Final Jeopardy: State Songs

The Final Jeopardy question (5/11/2016) in the category “State Songs” was:

Its state song rhymes “patriotic gore” with the name of its largest city.

Today is the last semi-final in the 2016 Teachers Tournament. Jason Sterlacci, from Somerset, NJ; Cory Harris, from Mystic, CT; and Lauren Gilmore, from Lake Wales, FL, are competing for the honor of joining Kaberi Chakrabarty and Jill Gilbert in the 2-day final and, of course, the chance to win $100,000.

Round 1 Categories: Division I Sports Teams – Stopped Breathing in the 1800s – A++ – Drinks In The Fridge – Dodge Podge – Talk About The Weather

Cory found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Stopped Breathing” under the $600 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $2,400, $1,000 more than Jason in second place. “Let’s go big or go home,” he said. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Broken by the death of his wife, he was das kaput, all on March 14, 1883.  show

Jason finished in the lead with $6,200. Cory was second with $5,000 and Lauren was last with $1,400. Before the next round, Cory was awarded $1,600 on a reversal (Norse gods drank pineapple mead), so he was now in the lead with $6,600.

Round 2 Categories: Many Rivers To Cross – The Vietnam War Era – Latin Class – Literary Groups – Official Languages – Why Do I Know that Name?

Lauren found the first Daily Double in “Latin Class” under the $1,600 clue on the 11th pick of the round. In third place with $1,800, she had $8,800 less than Jason’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Before TV, “Panem et Circenses” were these 2 things used to satisfy the Roman masses. show

Cory found the last Daily Double in “Vietnam War Era” under the $1,600 clue, with 5 clues left after it. He was in second place with $9,800 now, $5,200 less than Jason’s lead. He bet $9,700 and got out a guess with Johnson right as time ran out, but that was WRONG.

In 1968, this anti-war candidate vied with fellow Minnesotan Hubert Humphrey for the Democratic nation. show

Jason finished in the lead with a runaway $16,200. Lauren was next with $6,000 and Cory was in third place with $1,700.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The lines ending with “patriotic gore” and “Baltimore” are right in the first verse of the song, This past January, The Washington Times reported on the current movement to replace Maryland’s state song: “The nine-stanza song, sung to the tune of ‘O Tannenbaum,’ was written by James Ryder Randall in 1861, urging the state to follow the lead of Virginia in joining the Confederacy. Particularly irksome to many Marylanders is the ninth verse’s call to spur ‘Northern scum’ and the references in the first and fourth stanzas … deemed to be insults aimed at Abraham Lincoln.” According to the article, only the inoffensive third verse is sung in public.

However, all the lyrics were included right in the law adopting the song. See the lyrics page for Maryland, My Maryland on Also see their list of all official state songs for your own state song(s).

Cory wrote down Maine, running out of time before he could change to another M state. He lost his $125 bet and had $1,575 left.

Lauren drew a blank but she didn’t bet anything so she stayed at $6,000.

Jason got it right. He didn’t bet anything either since he had already won his spot with that $16,200. For the next two days, Jason will be competing against Kaberi ($31,201) and Jill ($19,801).

Final Jeopardy Results for Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The reversal was on this $800 clue in “Drinks in the Fridge”: I didn’t bring in pineapple juice but the pineapple type of this godly drink. Answer Alex gave.

The $1,000 clue in the same category was a triple stumper: I got this old favorite in punch form, Aloha Morning Citrus to be precise

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Names on the Map”

Visited by Jacques Cartier in 1534, it was later renamed for Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent. show

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9 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    Wow! I had no idea the Maryland state song was like that. Particularly, the 9th stanza. Wasn’t John Wilkes Booth the 9th child?
    What they call the Confederate Flag down south is actually the Battle Flag and was never official. I think the only official flag they had was the “Stars and Bars”, the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.

    I don’t remember if New Hampshire had a state song when I went to school in the 1940s. I looked it up, and no wonder. we didn’t have one until 1949. Plus 8 honorary ones after that. You would think they would have better things to do. Who needs 9 state songs(?)

    And what about the Hawai’ian flag with the British Jack, known as the King Kamehameha I Flag. Although the US fought 2 wars with Britain, all the Hawai’ians I know want to keep it, as they have since 1845.

  2. aaaa says:

    51/61 and $9800 on triple stumpers

  3. JEOPARDY says:

    Easy fj today……………….

    Someone might miss it…………..

  4. jacob ska says:

    @Rhonda, did you catch that clue under “Latin Class” for abbreviation of “et cetera?” The clue read: 2 Latin words usually abbreviated in 3 total letters; they mean “and others.”

    My understanding from my Latin classes was “et al” means “and others” and et cetera (etc) does not refer to people but can be translated as “and other things.” It is more commonly used as “and so forth.” I know you took Latin in HS also, so am I missing something? Imo that was a poorly worded clue.

    • rhonda says:

      I caught that, too, Jacob, and I agree with you. My response was actually et al, even though it said a 3 word abbreviation, I learned et al and et cetera exactly the way you did in school. Thanks for bringing it up, a very misleading clue indeed.

  5. Bill says:

    How can there be pineapples in Norse mythology? Mead by all means, but not pineapple mead. It is a South American species and would be unknown to the Norse during the period when they formed their mythology.

    • VJ says:

      idk, I agree with you — but I was just reporting what Alex said when he announced the reversal. The way Cory reacted was cute, like– see, I told ya so. The clue itself just said “godly drink”.

      I don’t suppose they would accept elixir, but I used to call my Dr. Pepper the elixir of the gods. LOL!! My husband would bring it home and say I bought the elixir. Just found out there is a beer named Pineapple Elixir

  6. VJ says:

    Well, I hope Cory doesn’t feel too bad about that DD bet. Even if he made a smaller bet, he would have won the $10K anyway since he missed FJ.

    It looked to me like Jason just knew this one. He was done writing quickly and looked pretty happy about it. :)

    The triple stumpers are online now

    • William Weyser says:

      I am giving Cory credit after that painful Daily Double miss, because he was trying to catch up to Jason, who ran that ”Dodge Podge” category in the 1st round, and that helped him get on a roll.