Final Jeopardy: Historical U.S. Geography

The Final Jeopardy question (3/13/2015), in the category “Historical U.S. Geography” was:

It became a border territory in 1864 after being part of the Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska and Dakota territories.

2x champ Kristin Sausville has won $31,601 so far. In this Friday the 13th match, she is up against these two players: Shawn Paul, originally from Waterville, ME; and Kynan Dias, originally from Las Vegas, NV.

Round 1: Kynan got the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Advertising & Marketing” under the $1,000 clue, the last one in the round. He was in second place with $4,800, $2,200 less than Kristin’s lead. He bet $1,800 and thought it was “sample group.” That was WRONG.

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Kristin finished in the lead with $7,000. Kynan was second with $3,000 and Shawn was last with $1,600.

Round 2: Kynan found the first Daily Double in “Play ‘M-E'” under the $1,200 clue. He was in second place with $11,000, $4,000 less than Kristin’s lead. He bet $4,000 but couldn’t come up with a guess so he was WRONG.

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Shawn found the last Daily Double in “Hybrids & Blends” under the $1,200 clue, with only 2 clues remaining after it. He was in third place with $6,400, $8,000 less than Kristin’s lead. He bet $4,000 and guessed “Focus.” That was WRONG.

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Kristin finished in the lead with $15,400. Kynan was next with $10,600 and Shawn was in third place with $4,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“For sixty years prior to establishment of the Territory of Montana in 1864, seven different territories of the western United States governed the area that was to become Montana. The portion of Montana located east of the Continental Divide belonged to Louisiana Territory (purchased from France in 1803), Missouri Territory (1812-1821), the so-called “Indian Country” (1821-1854), Nebraska Territory (1854-1861), and Dakota Territory (1861-1863). The western portion acquired from Great Britain in 1846 belonged to Oregon (1848-1853) and Washington (1853-1863) Territories until the entire future state was included in Idaho Territory in 1863. . . . After Congress made Montana a territory in May 1864, the delegates to the First Legislative Assembly gathered in December of that year in a dirt-roofed cabin in Bannack City. During the next sixty days, the assembly passed seven hundred pages of laws and chose nearby Virginia City as the new capital of Montana Territory.” (Montana

Shawn got it right. He bet $3,000 and that brought him up to $7,000.

Kynan thought it was Arizona. He lost his $10,000 bet and finished with $600.

Kristin also got it. She bet $5,801 so she won the match with $21,201. Her 3-day total is $52,802.


During the chat, Alex mentioned that Kristin had “active support in the audience.” Her husband, 2011 6x Jeopardy! champ Justin Sausville, was shown in the audience. Alex brought up Justin’s participation in the TOC and Kristin said they were very fortunate in that the other people in the tournament became some of their dearest friends. They will, no doubt, make some more if Kristin gets an invite to the next TOC.

2 years ago:: 2 of the players got this FJ in “Songs”

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20 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    Today’s game was a breath of fresh air. Congrats Kristin!

    After the wreckage that was yesterday’s er…J! game, wasn’t it? — I recall 2 very bad games this year: 1/22/15 and 1/26/15. Referring to the former, someone on this board called it “the worst game in the history of J!”, and in the latter, Alex remarked “Low scores today.” Having said that, I can’t get anywhere near comparing these 2 games to yesterday’s — a catastrophe of Homeric proportion.

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  3. Leena says:

    Phew! I thought that there would be a Kristin in the lead today, but it wasn’t as relaxing as yesterday!

    • William Weyser says:

      Congratulations, Kristin! You were able to do something that a lot of players were unable to do and that is win 3 games and over $50,000, and I bet 6-timer Justin Sausville is going to be really happy about this. She gets the 11th spot in my 5th version of the TOC. The other 10 players are Teen Champ Jeff Xie, Kids Week highest scorer Zane Ice(I gave Zane an additional $25,000 and added that to his $29,203) 3-time champs Bill Cossen, Alexander Persaud and Ryan Alley, 4-time champs Catherine Hardee and Elliot Yates, 5-time champs Vaughn Winchell and John Schultz and Teachers champ aka The 1st woman ever to win the Teachers Tournament Jennifer Giles.

      • Leena says:

        Dude, William! Kids and teens these days are not able to compete in the ToC anymore!

        • William Weyser says:

          Leena, I know that! It’s my version of the TOC and my decision. We went through this over 2 months ago. Do you remember that?

        • Leena says:

          William, I just started Fikkle Fame one month ago.

        • Leena says:

          And now that I know about your version of it, wouldn’t it be incredible if Zane Ice actually won $54,203?

    • john blahuta says:

      don’t worry, she will win monday as well, so that her qualification for the ToC is ensured.


      • Leena says:

        Just a random fact. Every time I send a new comment, another one pops in! By the way, Kristin will go on to win at least five games. Who couldn’t know with Justin, a six-timer, helping her prepare. And yes, I will have an awesome weekend, waiting for Monday to see if I was right on “the run” assumption.

        • john blahuta says:

          i don’t know about five, but with 4 wins and about 70K she would surely qualify the way things have been going so far. she would actually be pretty high on the ToC list.
          after that, idk. i would not bet on a 5th win.

          and i am serious with “have a great weekend!” i am always “signing off” on fridays that way.
          there may be differences in opinons etc. but that doesn’t mean that somebody should have a bad weekend. so enjoy, you and everybody else in our ff – j community!!

        • Leena says:

          I was serious about the weekend. It’s pretty good so far. Speaking of far, I might have gone a bit too far on five, so probably AT LEAST four. I really wanted to know if a commenter did it for fun, or for real and I’m glad that i found out at least that thingy-majigabober 4 1 purrsun.

      • Kristin says:

        You know, if you think they were rigging games for me, wouldn’t they have made sure to put me in the game with the Springsteen Final instead of me sitting in the audience for it?