Final Jeopardy: The U.S.A.

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

The Empire State Building says that on a clear day you can see 5 states from the top: New York, New Jersey, Conn. & these 2.

Current champ Lisa Schlitt has 4 wins and $85,000 to her credit. Today she is looking for a 5th win against these two players: Sean Dennison, from Los Angeles, CA; and Warren Toland, from Torrington, CT.

Round 1 Categories: Their Original Names – Lines on the Map – Funerals – Between Three & Two – Frequent Fliers – M.D.s

Lisa found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Frequent Fliers” under the $800 clue, with a baker’s dozen worth of clues left after it. She was in second place with $2,200, $1,600 less than Sean’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

On Nov. 1, 1958 this airline began service from Amsterdam to Tokyo, flying over the North Pole. show

Sean finished in the lead with $7.600. Lisa was second with $5,400 and Warren was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: Emmy-Winning Women – Rainforests – 19th Century Literary Marriages – Historic Names – This, or That – Other MDs

Lisa found the first Daily Double in “Historic Names” under the $800 clue on the 3rd pick. She was still in second place at this point with $6,200, $1,400 less than Sean’s lead. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

What goes around, comes around– in 1541 this conqueror was murdered at his palace in Lima. show

Lisa found the last Daily Double in “Rainforests” under the $1,200 clue on the 14th pick. In the lead with $14,500, she now had $5,300 more than Sean in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

The densest areas of biodiversity are found in this high layer of rainforest formed by adjacent treetops. show

Lisa pulled off a $27,500 runaway on the very last clue ($2K in Emmy-Winning Women). Sean was next with $13,600 and Warren was in third place with $4,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The observation that on a clear day you can see 5 states from top of the Empire State Building is included in many books dedicated to the landmark, guides to New York City, trivia books (like “The World in Numbers” shown on the left) and, of course, on the Empire State Building’s Fun Facts page on its website.

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Warren wrote down Pennsylvania & Delaware. He didn’t bet anything so he remained at $4,400.

Sean had Rhode Island & Delaware. He bet and lost it all.

They all actually wrote out the whole name of each state and that proved to be a problem for Lisa.

She wrote down Pennsylvania & started the right second response on the same line, carrying it below but it looked like she only got as far as “Massachuset”. The judges would not take it. She bet $200, so it was only a little problem. Lisa now has a 5-day total of $112,300.

Final Jeopardy (2/2/2017) Lisa Schlitt, Warren Toland, Sean Dennison

A triple stumper from each round:

THEIR ORIGINAL NAMES ($400) Writer & director Allan Konigsberg

HISTORIC NAMES ($2000) Rome’s greatest orator, he was invited to join the triumvirate of Caesar, Crassus & Pompey but declined

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

Efforts to save historic treasures threatened by the creation of the Aswan High Dam led UNESCO to create this list. show

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10 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    In the FJ I think that the proviso is “on a clear day”. I imagined that one can see the Poconos and Berkshires under ideal conditions from either observation deck. I remember when Lt. Col Smith rammed the 79/80th floor in his Billy Mitchell in July 1945.

  2. Lou says:

    Agreed and now that we have our first five time lady champion we will see how she does in game 6 tomorrow before the college tournament. Abbreviated states will make winning final jeopardy much easier though Lisa will pull through tomorrow. I think she plays like Seth Wilson all of a sudden don’t you think so VJ.

    • VJ says:

      idk, Lou. I don’t really compare player styles and. right now, I don’t recall how Seth played his Daily Doubles. In this match, I was wondering why Lisa didn’t make bigger DD bets in the second round. She was obviously very comfortable with the Historic Names category but didn’t take the opportunity to get a bigger lead at that early point in the round . On the second one, I know I would have wished I bet more.

      She had a great pre-FJ total, all the same.

  3. aaaa says:

    46/61 here and $6800 in TS clues here. THe rule is spelling does not count, but if the spelling changes the pronounciation, they call it wrong.

  4. VJ says:

    Can’t imagine why no one abbreviated the responses. It’s reasonable enough to think that both the 2-letter as well as the old longer abbrevs would have been acceptable, isn’t it?

    LINK: 11 more clues from this match, including the Literary Marriage category with the marriages that went… poorly. lol

    • Lou says:

      I loved the marriage category. I’ve been to new York many times but still the Empire state building will always be in my memories.When was the last time you went to the ESB

      • VJ says:

        I worked in the Empire State Building when I was about 19 for a week. I didn’t get fired, lol — it was a temp assignment. I never went back inside it after that, far as I remember, though I went to NYC many times for shows, skating, museums etc.

        Also worked at other places, like MONY, and Lane Bryant. I don’t remember where their offices were, but I remember the boss lady getting mad at me. :0

  5. jacob ska says:

    As a native NYer who has left the state as an adult to live in other parts of the world, I can think of two conditions in which a person can see 5 states from the top of the ESB…smoking something illegal or drunk. We went on field trips to ESB every year growing up & no guide or teacher ever told, or showed, us such a thing.

  6. William Weyser says:

    Tough break for Lisa. This is her 1st time missing Final Jeopardy!, but the good news is that Lisa Schlitt is the 1st woman to automatically qualify for the TOC.