Final Jeopardy: 17th Century Germans

The Final Jeopardy question (2/24/2017) in the category “17th Century Germans” was:

Astronomer who began his epitaph, “I used to measure the heavens, now I shall measure the shadows of earth”

Today is the last game of the 2017 College Championship. The 3 finalists and their scores from yesterday’s game are: Lilly Chin, $20,400; Gary Tse, $24,945; and Viraj Mehta, $8,482.

Those scores will be added to today’s scores to determine the grand prize winner ($100K), second place ($50K) and third place (25K).

Round 1 Categories: The 1970s – Ecology – I’m a Food “E” – Words of the Year – USA! USA! – Olympians

Lilly found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Words of the Year” under the $600 clue on the very first pick of the round, with everyone still at zero. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT. Xenophobia, meaning “fear of” these. show

Gary finished in the lead with $6,600. Lilly was second with $4,000 and Viraj was last with $3,800.

Round 2 Categories: Snap Chat – American Lit – Word Origins – Coins From Everywhere – The TV Show’s Characters – Olympians

Viraj found the first Daily Double in “Word Origins” under the $1,600 clue on the very first pick. Daily Double radar is in high gear today! The scores were the same as above. He made it a true Daily Double and went with the wrong language for the prefix so he was WRONG.

For sore muscles use a whirlpool bath to get some relief through this, from the Greek for “water” & “healing” show

Lilly found the last Daily Double in “American Lit” under the $1,200 clue on the 11th pick. In the lead with $12,000, she had $5,400 more than Gary in second place. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.

“When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d” conveyed this poet’s grief over the death of Abraham Lincoln. show

Lilly finished with $20,400, a runaway lead and the same score she finished with yesterday. Gary was next with $6,600 and Viraj was in third place with $3,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Today in has 5 quotes by Johannes Kepler using the word “heaven,” including the one in today’s clue. The wording differs a bit from the earliest mention of the poem I could find on Google Books in an 1878 edition of “Friends’ Review” where they say the original was in Latin. “The Science Magpie” (2012) has that.

Viraj thought it was Copernicus. He bet and lost it all so he finished with yesterday’s $8,482.

Gary got it right. He bet $4. That came out to $6,604 plus $24,945, giving him a $31,549 finish.

Lilly wrote down “Who is the spiciest memelord,” though she could have went with “what is $20,400 x 2.” (Nah, that probably wouldn’t go viral). With a final score of $40,800, she won the grand prize of $100,000, and a spot in the Tournament of Champions, as well as a replica of the College Championship Trophy shown by Alex at the start of the show.

Before we see Lilly in the ToC, we’ll be seeing Kirstin Cutts return on Monday, to pick up where she left off on February 10th.

Final Jeopardy (2/24/2017) Lilly Chin, Gary Tse, Viraj Mehta

A triple stumper from each round:

I’M A FOOD “E” ($800) The hole truth is it’s another name for Swiss cheese

WORD ORIGINS ($800) We bet Ken Jennings celebrates Jan. 4, the national day for this, from the Latin for “the place where 3 roads meet”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Authors & Filmmakers”

This author had a bitter feud with Michael Moore over the title of a 2004 documentary. show

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15 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    This years College Championship was better than last years.

  2. Arcoiris says:

    Could have went?

    Yay for woman power!

  3. Charles Brown says:

    Two guys got beat by a girl, way to go Lilly Chin!

  4. Lou says:

    Congratulations Lilly! We will see you in the toc later on. I knew she was going to win but I remember that Leonard made another funny final jeopardy response in a teen tournament match a few years ago and he won with 75000 dollars

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    Is she taking the big trophy Alex introduced yesterday or the small trophy he gives to them at the end of the college championship?

    • VJ says:

      Alex said the big trophy stays with Jeopardy! because it’s so big and heavy and Lilly will be getting a smaller replica. Remember that from now on. ;)

      LINK: 12 more clues from this match

      • Richard Corliss says:

        I told you to remember something from now on: The more you bounce on the game board the tougher your opponents will get, and the signaling device will get you trouble.

  6. aaaa says:

    44/60 here. Mark Barrett has uploaded the game, go to and go to Page 10 of Secret Bucket News and his is currently the next to last post, and there’s a link to view it there.

  7. William Weyser says:

    Congratulations, Lilly!