Final Jeopardy: State Capital Geography

The Final Jeopardy question (3/29/2016) in the category “State Geography” was:

Of the 5 U.S. State capitals that begin with the letter “A”, the one that is farthest north.

New champ Erin Bowers won a hefty $30,001 yesterday. Today she is up against these two players: Michelle Bulger Mabury, from Atlanta, GA; and Todd Giese, from New Orleans, LA.

Round 1 Categories: State Landmarks – Invertebrates – Clothes – I’m Retired – I Run a Little – “B” & “B”

Todd found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Invertebrates” under the $800 clue on the 8th pick of the round. He was in a tie with Erin at $1,200. Michelle had not yet buzzed in. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

In 1983 Louisiana made this lobster relative its state crustacean.  show

Erin finished in the lead with $6,000. Todd was second with $5,200 and Michelle was last with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: Italian Art & Artists – Pirates – Master of None – Animated Movie Songs – Languages of Africa – Literary Demises

Todd found the first Daily Double in “Languages of Africa” under the $2,000 clue about mid-round. In second place with $11,200, he had $600 less than Michelle’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

Countries using this as their official language include Mozambique & Guinea-Bissau. show

Erin found the last Daily Double in “Master of None” under the $2,000 clue. There were 4 clues left after it. She was in third place with $10,000 now, $6,400 less than Todd’s lead. She bet $5,000 but couldn’t come up with a response so she was WRONG.

The frequent pairing of these 2 4-letter words to mean “without legal force” is redundant. show

Todd finished in the lead with $16,400. Michelle was next with $15,800 and Erin was in third place with $7,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Here’s a little chart showing the latitudes of each state capital that begins with the letter “A”:

Capital City
Augusta, ME
Albany, NY
Annapolis, MD
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
44°18′38″ N
42°39′09″ N
38°58′42″ N
33°44′56″ N
30°16′01″ N

You can look up the coordinates of many cities on Date and Time In addition to being the northernmost “A” state capital, Augusta is also the easternmost capital in the entire USA. (No. 16 on 50’s list of Maine trivia)

Erin bet $1,000. She finished with $8,000.

Michelle bet $1,799. That brought her up to $17,599.

Todd bet $15,201 and won the match with an even bigger payout than yesterday — $31,601. We love it! Congrats, Todd!

Final Jeopardy Results for Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Two late DJ triple stumpers were:
Italian Art & Artists ($1600) – Botticelli’s masterpiece “Allegory of Spring” also has this Italian title.
Pirates ($1600) This canine term was used for naval captains sent by Queen Elizabeth I to raid Spanish fleets in the Caribbean.

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Famous Women”

This crusader, in 1906: “More than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, & then to die without it seems so cruel.” show

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7 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    43/61 here

  2. jacob ska says:

    Not surprised all of the contestants got fj correct tonight. All of them are from the eastern half of the U. S. I remember when my dad used to drive us from New York up to Maine during the summers and eating fresh lobsters. Also, no one can forget Olympia Snowe who was born in Augusta, Maine.

  3. VJ says:

    Tough break on that last DD for Erin! I thought it would be in her wheelhouse since she’s a patent examiner. The first word that popped in my mind was NULL and then I blanked. Then I said “NULL AND” out loud and VOID came right out. If I was there, I would have been in trouble if I didn’t start with “What is” before I started talking out loud!

    • Cece says:

      Like Erin, my brain went null and void. But I did call the “Allegory of Spring” TS :)

      Nice game.

      • VJ says:

        Yes, it was nice how Michelle caught right up and took over the lead for a while there. The DDs changed it all!