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.
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