Final Jeopardy: The Oscars

The Final Jeopardy question (2/9/2017) in the category “The Oscars” was:

Since “The Godfather Part II”, this film has been the only sequel to win Best Picture.

New champ Kirstin Cutts won $11,001 yesterday. Today she takes on these two ladies: Kate Reed Hauenstein, from Cedar Park, TX; and Megan Hersman, from Chicago, IL.

Round 1 Categories: Countries’ Newspapers – Potent Potables – Man vs. Beast – Playing Tribute – “V”ocabulary – Slamilton

Kirstin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Man vs. Beast” under the $800 clue. Only one clue remained after it. She was in second place with $3,800, $1,800 less than Kate’s lead. She bet $1,000 and thought it was a bull. That was WRONG.

In a Hawthorne story, a witch makes one of these to protect her corn, then brings him to life. show

Kate finished in the lead with $5,800. Kirstin was second with $3,800 and Megan was last, in the hole for $200.

Round 2 Categories: Love – TV Nicknames – The OED, from Poise to Quelt – Municipal Literature – -ologies – Alphanumerically Yours

Kate found the first Daily Double in “Love” under the $1,200 clue on the 15th pick. She was in the lead with $9,200 at this point, $2,600 more than Kirstin in second place. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

From the Greek for “carry”, these scents are released by some insects to attract members of the opposite sex. show

Kirstin found the last Daily Double in “OED” under the $1,200 clue. Only two other clues in the same category were still on the board. In second place with $11,000, she had $3,600 less than Kate’s lead. She bet $2,500 and she was RIGHT.

“One who practices the art of boxing” show

Kirstin got those last 2 clues and finished in the lead with $17,100. Kate was next with $14,600 and Megan was in the hole for $1,000. That meant she was out of FJ and automatically awarded the $1,000 prize.

NEITHER remaining contestant got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Godfather II” (1974) and “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) are actually the only two sequels to have won Best Picture Oscars to date. Both films were nominated for 11 Oscars. “Return of the King” won all 11. Godfather II won 6 out of its 11 nominations, but to be fair, 9 is the most it could have won to begin with because 3 of the nominations were in the Best Supporting Actor category.

More Jeopardy! clues on “Return of the King” and other films from 2003.

Kate wasn’t stumped with this one, as Alex suggested. She just didn’t have enough time to get the whole title in. She got as far as “Lord of the Rings: Return.” She bet and lost it all.

Kirstin wrote down “sorry.” She lost her $2,499 bet, winning her second match with the $14,601 she had left. Her 2-day total is $25,602

Final Jeopardy (2/9/2017) Kirstin Cutts, Megan Hersman, Kate Reed Hauenstein

A triple stumper from each round:

COUNTRIES’ NEWSPAPERS ($1000) Muscat Daily

MUNICIPAL LITERATURE ($2000) This writer from Lowell portrayed small-town Mass. & big New York City in his first novel, 1950’s “The Town & the City”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “World Geography”

Not in the 10 longest, this 1,560 mile river in a fertile basin flows by 29 cities of over 100,000 people. show

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22 Responses

  1. Mekenzie Jackson says:

    Was there a question about a Fleetwood Mac tribute band? I’m in one and I wanted to know where to obtain a copy of the video from that question because I’m pretty sure it was about us. If anyone here could help me, we would love to put that on our website.

    • VJ says:

      Mekenzie, this was the clue:

      Playing Tribute ($800) It’s not just hearsay– L.A. & Liverpool both have bands named for this 1977 Fleetwood Mac album.

      I have a screencap of the clue if you want me to send it to you, but your tribute group is a different one than those two, isn’t it?

  2. Barbara Green says:

    An answer on the Feb 9th show included dew and rain as examples. The question was,” What is precipitation?”.
    Dew is condensation since it forms on the ground and does not fall from the clouds.
    Please take pity on us, 4th grade teachers, whose students watch Jeopardy and consider it gospel. Your information needs to be accurate..

    • VJ says:

      Barbara, this was the clue in the OED category: ($1600) “Condensation and deposition of moisture… esp. in the formation of dew, rain”

      It’s a quote from the OED but the Jeopardy! cluewriters left something out and I don’t have an OED or subscription to the OED online.

      The best I can come up with is this entry for precipitation I found on google books in a child safety handbook that has that phrase as its (b) definition followed by “from water vapour held in the air or clouds”

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    That’s a cool shirt Megan has on. It has pictures of the nine planets in the solar system and millions of stars, it’s just pretty.

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    I hope tomorrow will be the first Friday that we get a leader will finally get Final right.

  5. VJ says:

    @Rhonda, one was the Big Bad Wolf song. That was on Jan 23. (I look at the weekly recap to find them faster). The next one was the Empire State Building clue the week after that, where Lisa couldn’t get all of Massachusetts out, but she already had a runaway.

    @Mathwiz, So great to see a post from you again — you have been missed. Idk about sequel, I think of it as anything that happened after the first story and a prequel, anything that happened before it. :)

  6. Lou says:

    So not fair for the clue to have a long response. I’d rather see shorter responses like saying Return of the King. Too brutal to watch even for me. Even though Kirstin didn’t get it she managed to survive. How long can she keep this up? Also VJ the Return of the King used to air on TNT a lot so that isn’t a surprise there. There are others like Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers.

    • VJ says:

      I guess if you are on the show and they don’t say anything, you are going to think that if you leave the first part out or use an abbreviation, you are risking a fail because it’s a title. And they really can’t say anything like you can abbreviate the first part, or you can leave it out, without giving it away!! All the more reason why it should have been scrapped as an FJ imo.

  7. Mathwiz100 says:

    The use of the word “sequel” in that clue, while used correctly, feels misleading. The LOTR trilogy is just that: a trilogy. So the second movie is more of a “part two” than it is a sequel. Ah, maybe that’s just me.

    Well done by the champ, though, for somehow having two wrong FJs in a row and yet still surviving. That would be an interesting streak to keep up.

    Oh yes, and just so you know, I am still alive, and I did not forget about Fikklefame; life has just been… well, I’ve had other events to worry about that have distracted me from Jeopardy. Even then, my absence has not been excusable, and I’ll try to make more frequent visits.

    If we’re also being honest here, I told myself that I’d just wait until the Tournament of Champions came around to return to the Jeopardy groove, but… still waiting, I guess… I did pay attention to Seth Wilson’s winning streak, though.

  8. Andrew says:

    Final Jeopardy wrong yet again: “Silence of the Lambs” was a sequel to “Manhunter” (1986)

    • Sandy says:

      Manhunter didn’t win Best Picture.

      • Kora says:

        Neither did either of the other two Lord of the Rings films. However, Silence of the Lambs is not considered a direct sequel to Manhunter. It shares none of the cast, production staff or companies behind Manhunter. It could be considered a grey area, but there is a strong argument for Silence of the Lambs not being considered a sequel.

  9. jacob ska says:

    Imo it seems so unfair for the clue writers to have a fj clue that requires such a long response. They have been doing that a lot lately. What’s up?

    • VJ says:

      I agree, Jacob, that was brutal to watch. Trebek was having a bit of a field day with his Pepe le Pew accent today. LOL. When the clue after that was the DD, he was still into it with “le Daily Double”

      LINK: 12 more clues from this match

    • rhonda says:

      I agree, also. Do they not want contestants to be able to come up with the FJ answer?
      What was the other really long one that they had recently? I’ve already forgotten!