Final Jeopardy: Signers of the Constitution

The Final Jeopardy question (3/2/2017) in the category “Signers of the Constitution” was:

The name of this first Maryland signer is also on a national monument completed in 1803.

2x champ Rob Liguori has now won $40,001. It’s east vs. west today, as he takes on these new players: Crista Calderon, from Spokane, WA; and Nil Jones, from Portland, OR.

Round 1 Categories: The Northernmost Sports Franchise – Boats & Boating – Food & Drink Brands – Middle X – Sir Thomas More – Zoo-topia

Rob found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Food & Drink Brands” under the $600 clue on the 18th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,400, $2,000 more than Crista in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This liquor brand is also the name of Alabama’s state game bird.. show

Rob finished in the lead with $9,000. Crista was second with $2,800 and Nil was last with $200.

Round 2 Categories: Tennessee History – The Poet Writes – 5-letter Film Synopses – Potpourri – South America – Swear Words

Crista found the first Daily Double in “South America” under the $800 clue on the 17th pick. She was in second place with $9,600 at this point, $6,200 less than Rob’s lead. She bet $1,000 and thought it was the Ivory Coast. That was WRONG.

Due east of Suriname, it’s formally un departement d’outre-mer. show

Rob found the last Daily Double in “Tennessee History” under the $1,200 clue, with 10 clues still ahead of it. In the lead with $16,600, he had $7,600 more than Crista in second place. He bet $1,500 and he was RIGHT.

In 1945 this atomic research city had a population of 75,000 but it wasn’t open to walk-in visitors until 1949. show

Rob finished in the lead with $19,300, another runaway. Crista was next with $9,000 and Nil was out of the game at this point, $3,000 in the red.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


One of 3 Maryland delegates to sign the Constitution on 9/17/1787, James McHenry was chosen by George Washington as his Secretary of War in 1796, a post he continued to hold during John Adams’ presidency until 1800. The construction of Fort McHenry began in 1798, but was not completed until 1803. James McHenry was still alive during the War of 1812, when his own son participated in the defense of Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Key composed the poem that later became our national anthem. Fort McHenry was designated a national monument and shrine in 1939.

Crista thought it was Thomas Jefferson. She lost her $1,000 bet, retaining $8,000.

Rob wrote down “Baltimore.” Despite his runaway, he bet $700 on this one so he won the match with $18,600. His 3-day total is $58,601.

Final Jeopardy (3/2/2017) Rob Liguori, Nil Jones, Crista Calderon

Two triple stumpers:

THE POET WRITES ($400) “‘Charge for the guns!’ he said. Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred.”

5-LETTER FILM SYNOPSES ($1200) Philly fighter fosters filial friendship from fallen foe’s family

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners”

She was called a “trailblazer for America’s daughters” when she won in 2012, a century after founding an organization. show

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11 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    46/56. 2003 was the last time three games in a row had someone not make it to FJ!

  2. Lou says:

    What is going on this week? Are all these newcomers for jeopardy really have a lack of knowledge to the clues in each of the Categories? And why did nil said Keats twice in a row, VJ? I wonder how those guys were selected when they were not prepared

    • VJ says:

      Seems like a combination of things to me, Lou. Too many guesses, for sure, something they should avoid in the last row, But also not being able to get back on track because they’re being out-buzzed on the easier clues and also because the boards aren’t getting finished. I’m sure that’s because of those long video clues and/or categories! Gosh! That panda was very cute today but that clue was sooooo long!

      I think Nil had it in his mind that Keats was going to be an answer to something. LOL. Kinda like me and Rhonda and our 49ers/Joe Montana Plan. At least that $2K poem was actually about Keats.

      I was bummed that no one got “The Ancient Mariner.” I think someone would have if they had went with the “with my cross-bow I shot the Albatross” line. Still, I liked the part they picked and thought the word “cross-bow” would do it.

      • Lou says:

        Agreed, I love that video of the panda! Also That McHenry name shouldn;t throw these guys off since his name is named after the Tunnel in Baltimore, MD. My parents travelled to that tunnel to visit Florida 10 years ago and the same to washington DC when my brother had his 8th grade spelling bee down there. Such memorable times all those years ago.

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    Nil had minus $3,000.

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    This is the third game in a row with a two player Final Jeopardy.

  5. Charles Brown says:

    The pasta clue butterflies in Italian, drew a blank.