Final Jeopardy: U.S. Cities

The Final Jeopardy question (3/23/2015), in the category “U.S. Cities” was:

Kipling wrote of this city, “If a car” can “run up and down a slit in the ground…why shall I seek the reasons of the miracle?”

Returning champ, Alex Navissi won $13,500 on Friday. In his second game, he is up against: Jill Locascio, from Brooklyn, NY; and Nate Burgan, from Oak Park, MI.

Round 1: Nate found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Can I Have a Word?” under the $1,000 clue. He was in third place with $2,800, $1,400 less than Jill’s lead. He bet $1,800 and thought it was a roundabout. That was WRONG.

A public place for walking, or a square dance move in which couples march counterclockwise. show

Jill finished in the lead with $5,000. Alex was second with $4,000 and Nate was last with $800.

Round 2: Alex found the first Daily Double in “Get the ‘Urge'” under the $1,600 clue. He was in second place with $8,000, $3,400 less than Jill’s lead. He bet $4,000 and came up with what sounded like “neurgeny.” That was WRONG.

It’s the specialty of operating on the brain and spinal cord. show

The last Daily Double stayed on the board, under either the $1,600 or $2,000 clue in “Orogenies”.

Jill finished in the lead with $13,400. Alex was next with $9,600 and Nate was in third place with $4,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Long before he became world famous as the author of Captains Courageous, Just So Stories, Jungle Book and other classic novels, Rudyard Kipling visited San Francisco. It was 1889. He was 24 years old and returning to England from India where he worked as a newspaper reporter…” The Kipling Society also gives the entire quote: “If it pleases Providence to make a car run up and down a slit in the ground for many miles, and if for twopence-halfpenny I can ride in that car, why should I seek the reasons of the miracle?”

Nate got it right. He bet $4,200 and finished with $8,600.

Alex also got it. His $3,801 bet brought him up to $13,401.

Jill wrote down Detroit. That cost her $5,801 and she finished with $7,599. So Alex Navissi remained champ with a 2-day total of $26,901.


High fives to our commenters Elijah and John B. Elijah noticed immediately that this was the exact same category and same answer Jeopardy! used in the 1/26/2015 match. John B predicted that two would get it right and one contestant would answer Detroit.

2 years ago:: ONE of the players got this FJ in “The 1990s”

The 7th & last American to stay there was aerodynamic scientist Andy Thomas, with 130 days there in 1998. show

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15 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    Congrats to Alex! I have to attribute it to nerves his not getting “neurosurgery” on that DD…

    Well, 2 wrong DD’s plus 1 left on the board.

    I missed SF in FJ the first time around this year, but not today. Yay!

    • VJ says:

      Yay, Cece!

      I thought Alex got his categories mixed up in that DD and thought he was in the OroGENies category instead of Get the URGE.

      • Cece says:

        LOL! That’s really messed up when one mixes up categories.

        BTW, on the 2K clues you posted on cotD page, I got the 3 academic ones but missed the other 3 (Movie taglines, American no more, Before he was president). Maybe too “Americana” for me at the time? Interesting.

        • VJ says:

          funny, the players usually get Andrew Johnson if they mention his tailor shop in the same town (which incidentally is really spelled GreenEville). The clues I posted were from 2009, but they had that same mayor question and same category title, Before He Was President, in a 2006 game and it was a Triple Stumper then too.

        • Cece says:

          That’s weird – a TS on the same clue within 3 years. So AJ being a mayor in Greeneville seems to elude FJ contestants, but not his owning a tailor shop. Huh.

        • VJ says:

          Yes, that is something, but here is something I just found out — there are 5 men from Tennesee who became presidents. Check this out..

          I did not know about Walker. I checked to see if he was ever in a J! clue and yes– in 2010. Look at the $800 clue in the category Globe Trekkin’. It was a TS, too. But if they ever reuse that one, we’ll know it (or I will anyway if you don’t see this. LOL)

        • Cece says:

          This is a fascinating piece of info. The link you provided linked to another page on him which linked to another page — really interesting stuff on this Walker, to say nothing of his fate.

          If ever they reuse the same clue I’ll also know it, because fortunately I saw this, ha! :):)

          Thanks for sharing. :)

          P.S. I totally missed the game today (Tue).

        • VJ says:

          I’m glad you saw it, Cece. I found it fascinating too.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Congrats to Elijah and John. I was totally out today. Couldn’t believe fj could be this easy and so close to the last U. S. Cities fj category so I was way off track.

    Don’t drink and drive? Don’t watch March Madness for an entire weekend and watch your #1 pick go down and try to solve a fj clue the next day. LOL

    • john blahuta says:

      well, 3/4 right with sf, 2 solves and detroit as an answer. wrong on a new champ.
      maybe they should give alex some espresso before the taping. the missing dd could/would have changed the outcome, depending who would have gotten it,the wager amount and whether it was answered correctly.i hate it when a dd stays on the board, but maybe they had a video category again, i’ll see it tonight.
      sneaky bet by alex, it luckily worked out.
      had jill answered correctly, it would not have mattered, she would have won anyway since she bet the right amount, but unfortunately wrong answer.
      so congratulations to alex for winning AND being lucky to boot!
      you did not pick villanova by any chance???

      • jacob ska says:

        @John, you know how to hurt a guy. Yes I did. Also shocked to see Maryland lose. I could go on and on. Excruciating! My bracket is a mess.

        • john blahuta says:

          watch football (soccer) and your nerves will thank you..:):):) (or maybe not if you are a real madrid fan and see them lose to barcelona in the el classico. fortunately i am a barca fan, they won on sunday 2;1 over madrid and are now 4 pts ahead in first place)..:):)
          there is always next year! the girl who cried and played anyway was cute though!!

        • john blahuta says:

          you thought Pullman, right?

        • jacob ska says:

          No. I literally took the word Providence to mean in 1875 when that city was big on manufacturing electric streetcars. Took the business historical route rather than the spiritual route.

          My mind, as you know, always leans toward business. Remember in the 1800s there were a lot of streetcars in the northeast so that’s where I went. Weird I know but that’s where my mind went…historical business. Wasn’t in a spiritual mood.

        • jacob ska says:

          Noticed on J Board some posters over there went to the northeast too. Just left there. I think most people could not believe s.f. would pop up again so soon after the last fj.