Final Jeopardy: U.S. Presidents

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (4/24/2017) in the category “U.S. Presidents” was:

Though he graduated from high school in 1901 & later graduated to the presidency, he never graduated from college.

New champ David Rigsby won $8,200 on Friday. In his 2nd match, he faces these opponents: Alan Lin, from Santa Barbara, CA; and Emma Florio, from Hoffman Estates, IL.

Round 1 Categories: Sitcom Cities – Fashion – The 16th Century – Cut It Out – Squid – It’s a Trap!

Emma got the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “It’s a Trap” under the $600 clue on the very last pick of the round. She was in second place with $5,000, $3,800 behind Alan’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Smithsonian’s Natl. Museum of American History says more patents have been given to this device than any other. show

Alan finished in the lead with $8,800. Emma was second with $7,000 and Alan was last with $2,200.

Round 2 Categories: Brasil, Brasil! – Musicians Who Died at 27 – Inventions – States & License Plates – Writers – “O”Pourri

Alan found the first Daily Double in “Writers” under the $800 clue on the 3rd pick. He was in the lead with $9,200 now, $1,800 more than Emma in second place. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz & other 1980s writers shared this nickname with a group of young 1980s actors. show

Alan found the last Daily Double in “Brasil, Brasil!” under the $1,200 clue with 10 clues left after it. In the lead with $22,600, he had $8,800 more than Emma in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

The Acu River is also called this river, the plural of a certain fish: I’ll stay out, thanks. show

Alan finished in the lead with $27,600, a runaway. Emma was next with $11,800 and David was in third place with $3,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Miller Center’s “Life Before the Presidency” article on Truman relates that “Harry was a solid and hard-working student who graduated from high school in 1901. He wanted to attend West Point, but his poor eyesight foreclosed the possibility of a commission. Moreover, his father’s financial problems … prevented Harry from attending a four-year college. Instead, he attended a business college in Kansas City for a semester but, with his family’s finances increasingly dire, dropped out of school and took a job in the mailroom of the Kansas City Star in the summer of 1902.”

The NYT has a 2015 article, “No College Degree? Maybe You Can Still Be President,” that’s quite interesting. There’s supposed to be a slideshow of Truman’s honorary degrees. If it’s still there, I couldn’t get it to work. Oxford and Princeton are among the universities that so honored the 33rd U.S. President.

David got it right. His $3,000 bet brought him up to $6,800.

Emma didn’t have a response, just a few letters. She lost $4,000, leaving her with $7,800.

Alan thought it was Eisenhower (West Point 1915). That cost him $3,600, so he won the match with the $24,000 and he is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (4/24/2017) David Rigsby, Emma Florio, Alan Lin

2 triple stumpers from Double Jeopardy!

MUSICIANS WHO DIED AT 27 ($1600) This Rolling Stones guitarist drowned in his pool at Cotchford Farm, a home once owned by A.A. Milne

INVENTIONS ($1600) In 1899 Cushman & Denison trademarked this little gem of office supplies under the name Gem

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

In April 2011 he married an heiress to the fortune of a company called Party Pieces. show

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9 Responses

  1. Cheryl Kane says:

    Harry S Truman was easy for me. Just read bio.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Just watched the show. Good game…albeit baffled by the ts on Brazil & coffee connection.

    I see why Alan wrote Eisenhower. Looks awfully young even though he’s an Engineer. He might be on Jeopardy a long time based on his quickness & breadth of knowledge.

    Congrats Alan. Keep going.

    • VJ says:

      @Jacob, I’m guessing they were thinking some kind of beer for brew, even though the clue had “hot” in it. As we students of slang know, hot can mean cool. LOL!!

      I’m thinking the same thing that Alan might be the one. Kudos to Emma though. She gave it her all and was keeping up with him pretty good till he got that $5K DD.

      After watching the Howdies, I’m gonna be rooting for Meike tomorrow. Just loved the little fist bump she gave in her intro. Go Meike!

  3. Lou says:

    Congrats to Alan on his big win. Let’s see if he can keep it going. How long did Truman’s presidency last? I somehow got the answer to today’s final jeopardy. Also, who was Emma thinking of in her response?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, if you click on the link in the recap to his life before the presidency, there is a link on the top right to pictures of all the presidents and their terms. Truman’s first term began when FDR died in April 1945. He won the next election and stayed in office till 1953

      LINK: 11 more clues from the match

  4. Kaye says:

    I was off by one president. All I could think of was FDR. My only excuse is that I am Canadian.

  5. jacob ska says:

    OMG. Eisenhower was a 5-star General in the military AND President of Columbia University. No one could do that in the 20th century w/o a college degree.

    Btw, I think Wilson was the only U. S. President to hold a doctorate degree since the fj clue focuses on U. S. Presidents and college degrees.

    • VJ says:

      I linked to the wiki article on the West Point Class of 1915 just in case they ever have a clue about Omar Bradley and Eisenhower graduating in the same class (I checked and didn’t find one). The article says Bradley was No. 44 in the class and Ike was No. 61. Cool stuff to know.