Final Jeopardy: State Capitals

The Final Jeopardy question (3/2/2016) in the category “State Capitals” was:

Settled in the 1780s, it’s the only state capital without a McDonald’s.

New champ Rachel Zoch won $4,700 yesterday, after no one got the final clue. Today she will try to make a lot more than that as she faces these two opponents: John Bozek, from New York, NY; and Peter Diedrich, from Sierra Madre, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Exit Through the Gift Shop – Bible Books in Pop Music – Fashion – What’s Your Movie Profession? – Missing Links – This is “D” Place

Peter found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “‘D’ Place” under the $800 clue on the 7th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $1,200, $400 more than John in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

This Mideastern place is home to the world’s richest horse race & the Desert Classic, a stop on the PGA Tour.  show

Rachel finished in the lead with $6,400. Peter was second with $5,600 and John was last with $3,600. Before Double Jeopardy! began, a negative ruling affecting Peter was reversed and his score rose to $7,200, so he was now in the lead and Rachel was second, but John still went first.

Round 2 Categories: Remembering the Alamo – At “Bat” – Doggone Good Writing – Ted – The Last Man – On Earth

John found the first Daily Double in “The Last Man” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick of the round. In third place with $4,400, he had $2,400 less than Peter’s lead. He bet $3,000 and thought it was the gas chamber. That was WRONG.

In 1996 Delaware’s Bill Bailey became the last condemned murderer to be put to death in the U.S. this way. show

Peter found the last Daily Double in “On Earth” under the $1,600 clue. He was in second place with $10,000 now, $1,600 less than Rachel’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

This visible phenomenon results from the solar wind buffeting earth’s magnetic field. show

Peter finished in the lead with $20,600. Rachel was next with $16,800 and John was in third place with $8,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Believe it or not, McDonald’s and its competitor, Burger King, have failed to enter the great capital of Vermont (although they are located in nearby Berlin, VT). Montpelier is dedicated to keeping things local and has kept McDonald’s out for the time being. In fact, until 1996 the superstore, Wal-Mart, was kept out of our state as well. Incidentally, Montpelier, VT is also without an airport.” (AOL Travel: Montpelier Mythbusters)

John got it right. He only bet $500 and that brought his score up to $8,700.

Rachel thought it was Juneau. She lost her $4,000 bet and was left with $12,800.

Peter came up with Newport. He lost his $13,001 bet and landed in third place with $7,599. So Rachel won her second match even though she missed FJ again. Her 2-day total is $17,500.

Final Jeopardy Results for March 2, 2016

The Reversal: In “Movie Profession”: ($800) “The non-brunette, non-redheaded Elle Woods.” Peter said law student. Alex said no and Rachel said lawyer.

Another Odd Moment: Right after his first round DD, Peter answered this “D” Place clue without buzzing in. ($1,000) “The Nieuwe Kerk in this Dutch city contains the tombs of William I & other rulers from the House of Orange.” It couldn’t be accepted even though he was right. John rang in and repeated the answer.

Not exactly a Triple Stumper: The last clue in the last round was in “Doggone Good Writing”: ($400) “This 1902 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale about a ghostly canine was based on local legend.” The end of the round signal went off right after John gave the answer minus the final “s”. His response was not accepted but Alex just gave the response without offering the clue to the other players.

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “4-Letter Words”

New research shows that this word that has become ubiquitous dates back to young men also called “macaronis”. show

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14 Responses

  1. SG says:

    Peter irritated me; he was so slow picking the next clue.
    Not sure what Peter was thinking for his FJ question. Newport is the capital of which state????

  2. Cece says:

    This looks like it was an OK game, though only one got FJ right, but what else is new?

    Interesting: Yesterday, David finished in 3rd with $8,200>bet it all>missed FJ>lost

    Today, John was in 3rd with $8,200 > bet small>solo FJ get>lost. Such is luck (or the lack thereof).

    Bible Books in Pop Music seems like an interesting category.

  3. Jack says:

    Anyone notice the Dubai question (answer) cited the desert classic as being on the PGA TOUR, but in reality it’s the European tour.

  4. JEOPARDY says:

    Anyone had to watch yesterdays show replay today because of election night??

    • Cece says:

      Moi. But I didn’t have to watch it, I changed the channel

    • EricS says:

      To be clear, it was far from election night.
      Although HRC “won” last night, it was a farce. She won in open primaries in deeply red states.
      It’s just more Koch money at work.

  5. JEOPARDY says:

    Pretty difficult fj today….

    Gonna say 1 or 2 get this one..

  6. William Weyser says:

    I think that John’s $500 wager is a smart bet, because he didn’t want to fall below Peter if he misses and wagers for the lockout, which he did and John must have realized it.

  7. Selena says:

    Did anyone note the answers and questions in the category having to do with dogs (and literature?)? One of the questions had to do with a novel (?) that I might like to read, but I was cooking and wasn’t able to write it down.

    • VJ says:

      @Selena, they played the Doggone Good Writing category from bottom to top:

      $2000 – Described as “a lion-like creature”, Pilot is this man’s dog in “Jane Eyre”

      $1600 – Good things happen “because of” this store-found dog in a novel by Kate DiCamillo

      $1200 – In 1838 he began publishing “Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle”

      $800 – In Greek poetry, a faithful dog named Argos was this wanderer’s pet

      The last clue in the round is the last triple stumper mentioned in the recap before the 2 Years Ago Clue.

  8. aaaa says:

    49/61 here. Rachel should have wagered less than $400 to keep John out of contention and win on a TS. Because she didn’t do that, JOhn underwagered.