Final Jeopardy: South America

The Final Jeopardy question (2/16/2017) in the category “South America” was:

This capital’s name is a Latinized form of the name of its country.

Here are the 3 students competing in the fourth Quarter-Final of the 2017 College Championship: Allison Holley, a senior at Lawrence University; Mohan Malhotra, a freshman at NYU; and Corey Schmalzle, a senior at Lehigh.

Round 1 Categories: What Are Those? – Athletes in the Headlines – Free Speech – Spinning a Website – Fantastic Beasts – & Where to Find “Em”

Reversal: Corey got dinged for $2,000 right before the chat on the $1,000 “Free Speech” clue (14th pick): “Free things are said to be given this way, from Latin for ‘grace’.” Corey said “grata” instead of “gratis” so his score went from $2,000 to $200 before the 16th pick.

Allison found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Where to Find ”Em'” under the $800 clue, with only 2 clues still to go. She was in third place with $1,600, $2,000 less than Mohan’s lead. SHe bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

This tiny country is smooshed between Belgium, France & Germany. show

Mohan finished in the lead with $4,600. Allison was second with $2,600 and Corey was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: Madam Secretary – English Lit – 1 Vowel, 3 Times – Statues – News on the Screen – Nutrition

Mohan found the first Daily Double in “English Lit” under the $1,200 clue on the 4th pick. He was in the lead with $5,800 at this point, $2,800 more than Allison in second place. He bet $200 and took a guess that was RIGHT.

“A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” is the subtitle of this Oscar Wilde play of mistaken identity. show

Corey found the last Daily Double in “Madam Secretary” under the $2,000 clue on the 11th pick. In third place with $3,600, he had $4,000 less than Mohan’s lead. He bet $2,000 and thought it was the Department of Environmental Protection. That was WRONG.

Sally Jewell, 2009 winner of the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award, was named Secretary of this in 2013. show

Mohan finished in the lead with $14,800. Allison was next with $9,000 and Corey was in third place with $6,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


According to About, the name of Brazil’s current capital city was suggested as early as 1823. Many people credit an 1883 dream of the Italian saint, John Bosco, for its location. Despite these early ideas, construction of the new capital did not kick into high gear until the 1950s, when then-President Juscelino Kubitschek made its completion a priority. The city was officially opened on April 22, 1960, replacing Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s capital.

Called “a singular artistic achievement” and “prime creation of the human genius,” Brasilia has been an official UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

Corey bet $5,000. That brought him up to $11,000.

Allison bet $4,000, so she went up to $13,000.

Mohan bet $800 so he won the fourth finalist spot with $15,600.

Final Jeopardy (2/16/2017) Allison Holley, Mohan Malhotra, Corey Schmalzle

Wild Card change: Jennifer Katz ($12,100) got knocked off the list today. Now we’ve got: Netanel Paley, $18,000; Mari Hanley, $16,201; Clarissa Santori, $14,000 and Allison Holley, $13,000

A triple stumper from each round:

ATHLETES IN THE HEADLINES ($1000) This young Cubs third baseman capped off a 2016 MVP season with 2 world series home runs

ENGLISH LIT ($1600) “Bring Up the Bodies” is Hilary Mantel’s sequel to this historical novel about the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Poets”

On completing the “Deathbed” edition of his great work, he wrote, “L.ofG. at last complete– after 33 y’rs of hackling at it.” show

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2 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    I hope tomorrow’s match will be a good one and I hope to see strong scores tomorrow. Let’s hope the semifinals will be a good match

  2. VJ says:

    Ah! At last, everyone gets it and it finally pays off not to give up. lol! Corey just didn’t have enough even to get on the Wild Card list, although Allison had enough to win the semi-final spot (though she didn’t know that Mohan would make such a small bet) or get a higher spot on the Wild Card list. Hope that doesn’t go badly for her tomorrow.

    LINK: 12 more clues from this match