Final Jeopardy: Papal Names

The Final Jeopardy question (3/20/2017) in the category “Papal Names” was:

From the mid-20th century, it’s the most recent papal name that’s the same in Latin & in English.

New champ Rebecca Wald won $31,200 last Friday, much to Alex Trebek’s delight. In her second game, she is up against these two players: Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, from Jackson, MI; and Eli Rosenberg, from Oak Harbor, WA.

Round 1 Categories: Festivals – Tricky Clues – 19th Century Authors – Auto-matic Words – Geography “B” – Bare-Knuckle Fighting

Eli found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Festivals” under the $600 clue with a dozen clues to go after it. He was in third place with $200, $1,800 less than Rebecca’s lead. He bet $600 of the $1,000 allowance and took a guess with Detroit. That was WRONG.

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Rebecca finished in the lead with $3,000. Christiane was second with $2,800 and Eli was last, in the hole for $400.

Round 2 Categories: Pre-Civil War America – NFL En Espanol – Island Prisons – Current Biographies – Starts & Ends With “F” – Barnacle Fighting

Christiane found the first Daily Double in “NFL En Espanol” under the $800 clue. A dozen clues were left after it, just like in Round 1. She was in second place with $5,600 at this point, $5,800 less than Rebecca’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Rebecca found the last Daily Double in “Current Biographies” under the $800 clue, with only 3 clues left after it. In the lead with a runaway $11,800, she had $7,400 more than Christiane in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Rebecca finished in the lead with $15,800. Christiane was next with $6,000 and Eli was in third place with $4,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Leo and Pius are two 20th century papal names that are the same in English and Latin but Pius was the most recent. Here are the English and regnal (Latin) names of the 20th century popes:

Leo (Leo) – Leo XIII (from 1878-1903) was the first pope born in the 19th century and first to die in the 20th.
Pius (Pius) – there were 3 in the 20th century, the X (St. Pius X), the XI and the XII. Pius XII was pope from 1939 to 1958. He canonized Pius X.
Benedict (Benedictus) – Benedict XV (from 1914-1922)
John (Ioannes) – John XXIII (from 1958-1963)
Paul (Paulus) – Paul VI (from 1963-1978)
John Paul (Ioannes Paulus) – the first Pope to choose this name only reigned for 33 days in 1978; the second reigned from 1978 to 2005.

Eli thought it was Paul. He lost his $4,700 bet and finished with $100.

Christiane thought it was John. She lost $5,998, leaving her with $2.00.

Rebecca came up with Leo. She lost $3,700, winning the match with the $12,100 she had left. Her 2-day total is $43,300.

Final Jeopardy (3/20/2017) Rebecca Wald, Eli Rosenberger, Christiane Evaskis-Garrett

Two triple stumpers from the match:

TRICKY CLUES ($1000) You can see many a public hanging at this location at West 53rd & Fifth in New York City

PRE-CIVIL WAR AMERICA ($1200) It precedes “Gazette” in the name of the newspaper that Ben Franklin bought in 1729 & made into a leading paper

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “U.S. Cities”

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7 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    btw, I meant to mention that we used to work with a realtor down here whose name is Pius. Also, on the Nickname site, there’s a poker champ, a philologist and a politician, all named Pius, and I have a list of the real first names of the Popes who chose that name. Fun stuff to know :)

  2. VJ says:

    I know they only wanted the name today, but here’s one time in 1991 that Pius XII was an FJ triple stumper and, wow, they didn’t give the players much to go on that time.

    THE 1950S: He died October 9, 1958 at Castel Gandolfo

    LINK: 12 more clues from today’s match

  3. Lou says:

    This shouldn’t have been a very tough final but still there were a few triple stumpers in the main round. How did these guys not know about nelson mandela? Johannasburg should have been the correct answer. Did alex misspoke about that?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, Alex gave the right answer. Johannesburg isn’t one of the 3 South African capitals and it was one of the wrong answers given. The other wrong answers were the judicial and administrative capitals. (LINK)

  4. Alfred Robert Hogan, M.A. says:

    For sure I expected a Triple Get but what do I know from predictions! Such an easy FJ!

  5. rhonda says:

    I’m surprised that this FJ was a triple stumper.
    The clue about MOMA wasn’t quite correct, it isn’t on 5th Ave, it’s between 5th and 6th Aves.

  6. aaaa says:

    44/58 here