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 History.com’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.
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