Final Jeopardy: World Leaders

The Final Jeopardy question (2/29/2016) in the category “World Leaders” was:

In 2006 a former llama herder became President of this country.

New champ David Bradley won $27,000 last Friday, the biggest 1-day haul in a week where every game had a win over $20K. Today his challengers are: Brigid Hannahoe, from Buffalo, NY; and Tyler Shattuck, from Long Beach, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Leap Day – Furniture – Animated TV – Landmarks – Which Planet? – “RTH”

Brigid found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Landmarks” under the $1,000 clue on the 12th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $2,000, $600 more than Tyler in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

It served as the entrance gateway to the 1889 World’s Fair.  show

Brigid finished in the lead with $8,600. David was second with $3,400 and Tyler was last with $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: The Quota System – Long 1-Syllable words – Nebraskans – Old Time Science – Urban Literature – “Butter” Me Up

David found the first Daily Double in “Urban Literature” under the $1,600 clue on the 9th pick of the round. In second place with $6,600, he had $2,400 less than Brigid’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

He sought his fortune in U.S. gold prospecting, but made it big as the USA’s highest-paid writer. show

David found the last Daily Double in “Nebraskans” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues remaining after it. He was in the lead with $15,800 now, $4,800 more than Brigid in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Standing Bear of the Ponca Tribe won an 1879 court victory when a judge said that “an Indian is” indeed this 6-letter word. show

David finished in the lead with $25,000. Brigid was next with $13,800 and Tyler was in third place with $6,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Evo Morales grew up in poverty on Bolivia’s high plains and was a llama herder, musician, footballer and coca grower before winning election as the country’s first indigenous president. … It is all a very long way from his childhood herding llamas and helping his parents in the fields in a small, arid village in western Bolivia’s Oruro department. ‘Until I was 14, I had no idea there was such a thing as underwear. I slept in my clothes…’ he said in a recent, highly candid autobiography.” (Malay Mail – Evo Morales: He came, he saw, he conquered Bolivia)

Morales is currently in the news due to a corruption probe involving his former girlfriend, Gabriela Zapata, and conflicting claims over whether a son they had in 2007 is alive.

Tyler got it right. He bet $6,157 and finished with $12,357.

Brigid thought it was Peru. She lost her $11,201 bet and was left with $2,599.

David also got it right. He bet $3,000 and won the match with $28,000. His 2-day total is $55,000.

Final Jeopardy Results for February 29, 2016

The last triple stumpers in the Double Jeopardy round were both in the “Nebraskans” category:

$400 – This Vietnam Vet was elected a U.S. Senator for Nebraska in 1996 & made Secretary of Defense in 2013

$800 – The spot for Malcolm X was Omaha, where he was born in 1925 with this original last name.

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Presidents”

He is the only 19th century President to serve 2 complete terms with the same Vice President.. show

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11 Responses

  1. EricS says:

    Bolivia : one of two landlocked countries in this hemisphere.

  2. Cece says:

    Brigid was so fast on the buzzer and played so well and ended in 3rd. Too bad. But I like David and am glad he came alive in the 2nd round. Nice shirt color! Tyler looked 7′ tall.

    • VJ says:

      ha ha – I was like oh, no-oooo in the first round after figuring David would hang in there for a few more games… then I saw that literature category and was like OH, YES-SSSS!

      Anyhoo, there’s no denying there have been fierce competitors of late and Brigid was certainly one of them.

      • Cece says:

        Yeah, what’s up with all these strong contestants just knocking one another out lately? I think it would be nice at this point to have a strong one matched with mildly good ones, so the fierce one could win many games. :)

        If it’s not too much trouble VJ, what was the food clue and answer, right after “Cajun burger sings”?

        • VJ says:

          It’s no trouble, but the Cajun burger sings clue was the $200 clue in Animated TV and finished that category, and the next one after that was the $200 clue in Landmarks chosen and answered by Brigid – Limestone structure, part man, part lion.

        • Cece says:

          Maybe that was it (Limestone structure), ’cause I missed that one too. Sorry for the confusion. It’s very distracting when people keep talking to you during J!. Grrr

          Thanks, VJ. Echoing Rhonda, you’re awesome. :)

        • VJ says:

          thank you both :)

  3. rhonda says:

    My cable went out right near the end of double Jeopardy, when they showed the clue in quotas about the Bakke decision. Does anyone remember what the other clues were?

    • VJ says:

      You didn’t miss much, Rhonda — here’s how that whole category went, showing who answered the clue:

      The Quota System
      $1200 – In 1905 this “revolving” service group set membership standards so that no one profession could dominate (David)
      $1600 – China initiated this numeric quota of sorts in the ’70s to fight its growing population, but doubled it in 2015 (Brigid)
      $800 In the 1978 Bakke case, the Supreme Court nixed racial quotas but said this alliterative system is constitutional (David)
      $400 So populations of this mammal could recover, the IWC began using quotas in the 1940s & set commercial ones to 0 in 1982 (David)

      Beep beep beep – they never got to the $2K clue. Brigid and David both could have picked it — wish I knew why they avoided it.

      • rhonda says:

        Thanks so much, VJ, glad that I only missed the one clue. I appreciate you so very much, you are awesome!