Final Jeopardy: Around the USA

The Final Jeopardy question (4/9/2014), in the category “Around the USA” was:

The Mayo Clinic Mile is a walking path that features 1 mile, 5K & 10K routes within this structure.

New champ, Derrick Shivar won $22,800 in yesterday’s game thanks to being up to date on Jay-Z’s albums. Today he takes on these two players: Ed Hagar, from Mobile, AL; and Sandie Baker, from Eastpointe, MI.

Round 1: Derrick found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “State Schools” under the $1,000 clue. He was in third place with $1,200, half of Ed’s lead. He went for a true Daily Double and guessed Arizona. That was WRONG.

This U. boasts “Mesas to the west… the banks of the historic Rio Grande (&) the Sandia Mountains to the east. show

Sandie finished in the lead with $6,400. Ed was second with $5,800 and Derrick was last with minus $600.

Round 2: Derrick found the first Daily Double in “1901-1910” under the $1,200 clue. He was in third place with $2,600, $4,400 less than Ed’s lead. He bet $1,000 and guessed Great Britain. That was WRONG.

On February 8, 1904 the Japanese launched an attack on Port Arthur, this country’s naval base in China. show

Ed found the last Daily Double in “Hinduism” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $11,400, he had $3,400 more than Sandie in second place. He bet $3,300 and he was RIGHT.

Hindus rhymingly believe in karma & this, the moral law governing individual conduct. show

Ed finished in the lead with $15,900. Sandie was next with $12,400 and Derrick was in third place with $6,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Mayo Clinic promotes fitness and healthy living in numerous ways. The Mayo Clinic Mile is one of them: “Signs hanging from the ceilings throughout Mall of America® guide walkers on one mile, 5K and 10K walking paths known as the Mayo Clinic Mile. Maps of the routes and healthy walking advice from Mayo Clinic can be picked up at information desks throughout the Mall.” You can also download the online Mayo Mile Brochure.

Derrick thought it was the Metrodome, not too far from the MoA. “Not good,” Alex Trebek intoned, and that response cost him $6,500. He finished with $300.

Sandie got it right. Her $10,000 bet brought her up to $22,400.

Ed thought it was the Metrodome too, and already knew that was “not good.” He lost $8,901 and wound up with $6,999.

So Sandie Baker wins this one and she’ll be the returning Jeopardy! champ tomorrow.

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Awards & Prizes”.

Designed by Norwegian Gustav Vigeland, it depicts 3 naked men with their hands on each other’s shoulders. show

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4 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    to add to my previous comment: you have to appreciate that they knew the metrodome is relatively close to the mayo clinic. HOWEVER:
    1. it is not a track and field stadium, you would have to walk up and down the field to get to 10 Ks.
    2. the metrodome is already CLOSED and in the process of being demolished. the vikings will not play there anymore, nor any other team.
    3. in general , football stadiums do NOT have a track and field area. SOCCER stadiums USED to have them, but not anymore either. all major soccer stadiums that were/are rebuilt/replaced (Munich,Berlin,Paris,London,Vienna, etc) eliminate any track and field areas, so the spectators can be closer to the action. this has become sop since major soccer went completely professional. even the old, revered empire wembley stadium was demolished, much to the dismay of a lot of londoners. at its place the new wembley stadium was built, JUST for soccer. for all track and field events new venues were built at the latest for the olympics in london. so THAT should have eliminated the hhh metrodome as the right solution. i know, it is a lot to think about in 30 seconds and if you don’t know the difference between a football and an old soccer stadium it is hard to guess. so: nice try, good effort but no cigar. but at least they were in the right area. you have to give them credit for that.
    HOWEVER,that makes sandie’s correct guess even more valuable. she was literally thinking outside the “box”= metrodome…

  2. vj says:

    Derrick didn’t have an easy time with them today or yesterday either, for that matter.

    I only got two of them today. Yesterday and Monday, yeah, they were easy.

    • john blahuta says:

      and fj was kind of a no-brainer,provided you know where the mayo clinic is and i would bet that more than 95% of j viewers would know that. even the average non j person, just watching news from time to time would know that. the mayo clinic is pretty much the most prominent medical facility in the world, at least in the top 3 or so…
      sorry to sound arrogant here, but NOT knowing the location of the mayo clinic…tsk, tsk…….

  3. john blahuta says:

    again, a woman beats 2 guys…..

    the DDs seem to be rather easy this week, or is that just me???