Final Jeopardy: Books of the Bible

The Final Jeopardy question (2/13/2017) in the category “Books of the Bible” was:

It begins with God saying, “Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel”

The 2017 College Championship kicks off today. The first 3 students in the first quarter-final are: Lilly Chin a senior at M.I.T.; Esteban Fernandez, a freshman at San Francisco State; and Netanel Paley, a senior at Yeshiva.

Round 1 Categories: Baskets of Adorables – Celebrity Sibling Surnames – In Olden Times – Multiple Meanings – Languages – Seeing Red

Lilly found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Olden Times” under the $800 clue on the 11th pick of the round, after some serious board-hopping. She was in the lead with $3,200, $2,200 more than Esteban in second place. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.

This year: Harold II becomes King of England for 9 months before getting conquered by another guy. show

Lilly finished in the lead with $7,200. Esteban and Netanel were tied in second place with $4,200.

Round 2 Categories: Facts on February – Bodies of Water – Semiliterate Before & After – A “B”-Plus Student – Broadway Musicals – Remember 2016?

Netanel found the first Daily Double in “Bodies of Water” under the $1,200 clue on the 12th pick. He was in second place with $6,200 at this point, half of Lilly’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

The “thumb” of Michigan’s “mitten” juts north into this Great Lake. show

5 clues later, Lilly found the last Daily Double in “‘B’+-Student” under the $2,000 clue. In second place with $13,200, she had $400 less than Netanel’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

An ancient empire lends its name to this term meaning “intricate” or “complex” show

Lilly finished in the lead with $20,000. Netanel was next with $15,600 and Esteban was in third place with $7,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In the 4th book of the Bible, the Israelites were in the Sinai desert when God told Moses to count heads (Numbers 1:2, the quote in the clue), followed by some particular instructions. Click here for Chris Juby’s Twitter summary (140 characters or less) of the Book of Numbers by chapter. He has one for every Bible book.

From another tournament: Final Jeopardy! in the 4th QF match of the 1991 Tournament of Champions had the same response but a totally different clue: The English title of this book is a translation of the Greek word “arithmoi”

Esteban thought it was Exodus. He bet and lost it all.

Netanel got it right. His $2,400 bet brought him up to $18,000.

Lilly also got it right. She bet $4,399 and won the first semi-final spot with $24,399. As Alex noted, Netanel’s Wild Card chances are excellent.

Final Jeopardy (2/13/2017) Lilly Chin, Esteban Fernandez, Netanel Paley

A triple stumper from each round:

CELEBRITY SIBLING SURNAMES ($800) Kelly, Jack & the seldom-seen Aimee

FACTS ON FEBRUARY ($1600) We’ll lead you down this path named for a February birth flower & early spring bloomer

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

The ancient Greeks derived the name of this evil sorceress from a verb meaning “to plot” show

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6 Responses

  1. liz says:

    Alex told the contestants that if they thought God was speaking to Moses in the Final Jeopardy clue-they were incorrect. Turns out God was speaking to Moses.

    • VJ says:

      Alex didn’t say it would be incorrect, Liz. He said: “If you knew that He was speaking to Moses, it might lead you in an incorrect direction”

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    Esteban was my favorite to win.

  3. Lou says:

    Great way to start the college tournament! I like to see players going strong with the categories they know. I am thinking Lilly;s style is like Arthur and Ben for some reason. Still She had a great game going. Netanel had a slow start but he made a comeback in the end. I like to see more of it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this VJ!

  4. VJ says:

    That was a good way to kick off the tournament. The final scores would have been higher if there wasn’t that betting fear that goes along with trying to get a Wild Card if you’re wrong. I guess Esteban figured he didn’t have enough to cut it so he might as well go all in.

    That Languages clue on the number of speakers in Europe and South America sounded familiar to me, in the way the responses went down. I’ll have to look it up later.

    LINK: Meantime, here are 11 more clues from this match

  5. Fred Light says:

    Nope, I missed the FJ category…back to the bible…