Final Jeopardy: Bodies of Water

The Final Jeopardy question (3/17/2014), in the category “Bodies of Water” was:

More than 1/5 of all the world’s people live in countries bordering this, the world’s biggest bay.

New champ Thad McCollum won Friday’s game with $2,400. Yes, it was one of those times when nobody got the final. He’s hoping to do better today and these two players are hoping to do better than him: Gordon Graham, from Victoria, BC, CA; and Jen Cosgrove, from West Hartford, CT.

Round 1: Jen found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Biography Subjects” under the $600 clue before the first break. She was in a tie for the lead with Gordon. They both had $400, $200 more than Thad. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

By Joe McGinniss, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real” this politician. show

The 2,000-Year-Old Man category featuring Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks was hilarious and we’re guessing that Jeopardy! will put a clip of it on its youtube channel. So check that out if you didn’t get to see the game (and if they don’t we’ll get a clip and put it on the FJ recap at the end of the week).

Thad finished in the lead with $6,800. Jen was second with $5,200 and Gordon was last with $2,600.

Round 2: Gordon found the first Daily Double in “Let’s Play Bridge” under the $800 clue. He was in third place with $5,400, $6,600 behind Thad’s lead. He bet it all and he was RIGHT.

I made the last bid so I’m the declarer; my partner says nothing while I play his cards, so he’s called this. show

Jen found the last Daily Double in “A Bird in the Hand” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $13,200, she had $1,200 less than Thad’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

The feet of the Harlan’s red-tailed hawk are protected from struggling prey because their talons are bone encased in a sheath of this hard protein. show

Jen finished in the lead with $15,200. Gordon was next with $14,400 and Thad was in third place with $12,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right, right in line with our prediction for a change.


“NEARLY one in four people on earth live in the countries that border the Bay of Bengal. The region is strategically vital to Asia’s rising powers. Its low-lying littoral — including coastal regions of eastern India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Sumatra — is home to over half a billion people who are now acutely vulnerable to rising sea levels…” (New York Times Op-Ed)

Thad bet $12,000 and finished with $24,400.

Gordon bet it all. He finished with $28,800.

Jen only bet $10,000 so she ended up in second place with $25,200.

So Gordon Graham won the game and he will be returning tomorrow. Just think, Jen could have bet to tie like Arthur Chu. Tsk, tsk. But she got to take $2,000 home while Thad ended up with $3,400 for his 2 appearances.

2 years ago:: TWO players got this FJ in 70s Blockbusters.

“Start with the tone…Up a full tone. Down a major third. Now drop an octave. Up a perfect fifth.” show

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2 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    Gordon wins due to inoptimal wagering from the leader. I suspect Gordon’s wager was inoptimal, too.

    • john blahuta says:

      i think gordon did what he had to do. jen’s bet was obviously based on a lack of confidence and it cost her the game. basically you have to presume the second placed is going to bet everything. as was the case (again) today.
      i was a little surprised that all 3 got it.