Final Jeopardy: World Capitals

The Final Jeopardy question (3/13/2014), in the category “World Capitals” was:

At 4,000 miles, the farthest apart capitals of bordering countries are these 2 cities, one on a peninsula.

New champ Diana Peloquin defeated 11-day champ Arthur Chu yesterday and made $15,700 while she was at it. Today she defends against these two players: Jessica Rebel, from Lenexa, KS; and Matt Kish, from Brunswick, OH.

Round 1: Matt found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Automakers” under the $800 clue. He was in the lead with $2,800, $1,200 ahead of Jessica in second place. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT.

He died in Germany in 1900; from 1998 to 2007 his name was joined with Chrysler. show

Matt finished in the lead with $7,200. Jessica was second with $3,200 and Diana was last with $2,800. Before beginning the second round, Diana was penalized for leaving the “s” off the last word in DIA (the Detroit Institute of these). She began the round with $1,200.

Round 2: Diana found the first Daily Double in “French Lit” under the $800 clue. She was in third place with $1,600, $7,600 less than Jessica’s lead. She bet $1,500 and guessed Switzerland. That was WRONG.

French author Albert Camus set several works in this country of his birth. show

Matt found the last Daily Double in “Biblical Art” under the $2,000 clue, last clue on the board. In the lead with $14,000, he had $2,400 more than Jessica in second place. He bet $1,000 and didn’t know so he was WRONG.

The Rembrandt painting seen here depicts a story from this Old Testament book. show

Matt finished in the lead with $13,000. Jessica was next with $11,600 and Diana was in third place with $5,700.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Russia and North Korea share a 17 km border along the Tumen River. The border was created when Russia gained the territory of Outer Manchuria from China in the treaties of Aigun and Beijing in 1858 and 1860.” (North Korea-Russia border)

“There is a direct sleeping-car between Moscow and Pyongyang in North Korea twice a month provided by the North Korean Railways, and in addition there are two direct Russian sleeping-cars 4 times a month from Moscow to the North Korean border at Tumangan, with an onward connection to Pyongyang.” (Train Travel to North Korea)

Diana wrote down Santiago and Quito. She lost her $5,697 bet and finished with $3.00.

Jessica thought it was Santiago and Bogota. That cost her $11,598 so she finished with $2.00.

Matt got it right. He bet $10,201 so he won the game with $23,201.

That was a pretty good FJ clue we didn’t think anyone would get so kudos to Matt. Just wonder what made both ladies go to South America. Not that we would have gotten it — just didn’t quite understand what they wanted on the first reading, but after that, we only had Moscow.

A lot of people may have been happy to see the players return to regular top to bottom play today, but we almost didn’t make it to the last Daily Double in that second round because only the $400 and $2,000 clues were left in “Biblical Art,” and Diana decided to go to the $400 clue!

2 years ago:: Only ONE player got this FJ in 20th Century Names.

Chapters in his autobiography include ‘Outcaste,’ ‘First Day in Pretoria’ & ‘Fasting as Penance.’ show

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5 Responses

  1. Nomi says:

    Well, I read the FJ clue here 5 mins ago and my thought immediately went to the Korean Peninsula and I thought Seoul and Pyongyang, discarded it for obvious reasons, and settled on Seoul and Beijing. Then clicked on “show” and saw that I had been close but no cigar. But at least I was in the vicinity, which means I did better than all other FikkleFame users who have commented here.

    So I win, and yes, a pat on the back for myself, and a smug look to the left…Good Grief! I’m acting like the despicable Chu! :)

  2. john blahuta says:

    again, in hindsight i think “peninsula” was the most importan part of the clue. 20/20….

  3. aaaa says:

    Inoptimal wagering by second place for sure.

    • john blahuta says:

      maybe, but in this case it didn’t matter, since matt was in the lead, got it RIGHT and wagered the necessary amount to win. but you are principally right. you have to hope the leader gets it wrong and wagered enough to fall under your total. (where sometimes the third place has to be considered …..)

  4. john blahuta says:

    one HAD to be moscow, because of endless siberia, but for the second city i was at a complete loss. i did not know that n.k has a border with russia, but then it is a very short one.