Final Jeopardy: World Politics

The Final Jeopardy question (2/21/2017) in the category “World Politics” was:

In August 2015, 3 retired Marines helped raise the U.S. Flag in this city where they’d hauled it down 54 years earlier.

The players in the second Semi-Final match of the 2017 College Championship are: Viraj Mehta, a junior at Stanford; Mohan Malhotra, a freshman at NYU; and Clarissa Santori, a senior at Northeastern.

Round 1 Categories: They Named a School for Me – French History – A Liquid Category – Proverbial Verbs – States by Counties – The New York Times Movie Reviews

Viraj found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Named a School” under the $600 clue on the 2nd pick of the round. He was in the lead with $400. No one else had any money. He bet the $1,000 allowance and thought it was Rockefeller. That was WRONG and now no one had any money.

An arts patron & son of French immigrants gave his name to this school that’s located at Lincoln Center in New York. show

Clarissa finished in the lead with $8,800. Viraj was second with $5,000 and Mohan was last, in the hole for $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: Halo – Uncharted – No Man’s Sky – “Fall”/”Out” – The Elder Scrolls – Video Games

Mohan found the first Daily Double in “Elder Scrolls” under the $2,000 clue on the 10th pick. He was in third place with $1,800 at this point, $9,000 less than Clarissa’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

The feasting hall was happy for a while after this title geat ripped the arm off a monster; then the monster’s mom showed up. show

4 clues later, Mohan found the last Daily Double in “Uncharted” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $7,400, he was only $3,400 behind Clarissa’s lead now. He bet $3,000, and he was RIGHT.

To avoid a rocky crater, Neil Armstrong manually flew the Apollo 11 lunar module to this “sea”. show

Mohan finished in the lead with $15,600. Clarissa was next with $14,400 and Viraj was in third place with $13,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On August 14, 2015, retired Marines, Jim Tracy, Larry C. Morris and F.W. “Mike” East traveled to Havana, Cuba to take part in the reopening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. These were the very three men who brought the American flag down on January 4, 1961 when the Embassy closed on then-President Eisenhower’s order. The three men express their feelings about both events in this State Dept. video.

Viraj wrote down Seoul. He lost his $6,000 bet and finished with $7,400.

Clarissa came up with Iwo Jima. She lost $14,300 and had $100 left.

Mohan thought it was Saigon. That cost him $13,201. He finished with $2,399 and that made Viraj the second finalist.

Final Jeopardy (2/21/2017) Viraj Mehta, Mohan Malhotra, Clarissa Santori

A triple stumper from each round:

STATES BY COUNTIES ($1000) Missoula, Mineral

HALO ($1200) Known for “Watchmen”, this graphic novelist came into prominence with “The Ballad of Halo Jones” in 1984

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “1980s Movies”

At his term’s end, Ronald Reagan took an office in an L.A. high-rise, still a mess from the filming of this 1988 thriller. show

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5 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    Thanks so much for posting, VJ.
    We used to go to Florida every summer when I was little because my dad had horrible hay fever. I remember Cuban refugees staying at the hotel one summer, it had to have been 1961 or so. In particular, I remember a lady who had 2 identical twin girls, a little younger than I was. I was fascinated by them, not because they were from Cuba but because they were twins lol.

    • VJ says:

      lol Rhonda, it’s cool how these clues bring back these random memories, right? The No. 1 song that whole summer was Tossin’ and Turnin’ and it ended up being Billboard’s Song of the Year. It’s on last Friday’s birthday list (Bobby Lewis turned 84) and I mentioned that it was from the days when they still delivered milk.

      • rhonda says:

        Yes, VJ, and funny how these memories remain so vivid.
        We had milk delivered, too, in glass bottles.

        • VJ says:

          My mom used to get one bottle of egg nog with her delivery. One day after school, my brother was drinking it straight out of the bottle. I said something funny that caused him to start laughing and he dropped the bottle. Egg nog went all over the place! And, yeah, we got in trouble.

  2. VJ says:

    Here’s the recap, better late than never (keeping up with the proverbs, sort of)

    Also here’s my own personal experience with the Cuban embargo– when I was in my teens, I went to Expo ’67 in Montreal. I was staying in St. Albans, Vt. at the home of my father’s cousin. So I would take the bus over to Montreal and on the way back, they always asked you at the border stop if you bought anything from the Cuban Pavilion. I don’t think I ever even saw it but I never forgot that.

    LINK: 8 more clues from this match