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.

Final Jeopardy (4/3/2017) Eric Vernon, Abigail Myers, Billy Wong

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

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9 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    I was surprised that no one knew Gigi and Of Human Bondage. I thought Eric might have gotten at least one of them.

  2. Alex Epstein says:

    People might say it was a bad strategy what Eric did with the daily double but in my opinion it’s good because Abigail was way ahead of him and the only way to really win was to bet the farm

    • VJ says:

      Well, I’m certainly not criticizing his strategy. I would have liked to see him in FJ though. I’m sure he knew it. Perhaps he would have made it there if he held back $2K from his all in bet is all I’m saying. Or perhaps not. If he went straight for the $2K clue in Killer Cars after that and got that one wrong, he still would have been out. Ya never know.

      I’m sure Eric has no regrets over taking his shot. It would have been a really exciting finish if he got that right, too!

  3. Lou says:

    Although I would have loved to see Eric hanging on to that 9000 dollar score, he shouldn’t have wasted it on betting it all with that daily double if he had bet at least 3000 or so. That should have at least saved him from being in the red. Too bad it didn’t work out for him. I will see what Abby can do in the next few days on jeopardy this week

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    What happened to the last DJ! clue?

    • VJ says:

      Look under the image, Dalton, at the clue from “Killer Cars.” That’s what happened.

  5. VJ says:

    Oddly enough, though I don’t know much about the opera world, I did know the first name of Liszt’s other child, Richard Wagner’s second wife.

    Too bad Eric didn’t hang on to a couple grand on that last DD so he could be in the final.

    LINK: 9 more clues from the match

  6. aaaa says:

    TPirrules1972’s of Game SHow Paradise’s sister is the new champion Abigail.