Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Presidential Candidates

The Final Jeopardy question (5/13/2016) in the category “20th Century Presidential Candidates” was:

He was awarded a DFC in WWII for a combat mission as pilot of the B-24 bomber he named the “Dakota Queen”.

The final face-off in the 2016 Teachers Tournament is upon us. Kaberi Chakrabarty, Jill Gilbert, and Jason Sterlacci are now in the home stretch. Whatever they finish with today will be added to yesterday’s scores to determine the winner.

Round 1 Categories: An Orange for Teacher – TV Shows by Episode Title – The Quotable Ben Franklin – Eerie – Superior – Other Great Lakes

Jill found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Other Great Lakes” under the $1,000 clue, with 2 categories to go after it. She was in second place with $2,000, $3,400 less than Jason’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Beaver Lake. That was WRONG.

The fourth-largest lake in North America, it was named for the large mammals that inhabited its shores.  show

Jason finished in the lead with $9,200. Kaberi was second with $3,200 and Jill was last with $800.

Round 2 Categories: Art & Artists – Communication – African-American Authors – Study Hall – Same First & Last Letter – Country Music

Jill found the first Daily Double in “African-American Authors” under the $1,600 clue on the 9th pick of the round. Still in third place with $800, she now had $10,800 less than Jason’s lead. She bet the $2,000 allowance and took a guess with Zora Neale Hurston. That was WRONG.

Anthony is the middle name of this award-winning author who released her 11th novel, “God Help the Child”, in 2015. show

Jason found the last Daily Double in “Communication” under the $1,600 clue. 9 clues remained after it. He was in the lead with $15,200 now, $8,800 more than Kaberi in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

From March to May of 1932, the Lindbergh family received 13 of these criminal communications. show

Jason finished in the lead with an unbeatable $20,800. Kaberi was next with $8,800 and Jill was in third place with $1,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


South Dakotan Senator George McGovern won the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 1972 but lost to incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon. McGovern’s campaign was derailed by the revelation that his running mate, Thomas Eagleton, had been hospitalized for depression and undergone electroshock treatment. Regarding McGovern’s military service in WWII, there is an excerpt well worth reading from the book “The Wild Blue” on the blog Liverputty, detailing a bombing incident involving the Dakota Queen during WWII, some of it in George McGovern’s own words.

Also see CNN Politics’ Timeline of George McGovern’s life

Jill wrote down Bob Dole. She lost her $1,600 bet but she still had $10,000 from yesterday, so that was what she finished with.

Kaberi also had Dole. She didn’t bet anything so her $8,800 from today was added to yesterday’s $4,600. Total: $13,400

Jason went for a shoutout. “Who is Charles who fixed my tie,” adding that Charles was a lifesaver. He didn’t bet anything either. His $20,800 today plus his $22,601 for yesterday gave him a 2-day total of $43,401.

Jill will be taking home $25,000. Kaberi gets $50,000 and Jason won the $100,000 grand prize as well as an automatic spot in the next Tournament of Champions.

Jeopardy! in DC continues next week with the Power Players week.

Final Jeopardy Results for Friday, May 13, 2016

Two triple stumpers from this match were in:

COMMUNICATION ($400) Harry Obst helped 7 presidents communicate with German Leaders & wrote the book “White House” this job

AFRICAN-AMERICAN AUTHORS ($1200) Walter Mosley’s “Devil in a Blue Dress” saw the 1st appearance of this “effortless” detective in 1940s Los Angeles

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Secretaries of State”

Serving 160 years apart, these two Secretaries of State are the only ones who never married. show

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17 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    I do remember a clue asking who replaced Eagleton. I believe he was from Maryland?

    • VJ says:

      Eagleton was from Missouri, Rhonda. Agnew was from Maryland. Oh, the irony!!

      • rhonda says:

        That’s right, thanks for straightening me out, VJ! Yuck, Agnew and his nattering nabobs of nepotism, whatever that meant lol. I must have had Maryland on my brain from the state song FJ the other night, although Missouri was an answer to another clue, too, I think.

  2. VJ says:

    Coincidence of the Day

    Today’s Quote: Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest. ~ Benjamin Franklin

    • Maori says:

      awesome quote. thx for sharing.

      • VJ says:

        Your welcome, Maori. I put a quote of the day on Spoiler Talk every day and that’s the coincidence — that I had a Ben Franklin quote and the show had a Quotable Ben Franklin category :)

  3. JEOPARDY says:

    Can be an easy fj today………….

    One or two might get it wrong….

  4. ccb says:

    Congrats to all the teachers. It was an enjoyable 2 weeks. Next week the Power Players, then back to Buzzy.

  5. Kaye says:

    Darn, my wild card winning it all hopes are dashed. Good game Jason.

  6. VJ says:

    Looked up Toni Morrison out of curiosity as to why Anthony was her middle name…. turns out it’s not. Her birth name is Chloe Ardelia Wofford.

    Rootsweb and various other places say “Anthony” was her baptismal name when she converted to Catholicism at age 12. and that the nickname Toni was based on that.

  7. William Weyser says:

    Congratulations, Jason! We’ll see you in the next TOC. Kaberi and Jill, you were able to pass the quarter-final test, and you were able to pass the semi-final test, but you weren’t able to pass the final test, and as a result, your run’s over. Got to go!

    • William Weyser says:

      Jason Sterlacci also makes history by becoming the 1st middle school teacher ever to win the Teachers Tournament. Charles Temple, 1st ever Teachers Tournament winner, Patrick Quinn and, of course, Colby Burnett were high school teachers, while John Pearson and Jennifer Giles, 1st female winner ever, were elementary school teachers.

  8. aaaa says:

    42/61 here

  9. VJ says:

    So they did save the hard FJs for the last two matches. Here’s a link to a dozen clues from this game

    • EricS says:

      I think they wanted to place the emphasis on the first two rounds of the semifinals. That seems fair to me.

    • VJ says:

      Now I can say the whole name of the campaign that I was talking about on Spoiler Talk. Lawyers for McGovern, though I never saw a McGovern/Shriver button myself. (There have been a few clues asking who replaced Eagleton)