Final Jeopardy: American History

The Final Jeopardy question (4/27/2016) in the category “American History” was:

A stimulus to the courageous, the $25,000 Orteig prize offer of 1919 resulted in his success 8 years later.

2x champ Buzzy Cohen brought his winnings up to $50,002 yesterday. In his third game, he takes on these two players: Joe Indiviglia, from San Diego, CA; and Ellen Plitt, from St. Louis, MO.

Round 1 Categories: The Politics of TV – Double Double Letters – Military Nicknames – You Auto Know – Sleuths & Their Creators – Sweet Aisle of Mine

Buzzy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Military Nicknames” under the $1,000 clue, with 7 clues to go after it. He was in second place with $2,600, $800 less than Ellen’s lead. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT.

He said his people called him “Victor of Tampico” but Davy Crockett probably had a few other nicknames for him. show

Buzzy finished in the lead with $6,000. Ellen was second with $5,000 and Joe was last with $800.

Round 2 Categories: Thus Sayeth the Lord – 12-letter Words – On the Movie’s Soundtrack – American Architects – Veterinary Medicine – Sweet Isle of Mine

Buzzy found the first Daily Double in “12-Letter Words” under the $1,600 clue around the middle of the round. In the lead with $13.200, he had $4,000 more than Ellen in second place. He bet $2,000 but drew a blank so he was WRONG.

Paul Ehrlich coined this term for treating a disease with specific drugs. show

Buzzy found the last Daily Double in “American Architects” under the $2,000 clue. Six clues remained after it. He was in the lead with $15,600 now, $6,400 more than Ellen in second place. He bet $3,000 and thought it was Sears. That was WRONG.

Henry Richardson influenced the Chicago school with such designs as the Glessner House & this department store. show

Buzzy finished in the lead with $13,800. Ellen was next with $9,600 and Joe was in third place with $4,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Raymond Orteig was an early twentieth century French-American hotelier, aviation enthusiast, and philanthropist…. He funded a highly innovative incentive prize that inspired Charles Lindbergh to make the first New York to Paris airplane flight. Decades later, it would directly inspire another incentive prize, one that would launch a new era of non-governmental manned space flight…. His achievement was the direct inspiration for the X Prizes created by Peter Diamandis. The first X Prize, funded by the Ansari family, offered $10 million for the first non-governmental team to launch a reusable three-person manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. With funding from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne took home the X Prize in 2004.” (Philanthropy Hall of Fame)

Joe got it right. His $3,995 bet brought him up to $7,995.

Ellen didn’t have a response. She lost her $4,201 bet and was left with $5,399.

Buzzy wrote down “Scott.” According to Alex, that was the “wrong correct response.” LOL. Well, it was just wrong so Buzzy lost his $5,401 bet. He had $8,399 left and that was enough to win this one. His 3-day total is $58,401.

Final Jeopardy Results for Wed, April 27, 2016

“Sleuths & Their Creators” was a tough category for the players. Here are the 3 triple stumpers in it.

($400) Jesse Stone & Spenser (For Hire)
($800) Adam Dalgliesh
($1000) Jane Rizzoli

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Album Covers”

This band used a picture of the Hindenburg Disaster on the cover of its eponymous debut album. show

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9 Responses

  1. Margaret says:

    Am I imagining it, or was Buzzy a contestant earlier this year? Prior to April??

  2. Alfred Robert Hogan, M.A. says:

    Really surprising only one contestant got FJ. Robert F. Scott famously died in Antarctica some seven years before the prize offer. How could people not associate 1927 with Charles A. Lindberg? Some Jeopardy and Double Jeopardy were vastly harder. I always wonder how difficulty levels get assessed and assigned.

  3. VJ says:

    So I was looking up that $2K Celebes clue in the Sweet Isle of Mine category. Apparently, that was its old name. Its current name is Sulawesi. Most of the places I looked online don’t say when that change occurred. Wikipedia says it came into common usage following Indonesian independence (1945). Just passing along what I found out — don’t know what to make of it as far as the game goes .

    The Movie’s Soundtracks category clues and rest of the triple stumpers are over here now

    • Cece says:

      Yeah, interesting how the writers used the old name (Célèbes) in the clue.

      Funny how my brain got tripped up on that DD by “…treating a disease with specific drugs.” I was like, what, don’t all diseases get treated that way? Total fog. Like that.

      • VJ says:

        LOL — same here. I couldn’t process that but I don’t feel bad about it I got a 12-letter word for that clue: preposterous.

        I did feel bad for Buzzy but since he only bet a little, not too bad.

        • Cece says:

          Lol, that12-letter word fits the clue perfectly. What were they doing? Splitting hairs? We all call the medication used to treat all diseases drugs.

          I was surprised this game had less TS than yesterday. It seemed like quite a few to me.

          Alex’s rudeness is getting out of control (I know he can’t help himself). How could he have told Buzzy that he was probably not good at the piano. Smh. It reminds me of the show The Golden Girls (I watch reruns), when Dorothy covers her mother’s mouth with her hand so she won’t say something inappropriate to someone and embarrass her.

        • VJ says:

          LOL – I bet Alex sees it as clever banter but it comes off as borderline obnoxious. Loved the way Buzzy shut that down. “Good enough for Carnegie Hall.” ha ha – Right back at ya ! Didn’t look like Alex was expecting that comeback.

          I would have been like “Whaaaat?”

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    Keep it going, Buzzy!