Final Jeopardy: City Name Origins

The Final Jeopardy question (4/16/2016) in the category “City Name Origins” was:

This city that’s home to an NFL team is named for an 18th century British prime minister.

4x champ Andrew Pau has now won $123,802. It’s GAME NO. 5!!! The challengers are: Jonpaul Guinn, from Providence, RI; and Beth Dunn, from Brooklyn, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Women, Immortalized – Popular Websites – Reality TV Judges – Around The World – You Need Food To Grow On – Short “E”

Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Women, Immortalized” under the $400 clue on the 12th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $2,200 when he found it, but in a reverse ruling, Jonpaul was awarded $2,000. That put Jonpaul in the lead with $3,800 and Andrew was now $1,600 behind him. Andrew bet $1,600 and he was RIGHT.

Greenville, Ohio honors this 19th century show biz woman and native of the state. Note what she’s holding. (first link) show

Andrew finished in the lead with $7,000. Beth was second with $5,400 and Jonpaul was last with $2,600.

Round 2 Categories: Literary New York City – Hyphenated Terms – Movies’ Villains – Past Tenses – New World Exploration – Bone”S”

Andrew found the first Daily Double in “Movies’ Villains” under the $1,200 clue on the 4th pick of the round. In the lead with $8,600, he had $3,200 more than Beth in second place. Even though he was doing fine on the topic, he only risked $1,400. He was RIGHT.

Biff Tannen, whether in 1955, 1985 or 2015 in this film series. show

Beth found the last Daily Double in “Hyphenated Words” under the $1,200 clue, with 4 clues left after it. She was in third place with $8,600 now, $10,200 less than Andrew’s lead. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.

The name of this figure in square dancing comes from a corruption of the French for “back to back”. show

Andrew finished in the lead with $20,400. Beth was next with $14,200 and Jonpaul was in third place with $12,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Home to the Steelers (NFL), Pirates (MLB) and Penguins (NHL), the city of Pittsburgh, PA was given its name in 1758 by General John Forbes in honor of William Pitt the Elder, informal leader of the British cabinet during the French and Indian War and British prime minister from 1766-68. Gen. Forbes let William Pitt know about “Pittsbourgh” in a Nov 27, 1758 letter: “I have used the freedom of giving your name to Fort Du Quesne, as I hope it was in some measure the being actuated by your spirits that now makes us Masters of the place…”

Jonpaul didn’t have an answer. He lost his $5,000 bet and finished with $7,200.

Beth came up with Cleveland. That cost her $14,100 and left her with $100.

Andrew thought it was Abbottsford. He lost $8,011 bet but still had $12,399 left to win this match with… so, at last… we have our FIRST 5x CHAMP since the last Tournament of Champions! Andrew’s 5-day total is $136,201.

Final jeopardy Results for Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Reversal: You knew it was coming, right? In “Short ‘E'”, the $1,000 clue was: “from Latin for ‘to instruct’, it means ‘learned’ or ‘scholarly'”. Alex ruled against Jonpaul’s “educated” response. Beth got what they were looking for with “erudite.”

The Fluke: Right before Beth got that last DD, the $800 clue in “Hyphenated Words” was: “Historically, these Germanic peopled lived in & ruled England & Wales until the Norman conquest.” Andrew rang in and, forgetting hyphenated, only said Saxon. He tried to correct it too late (Alex already said no). So Beth picked it up and supplied the Anglo- part.

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Diaries & Journals”

This archaeologist’s diary for Nov. 26, 1922 mentions 2 “ebony-black effigies of a king, gold sandalled”. show

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16 Responses

  1. SG says:

    I noticed Andrew was really getting conservative with his wagers. That almost cost him the 5x title!
    I hope he continues for several more games

  2. Cece says:

    “Oh Happy Day….” wait…it’s not a happy day… But we finally have a fiver! Way to go, Andrew!

  3. aaaa says:

    Beth could have won on the TS with a wager of $1800 or less, so Andrew wins in part because of the inoptimal wagering by Beth

    • EricS says:

      Right, of course, but taking a closer look: for her to win, the leader would have to miss. So, if the leader misses, doesn’t that make it more likely that the third person might miss? I believe so.
      At the very least, this is another clear example of how the person in second shouldn’t always bet big.

  4. lou says:

    Congrats to andrew on him being a 5x champion. Its been months since the 2015 tornament of champions and now we got a miracle. But alex was pretty funny with the exclamation he made. How did they miss Pittsburg?

  5. EricS says:

    I’m torn between whether I’m happier to see Abbottsford or Washington.

    • jacob ska says:

      I think they both are funny.

    • VJ says:

      Alex Trebek acted like they should have been able to correlate 18th century British prime ministers, cities and NFL as easily as Beth knew that Pillsbury Bake-Off answer. He seemed almost indignant after seeing Abbotsford.

      “No! The City of Champions, Pittsburgh! For William Pitt the Elder!”

      Andrew said he thought it was in Canada for some reason and Trebek exclaimed “No! NFL! National Football League…”

      • jacob ska says:

        @vj, I thought that comment by Alex was funny. In other words we have NHL in Canada not NFL.

  6. Berob says:

    Sadly, Jeopardy! was pre-empted in Minneapolis today. Lots of Purple Rain.

  7. jacob ska says:

    Finally a 5x champion! We really had a drought for a long time.

    Congrats 5 times over Andrew.