Final Jeopardy: American History

The Final Jeopardy question (3/3/2016) in the category “American History” was:

In the 1690s its legislature referred to this place as “his majesty’s ancient colony and dominion”.

2x champ Rachel Zoch brought her winnings up to $17,500 yesterday. Today he takes on these two players: Soumia Meiyappan, from Brampton, ONT, Canada; and Ted Dorsey, from Los Angeles, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Clever Logos – Book Songs – Italian, with the Speaking – You get 95 Years – Time Off – For Good Behavior

Rachel found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Time Off” under the $800 clue with only two clues left after it. She was in third place with $2,800, $2,000 less than Soumia’s lead. She bet $1,000 but didn’t have a response so she was WRONG.

It’s a peaceful and happy interlude & perhaps fittingly, a homophone of a word for “lazy”.  show

Soumia finished in the lead with $4,800. Ted was second with $1,800 and Rachel was last with $4,800.

Round 2 Categories: Nonfiction – Scarlett Johansson Roles – World Religion – “UNK” in the Trunk – Bridge on the River – Kauai

Soumia found the first Daily Double in “Scarlett Johannsson Roles” under the $800 clue on the 5th pick of the round. In the lead with $5,600, she had $1,200 more than Ted in second place. She bet $2,000 and came up with Lucy. That was WRONG.

An artificially intelligent operating system. show

Soumia found the last Daily Double in “World Religion” under the $1,200 clue, 5 clues later. She was in the lead with $8,800 now, double Ted’s second place score. She bet $2,200 and took a guess with Mustafa. That was WRONG.

From the Arabic for “Master” & also starting with “M”, it’s a teacher or leader in Islam. show

Rachel and Soumia finished in a tie for the lead with $12,600, quite astounding because Rachel only had $200 when Soumia found that last Daily Double. Ted was last with $10,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


A reproduction of where this is specifically from (the Chesterfield County Resolves) appears online in Colonial Williamsburg’s digital library: “Resolved, that the sole right of making laws for the government of this his majesty’s ancient colony and dominion of Virginia, and for raising and levying taxes on the inhabitants thereof, ought to be, and is, vested in the general assembly of the said colony, and cannot be executed by any other power, without danger to our liberties; subject nevertheless, as of custom has been, to his sacred majesty’s approbation.”

They also have an image of the original article in the Virginia Gazette in case you doubt their decisions to capitalize or not to capitalize.

Ted thought it was Massachusetts. He lost his $2,615 bet and had $7,385.

Soumia came up with Jamestown. She bet and lost it all.

Rachel got it right. She bet $12,599 and won this match with $25,199. Her 3-day total is $42,699. Great comeback, Rachel!

Jeopardy Results for March 3, 2016

Here are two triple stumpers from the Double Jeopardy! round:

Nonfiction ($800) Andrew Young’s “The Politician” is about this scandal-plagued presidential candidate to whom Young was an aide.

World Religion The Abhidharma Pitaka is one of the “baskets”, or texts, of this religion.

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Pulitzer Prize-Winning Authors”

He’s the most recent winner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes for fiction, winning in 1982 & 1991 for books in the same series. show

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18 Responses

  1. Trevor Panno says:

    As luck would have it, “Lucy” was the correct response to the $2,000 clue in the same category where Soumnia discovered the daily double.

  2. Tom Clark says:

    It would have been great if Soumia answered the FJ correctly. I would have liked to see the expression on Rachel’s face when she lost by one dollar.

    I think you should bet to win (or tie in this case). Why place a bet where you assume everyone will miss the question and you’ll wind up with a dollar and win — especially since there was no logical reason for the guy in the middle to bet anything at all?

    I’ve asked many times why people place those “everything but a dollar” bets, and no one ever comes up with a logical reason. It’s just one of life’s mysteries.

    • Cece says:

      Hey Tom, nice to see you comment—it’s been a while since you graced us with your (virtual) presence.

      I agree that Rachel’s bet was risky, specially considering her FJ track record. But she lucked out and lives to play another day.

    • VJ says:

      well, the only thing I can think in this case is maybe she held back the $1.00 because the category was American History and Soumia is Canadian. Trebek did say before showing Soumia’s answer that she was perhaps at a disadvantage.

      Regardless, I expected them to consider Soumia the high score in terms of reading off the answers because she got to $12,600 first.

      • Cece says:

        I see what you mean, but I think that Rachel should have known that any sensible Canadian contestant will have boned up in American history.

        Soumia’s answer of Jamestown wasn’t absurd, imo. And Ted is an American and came up with Massachusetts.

        Btw, they’ll show this game tomorrow in my area. What a mess!

    • EricS says:

      Although I certainly agree with Tom (as usual) that winning with a dollar isn’t going to happen , I do believe that there can be no more wagering for a tie. I simply don’t know how they enforced this. This may have been a factor. Also, they may have given Soumia her choice since she led after the first round. It certainly brings up an interesting question.

      • VJ says:

        that thought crossed my mind, too, Eric, but I thought that just couldn’t be because it wouldn’t be fair .

        But ( LOL) I still checked Rachel’s twitter to see if she said anything about her bet but she didn’t.

  3. jim says:

    What was the question on the golden horde.

    • VJ says:

      ($800) 1395: Tamerlane invades the caucasus & takes the glitter off this horde.

      They were all stumped by the two clues before it in the same category, too.

      ($400) 1595: Commanding an armada of English ships, he sails from Plymouth on his last voyage

      ($600) 1695: This captain is commissioned to hunt pirates; he later becomes one

      • Cece says:

        I just watched this game. This category bombed! I can’t believe Dreyfus was a TS— the name comes up on J! over and over connected (or not) with Zola.

        • VJ says:

          maybe you’ll find it easier to believe after you see today’s game. yikes!

        • Cece says:

          I won’t get to watch it because the week is over and I was short changed. Thanks for the “yikes” up, lol. Good for me!

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    I was hoping Ted to win the game, but it’s ratherly exciting, though, to watch the male returning champion going up against the two female challengers.