Final Jeopardy: Universities

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (2/8/2018) in the category “Universities” was:

Famed for its health care system & medical school, it also sold 15 acres for $10 in 1947 to build CDC headquarters.

New champ John Giambrone won $19,601 yesterday. In his second game, he is up against these two players: Alex Hotovy, from Omaha, NE; and Marty Cunningham, from Arvada, CO.

Round 1 Categories: The Grammy Phone – What a Crowd! – The Rules of the Game – Beastly State Flags – Anagrammed Wives of Henry VIII – Prime “Time”

Marty found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “State Flags” under the $600 clue on the 13th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $1,800, $600 more than Alex in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

This creature shows up in the center of North Dakota’s flag & on 9 other state flags. show

Marty finished in the lead with $7,200. Alex was second with $2,200 and John was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: The Gramma Phone – Literary Awards – First Name Verbs – Era or Age. Period. – Movie vs. Movie – A Wien-Wien Situation

Alex found the first Daily Double in “Era or Age” under the $1,600 clue on the 17th pick. He was in second place with $6,600 at this point, $8,600 less than Marty’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

“The Country Wife” is one of the bawdy plays named for this era when the English monarchy returned. show

3 clues later, John landed on the last Daily Double in “Wien, Wien” under the $800 clue. In third place with $600, he had $16,600 less than Marty’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and could only come up with “chorus.” That was WRONG.

The Imperial Chapel is a great place to catch this “young” group of singers founded by Maximilian I in 1498. show

Marty finished in the lead with $20,400. Alex was next with $10,600 and John was in third place with $800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


During World War II, a program called Malaria Control in War Areas was set up in Atlanta to combat malarial disease. Joseph Mountin, Chief of the Bureau of State Services of the Public Health Service, lobbied for the effort to be extended to all communicable diseases, and Congress approved the new agency in 1946. Originally called the Communicable Disease Center, the CDC was established in Atlanta through Mountin’s connections with Emory University and the head of the Coca Cola Company. In Stephannie Stokes’ article, “Wait, Why Is The CDC In Atlanta?,” Judy Gantt, director of the CDC Museum, explains how the land was obtained: “The story is that the word went out to all the employees of CDC to contribute a dime to pay Emory for this 15 acres of land for $10. That’s why the organization is located right next to Emory University today.”

Also, see Our History – Our Story on CDC’s website. For info on Emory Univ. School of Medicine, see its History page.

John got it right. He bet $799 and almost doubled to $1,599.

Alex thought it was the University of Georgia. He lost his $10,000 bet, finishing with $600.

Marty had Georgia, too. He only lost $1,500 bet so he won the match with the remaining $18,900. Marty Cunningham is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (2/8/2018) John Giambrone, Marty Cunningham, Alex Hotovy

A triple stumper from each round:

PRIME “TIME” ($1000) 1988 bestseller that was followed by the same author’s “The Universe in a Nutshell”

A WIEN-WIEN SITUATION ($1200) “The Tower of Babel” is part of the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s great collection of this Flemish painter, the Elder

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Names in the News”

When this man joined Twitter in September 2015, his first follow was the National Security Agency’s account. show

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3 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Well, Alex Trebek didn’t forget about the negative $2K in the intro. heh heh. But at least he said it shows you shouldn’t get discouraged, and that’s true — you may be down but not out!

    @Lou, I estimated that John lost $6K on bad guesses, so even if he didn’t make those, he still would have come in second place, all other things being the same.

    LINK: 9 more clues from the match

  2. Lou says:

    Well John, you put up a valiant effort today. Also VJ, Marty had his poker face on after dominating the game today despite betting small. John was a bit on the down side lately have you noticed? Emory university is very close to Georgia tech where my brother attends for a computer science degree. Marty could have bet nothing if he selected Emory instead of U of G don’t you agree?

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