Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Presidents

The Final Jeopardy question (4/17/2014), in the category “19th Century Presidents” was:

Good looks weren’t enough as he became the only full-term president to be rejected in a bid for his party’s 2nd term nomination.

6x champ Sandie Baker has now won $140,200 and become the third woman to win 6 games in regular play.* Today, in her 7th game, she is up against these two players: Kristin McAuliffe, from Brighton, MA; and Frédérique Delaprée, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

*The other two are: 6x champ Larissa Kelly ($222,597) and 8x champ Stephanie Jass ($147,570).

Round 1: Sandie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Sauces” under the $600 clue. She was in second place with $2,200, $1,400 less than Kristin’s lead. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.

One story says the French came up with this sauce to imitate a buttery one brought with a visiting Dutch king. show

Sandie finished in the lead with $8,600. Kristin was second with $4,800 and Frédérique was last with $1,200. After the break, Kristin’s Gold Rush answer was accepted and she went up to $6,800.

Round 2: Sandie found the first Daily Double in “Composers” under the $1,600 clue. She was in the lead with $9,800, $1,800 ahead of Kristin in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

In 1727, this German composer became a naturalized British subject under George I. show

Frédérique found the last Daily Double in “Wind” under the $2,000 clue. In third place with $6,800, she had $6,600 less than Sandie’s lead. She bet $2,200 and guessed the British Army. That was WRONG.

A common scale of wind velocities was devised in 1805 by Sir Frances Beauport of this military group. show

Sandie finished in the lead with $15,400. Kristin was next with $13,200 and Frédérique was in third place with $6,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHO IS FRANKLIN PIERCE?

At the 1856 Democratic National Convention, James Buchanan (former Secretary of State under Polk) was nominated to run for the party, over Pres. Pierce, Sens. Stephen Douglas and Lewis Cass.  As to “Handsome” Frank’s appearance, this description is largely taken from his biographer, D.W. Bartlett: “President Pierce was elegant and commanding in person. His figure was slight, and about five feet ten inches in height; his hair was abundant, dark brown, and waving; his dark eye was piercing and bright, and his face had an open and frank expression.” Pierce comes in at No. 5 on Nerve.com’s tongue-in-cheek list of the Top 43 Sexiest U.S. Presidents, where he is compared to Johnny Depp.

Frédérique wrote down Grover Cleveland (2 non-consecutive terms; #39 on Nerve’s sexy presidents). She didn’t bet anything and remained at $6,200.

Kristin thought it was Martin Van Buren (after 1 term, lost to Wm. Henry Harrison; #27 on Nerve). She lost everything but a dollar.

Sandie thought it was Andrew Jackson, a 2-termer (#25 on Nerve). She lost $11,100 and finished with $4,300.

So Frédérique Delaprée wins this one by keeping the most money in yet another FJ triple stumper!

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “1920s Novels”

This title guy says ‘Do you believe in my innocence, in the fiendishness of my accusers? Reassure me with a Hallelujah!’ show

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15 Responses

  1. Xoooo says:

    Knew Fred would win the day after beating sandie or she wouldn’t have answered Tom so cutely. Still wasn’t in first place going into final jeopardy tho. Lucky again.

    • Tom Clark says:

      It just shows that in this world, luck is more important than anything. Trust me, I know this better than anyone!

  2. Tom Clark says:

    Jeopardy is easily my alltime favorite game show, but I like it least when there’s a situation like today, where the weakest contestant wins only because she bet zero on the FJ.

    Think of the implications: It’s possible she bet zero because she knew next to nothing about the category, so ironically the one who knew the least and admitted it wound up winning.

    After (usually) 72 questions, and then it all just boils down to one question at the end and the person wins because he or she DIDN’T know the answer and BET that he or she wouldn’t know it — well, it makes the game kind of meaningless.

    Anyway, it’s easy to predict that today’s winner will be a one-day wonder.

    • vj says:

      It makes perfect sense that Frederique bet she wouldn’t know the answer — she’s Canadian.

      Maybe Sandie could have taken that into account, as well as a good chance of another FJ nobody would get (like her last 3 games), but idk — as I said below, in her shoes, I wouldn’t have taken a chance that Kristin would not know or be wrong.

      • Sandie says:

        My bet was based on the notion that both Kristin and I would know which president to pick, so I bet to beat her, and that’s really all there is to that.

    • Frederique D. says:

      Sorry to hear you felt like this, Tom. I was just trying to make the best of a bad situation with a careful wager. Did not intend to negatively impact people’s viewing experience. Anyways, hopefully your prediction is borne out and I’ll be off your screen very soon! Best, Frederique

      • Tom Clark says:

        Oh, for god’s sake!

        Arthur Chu’s egomania — Frederique’s hypersensitiviy — what a world we live in.

        • vj says:

          and don’t forget your lack of good manners or enough humility to just say well, I missed the boat on that prediction.

        • Tom Clark says:

          Did I know the best player would MISREAD the FJ?!

          F. wins by default — nothing else.

        • vj says:

          Don’t be stubborn, Tom. The first day she won by default when nobody had FJ right and she kept the most money. The second day, two players had the FJ right. It’s not the same thing.

  3. john blahuta says:

    amazing though that pierce was not nominated, since he won the 1852 election with 27 to 4 states against w. scott.go figure….

  4. john blahuta says:

    well, there goes the record. but again, a cheeky fj. beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the DDs were kind of simple AGAIN.
    dutch-holland,g.f. handel (who changed is name by doing away with the german “umlaut”, it was ” haendel”, 2 points over the “a”, no first “e”, but i don’t have european keyboard was famous for moving to london and george I being his protege and the third one: who was using the wind when there were only sailing ships…..???
    that fj was not only cheeky but mean imo.
    once sandie did NOT follow her strategy and wham! had she wagered her usual one or 2 K…
    but then, when had we a triple stumper 4 days in a row? the fj category should have been named” handsome men of the 19th century”.

    • vj says:

      I didn’t think Sandie would bet low in this situation. Kristin was a pretty smart cookie and she was the one I was thinking would beat Sandie.

      Ah, well, quelle chance for Frederique and Alex Trebek (another day where he gets to roll his r’s).

      • Sandie says:

        I took a chance and bet big to win; I would have felt more foolish if I had lost simply because I didn’t bet enough.

        • eric steele says:

          It’s a tough situation. I would coach Kristin to bet 2300 so as to take the lead, or at least, freeze Frederique out. That’s what makes the most sense, according to a game-theory matrix. Many players, however, do not wager according to sound theory. Because of this, the leader is often forced to bet more. I think a lot has to do with the category as well. Certainly also, it would be horrible to have the lead, get the response correct, and not win. Given the last two points, I personally would’ve bet big as well.
          More importantly, congratulations of your appearance. I hope that you had fun.