Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Inventions

The Final Jeopardy question (3/25/2016) in the category “20th Century Inventions” was:

In the 1950s physicist Louis Essen built the 1st practical one of these, noting that it wouldn’t give you the time of day

New champ Sarah Thompson won $16,999 yesterday. She will return on Monday if she can defeat these two opponents: Sam Gale, originally from Kernersville, NC; and Doug Behrend, from Fayetteville, AK

Round 1 Categories: Words that Should Rhyme – Playtime with Shakespeare – Spot the Canadian – Containers – U.S. Geography – Audra McDonald on Broadway

Doug found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Containers” under the $800 clue. He was in the lead with $6,600, $3,200 more than Sam in second place. There were 6 clues left after it. He bet $2,200 and came up with “boxx” (to make it 4 letters). That was WRONG.

This 4-letter terms refers to a coffin as people are bearing it to the grave.  show

Doug finished in the lead with $6,400. Sam was second with $4,000 and Sarah was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: A Category Full of Cor(e)ys – Philosophy – Gang Green – Starts with One Letter, Ends with the Next – Halt! – WHO Goes There

Sam found the first Daily Double in “Starts with One Letter…” under the $1,600 clue on the 11th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $8,800, $400 more than Doug in second place. She bet $2,200 and came up with wok. That was WRONG.

This cooking item is Japanese for “fire bowl”. show

5 clues later, Doug found the last Daily Double in “Halt!” under the $1,600 clue. He was in the lead with $11,800 now, $5,000 ahead of Sam in second place. He bet $1,600 and he was RIGHT.

This transit-based historic event began December 5, 1955. show

Doug finished in the lead with $9,200. Sarah, with a nice comeback, was next with $8,200 and Sam was in third place with $7,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Throughout human history, timekeeping has been based on the rotation of the Earth on its axis. But the Earth’s rotation is irregular and the solar day is gradually getting longer. Astronomical time posed a problem: the length of a second was changing. In 1955, Louis Essen and Jack Parry designed and built the world’s first caesium atomic clock at NPL in Teddington, transforming the way we measure and use time.” (60 Years of the Atomic Clock)

Sam bet $2,900. That brought her up to $9,900.

Sarah bet $6,000. She finished with $14,200.

Doug bet $7,201 so he won the match with $16,401 and he is the one we’ll be seeing on Monday.

Final Jeopardy Results for Friday, March 25, 2016

The last three clues resulted in some score fluctuations for real:

This $2K clue was costly for Doug (poppies) and Sam (rice) in WHO Goes There ($2000) A 2015 WHO meeting in New Delhi promoted alternatives to this crop implicated in 6 mil. annual deaths. (Sarah didn’t try it.)

Then this one cost Sarah $2,000 with her “embargo” response: This Napoleonic system tried to stop trade between Mainland Europe & Great Britain. (Doug and Sam didn’t try it)

But Sarah made here $2K back on the very last clue in the Cor(e)ys category: Edwin Arlington Robinson wrote a poem about this rich enviable gentleman who yet kills himself

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Oscar Nominations”

Prior to “Silver Linings Playbook”, the last film to get Oscar noms. in all 4 acting categories was this film partly set in Russia. show

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2 Responses

  1. JEOPARDY says:

    Easy fj today… All shoulda got it..

  2. William Weyser says:

    Exactly 1 year ago, there were 2 professors in the same episode. Challenger Jacqueline Hawkins, an English professor at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College from Louisville, Kentucky and champion Gautam Mukunda, a professor at Harvard Business School from Boston, Massachusetts. Jacqueline won that game, and even though he didn’t have the lead heading into Final Jeopardy! anyway, Gautam did get final right, but he failed to cover a double up by the 2nd place finisher Tim Hague, which Tim almost did.