Final Jeopardy: Europe

The Final Jeopardy question (3/6/2017) in the category “Europe” was:

These 2 countries whose names start with the same 4 letters were part of different countries until the 1990s.

4x champ Rob Liguori won $72,601 last week. In his 5th game, he takes on these two challengers: Ernie Sykes, from Nolensville, TN; and Alison Maguire-Powell, from Denton, TX.

Round 1 Categories: War Stories – Stringing You Along – TV Shows by Character – Run! – Who Is Our Leader? – A Cute Little Hedgehog

Rob found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “TV Shows by Character” under the $400 clue on the 14th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $1,600, $400 more than Ernie in second place. He bet $800 and he was RIGHT.

Daisy Mason, who rose from kitchen aid to assistant cook. show

Rob finished in the lead with $4,400. Ernie was second with $2,400 and Alison was last, in the hole for $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: The Illumi-Naughty – State Capital Attractions – The Supreme Court – Familiar Trios – This Category Goes to the 1100s – “Z” Stuff

Alison found the first Daily Double in “State Capital Attractions” under the $1,200 clue, with 11 clues left after it. She was in second place with $5,000 when she found it, but a reversal (see below) brought her up to $7,400, $3,400 less than Rob’s lead. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.

Fairytale Town & the Leland Stanford Mansion. show

Ernie found the last Daily Double in “The 1100s” under the $1,600 clue, with only one clue left after it. In third place with $4,400, he had $10,800 less than Rob’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1141, this monk was condemned by a church court on theological grounds, not for fooling around with a student. show

We didn’t get to see that last clue. Rob finished in the lead with $15,200. Alison was next with $13,400 and Ernie was in third place with $8,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


After World War II, Slovenia was one of six republics that formed the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia. In June 1991, Slovenia and Croatia were the first to declare independence. (See Timeline: The Former Yugoslavia) Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1, 1993, in what is sometimes called “The Velvet Divorce.”

A lot harder: Can you find all the European countries that have an S in their names on a map in 2 minutes in this Sporcle quiz?

Ernie didn’t have a response. He lost his $6,801 bet and was left with $1,599.

Alison got it right. She bet $9,800, putting her in the lead with $23,200.

Rob only got as far as Latvia. He lost his $11,601 bet, finishing with $3,599. So Alison won the match and she is the new Jeopardy! champ. Great comeback in the second round!

Final Jeopardy (3/6/2017) Rob Liguori, Alison Maguire-Powell, Ernie Sykes

Reversal: THE SUPREME COURT ($1200) In the 1962 case Engel v. Vitale, the Supreme Court banned sponsored this in public schools. — Prayer was the response on the card, but the judges found that Alison’s answer of religion was also correct.

A triple stumper from each round:

TV SHOWS BY CHARACTER ($600) Darlene, a malware coder & Elliot’s sister

THE ILLUMI-NAUGHTY ($400) The Illuminati pop up in this Tom Hanks film & antimatter is stolen from the large Hadron Collider

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Literary Characters”

The first story in which he appeared began, “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at 3 in the morning.” show

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15 Responses

  1. Alex Epstein says:

    VJ who is the last person currently on the TOC list and when do you predict that will air?

    • VJ says:

      @Alex, it will be Rob when I update it later. I have no idea when the ToC will be shown. I would like it to be shown on the last 2 weeks of this season, but that’s a wish and not a prediction. :)

      @Jacob, you’re welcome. Glad you liked it. I love those Sporcle geography quizzes.

  2. jacob ska says:

    @vj, thanks for the Quiz.

  3. VJ says:

    I loved Ernie’s higlet answer :D

  4. jacob ska says:

    Alison didn’t find the clue difficult. Did a fantastic job of coming back from negative territory at end of Round 1 to win the match. Congrats Alison.

    With Melania Trump originating from Slovenia and Slovenia defeating Slovakia in hockey in the Winter Olympics plus both countries belonging to the 28 member countries of the European Union this should have been a slam dunk imo.

  5. Alfred Robert Hogan, M.A. says:

    The new First Lady hails from Slovenia so that should have helped. Donald J. Trump’s third wife is the first foreign-born First Lady since JQA’ s London-born wife in 1825-1829.

  6. Lou says:

    I found the wording of this clue confusing as well, but still Allison. Too bad that Kristin Cutts is out of the tournament of champions list and now Rob is in there. I was thinking of Iraq and Iran as well, would you have guessed that as well, VJ?

    • Alfred Robert Hogan, M.A. says:

      Iran and Iraq are in Asia not Europe.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I think Rob really needed to win this one. With the Teachers Tournament coming up, he’ll be knocked off the list anyway.

      I knew the answer just from starts with the same 4 letters. Besides Iraq and Iran being in Asia, as Alfred said, only the first 3 letters are the same. I think Turkey and Turkmenistan are the only 2 Asian countries that fit that 4-letter bill.

      If they went to Africa, it would be more of a challenge

  7. CWC says:

    The first-four letters thing put me in mind of Slovenia and Slovakia right away, but did anyone else think that the wording of this FJ clue was confusing?

  8. VJ says:

    Boy, was I surprised at this result when the clue said the first 4 letters are the same. Looked like Alison was the only one who checked out an alphabetical list of countries in her preparation.

    LINK: 10 more clues from this match