Final Jeopardy: U.S. Political Parties

The Final Jeopardy question (2/15/2017) in the category “U.S. Political Parties” was:

Shortly before its demise, it had split into “Conscience” & “Cotton” factions.

We’re about to watch the third quarter-final of the 2017 College Championship, featuring these 3 students: Alex Bourzutschky, a junior at CalTech; Mari Hanley, a junior at Stetson U; and Clarissa Santori, a senior at Northeastern.

Round 1 Categories: Shakespearean Yard Sale – American History – Police Glossary – Single-named Singers – What Are You Afraid of? – “Ev”erything

Mari found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Shakespearean Yard Sale” under the $800 clue on the 7th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,600, $1,000 more than Alex in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Amphibian & canine ingredients are included with the item from this play. (showing a cauldron)  show

Clarissa finished in the lead with $7,600. Mari was second with $4,600 and Alex was last with $2,400. After the break, Alex benefited from a reversal (see below). He went into the next round with $2,800.

Round 2 Categories: Eastern Religion & Philosophy – What a Character! – Big Islands – Acronyms & Abbreviations – Science – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Alex found the first Daily Double in “Big Islands” under the $1,600 clue on the 4th pick. He was in second place with $4,400 at this point, $3,600 behind Clarissa’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

This “fiery” island divided between Chile & Argentina is the largest in South America. show

Alex found the last Daily Double in “Acronyms” under the $1,200 clue, with 6 clues left after it. In the lead with $16,800, he had $3,200 more than Clarissa in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT, and was looking mighty pleased about getting that particular clue.

It’s the acronym for the organization that runs soccer’s World Cup. show

Alex finished in the lead with $20,000. Clarissa was next with $18,000 and Mari was in third place with $8,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Opposing views on slavery were at the root of these factions that helped bring about the collapse of the Whig party. This 1892 entry from “A Dictionary of American Politics” explains: “Conscience Whigs: In 1850 the Whigs in Congress had taken the position that the slavery question which they regarded as settled by the Compromise of 1850 should not be reopened. This policy was approved by President Fillmore. Their attitude led to dissensions in the party in many of the States. In Massachusetts those opposed to the stand thus taken by the leaders were known as Conscience Whigs; those that approved it as Cotton Whigs. The reason of the name is obvious. In New York, Fillmore’s State, the supporters of his view were known as Silver Grays, a name given to them because they were mostly the older members. They were also called Snuff-takers. Those opposing it, headed by William H Seward, were called Woolly Heads or Seward Whigs.”

Mari got it right. She bet $8,001, bringing her up to $16,201.

Clarissa had the Free Soil party. That only cost her $4,000 and she had $14,000 left.

Alex also got it right. He bet $3,599, finishing with $23,599. He will join Lilly Chin and Viraj Mehta in the semi-final matches.

Final Jeopardy (2/15/2017) Alex Bourzutschky, Mari Hanley, Clarissa Santori

The Wild Card standings as of today are: Netanel Paley, $18,000; Mari Hanley, $16,201; Clarissa Santori, $14,000 and Jennifer Katz $12,100

Reversal: “EV”ERYTHING ($200) Youtube has several clips of professors reading mean these written by students. Alex responded with “what are reviews” when they wanted “evaluations.” Upon rEView, they gave it to him.

A triple stumper from each round:

SINGLE-NAMED SINGERS ($800) He collaborated with Pitbull on “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”

WHAT A CHARACTER! ($2000) This Union Secretary of State is a character in “Lincoln”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “No. 1 Songs”

A U.S. No. 1 in 1977, it was performed the night before Carl XVI Gustaf’s 1976 wedding to Silvia Sommerlath. show

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10 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    Great contestants tonight. Good scores too. Probably all 3 will advance. We shall see. There is tomorrow and Friday to go though.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    Alex made an impressive comeback there.

  3. Lou says:

    Great Game indeed and I am glad to see some strong college players for today. I would like to see these guys keep it going and I hope one of them will win the 100000 dollars and a berth in the toc later on. Also I don’t remember much about the Free Soil Party, do you remember its history VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I didn’t think it was a bad guess on Clarissa’s part. The Free Soil Party actually fell apart before the Whigs, and some of its members were ex-Conscience Whigs at the time.

  4. aaaa says:

    Jan 25, 2017 I Shall Return was the response to a clue citing Macarthur and his line. 50/61 here

  5. rhonda says:

    Didn’t they just have the same “I shall return” clue no more than a few weeks ago, VJ?

  6. VJ says:

    Another good game. I don’t think it’s a big deal that we missed the clean sweep again. They’re not doing any worse than the regular games on that. LOL! And with 2 more QFs to go, we still might see one :)

    LINK: 8 more clues from this match.