Final Jeopardy: At the Old Ball Game

The Final Jeopardy question (4/20/2016) in the category “At the Old Ball Game” was:

This word dates back to the 19th century & referred to what the sun did to roofless seating.

3x champ Andrew Pau had quite a game yesterday and his winnings rose to $105,202. The excitement is building as we go into his fourth game. Today, his opponents are: Amanda Richards, from Macon, GA; and Nikhil Damle, from Torrance CA.

Round 1 Categories: Alabama History – What’s Your Sign – The Third Word – Spacecraft Types – My Wife! – The Walt Disney Archives

Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Third Word” under the $800 clue, 4 clues into the third category they were working on. He was in the lead with $4,200, $3,000 more than Amanda in second place. He bet $1,800 and he was RIGHT.

of “A Tale of Two Cities”.  show

Andrew finished in the lead with $9,000. Amanda was second with $3,800 and Nikhil was last with $2,400.

Round 2 Categories: Euro-Monarchy – Cleaning Out My Attic – All the Lyrics in the Song – Electricity – Pulp Fiction – Zed’s Dead, Baby

Amanda found the first Daily Double in “Cleaning Out My Attic” under the $1,200 clue. In second place with $10,600, she had $4,400 less than Andrew’s lead. She bet $4,500 and said 1977. That was WRONG.

Wow! I remember this year of the headline seen here as if it were yesterday.
Daily Double No. 2 - April 20, 2016

Amanda found the last Daily Double in “Pulp Fiction” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $8,100 now, $10,500 less than Andrew’s runaway lead. She bet $1,000 and took a guess with The Pony Express. That was WRONG.

James M. Cain really delivered with this first novel of his, which actually isn’t about the mail. show

That ended the round. Andrew had a runaway $18,600. Amanda was left with $7,100 and Nikhil had $400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The third edition (2011) of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (the revised, expanded and now definitive work) includes definitions for both bleacher and bleachers with references to first use. Bleacher is “a roofless section of unreserved benches for spectators at a baseball game. The term is usually given in the plural.” Its first use was on October 29, 1888 in the Rocky Mountain News: “The bleacher was loaded to its utmost capacity.” The entry for “bleachers” goes into greater detail — “currently, the most distant and inexpensive seats,” also explaining that they are no longer necessarily roofless. Both entries show that the term can refer to people sitting in those seats.

Nikhil got it right. He bet $399 and finished with $799.

Amanda said she was going for “nosebleed” (Eric called it!), but she didn’t get anything down. She lost her $6,300 bet, leaving her $800.

Andrew wrote down “scorch.” He didn’t bet anything again so he won the match with his $18,600. His 4-day total is $123,801.

Final Jeopardy Results for Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2 triple stumpers from this game were in the Attic category:

($800) This Hamilton Beach device with big mouth extractor; I never did buy all those oranges & carrots

($1600) I wrote my own songs for about an hour on my Martin X series this instrument

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Holidays in Other Countries”

William Tubman’s nearly 3 decades of leadership is celebrated on his birthday, November 29, in this country. show

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9 Responses

  1. Duck M says:

    what Amanda did on those DDs was prevent Andrew from getting them and making it a bigger runaway. I’m sure Andrew knew the Nixon one. (His governor knowledge the other day was outstanding), Don’t know about the Postman.

    • Sandy says:

      Which I guess would’ve mattered, had it not been a runaway at the end of Double Jeopardy.

      A runaway is a runaway is a runaway.

  2. aaaa says:

    Amanda should have wagered at least $1200 (and betting $1200 with the no more ties rule isn’t optimal anymore) on the second DJ! DD to keep the game from being a lock if she got the DD right, as it was the last clue of the game. Didn’t matter as she got that clue and FJ! wrong.

  3. TR says:

    I honestly thought Andrew was in for a fight, but then she blew that Nixon clue. I’m shocked it was a Daily Double.

    Might we finally get a 5Xer?