Final Jeopardy: Countries of the World
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (4/3/2017) in the category “Countries of the World” was:
In 1947 these 2 nations became the first new members of the British Commonwealth since the original group in 1931.
2x champ Eric Vernon won $50,400 last week. He returns today to try for a third win against these challengers: Billy Wong, from Hacienda Heights, CA; and Abigail Myers, from Brooklyn, NY.
Round 1 Categories: New Ways to Say Correct – Time Spans – The Rock & Roll Quintet – King Me – “O” Brother – Where Art Thou?
Billy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Where Art Thou” under the $800 clue on the 10th pick of the round. He was in a second place tie with Eric. They had $1,400 each, $200 less than Abigail’s lead. He bet it all and he was RIGHT.
In Queenston, Ontario, at the 185-foot monument to Isaac Brock, who repelled a U.S. invasion during this war. show
Abigail finished in the lead with $9,200. Billy and Eric were tied in second place with $3,200 each.
Round 2 Categories: On the Liszt – Constellations – Authors & Their Works – Photography – Killer Cars – At the “End”
Abigail found the first Daily Double in “Photography” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. She was in the lead with $16,400 at this point, $10,800 more than Billy in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.
In 1927 this photographer published his first portfolio, “Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras” show
Eric found the last Daily Double in “Constellations” under the $2,000 clue. Only the “Killer Cars” category was still on the board. In second place with $9,600, he had $12,400 less than Abigail’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and took a guess with deer. That was WRONG.
Zeus placed Callisto in the night sky as one of these animals; her son Arcturus was her “keeper” in the stars. show
Abigail finished in the lead with $22,000, a runaway. Billy was next with $5,600 and Eric was out of the game, in the hole for $800. He ran into some bad luck with the very last clue (see below).
BOTH contestants left got Final Jeopardy! right.
In August 1947, India and the newly formed nation of Pakistan gained independence from Great Britain, and joined the British Commonwealth of Nations. Here is a list of Commonwealth Nations by date joined. It is noted that although Australia and New Zealand joined in 1931, they did not officially ratify their memberships until 1942 and 1949, respectively. The Open University looks a little deeper into the British Commonwealth history, explaining how in 1949 “with the London Declaration, the British Commonwealth of Nations officially ended and became the Commonwealth of Nations.”
Sporcle Quiz: Name the 10 most populous Commonwealth countries. (Hint: they give the dates of entry. ha! ha!)
Billy doubled his money and finished with $11,200.
Abigail bet $7,000 so her final haul was $29,000 and she is the new Jeopardy! champ.
Last clue: KILLER CARS ($1200) In this movie, Clark Griswold must explain to an officer why there is a dogless leash tied to the back of the family car. – Eric added the word “family” in his response. Alex said yes at first and the buzzer rang, but he immediately reversed that to a no. That put Eric in the hole.
Two triple stumpers:
ON THE LISZT ($2000) Marie, Countess D’Agoult bore Franz 3 illegimitate children: Daniel, Blandine & this one named for St. Cosmas
AUTHORS & THEIR WORKS ($2000) W. Somerset Maugham’s childhood was material for the life of orphan Philip Carey in this 1915 novel
2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “NYC Landmarks”
The lobby of this landmark has an art deco ceiling fresco by Edward Trumbull called “Transport and Human Endeavor”. show