Final Jeopardy: Foreign Words & Phrases

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/11/2017) in the category “Foreign Words & Phrases” was:

Often used to describe artists ahead of their time, it was also the name of a youth militia in WWII Vichy France.

In QF #4 of the 2017 Teachers Tournament, the contestants are Michael Camp from Chicago, IL; Nan Cohen, from Van Nuys, CA; and Lindsey Henry, from Waco, TX.

Round 1 Categories: Stranger Things – Elementary – The Crown – Once Upon a Time – This Is “Us” – TV Dramas

Nan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “This is ‘Us'” under the $600 clue on the 10th pick of the round. She was in third place with $800, $600 less than Michael and Lindsey, who were in a tie. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

Violinist Jascha Heifetz was born in this Baltic capital in 1901. show

Nan finished in the lead with $6,600. Lindsey was second with $3,400 and Michael was last with $2,200.

Round 2 Categories: Castro’s Cuba: 1959-2016 – 9-letter Words – Bestselling Nonfiction – U.S. Cities – AKAs – The Silent Movie Era

Lindsey found the first Daily Double in “U.S. Cities” under the $1,600 clue on the 10th pick. She was in second place with $5,400 at this point, $4,400 less than Nan’s lead. She bet $2,000 and took a guess with Cleveland. That was WRONG.

This soap box derby city was co-founded in 1825 by Simon Perkins, an official with the Ohio Canal Fund. show

Michael found the last Daily Double in “Silent Movie Era” under the $1,600 clue, with just 3 clues left after it. In second place with $10,200, he had $3,200 less than Nan’s lead. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT.

Seen here is a still from the 1925 silent version of this film, partly shot here in Culver City.
Silent Movie Era clue (Jeopardy! 5-11-17)

Nan finished in the lead with $15,400. Michael was next with $11,400 and Lindsey was in third place with $7,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


English wikipedia’s “avant-garde” entry links (left-hand column) to French wikipedia’s “avant-garde (art).” To get a better sense of its French military usage, look at English wikipedia’s “vanguard” page. That links to French wikipedia’s “avant-garde (militaire).”

In Robert Forbes’ 2010 book “For Europe: The French Volunteers of the Waffen-SS,” he devotes several pages to the Milice in Vichy France during WWII, formed to oppose the French Resistance. Milice members had to be volunteers, French by birth, could not be Jewish nor belong to a secret society. The Avant-Garde Milicienne (the Youth Branch) was mainly recruited from a prior anti-Semitic youth group, La Jeunesse de France et d’Outre-mer (JFOM).

Lindsey wrote down “enginue.” That cost her everything but $1.00.

Michael got it right. He added $3,400 to finish with $14,800.

Nan also got it right. She added $7,401 to her already winning score and won this semi-finalist spot with $22,801.

Final Jeopardy (5/11/2017) Michael Camp, Nan Cohen, Lindsey Henry

Top 2 Wild Card spots are now secure. 2 last chances tomorrow.

$26,650 Mary Parker
$22,801 Nan Cohen
$15,800 Gail Ansheles
$10,800 David Clemmons
$14,800 Michael Camp
$14,400 Sara Holub
$12,005 Eduardo Sevilla
$8,400 Graham Toben

A triple stumper from each round:

ELEMENTARY ($800) In Japan seaweed is a major source of this element, a lack of which can lead to a goiter

THE SILENT MOVIE ERA ($2000) A thrilling story of WWI pilots, it won the first Academy Award for Best Picture

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Bestselling Books”

In 2014 a collection of her columns became the 1st best seller entirely by this woman who championed many other bestsellers. show

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16 Responses

  1. Francois Di Gregorio says:

    As I wrote to the Clue Crew, the final clue “Avant Garde” in my opinion is incorrect. I was a boy in France during the Vichy period and never heard of it. This two word term could have been maybe used in conjonction with “Milicienne” but the group was known as “Jeunesse Milicienne”.

    • VJ says:

      Bonjour, Francois, I hope you will let us know if you get a response. In the meantime, I found a French documentary about the Milice online from 1997, “Milice, le film noir”

      A review from Le Monde about the film says one of the people being interviewed is “Henri Minvielle, ex-membre de l’Avant-Garde, le mouvement de jeunesse de la Milice, et qui tente de faire croire qu’il s’agissait d’un mouvement scout.” It’s on page 3 of this PDF about the film

      • Francois Di Gregorio says:

        VJ, I certainly will. Thank you for the links. History is my favorite subject, of that period in particular since I lived through it. I already recognized in the Arte documentary the newsreels filled with the propaganda of the period. I have a site with a few of my recollections.


        • VJ says:

          You’re quite welcome, Francois. Did you ever see Les Miserables (1995) with Jean-Paul Belmondo? That was a great film set in WWII France.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    Will time EVER go a lot slower?

  3. Charissa says:

    Thanks for the response!

  4. Lou says:

    I hope there will be an all girl final next week. We need a strong finisher for.this year’s teachers tournament. Don’t you agree, VJ? Let’s hope that one of the female teachers wins the grand prize

    • VJ says:

      idk, Lou. Whoever wins will be okay with me. Guy(s) in the finals will be fine with me. All that’s important, imo, is they give it their best shot. What more can you ask?

      btw, shoutout to Lindsey for getting that Valentino clue. The slight hesitation before she buzzed in had me saying Oh no! Don’t tell me no one knows the Sheik!

      LINK: 10 more clues from the match

      • Richard Corliss says:

        Last year we went to D.C. to see the semi-finals of the teachers tournament and I already knew who were out of the quarter-finals. It doesn’t matter who wins it’s about having fun not winning or losing. Whenever there’s an all girl game I watch House of Mouse Ladies’ Night and listen to No Secrets That’s what girls do and watch Bubble Guppies Molly, Deema, and Oona singing the Bees Dance. Whenever there’s an all boys game I watch Imagination Movers Brainstorming, Jump Up, and Bubble Guppies Gil, Goby, Nonny singing the slip and slide dance.

    • Richard Corliss says:

      I hope so, but remember we were so close in seasons 30, 31, and 32. If there’s an all girl game next week, we’ll say: “Now who are the heroes squids?!”.

  5. Charissa says:

    Can anyone tell me the silent era question I’m missing in this list: there was one about Wings, one about Birth of a Nation, one about Ben-Hur, one about Valentino, and one about ______? What was the other one?

  6. Richard Corliss says:

    I hope Holly and Susannah can make it so there will be an all girl final next week.