Final Jeopardy: Place Names

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/12/2017) in the category “Place Names” was:

A town named for its location where a river in Devon meets the English Channel, it’s also the name of a college in N.H.

We’re at the last quarter-final of the 2017 Teachers Tournament. The players are: Holly Cannon, from Klein, TX; Susannah Nichols, from Ferndale, MI; and Dennis McDonald, from New Windsor, MD.

Round 1 Categories: Alma Maters – Title Animals – Textbooks – This Website Uses Cookies – World Capital Attractions – Grade That Word

Susannah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Textbooks” under the $600 clue, with only 3 clues left after it. She was in the lead with $5,400, $2,800 more than Dennis in second place. She bet $2,200 and she was RIGHT.

Lewis Vaughn’s “Beginning” these is subtitled “An Introduction to Moral Philosophy” show

Susannah finished in the lead with $8,600. Dennis was second with $3,600 and Holly was last with $400.

Round 2 Categories: Alma Matters – The Civil War – Music to Your Ears – Where You at, Shakespeare? – It’s a Group Thing – Crossword Clues “N”

Dennis found the first Daily Double in “Crossword Clues ‘N'” under the $1,600 clue on the 5th pick. He was in second place with $4,800 at this point, $3,800 less than Susannah’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Nighttime piano piece (8). show

A dozen clues later, Susannah found the last Daily Double in “Where You At, Shakespeare” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $9,800, she had $2,600 more than Dennis in second place. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

2 ladies in this tragedy playing rough in Gloucester’s castle: “Hang him instantly”– “Pluck out his eyes” show

Susannah finished in the lead with $14,000. Dennis was next with $11,600 and Holly was in third place with $6,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The BBC has an article on the River Dart and the many places it has lent its name to: “Dartmoor, Dartmouth, Dartington, Dartmeet…”

New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College got its name in a far more indirect way. An intro to the school’s history on its website has the lowdown on that. When founder Eleazar Wheelock sought a charter for the academy, he wrote to John Wentworth, Royal Governor of the Province of New Hampshire. In addition to asking Wentworth to “use the word College instead of Academy,” Wheelock wanted to name it after Wentworth, “but the governor modestly preferred to name it for his English friend, the Earl of Dartmouth.”

Holly got it right. She bet it all and finished with $12,000.

Dennis came up with Avon. That cost him $500 and left him with $11,100.

Susannah also got it. She bet $5,000 and won the last semi-finalist spot with $19,000. Holly nabbed a Wild Card spot.

Final Jeopardy (5/12/2017) Holly Cannon, Susannah Nichols, Dennis McDonald

Here are the players who will be in the 3-day semi-finals next week:

$26,650 Mary Parker
$22,801 Nan Cohen
$19,000 Susannah Nichols
$15,800 Gail Ansheles
$10,800 David Clemmons
$14,800 Michael Camp
$14,400 Sara Holub
$12,005 Eduardo Sevilla
$12,000 Holly Cannon

A triple stumper from each round

TEXTBOOKS ($800) Curl up with readings in “Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales to” this founder of logic

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS ($1200) He ascended the charts with “Starboy”, featuring Daft Punk

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Celebrity Memoirs”

Memoirs by Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley and this late actor share the title “The Time of My Life.” show

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12 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    @VJ, Rhonda, Marilyn & other FFers who are mothers, Happy Mothers Day.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    I hope Mary wins the Teachers Tournament next week, but it is still anyone’s game.

  3. Lou says:

    Great play by all players. Although Dartmouth is a great college, VJ do you have any close friends that graduated from colleges close to you? If so, what fields of study did they go into?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, idk, the last time I can remember having a conversation with a friend about colleges was really about her kid

      • Lou says:

        Ah I see okay. Also happy Mother’s day to you. hope you had a good one and hope you got a lot of great stuff from your close family members

  4. VJ says:

    ha ha! They got me on that ‘Nilla Wafers clue even though I have been eating a lot of them lately. They must not be Nabisco. Anyway, I liked that category.

    LINK: 10 more clues from the match

    • rhonda says:

      They got me on the wafers, too, VJ.

      • VJ says:

        LOL, Rhonda. But I knew Debra’s Special Tin even though I have never tried it and I bet you did, too.

        I’m really not a big cookie lover in spite of the recent mini-vanilla wafer binge. That’s the twins’ fault. :D

        • rhonda says:

          I’ve never tried Mrs. Field’s either, VJ, although I do have a terrible sweet tooth, particularly for chocolate. That’s my mom’s fault lol.

  5. Richard Corliss says: