Final Jeopardy: U.S. Landmarks

The Final Jeopardy question (2/27/2017) in the category “U.S. Landmarks” was:

In 1942 a MD. area was named for the Tibetan paradise in “Lost Horizon” but in 1953 was renamed this, for a young boy.

3x champ Kirstin Cutts returns today to play her 4th game. So far she has won $41,202. Today she is up against these two players: Amy Sumner, from Denver, CO; and Sam Oglesby, from Wilmington, MA.

Round 1 Categories: Pizza – Gimme a Slice – Cemeteries – Lead Singers for the Band – In Absentia – The National Museum of African American History & Culture

Amy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The National Museum” under the $1,000 clue, with only one clue still to go. She was in the lead with $6,600, $2,000 more than Sam in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was Mahalia Jackson. That was WRONG.

On Easter in 1939 after she was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall, this contralto put on her Sunday best clothes and sang “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” to a crowd of over 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial.
Jeopardy! Daily Double (2-27-17)

Sam finished in the lead with $5,000. Amy was second with $4,600 and Kirstin was last with $2,400.

Round 2 Categories: The 2016 Nobel Prizes – TV & Movie Jennys – “O”Pourri – Geology – Poetry & Bridges – 4, 4

Kirstin found the first Daily Double in “Poetry & Bridges” under the $800 clue on the second pick. She was in third place with $2,800 now, $2,200 behind Sam’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

A poem about it by its chief engineer says, “To north, the Redwood Empire’s gates / to south, a happy playground waits” show

Amy found the last Daily Double in “2016 Nobel Prizes” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. In the lead with $8,600, she had $1,200 more than Sam in second place. She bet $1,600 and she was RIGHT.

2 guys won for work in the theory of these, not just big-money deals for athletes but everyday economic arrangements. show

Amy finished in the lead with $11,800. Kirsten was next with $10,800 and Sam was in third place with $8,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Originally a camp for federal government employees and their families, Hi-Catoctin was chosen as a retreat for FDR during his presidency. It was remodeled and renamed “U.S.S. Shangri-La” by FDR. During Eisenhower’s presidency, he renamed it after his grandson, David. “‘Shangri-La,'” Ike wrote to a friend in 1953, “was just a little fancy for a Kansas farm boy.”

David Eisenhower grew up to marry Julie Nixon, youngest daughter of Richard Nixon. The pair wed on 12/22/1968, after Nixon was elected President but before he took office. More Weddings of Presidents’ Daughters.

Sam got a far as the word Chesapeake. That cost him his $3,601 bet. He finished with $4,599.

Kirstin did not have a response. She only bet 1,999 so she had $8,201 left.

Amy wrote down Chesapeake Bay. She lost $8,601, leaving her with $3,199. So Kirstin won the match and remains the Jeopardy! champ. Her 4-day total is $49,403.

Final Jeopardy (2/27/2017) Kirstin Cutts, Sam Oglesby, Amy Sumner

A triple stumper from each round:

CEMETERIES ($1000) This Jerusalem mount is the final resting place of Menachem Begin

“O”POURRI ($2000) In an 1869 short story, Bret Harte wrote about these exiles “of Poker Flat”

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Literary First Lines”

He wrote the 1971 opener “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” show

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12 Responses

  1. Mathwiz100 says:

    That was an “edge of your seat” match there… perfect way to start off the week.

    The FJ was great as well… U.S. Landmarks is always a fun category to see on Jeopardy… in fact, I’d bet it comes up as much as almost any other category.

    Side note: how many times is this champ going to win with an incorrect FJ?

    • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

      She only missed two out of four and the ones she missed were missed by all players.

      • Mathwiz100 says:

        Allow me to specify: In each of her four victories, Kirstin has won only because the person who could’ve defeated her answered the FJ incorrectly. In only one game has she actually led going into FJ.
        So, going back to before… how many times is this champ going to win (because of) an incorrect FJ?

  2. VJ says:

    So surprised. I thought at least two if not all would get that one. Apparently, David Eisenhower is a very inspiring type of fellow. He also inspired John Fogerty to write “Fortunate Son.” (I love that song)

    LINK: 11 more clues from this match

  3. aaaa says:

    The Alex on location category in round helped to leave four unplayed clues in DJ!

  4. aaaa says:

    Philip Tiu is kicked out of the TofC contention thanks for Kirstin’s fourth win. 41/57 here

    • Dalton Higbee says:

      I wish Philip would have won more games than Kirstin.

    • William Weyser says:

      I am really upset!

      • Dalton Higbee says:

        Not yet, but theres still a strong chance Philip may be out of the ToC.

        • Lou says:

          We will see, dalton. But if Kristin does not win game 5 and wagers a lot, then he might be back in and Laurie MacDougall might be out.

          Also I always thought these guys know.about camp David so why did two of them go for.the.Chesapeake bay? My family took.that route to Virginia beach last year