Final Jeopardy: Hit Songs of the ’90s

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (2/14/2018) in the category “Hit Songs of the ’90s” was:

The title of this dance hit, no. 1 for 14 weeks in the ’90s, can refer to a Seville, Spain neighborhood or a woman from there.

New champ Frank Lang won $22,999 yesterday. In his second game, he is up against these two players: Erin Matherne, from Winter Garden, FL; and Rob Worman, from Edina, MN. 

Round 1 Categories: Edison: the Light & the Dark – Decades of Classic Toys – SNL in the OED – Think Fast – Man Booker – Prize

Erin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Think Fast” under the $800 clue, with 3 clues worth $2,800 to go after it. She was in second place with $2,600, $200 less than Rob’s lead. She bet $1,000 and had no response so she was WRONG.

2-faced Roman god of doorways. show

The round ended there. Rob finished in the lead with $2,800. Erin was second with $1,600 and Frank was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: Mexican History – Name Game – Not Wasting Time on the Internet – Money Minded – Winning – U.S. Geograph”EE”

Rob found the first Daily Double in “U.S. Geograph’EE'” under the $1,200 clue on the third pick. He was in the lead with $3,600 at this point, $2,000 more than Erin in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Booker T. Washington founded a school in this city in 1881. show

3 clues later, Rob landed on the last Daily Double in “Mexican History” under the $800 clue. In second place with $2,400, he had $4,800 less than Rob’s lead. He went with a true Daily Double, too, and he was RIGHT.

A heroic stand against an invading army from this nation at 1862’s Battle of Puebla is remembered every Cinco de Mayo. show

Rob finished in the lead with a runaway $12,400. Frank was next with $4,400 and Erin was in third place with $3,600.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


According to Songfacts, Los del Rios’ original 1993 release in Spain did fairly well on a local label. “The next year, the American label BMG bought the Spanish label and set out to make ‘Macarena’ a hit in America. They marketed an English language version to dance clubs and cruise ships, then released it as a single in 1995. It was a minor hit until the summer of 1996, when the Macarena dance craze hit America. The song went to #1 in July and stayed there for 14 weeks.”

It also says a world record for the most people performing one dance at the same time was set by 50,000 people in Yankee stadium dancing the “Macarena.” Apparently, Guinness World Records didn’t recognize that. They have a 2010 record for 2,219 people doing the dance.

Erin bet $3,500 for a $7,100 finish.

Frank bet $4,399, bringing him up to $8,799.

Rob demonstrated the dance as his $3,500 bet was revealed. He won the match with $15,900 and that makes him the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (2/14/2018) Frank Lang, Rob Worman, Erin Matherne

A triple stumper from each round:

MAN BOOKER ($400) “Runs” is the last word of this 1960 John Updike novel about a man running from his responsibilities

NOT WASTING TIME ON THE INTERNET ($2000) I’d put this at 1– I’m certain that has a section called “Statistics and” this

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “The AFI’s 100 Years/100 Movies”

This man who was in “The Godfather” & “Apocalypse Now” is the only living actor in 6 or more films on the list. show

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16 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    Thanks for the research VJ. I may be in a time warp, but I remember that before I left Taiwan, there was a Spanish version which swept the Island and Japan around 1990-91. It was a long version (I think) and I thought it originated somewhere in South American. But Wiki doesn’t give me any support for this.

  2. Beth says:

    Can someone remind me what the answer (clue) was for the response “What is Duolingo”? I believe it was under the category of Not Wasting Time on the Internet in the double jeopardy round. Your help will be greatly appreciated!!

  3. Didn’t this episode got pre-empted on some stations due to the Parkland high school shooting coverage?

  4. VJ says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention this one from Songfacts: “La Macarena” is one of eight sections (known as “quarters”) of Seville, Spain.

    Almost forgot to post this, too:

    LINK: 11 more clues from the game.

  5. Lou says:

    Nicely done by Robert. The macarena is a great dance and I think it should go down in history as the most popular so far. Still I think there are other dances which you might be familiar with like say the cha cha the rhumba and the viennese Waltz, right vJ? I hope that we can have at least a player that can score 4 game wins or more this month.

    Do you remember some of the clues that were not revealed in round one, VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I think Chubby Checker would likely disagree with you on the most popular dance so far. LOL!!

      The ones in Round 1 that stayed on the board were in “Think Fast” ($1000) and “Man Booker” ($800, $1000)

      In Round 2, the $400 and $800 clues in “Not Wasting Time on the Internet” and “Money Minded” stayed put and also the $800 clue in “Winning”

      • Donn Nemchick (@donnem1968) says:

        FYI : Chubby Checker did not invent THE TWIST…the song was first performed by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters who never got credit for the TWIST. Mr. Checker made it popular and fails to give credit where credit is due.

        • VJ says:

          @Donn, well, I didn’t say Chubby invented it, but that’s how it goes sometimes, you know. Otis Redding wrote and recorded the original “Respect” but Aretha Franklin’s version is the one everyone knows.

          Otis wrote “Hard to Handle” too, not a big hit in the ’60s but a big hit for the Black Crowes in the 90s.

  6. aaaa says:

    Eight unrevealed clues seems to be the most unrevealed clues in a while, in a season when quite a few non-tourney episodes have seen four or five clues unrevealed.

  7. aaaa says:

    It is believed by the J! judges that Rob said Rabbit RUns instead of Rabbit RUn though Jboard people didn’t hear him add the S to the title.

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