Final Jeopardy: Great Britons

The Final Jeopardy question (3/17/2016) in the category “Great Britons” was:

A pair of shoes that he wore when making history in 1954 sold at auction in 2015 for more than $400,000.

3x champ Philip Tiu has now racked up $96,598 with his big nail-biting DD bets. Many are rooting for him to continue winning but these two challengers probably aren’t: Gwen Niksic, originally from Chicago, IL; and Chris Horton, originally from Manville, RI.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Alex Trebek was sporting a nice green tie.

Alex Trebek's St. Patrick's Day tie

Round 1 Categories: One-Vowel Words – Gershwin Tunes – All Sorts of Sandwiches – Fountains – What’s Going on in the News? – Beastly Book Blanks

Philip found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “One-Vowel Words” under the $1,000 clue on the very first pick of the round. “Well, you can’t wager $11,000 on this Daily Double,” Alex quipped, “but anything up to $1,000.” He bet the clue’s face value and he was RIGHT.

Sir Toby Belch is a character in this Shakespeare comedy with a 2-word, 2-vowel title.  show

Gwen finished in the lead with $5,400. Philip was second with $3,400 and Chris was last with $400.

Round 2 Categories: One-Consonant Words – New Zealand – American Diplomats – Health & Medicine – 2-Word Business Terms – TV Detectives

Chris found the first Daily Double in “American Diplomats” under the $1,600 clue on the 12th pick of the round. In third place with $2,800, he had $9,000 less than Gwen’s lead. He bet $2,000 and came up with Gabor. That was WRONG.

This former actress’ diplomatic career included stops at the United Nations, Ghana & Czechoslovakia. show

Two clues later, Philip found the last Daily Double in “New Zealand” under the $2,000 clue. He was in second place with $5,000 now, $6,800 less than Gwen’s lead. It was the first clue chosen in that category. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Wellington. That was WRONG.

Settled in the 1850s by the Canterbury Association of England, it’s South Island’s largest city. show

Gwen finished in the lead with a runaway $15,000. Chris was next with $4,400. It was so long to Philip at this point because he was in the hole for $400. (Coincidentally, 3-day $96K winner Michael Bilow, whom Philip has been compared with, also wound up in the red in his 4th game.)

Only ONE of the remaining contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The spikes worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he ran the first sub-four-minute mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds were sold at auction for £220,000 on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Bannister performed the record-breaking feat at Oxford’s Iffley Road track on May 6, 1954 when he was 25 years old. “Kate Summers, from Christie’s, said: ‘When bidding opened there was great anticipation. After two-and-a-half minutes of bidding, they were sold to an anonymous buyer on the telephone.'” In an earlier May auction, the stopwatch used to time the race sold for £20,000. (BBC News)

Chris got it right and doubled his score to $8,800.

Gwen had a little trouble remembering the name and wrote down “Barrister”. She lost her modest $1,000 bet and won the match with the $14,000 she had left. Congrats, Gwen! You’re the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy Results for Thursday, March 17, 2016

None of the players knew what show these two TV detectives are from:

($1600) Portland Detective Nick Burkhardt
($2000) Star City Police Detective Quentin Lance

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Other Political Parties”

In 1908 this animal appropriately became the mascot of the Prohibition Party. show

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24 Responses

  1. JEOPARDY says:

    He ****** up…….

  2. jacob ska says:

    @Rhonda, yes I do remember and so glad to read how eloquently aaaa put it. He is so accurate.

  3. JEOPARDY says:

    Easy fj today.. If you remember recent or current news and events.. All should get it.. One might get it wrong.

  4. VJ says:

    Philip’s chat story today reminded me of the time I was getting ready to eat a great cheeseburger I just made and this guy came to the door. I was trying to get rid of him but he kept talking and I looked back to see that our little Pekingese, Raspy, had jumped up on the chair and was eating it. LOL (now – I was pretty upset at the time)

    • Cece says:

      Lol, VJ! I’d have made a hot dog out of him.:):)

      Anyway, I wasn’t surprised Philip went out that way; it has happened before with big risk takers. But this time, I think he did what he had to do (as Eric so eloquently explains in his comment). Being faster on the buzzer would’ve helped him a lot, imo.

      • VJ says:

        True, it was the only move he could make on that second DD, but he still made a very impressive amount in the 3 games he won so I’m sure he’s happy about that.

        • Cece says:

          There’s some game on tonight, so no TBBT. I’m not a sports person, don’t know anything about it and, frankly, don’t care. Incidentally, my perfect 3/3 FJ so far this week was spoiled tonight by something having to do with sports, grrrrr.

          I vaguely remembered seeing a news headline about the pair of shoes auction, but had no idea what the guy’s name was. (My brain doesn’t retain trivia I don’t care about.) :)

      • EricS says:

        Thank you Cece! I hope you saw the admiration I posted for you, as well.

  5. EricS says:

    Clearly, regardless of anything Philip may have done in a previous game, his only reasonable chance to win was to bet everything in the last DD. Betting to a half-way point of the leader would lead to an inadequate leaving with a wrong response, and risked not even insuring a half-amount by the end of the game.
    Basically, Philip struck out, but didn’t do it with the bat on his shoulder.
    I am glad I got to see him play.

  6. aaaa says:

    There was a bonus for running a category later in the Art Fleming run, probably from 1973-75 in the wake of Match Game and Pyramid upping the prize money for game shows at the time. It was a $500 cash bonus early on, but later changed to a trip to London, and it was a car on the 1974-75 nighttime syndicated version. 38/53 here for tonight’s show.

  7. jacob ska says:

    And so the Day of Reckoning has arrived for Philip. For Whom the Bell Tolls? The Bell Tolls for thee. Read my post yesterday people where I stated “Today’s DD wager is beginning to show a pattern in Philip’s strategy that may not always work in his favor.”

    My grandfather used to have an expression that “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” As a fan of Jeopardy since the days of Art Fleming I have seen them come and go. So Philip has vanished due to a strategy that has never worked over the long term whether in the stock market or on Jeopardy.

    • rhonda says:

      Jacob, I used to watch the show when Art Fleming was the host, too. Do you remember when they used to give a bonus if the contestant ran a category?

  8. William Weyser says:

    I guess Michael Bilow can sympathize with Philip because as the screen said, Michael won $96,000 and then in his 4h game, he just had a bad day, and no offense against Kerry Greene because that was her 1st ever appearance, but I don’t like that episode.

    • Richard Corliss says:

      They both appeared in the Tournament of Champions last year. But did not played against each other again. Michael grew a little hair, Kerry changed glasses. I wonder if Dalton Higbee is happy that we have two players in Final Jeopardy!.

    • William Weyser says:

      Dalton Higbee, if you’re watching this, I can understand how you feel.
      Michael Bilow, if you’re watching this, have or show some sympathy for Philip.
      and Damien Martin, if you’re watching this, you’re no longer the most recent player to finish in the hole or in the red and not be eligible for Final Jeopardy! and YES, I hate seeing players who just have bad days, including you 2, Michael and Damien.