Final Jeopardy: Words in the News 2016

The Final Jeopardy question (3/29/2017) in the category “Words in the News” was:

NASA wished John Glenn this 8-letter word when he made the 1st U.S. manned orbital flight in 1962 & again upon his passing in 2016.

New champ Julie Brannon won $28,400 yesterday. She’s going for a second win today against these ladies: Tricia Riley, from Quincy, MA; and Rachel Levinson-Emley, from Goleta, CA.

Round 1 Categories: It Comes Once a Year – Footwear – 1967 – What’s Their Sport? – Rocks – & “Away” They Go

Tricia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “1967” under the $800 clue on the 12th pick of the round. She was in a second place tie with Rachel. They both had $1,000, $1,600 less than Julie’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and thought it was John Kerry. That was WRONG.

On October 26 this future politician was shot down over North Vietnam. show

Julie finished in the lead with $6,200. Rachel was second with $2,400 and Tricia was last with $1,200. Before Double Jeopardy! began, Tricia was credited with $1,600 on a reversal (see below), so her score rose to $2,800 and Rachel dropped to third place.

Round 2 Categories: “A” Cast – Of Thousands – It’s Epic – Asian Flags – 4-Letter Words – Jacques Cousteau

Julie found the first Daily Double in “It’s Epic” under the $800 clue on the 2nd pick. She was in the lead with $6,600 now, $3,800 more than Tricia in second place. She bet $1,400 and she was RIGHT.

This Roman poet wrote his own epic around 19 B.C. & in 1321 A.D. appeared as a character in one. show

Julie found the last Daily Double in “Of Thousands” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues to go after it. In the lead with $11,600, she had $2,800 more than Rachel in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

One thousand of these make up a micrometer. show

Julie finished in the lead with $12,800. Tricia was next with $9,200 and Rachel was in third place with $8,800.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In No. 4 of’s “7 Things You May Not Know About John Glenn,” Scott Carpenter explains that he came up with “Godspeed” on the spot when Glenn was launched into space: “In those days, speed was magic… and nobody had gone that fast. If you can get that speed, you’re home-free.” Due to a glitch in his radio, John Glenn didn’t actually hear the message until he got back to Earth. When Glenn passed away on December 8, 2016, NASA tweeted: “We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra.”

Rachel bet $4,200, bringing her up to $13,000 even.

Tricia bet $9,199, finishing with $18,399.

Julie bet $6,000 so she won the game with an $18,800 finish. Her 2-day total is $47,200.

Final Jeopardy (3/29/2017) Julie Brannon, Rachel Levinson-Emley, Tricia Riley

Reversal: IT COMES ONCE A YEAR ($1600) This spring festival involves a different kind of pole dancing with ribbons. – Tricia’s “May Pole” answer got a “no” at first. Julie got it with “May Day,” and the reversal came before the start of Round 2.

Two $1,600 triple stumpers:

“A” CAST – 2016: Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts

4-LETTER WORDS – A pillowcase with a tricky flap

2 years ago: BOTH players left in FJ got this one in “Etymology”

From the Latin for “to walk before”, a famous example of this 8-letter word was written in 1787. show

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11 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    Another triple solve. Great play by all the contestants. RIP John Glenn. VJ, do u know what year did John Glenn went to outer space?

    • VJ says:

      The Final Jeopardy clue gives that year, Lou — 1962. The date was February 20.

      • Kevin S. says:

        He actually went to space twice, but I think the only “Godspeed” wish was at his Mercury launch in 1962. He returned to space in a shuttle mission in 1998 at age 77, but I don’t think “Godspeed” was reprised at that time.

  2. aaaa says:

    40/58 here. Jboard and suggest that players save the video categories like the Cousteau one in DJ! for last, or at least one clue in it for last, as they want that category played out. Three clues were left unrevealed in DJ! because of this, and perhaps they could have gotten one more clue in if Alex didn’t take time to thank Cousteau’s granddaughter for taping those clues.

    • EricS says:

      Might that not depend upon their standing at the time? If a player has a decent lead, might it not be in their favor to choose slower clues and leave some untouched?

    • mimsy says:

      I’ll say one thing. They are really overdoing the video and picture clues these days. I used to enjoy them when they were less frequent. Sometimes, as they say, less is more.

      • rhonda says:

        I agree totally. All they do is waste time and then Alex wastes even more time thanking the narrator.

      • VJ says:

        Mmmm. Funny you should mention that. I just didn’t see why they thought showing a picture of Stalin’s daughter would be of any help today. smh– If you didn’t know her first name, you probably didn’t have any idea what she looked like either.

        As for the Cousteau clues, they were so-ooooo looooo-ng! But I think Eric has a good point about picking a category like that to deliberately run the clock out.

        LINK: 12 more clues from this match

        • rhonda says:

          They even said that she went by Lana, that should have given it to them.
          And you’re right about the photo, VJ, so silly of them to show it.

  3. VJ says:

    If Alex ever asked me who my favorite Wizard of Oz character is, I would say “Put ’em up, put ’em up,” raised fists and Bert Lahr impression included. LOL!!

    Rachel first said Dorothy and besides Dorothy, she picked the Scarecrow

  4. Myron M. says:

    Well, my prediction was quite wrong, wasn’t it? Shows what I know. ;)