Final Jeopardy: International Beverage Brands

The Final Jeopardy question (3/16/2017) in the category “International Beverage Brands” was:

The name of this popular beer brand founded in 1897 is a reference to the 20th century.

2x champ Grant McSheffrey won $30K yesterday and that brought him up to $53,400 in winnings. Today his challengers are: Steve Pecukonis, from Brunswick, ME; and Gretchen Neidhardt, from Chicago, IL.

Round 1 Categories: Precious Gems – Cabinet Departments – “A” for the Win – Got a Wife & Kids – In Baltimore – Jack

Gretchen found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Precious Gems” under the $800 clue on the 9th pick of the round. She was in second place with $1,600, $400 less than Grant in second place. She bet $800 and she was RIGHT.

Ancient Chinese scholar Hsu Shen called it “the fairest of stones” & gave it 5 human virtues. show

Gretchen finished in the lead with $5,200. Grant was second with $4,800 and Steve was last with $2,800.

Round 2 Categories: Zodiac Rhyme Time – Characters in Books – Cry Me a World River – Organized Labor – Entertainment “More” or “Less” – The New York Times Headlines

Gretchen found the first Daily Double in “Characters in Book” under the $1,200 clue on the 16th pick. She was in second place with $8,800 at this point, $400 less than Grant’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

In a 1719 novel it is the name given to a man who is rescued from a band of cannibals. show

Grant found the last Daily Double in “Organized Labor” under the $800 clue, with 8 clues after it. In the lead with $15,200, he had $3,400 more than Gretchen in second place. He bet $4,000 and had one word WRONG.

In 1970 table grape growers in California’s Central Vallley signed the first contracts with this union. show

Gretchen finished in the lead with $15,800. Grant was next with $11,200 and Steve was in third place with $6,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Dos Equis brand is perhaps most famous for its “Most Interesting Man in the World” ads. Brand has this info on the brand’s origin: “In 1890, Wilhelm Hasse co-founded Moctezuma Brewery in Mexico. Thirteen years later, inspired by the 20th century, the German immigrant created Siglo XX [20th Century], or Two X’s, which was renamed Dos Equis at the start of the new century.” Click on this LaCasita Mexican Restaurant link to see a close-up of a Dos Equis bottle. Under the label’s well-known logo, it says: “Crafted in Mexico since 1897 to commemorate the arrival of the 20th Century”

Mental Floss: The Meanings Behind the Symbols on 20 Beer Labels

Steve didn’t have a response and he didn’t bet anything so he remained at $6,800.

Grant got it right. He bet $4,601, bringing him up to $15,801.

Gretchen thought it was Corona. She lost her $6,601 bet and landed in second place with $9,199. So Grant remains champ with a 3-day total of $69,201.

Final Jeopardy (3/16/2017) Grant McSheffrey, Gretchen Neidhardt, Steve Pecukonis

Will it go viral? CHARACTERS IN BOOKS ($1600) This name of the hypnotist from the novel “Trilby” now means anyone with a sinister ability to sway people.
Svengali and Svengoolie
Gretchen said Svengoolie and Grant gave the right answer. That’s John Barrymore playing the title character in this 1931 film.

A triple stumper from each round:

PRECIOUS GEMS ($1000) Light hitting layers of silica causes the brilliant colors of this gem, including the boulder type

ENTERTAINMENT “MORE” OR “LESS” ($1200) Based on a Bret Easton Ellis novel, this 1987 movie features the actors who played Iron Man & Ultron

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Literary Anagrams”

Vivian Darkbloom, a minor character in a 1955 novel by this foreign born author, is an anagram of his name. show

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9 Responses

  1. Tom Clark says:

    On his show last Saturday, Svengoolie said to be sure to watch Jeopardy Thursday for “a special laugh for Sven fans” in the DJ category Characters in Books.

    I thought, “Don’t tell me it’ll be about the hypnotist in ‘Trilby’ and someone will say ‘Svengoolie’!”

    And that’s just what happened. I didn’t see it. Did people laugh? Did Trebek seem to know who Svengoolie is, or did he think it was just a mispronunciation?

    • VJ says:

      @Tom, There wasn’t any laughter from the audience. After Grant gave the right answer, Trebek did a Dracula-like: “I am Svengali… not goolie.” So he didn’t really give any indication that he knew Svengoolie and neither did my closed captioning. LOL. I turned it on and they had it as Svenguli.

    • VJ says:

      P.S. Svengoolie tweeted a video clip of the clue. LINK

      I forgot to mention that Gretchen giggled at Trebek’s impression but that’s cut off in Sven’s video.

  2. Louis J says:

    That rhyming Category was so funny. I nearly fell to the ground laughing at the response Steve gave on the final clue in that category. Do you remember what that response was, VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I thought that category was funny, too, and put it in the extra clues. The answer to that last one was Virgo Pergo.

  3. VJ says:

    That parrot in the “A” for the Win category didn’t look too colorful to me. LOL. The way that clue was worded, you were supposed to figure out that it had a continent and a color in its name, even though it wasn’t a very colorful color.

    LINK: 10 more clues from this match, including the parrot :)

    • Dalton Higbee says:

      I hope we FINALLY hope tomorrow will be the first Friday FJ correct response by the leader.

      • VJ says:

        I hope so too, Dalton. Wasn’t this the first game this week where the leader didn’t get FJ? I thought that must mean Dalton will get his wish and the leader will get it tomorrow.