Final Jeopardy: Flag Colors

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (2/7/2018) in the category “Flag Colors” was:

They’re the 3 colors of New York City’s flag & of the Knicks & Mets teams; 2 are on the Dutch flag & 1 used to be.

2x champ Sean Udicious has now won $30,799. In Game 3, his opponents are: John Giambrone, from New York, NY; and Marcy Lehman, from Marion, IA.

Round 1 Categories: Shark Tank – 1968 in American History – Vocabulary – The Staten Island Ferry in – Authors’ Fictional Places – “Security”

Sean found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Authors’ Fictional Places” under the $600 clue on the 15th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,200, $1,200 more than Marcy in second place. He bet $2,000 and guessed C.S. Lewis. That was WRONG.

Brobdingnag. show

Marcy finished in the lead with $4,600. Sean was second with $1,600 and John was last, at negative $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: Newspapers – The Globe – The Washington Post – The Sun – The “Dis”Patch – The Harold

John found the first Daily Double in “Newspapers” under the $1,200 clue on the 9th pick. He was in second place with $3,600 at this point, $1,400 less than Marcy’s lead. He bet $1,500 and he was RIGHT.

The Independent Florida Alligator is a newspaper aimed at college students in this city. show

John found the last Daily Double in “The Globe” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues left after it. In the lead with $7,900 now, he had $2,100 more than Marcy in second place. He bet $1,600 and he was RIGHT.

This vast geographic feature is bordered by the Sahel on the south & the Mahgreb on the north. show

John finished in the lead with $9,900. Marcy was hot on his heels with $9,800 and Sean was in third place with $3,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


New York City’s flag “combines orange, white and blue perpendicular bars of equal dimensions (the blue being nearest to the flagstaff) with the standard design of the seal of the city in blue upon the middle white bar, bearing the number 1625. These are the colors of the Netherlands flag, the country which provided the first European settlers to our area….” ( – interpretations of the symbols on the city’s official seal included) says that no one really knows why the Dutch switched from an orange band to a red one for their flag, but there are some theories.

Jim Nielson has a Team Colors page for all sports teams with the hex codes to get the right shade (white not included).

Sean got it right. His $1,600 bet brought him up to $5,200.

Marcy had yellow, blue & orange. She lost $7,300, leaving her with $2,500.

John got it right, too. He bet $9,701 so he won the match with $19,601. John Giambrone is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (2/7/2018) Sean Udicious, Marcy Lehman, John Giambrone

A triple stumper from each round:

“SECURITY” ($400) FDR sent it to Congress as the Economic Security Bill; Congressman Frank Buck suggested the name change

THE HAROLD ($2000) He composed many classic songs, including “Stormy Weather” & “Over the Rainbow”

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Children’s Authors”

At 24 he began a verse retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth, including a character named Caspian. show

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10 Responses

  1. Nullifidian says:

    It’s kind of depressing that nobody recognized any of the “fictional places” except for those of Tolkien and Rowling. It makes me wonder what kind of schooling most of these people had, because I had to read “The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg” in 11th grade American Lit, and all of “Gulliver’s Travels” was assigned in my British Literature I class at college. If even such famous literary places are beyond the ken of most people today, then it’s a sure bet they’d never get Yoknapatawpha County (many Faulkner works), the Republic of Costaguana (Conrad’s “Nostromo”), the village of Umuofia (Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”), etc., which is a real shame because they’re missing out on some excellent works.

  2. mimsy says:

    Are you going to put that clue where Sean mispronounced veterinarian on your list, VJ. I thought it was wrong to accept it.

    • VJ says:

      Ah, no, that list is about spelling decisions, mimsy. I didn’t think accepting it was right either. It reminded me of Arthur Chu and Frances McDormand. It was a Daily Double in his 11th game. He pronounced it as McDarmand and lost 5 grand on it! Later in that same game, he had another mispronunciation on (Elbridge) Gerry that was accepted.

    • rhonda says:

      I agree, it was wrong to accept it. I surely thought that decision would be reversed. He also mispronounced another word and I was shocked that it was accepted. VJ, do you recall what the word was, I wish that I’d written it down?

      • VJ says:

        @Rhonda, the other word was discography. I was okay with that one. He thought the word had a soft “c” sound so that was like in the Arthur Chu game where he thought Elbridge Gerry pronounced his name like gerrymandering, but it’s a hard “g” on the name.

        I’d like to see how the judges can defend that decision on veterinarian where he clearly put in an extra syllable but I won’t hold my breath. ha ha ha.

  3. Lou says:

    Well VJ, you were right. Sean got final today but John clearly wiped the floor in this game. I.m.guessing Sean and John knows.about new york city don’t you agree? Also why would Marcy think yellow is a color for the NYC flag, VJ?

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, Lou, Alex had to rub it in about the 2 prior FJs at the beginning of the show. Then at the end, while they were showing John’s big smile and winning total, Alex dropped this one: “keep in mind that he was in the hole by $2,000 at the start of Double Jeopardy!” Wow! Maybe he does that to remind himself of what to say in the intro of the next game?

      Anyhow, Sean and John are both from the NYC area so, as Alex pointed out, Marcy from Iowa was at a big of a disadvantage. She had the advantage on the Music Man clue that she picked up from Sean (that musical was set in Iowa).

      LINK: 10 more clues from the game

      • Cece says:

        ” Maybe he does that to remind himself of what to say in the intro of the next game?”—lol. Intro for tomorrow:

        “This week, folks, we had two tough Final Jeopardy! clues. No one managed to come up with a correct response, but yesterday 2 players got it right. John picked up close to $20,000, because he did very well in the DJ! Round despite being in the hole, I mean, in the red by $2,000 at the start of it. Will that happen again today? Let’s start finding out, shall we?”

        • VJ says:

          lol, Cece. I won’t be surprised if it’s very close to that. I was just thinking, what possessed Alex to say “keep in mind”? Just “great comeback” would have worked fine.

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