,800, $4,600 more than Lindsey in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT, and had an even bigger lead.

In 1880 Pierre de Brazza reached this mighty African river. show

Marty finished in the lead with $10,800. Dom was second with $3,400 and Lindsey was last with $3,200.

Round 2 Categories: World War I Literature – Word Origins – Aspirational Nations – C.C. & Me – A Sheepish Category – The Eurovision Song Contest

Marty found the first Daily Double in “Word Origins” under the $1,600 clue on the 4th pick. At $12,800, he had a big lead– $9,000 more than Dom in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT, and had an even bigger lead.

Referring to the bright blue of the sky, this color comes from the Persian name for lapis lazuli show

4 clues later, Marty landed on the last Daily Double in “World War I Literature” under the $12,000 clue. He was now in the lead with $16,600, $12,400 more than Dom in second place. “When you’re hot, you’re hot,” Alex said. Marty went for $4,000 this time and took a shot with “sleeping sickness.” That was WRONG.

Roald Dahl wrote “constant twitching & jerking & snorting” were all signs of this alliterative disorder. show

Lindsey jumped from third place to finish in the lead with $12,000 on the last clue they got to (worth $1,600). Marty was next with $11,800 and Dom was in third place with $11,000. That sure was something!

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


This one comes from the Los Angeles Times 8/25/2007 article, “After decades of ridicule, Edsel takes its victory lap” by Martin Zimmerman, reporting on a 1960 Ford Edsel Ranger-series convertible that sold for $184,000, noting that it was a record for an Edsel. Only 10 of that particular model are known to exist. The article details the history of the Edsel, its problems, the ridicule and why collectors like it now. “It’s owning something no one else has,” said Phil Skinner, collector car market editor for Kelley Blue Book, “And when you pull up next to a Ferrari, people will look at your Edsel rather than that Ferrari.”

Dom came up with a tuba. He lost his $10,500 bet, leaving him with $500.

Marty got it right. He bet $5,000, bringing him up to $16,800.

Lindsey didn’t have a response. She lost $9,000, finishing with $3,000. Marty Cunnngham remains the Jeopardy! champ with a 3-day total of $65,900.

Final Jeopardy (2/12/2018) Marty Cunningham, Dom Granello, Lindsey Piesz

There were only 3 triple stumpers in the whole game and here they are:

WORD ORIGINS ($2000) This scientific name for a female kangaroo’s pouch comes from the Latin for “pouch” or “purse”

C.C. & ME ($2000) Here is Herbert Hoover with this man, the Vice-President whom Hoover largely ignored

A SHEEPISH CATEGORY ($2000) A.E. Housman wrote of a “Lad” from this English county, home to a hornless dark-faced sheep of the same name

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Famous Phrases”

In one version of a 19th c. quote, “There is room and health… away from the crowds” so you’re urged to do these 2 words.

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6 Responses

  1. lou says:

    Glad linda didn’t seem to get this one but still really a tuba? That was a bad guess even from dom. Also was the edsel car invented by Henry Ford, vJ? Plus I would love to see Marty win game 4 but since 3 wins is good I guess he must be tired.

    I wonder if this edsel car is still around in the USA today?

  2. aaaa says:

    I think this episode taped before his brain surgery. It will be late March before they air shows taped after his surgery.

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    At the beginning of the show, I think Alex Trebek was referring to his recent brain injury (after a fall) he had earlier this year.

  4. VJ says:

    I wasn’t entirely sure that Dom meant that as a joke answer in FJ. He looked a little perplexed to me when Alex said “we don’t ridicule tubas,” like that was news to him. ha ha ha.

    Anyway, wow! Alex sure put the jinx on Marty’s big lead with that “when you’re hot, you’re hot” but Marty pulled through anyhow.

    LINK: 10 more clues from this match — namely the Dumb Criminals category (with links to the articles) and Aspirational Nations from the last round.

  5. Nell says:

    Tuba? Really? How embarrassing.

    At least the young woman had the decency not to pull some nonsensical guess out of thin air.

    Go Marty! Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.😉

    • Kevin S. says:

      Except that a blank answer will ALWAYS be counted wrong. Sometimes what seems like a nonsensical guess to the contestant will turn out to be the right answer.

      Regrettably, I speak from personal experience.

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