Final Jeopardy: African Geography

The Final Jeopardy question (5/12/2016) in the category “African Geography” was:

After the secession of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011, this became the largest country in Africa by area.

The 2016 Teachers Tournament Finals have arrived and our 3 finalists are: Kaberi Chakrabarty from Joliet, IL: Jill Gilbert, from Des Moines, IA; and Jason Sterlacci, from Somerset, NJ. Today we’re looking at the first half of a 2-day contest that will determine the winner.

Round 1 Categories: Among the 10 Largest Islands – Shakespearean Jeopardy! – Tell Me Something I Don’t Know – Weights & Measures – Hey, “Mac” – Colorful Oscar-Winning Films

Jill found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Weights & Measures” under the $400 clue. There were 3 clues left after it in the same category. She was in second place with $3,200, $2,600 less than Jason’s lead. She bet $2,700 and she was RIGHT.

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Jill finished in the lead with $6,700. Jason was second with $6,400 and Kaberi was last with $4,000.

Round 2 Categories: An Environmental Category – 10-letter Words – Nonfiction – Been Her – Historic Handshakes – Put It There!

Jason found the first Daily Double in “Environmental” under the $1,200 clue on the 13th pick of the round. He was in second place with $10,800, $700 less than Jill’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Jill found the last Daily Double in “Nonfiction” under the $1,600 clue. There were still 2 more categories to go. She was in second place with $12,700 now, $1,100 less than Jason in second place. She bet $3,000 and took a guess with “On Language.” That was WRONG.

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Jason finished in the lead with $19,800. Jill was next with $11,300 and Kaberi was in third place with $6,400. Before reading the FJ clue to the players, Alex Trebek announced a change in score for Kaberi. She was awarded $3,200 on a reversal and now had $9,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Algeria is the largest country in Africa in area, just ahead of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These two countries are also ranked 10th and 11th in area in the entire world by both the World Factbook and the World Bank, even with slight variations in area, as shown on this side-by-side table on Statistic Times. The table is sortable by heading so if you click on the Continent heading, it will show you the area statistics for Africa on the World Factbooks side.

When South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011, it took 644.329 sq km with it. Sudan dropped to the 3rd largest in Africa and 16th largest in the world, per World Factbook, which ranks Greenland the 12th largest with an area of 2,166,086 sq km. World Bank didn’t count ice-covered areas of Greenland. That made Sudan No. 15 on their list. Now that you’ve seen all that, you can nail Sporcle’s 10 Largest Countries in Africa quiz.

Kaberi had the DRC. She lost her $5,000 bet, leaving her with $4,600.

Jill thought it was Nigeria. That only cost her $1,300 bet, so she finished with $10,000.

Jason got it right. His $2,801 bet brought him up to $22,601. So Jason is the winner of this match and will go into the last part of the final with a very nice advantage.

Final Jeopardy Results for Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reversal: In “Put it There,” the $1600 clue was: If the reactor is getting too hot, put these “rods” into the core to absorb neutrons & shut it down. Kaberi said cooling rods. Alex said no, control rods. Then when he came back, he said the judges had determined that she said cooling rods, and not cool rods. If that sounds confusing, it’s because it did sound like Kaberi said cool rods, but the closed caption says she said cooling rods.

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2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “ACADEMY AWARDS”

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7 Responses

  1. JEOPARDY says:

    would’ve guessed Congo…….

    just by looking.

  2. mimsy says:

    It was funny when Jason laughed at the $1000 Shakespeare clue — Jeopardy! is the moon.

    On the reversal, I’m not confused over whether Kaberi said cool rods or cooling rods. When she said it, Alex didn’t say, no cooling rods. He said no, control rods. What gives???

  3. rhonda says:

    Does anyone remember what the first clue in 10 letter words was?

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    I think Jason is going to win tomorrow.