Final Jeopardy: Famous Phrases

The Final Jeopardy question (2/15/2016) in the category “Famous Phrases” was:

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.

We return to our regular games today with current champ Chris Becker who won $18,399 in the last regular game. Today he takes on these two players: Sarah Wright, from Plainfield, IN; and Ramona Riddles, from Fullerton, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Where Ya From? – Computer Technology – Cooper: Alice, Gary or Anderson? – Good Causes – What the “H” – Race (all about Jesse Owens in honor of his upcoming film of the same name)

Chris found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Good Causes” under the $2,000 clue not long after the chat. He was in the lead with $6,200. Ramona just got out of the hole and was at zero. Sarah was in the hole for $200. He bet $3,200 and he was RIGHT.

The National Society for Crippled Children was later renamed this, after its famous stamp that bears a lily.  show

Chris finished in the lead with $10,400. Ramona was second with $4,200 and Sarah was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: Geography from Space – Take Your Meds – “C” in Literature – The Byzantine Empire – Starts with a 3-Letter Body Part – Anchor Management

Chris found the first Daily Double in “3-Letter Body Part” under the $2,000 clue on the 11th pick of the round. In the lead with $13,600, he had $10,200 more than Ramona in second place. He bet $3,600 but the clue stumped him so he was WRONG.

Pertaining to the throat, though it sounds like it means pertaining to an area near the stomach. show

Sarah found the last Daily Double in “The Byzantine Empire” under the $1,200 clue. She was in third place with $4,000 now, $6,000 less than Chris in the lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Byzantine Empire’s overthrow of the Ostrogothic Kingdom paved the Lombards’ way into what’s now this country. show

Sarah finished in the lead with $10,600. Chris was next with $10,000 and Ramona was in third place with $5,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


A-Z Quotes attributes it to Horace Greeley and gives the entire quote as “Go West, young man, go West. There is health in the country, and room away from our crowds of idlers and imbeciles.” Wikipedia’s article on the phrase has several sources dealing with the author and actual wording.

Ramona wrote down “move out.” She bet and lost it all.

Chris came up with “rest & relax.” He only lost $601 so he had $9,399 left.

Sarah thought the instruction was to “live wild.” She lost $5,000 and ended up with $5,600.

So that made Chris the winner of this match and a 2x champ with $27,798.

Final Jeopardy Results for February 15, 2016
What happened? The less than a minute warning was sounded with an amazing 13 clues still on the board. Two clues later, Sarah got that last DD. Then she got two more clues right in that category (great leap into the lead, Sarah!) and the round ended with 9 clues left on the board.

This $2,000 triple stumper is from “Geography from Space,” a category with images: “Two nations share the 220 mile wide delta of this Asian river.” Sarah was the only one who rang in and her incorrect response was the Mekong.

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “19th Century Names”

In preparation for a work he published in 1828 that was over 20 years in the making, he learned 26 languages. show

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11 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    Unfortunately, this episode was preëmpted by the Grammy Awards! Jeopardy is heard here in Kalispell over CBS, originating out of Missoula, 120 miles to the south.

  2. VJ says:

    I can’t imagine who or what they were thinking of in the 19th century with those FJ answers.

    Also want to say that I compared the length of today’s DJ round on my computer to the length of 2 DJ rounds from last week. Today’s DJ round was about 5 minutes. The two from last week were both around 7 minutes, so it appears that they were short on time and cut 2 minutes off today’s round.

    • Cece says:

      I don’t understand why they ran out of time, I mean, besides Alex’s usual unnecessary comments after responses are given. So annoying.

    • EricS says:

      I know it’s tough on stage there, but “move out” was an awesome answer.

    • EricS says:

      VJ, I wonder how those times compare to other regular games?

      • VJ says:

        @Eric, I record each round separately. I set it up manually and alloted so much time for each round. Today, the commercial between the two rounds was completely gone so the first round definitely ran longer than it usually does.

        When they got to the point where the first round usually ends today, there were 4 clues left on the board and they were all in that “Race” category. They must have had to finish that category because it was a promotional thing.

        • EricS says:

          I see, thank you. I thought maybe they ran less commercials last week figuring college students had less tolerance for them. Of course, more was probably DVRed anyway.

    • Mitchell Hodack says:

      Who is O.J. Simpson?

  3. aaaa says:

    33/52 here.