Final Jeopardy: Political Terms

The Final Jeopardy question (5/16/2016) in the category “Political Terms” was:

Officials called tribunes sat at Rome’s Senate door & if they didn’t like what was going on, shouted this Latin word

This week, Jeopardy! brings on the Power Players in 5 games with 3 different notables each day playing for charity. Today’s contestants are: NBC News political director, Chuck Todd, playing for Samaritan Inns; CNN political commentator, S.E. Cupp, for No Kid Hungry; and best-selling author, Jonathan Franzen, for American Bird Conservancy.

Round 1 Categories: Meet The Press – Shakespeare’s Settings – Germania! – Birds Of A Feather – Ballpark Facts & Figures – “Gad”Zooks!

S.E. found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Ballpark” under the $800 clue on the 5th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $800, twice as much as Jonathan in second place. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

Built as the centerpiece of the 1996 Summer Olympics, it was converted for baseball after the games.  show

S.E. finished in the lead with $5,200. Jonathan was second with $5,000 and Chuck was last with $2,600.

Round 2 Categories: Meet The Prez – Ballet – The Corrections – Numerical Terms – Country Distinctions – Pop Culture

Jonathan found the first Daily Double in “Numerical Terms” under the $2,000 clue on the 14th pick. In third place with $6,600, he had $2,400 less than Chuck’s lead. He bet $2,400 and he was RIGHT.

These large muscles at the front of the thigh take their name in part from the Latin for “four”. show

Jonathan found the last Daily Double in “Country Distinctions” under the $1,600 clue. Three clues were left after it but we only got to see one of them. He was in the lead with $13,000 now, $800 more than Chuck in second place. He bet $1,800 and he was RIGHT.

These 2 neighboring Middle East countries share the lowest elevation on land, about 1,300 below sea level. show

Jonathan finished in the lead with $14,800. S.E. was next with $13,200 and Chuck was in third place with $12,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Veto, a Latin word transplanted into our vocabulary, signifies ‘I forbid.” It was the word used in ancient Rome by the Tribunes of the people when they prohibited any decree of the Senate. History informs us that the persons of these Tribunes were sacred and their authority absolute. Sitting at the door of the Senate House, the decrees of the Senate were brought to them for approval and the Veto of a single Tribune was sufficient to prohibit their execution….” The Veto Power by C.D. Drake (1848) has more on “Senate of the Roman Republic-Vote and the Tribune’s Veto”.

Chuck took a last second guess with “Nay.” He bet and lost it all.

S.E. (Sarah Elizabeth, she said in the chat) thought it was “cloture.” She only bet $3,200 so she had $10,000 left.

Jonathan wrote down “Non” which we thought Trebek would read à la française but he didn’t. Jonathan’s $13,021 bet left him with $1,599 and that made S.E. the winner. Her charity will receive $50,000. Chuck and Jonathan both won $10,000 for their charities.

Final Jeopardy Results from Power Players Game 1, Monday, May 16, 2016

A triple stumper from each round:

SHAKESPEARE’S SETTINGS: ($1000) This “Tale” takes place in Sicilia & Bohemia

NUMERICAL TERMS ($1600) The man who wrote “O Little Town of Bethlehem” led 2 churches named for this trio, Father, Son & Holy Spirit

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Board Games”

In the classic version of Monopoly, the only two improvable properties without Avenue or Place in their names. show

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3 Responses

  1. William Weyser says:

    Like Anderson Cooper, who’s playing today, nobody has gotten final whenever Chuck Todd is on JEOPARDY!. Give me a break!

    • Richard Corliss says:

      Al Franken is playing on Thursday May 19th. Tuesday, May 11, 2004 Anderson defeated Maria Bartiromo and Kweisi Mfume on his first game, Thursday, March 18, 2010 he was defeated by Cheech Marin, Friday, May 18, 2012 he redeemed himself and defeated Kelly O’Donnell and Thomas L. Friedman. And now he’s gonna defeat Lara Logan and Michael Steele. Al Franken was defeated 2 times on Wendesday November 19, 1997 and Monday, April 12, 1999. He returned on Thursday, May 13, 2004 to redeem himself and defeated Gretchen Carlson and MSNBC’s Keith Olberman. He tried to hold to Al so he won’t confront Alex. Chuck Todd from The Daily Rundown was on Thursday, May 17, 2012 and defeated Meet The Press and Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page who divorced with wives and Disney’s Pixar’s Inside Out Comedian Lewis Black.

  2. VJ says:

    I was happy to see S.E. Cupp win the $50K for the children’s charity.

    I only counted 4 triple stumpers in this match. The other two and 8 more clues (including the rest of the Country Distinction clues) are over here