Final Jeopardy: The Supreme Court

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/1/2017) in the category “The Supreme Court” was:

Only 5 of the 17 Chief Justices previously served as Associate Justice on the Supreme Court; he was the last.

5x champ Alan Lin returns today after winning every match last week and $108,800. Today he is up against these two players: Meghan Treptow, from Chicago, IL; and Matt Cohen, from Weehawken, NJ.

Round 1 Categories: Presidential Music? – Sneaker Brands – The Book of Verbs – Bills, Bills, Bills – Signs of the Zodiac – It’s Hyphenated

Meghan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Zodiac” under the $800 clue, with a dozen clues still to go after it. She was in second place with $3,000, $800 less than Matt’s lead. She bet $2,000 and took a guess with Libra. That was WRONG.

The fertility goddess Ishtar & the harvest maiden Persephone are associated with this sign. show

Matt finished in the lead with $5,400. Alan was second with $3,400 and Meghan was last with $2,400.

Round 2 Categories: African History – 1940s Movie Quotes – Some “Me” Time – Horsing Around – Kentucky – Derby

Alan found the first Daily Double in “Kentucky” under the $1,600 clue on the 15th pick. He was in second place with $5,800 at this point, $2,400 less than Matt’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Born in 1818, she’s the only First lady born in Kentucky. show

Meghan found the last Daily Double in “1940s Movie Quotes” under the $1,200 clue with 9 clues left after it. Matt and Alan were tied for the lead with $8,600. Meghan had $3,600. She risked $3,000 of that and she was RIGHT.

Jimmy Stewart: “Attaboy, Clarence.” show

Matt finished in the lead with $11,000. Alan and Meghan were next, tied at $7,400 each.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed William Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court. His nomination was confirmed (68-26) on 12/10/1971. When Warren Burger announced his resignation as chief justice, President Ronald Reagan nominated Rehnquist as his replacement on 6/20/1986. He was confirmed on 9/17/1986 by a 65-33 vote, holding the office until his death on 9/3/2005. (More on Supreme Court Historical Society)

The four other Chief Justices who were previously Associate Justices are: John Rutledge, Edward Douglass White, Charles Evans Hughes and Harlan F. Stone (wikipedia)

Meghan didn’t have a response. She lost her $3,600 bet and had $3,800 left.

Alan got it right. He doubled his score to $14,800.

Matt thought it was Earl Warren. That cost him $3,801 bet so he landed in second place with $7,199. Alan remains the champ and has a 6-day total of $123,600.

Final Jeopardy (5/1/2017) Alan Lin, Matt Cohen, Meghan Treptow

A triple stumper from each round

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS ($1000) The man known as this beat his 3-bottles-a-day gin habit & helped thousands do the same

1940S MOVIE QUOTES ($2000) Gregory Peck: “anti-semitism… what can I possibly say that hasn’t been said before?”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Conservation Organizations”

Harriet Hemenway’s boycott of the feathered hats of her social circle inspired the 1905 founding of this. show

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15 Responses

  1. Greg says:

    Hey, why aren’t any of you Jeopardy geniuses noticing that they got the Pinewood Derby youth organization wrong? Also, it looked to me like Alan spelled Rehnquist wrong, but maybe his Q just looked like a G.

    • VJ says:

      That Pinewood Derby thing was addressed on Jeopardy!’s Facebook — though the derby is done by the Cub Scouts, “the overall organization is the Boy Scouts.”

      I’m just gonna ignore your little “geniuses” jab. No one over here claims to be a genius or expert on the show.

  2. VJ says:

    Oops! I almost forgot to put the link up to the extra clues from today’s match.

    LINK: 10 more clues

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    I was disappointed that Alan didn’t play like Matt Jackson or Seth Wilson as he should have today. Meantime, if Alan and Meghan wagered everything and were both right, and Matt wagered $3,800 and if he was right, then it would be a three way tie.

  4. EricS says:

    I would have advocated a zero wager for either Alan or Meghan (although especially Alan).
    Meghan should have bet it all on the last DD. The chances of coming back into relevance from 600 are slim. I’m glad that it became moot.

  5. Jim says:

    What was the Galapagos word of the day for 05/01/2017?

  6. Linda Harper says:

    Alex Trebek is a REAL HOTTIE!!!!

    • Celia says:

      Keep your eyes off my Alex! Besides, he was hot way back when he had the mustache (which took me a gazillion years to make peace with his “new face” after he shaved it off); but he’s still hot nonetheless.

  7. Lou says:

    Congrats to Alan on winning game 6, he has passed Tim Aten although he is still 5000 dollars shy of Lisa Schlitt’s total. Rehnquist was a good guess, but I was also thinking that Scalia served a lot longer than Ginsburg or Samuel Olito, don’t you think so VJ?

  8. Lewis Wrobel says:

    The Final Jeopardy question and answer was incorrect. There are 6 chief justices that previously were associate justices. John Roberts , the current chief justice was an associate justice. The last chief justice to have previously been an associate justice is John Roberts. The error affected the outcome of the game.

    • Kevin Krist says:

      You’re wrong. Roberts was nominated to be an Associate Justice in 2005 to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor. However, Chief Justice Rehnquist died before Roberts’s confirmation hearings began, so President Bush changed the nomination to instead nominate Roberts to fill the chief justice position. Roberts was confirmed as Chief Justice, never having served as an Associate Justice.