Final Jeopardy: Numeric Groups

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (4/25/2017) in the category “Numeric Groups” was:

This numeric group was the subject of an April 20, 1959 Time Magazine article titled “Rendezvous with Destiny”.

New champ Alan Lin won $24,000 yesterday in a runaway game. Today he is up against these two players: Meike Olin, from Wilmington, NC; and Dan Atherton, from Quincy, MA.

Round 1 Categories: Similarly Named Schools – TV Roles Then & Now – Speaking of Tongues – Dog Breed Names – The California Gold Rush – We’ve Got Contractions

Meike found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Dog Breed Names” under the $800 clue on the 9th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,800, $800 ahead of Dan in second place. She thought it might be a stupid move but, she always wanted to say it so she made it a true Daily Double. It turned out to be a smart move when she was RIGHT.

This breed’s name tells us that it’s the bearded dog from the Tibetan capital. show

Meike finished in the lead with $5,400. Alan and Dan were tied in second place with $4,200 each.

Round 2 Categories: Poets & Poetry – The Office – Comedy Films of the 1970s – Eat This Verb – “D” in Geography – She’s Got Contractions

Meike found the first Daily Double in “‘D’ in Geography” under the $1,600 clue on the 10th pick. She was in second place with $7,400 at this point, $800 behind Dans lead. She bet $2,000 this time around and she was RIGHT.

At its narrowest point, this Turkish strait between the Sea of Marmara & the Aegean Sea is only a mile wide. show

Alan found the last Daily Double in “Poets & Poetry” under the $800 clue, with but 3 clues left after it. In third place with $6,600, he had $12,000 less than Dan’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

In “Inferno” Dante called him “my master…. from whom alone I took the style whose beauty has done me honor” show

Dan finished in the lead with $18,600. Meike was next with $17,000 and Alan was in third place with $16,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


After a 2-month selection process, on 4/9/1959, NASA publicly introduced the astronauts who became known as the Mercury 7. You’ll have to subscribe to Time Magazine if you want to read the “Rendezvous with Destiny” article from the 4/20/1959 issue. They do have a snippet online that begins: “From a nation of 175 million, they stepped forward last week: seven men cut of the same stone as Columbus, Magellan, Daniel Boone, Orville and Wilbur Wright. But there was a difference. Rarely were history’s explorers and discoverers so clearly marked in advance as men of destiny….”

Sporcle Challenge: Match 29 space explorers (’50s & ’60s) with their descriptions

Alan wrote down Seven Samurai. He lost his $4,000 bet and finished with $12,000.

Meike had the Apollo 11 crew. She lost $15,001, leaving her with $1,999.

Dan wrote down Apollo 1. He lost his $15,401 bet and ended up with $3,199. So Alan remained champ with a 2-day total of $36,000. “But, boy, did they make you work for this one,” Alex remarked.

Final Jeopardy (4/25/2017) Alan Lin, Dan Atherton, Meike Olin

A triple stumper from each round

DOG BREED NAMES ($1000) This “royal dog of Egypt” was named for an ancient city in Arabia

POETS & POETRY ($2000) Yeats: “I will arise and go now, and go to” this place

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Movies and TV”

The first hit feature film based on a “Saturday Night Live” sketch was “The Blues Brothers”, this was the second. show

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17 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    Meike seems like Cindy Stowell from earlier this season. There still hasn’t been a 5+ time champion since Lisa Schlitt in January, a 4 time champion since Rob Liguori in March and a 3 time champion since Grant McSheffrey back in the middle of March. Are we going to have another LONG streak of Final misses by the leaders?

  2. jacob ska says:

    @VJ, thanks. I wasn’t sure. I’ve seen the first Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner, so many times I have the lines memorized. Action packed western movies are my passion.

  3. Lou says:

    Alan came this close to being defeated, but luckily that reserve amount saved him. Still a most impressive performance by all the players. Still I must commend Meike for trying but still this was a tough game. lets hope that Alan gets a final jeopardy right tomorrow, don’t you agree VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, idk, Alan’s wunderkind stock slipped a bit for me today. He was getting whupped pretty good there during the game, and was lucky that he had enough $$ to make that DD matter in the Poetry category. I agree that, as you say, he was smart to make a low bet in FJ. :)

      • rhonda says:

        I was rooting for Meike to win. I loved her story about having 5 dates in 1 day.

        • VJ says:

          I was too, Rhonda. Meike, the original speed-dater LOL! I knew you would like her when she knew her dog breeds!

          She played a great game all the same, as did Dan.

        • rhonda says:

          Original speed dater, LOL!!
          I did enjoy the dog breed category, although I was hoping they’d have one about dachshunds.

        • Kevin S. says:

          Rhonda — don’t know if you visit the Jeopardy site regularly, but the “J6” clue today pertained to dachshunds. Don’t know if it’s still up as I type this.

        • rhonda says:

          Thanks so much for telling me, Kevin! I don’t normally visit the site. The clue was still up! Yay for doxies!!

  4. jacob ska says:

    The Seven Samurai? VJ, isn’t that the Japanese movie from which the American movies “The Magnificent Seven” were adapted? The first one starring Yul Brynner & the remake starring Denzel Washington? Just curious.

  5. jacob ska says:

    How quickly our NASA projects are forgotten. When I was in school we had to know MGA for the projects in order…Mercury, Gemini, & Apollo. The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum has a nice photo titled “The First American Astronauts – Mercury 7.

    Not surprised Trebek said to Meike when she revealed Apollo that “this was much sooner.”


  6. Kaye says:

    For second dd in dj you have two categories listed.

    • VJ says:

      Thanks. Hopefully that’s it today. LOL. My computer was misbehaving a lot today but I just cleaned it and restarted.

  7. EricS says:

    I love the answer of the Seven Samurai! It would have been a great title for an article (although a bit edgy for Time).