Final Jeopardy: 21st Century News

The Final Jeopardy question (3/23/2016) in the category “21st Century News” was:

Russia took out $200 million in insurance, anticipating any damage that might be caused by this in 2001.

New champ Claudia Stucke won $18,800 yesterday, being the only one to get FJ right. Today she is up against these two ladies: Jessica Kiefer, from Pittsburgh, PA; and Jen Kadzie, from Chicago, IL.

Round 1 Categories: Old Testament Peeps – NATO Phonetic Alphabet Code Words – Women on TV – The 18th Century – Singing – For Your Supper

Claudia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Singing” under the $600 clue on the 15th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,600, $600 more than Jessica in second place. She bet $1,000 and came up with “prima diva.” That was WRONG.

The primo uomo is the lead male singer in an opera; this is the lead female singer.  show

Jen finished in the lead with $5,200. Jessica was second with $3,400 and Claudia was last with $2,600.

Round 2 Categories: 5-Letter Film Fest – Recent Science – Feline Library – Namesakes – The Baltic – It’s a “Sham”

Jen found the first Daily Double in “5-Letter Film Fest” under the $1,600 clue on the 8th pick of the round. In the lead with $7,600, she had $4,200 more than Claudia and Jessica, tied in second place. She bet $1,400 and she was RIGHT.

2008: Pop princess pilfered in Paris; purloiner’s payback painful, prolong. show

Jen found the last Daily Double in “Namesakes” under the $2,000 clue. 10 clues were left after it. She was in second place now with $9,800, $2,000 less than Claudia’s lead. She bet $2,200 and she was RIGHT.

A comic strip tiger was named for this author of “Leviathan”. show

Jen finished in the lead with $16,400. Claudia was next with $11,800 and Jessica was in third place with $6,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“After 15 years of triumphs and troubles, Russia’s Mir space station blazed across South Pacific skies to a watery grave Friday [March 23, 2001]…. Tons of debris survived re-entry and fell within the Pacific target zone, which was chosen to minimize the risk of injuries or damage to property. Initial reports indicated that the debris fell harmlessly into the ocean. Just to be safe, the Russians had taken out a $200 million insurance policy to cover potential damages, airlines rerouted Pacific flights, and nations ranging from Japan to Chile went on alert during the deorbiting.” (NBC News: Russia Bids Farewell to Mir)

Jessica came up with “asteroid.” She lost her $5,000 bet and finished with $1,200.

Claudia thought it was the Chernobyl disaster. She didn’t bet a ruble so she remained at $11,800.

Jen wrote down the Olympics. That cost her $7,201 and left her with $9,199. It also made Claudia a 2-day champ with a total of $30,600.

Final Jeopardy Results for Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Two clues in “Namesakes” were Triple Stumpers:
($1200) Tesla Motors was named for Nikola Tesla, the early 20th century visionary behind such ground-breaking ideas as using rotating magnetic fields & this reversing direction electrical flow.
($1600) Railroad pioneer Arthur Stilwell gave his name to this Texas city, Janis Joplin’s hometown

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Agriculture”

Prunus dulcis, this snack high in calcium & vitamin E is native to the Mideast, but 80% of the world crop comes from Calif. show

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4 Responses

  1. JEOPARDY says:

    easy fj today.. If you followed current events some years back..

    All should get it right..

    1 could possibly miss it.

  2. VJ says:

    On the Wooly Bully clue, I think Claudia had a blank out moment like she did on prima donna – but after Jessica struck out with Sam Sham, she knew it.

    PS – Sam’s real name is Domingo