Final Jeopardy: Historic Objects

The Final Jeopardy question (2/16/2016) in the category “Historic Objects” was:

Exhibited in the British Museum since 1802, it was the centerpiece in a 1999 exhibition called “Cracking Codes”.

2x champ Chris Becker saw his winnings rise to $27,798 yesterday, pretty darned good in a game where no one knew FJ. Today he is up against these two players: Zach Binney, from Atlanta, GA; and Manisha Parekh, from Charlotte, NC.

Round 1 Categories: Surnames – The Lower 48 – Yachts – Similar-Sounding Words – History – Billboard Album Chart Debuts

Zach found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Similar-Sounding Words” under the $800 clue with 5 clues left after it. He was in third place with $3,200, $800 less than Manisha’s lead. He bet $1,800 and he was RIGHT.

The flower seen here and a metalloid on the Periodic Table.
Daily Double: SImilar-Sounding Words

Zach finished in the lead with $5,800. Manisha was second with $4,000 and Chris was last with $3,600.

Round 2 Categories: Sir Names – Women in Poetry – Japanese Pop Culture – Units of Measure – Flightless Birds – How “Od”

Manisha found the first Daily Double in “Flightless Birds” under the $1,200 clue. In third place with $5,600, she had $6,800 less than Chris in the lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

It’s the fastest of all flightless birds. show

Manisha found the last Daily Double in “Women in Poetry” on her very next pick under the $800 clue. She was in second place with $7,600 now, $4,800 behind Chris. She bet $1,500 and thought it was (Longfellow’s) “Evangeline”. That came up later but this time, it was WRONG.

This 1852 book inspired John Greenleaf Whittier to write his poem “Eva”. show

Chris finished in the lead with $14,800. Zach was next with $12,600 and Manisha was in third place with $8,500.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Rosetta Stone is one of the most important objects in the British Museum as it holds the key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs—a script made up of small pictures that was used originally in ancient Egypt for religious texts. Hieroglyphic writing died out in Egypt in the fourth century C.E.. Over time the knowledge of how to read hieroglyphs was lost, until the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799 and its subsequent decipherment.” (Khan Academy)

Manisha bet $5,000. She finished with $13,500.

Zach bet $4,401, bringing his total up to $17,001.

Chris bet $10,401 so he won the match up with $25,201. His 3-day total is $52,999. Wow! We know you want him to win tomorrow!

Final jeopardy Results for February 16, 2016

These 2 triple stumpers were in the “Sir Names” category:

$800 – In 1535 this author & statesman lost his head, literally, after refusing to accept Henry VIII as head of the church.

$1200 – This courtier was imprisoned in the Tower of London when he wrote his 1614 “History of the World”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Physics”

The name of this theory is from viewing sub-atomic particles as 1-dimensional objects, not as 0-dimensional points. show

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3 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    Very good game! Yes, I would like Chris to win tomorrow and Thursday. We need a 5-timer. :)

    • VJ says:

      Tough break for Zach on that $1600 Women in Poetry clue though:

      “Her last name was Bellefontaine & the Longfellow poem about her details her search for lost love Gabriel Lajeunesse”

      If he only knew that, he would have finished in the lead. I’m sure he read the clue wrong, too, because I just know he didn’t think Hiawatha’s last name was Bellefontaine. ROFL

      • Cece says:

        Not to mention that Hiawatha was male…Gabriel Lajeunesse his lost love? Yes, I agree that Zach may have read the clue wrong.

        Tough break indeed.