Final Jeopardy: European Cities

The Final Jeopardy question (5/19/2015), in the category “European Cities” was:

The European Central Bank is based in this city sometimes called “Mainhattan”.

Current champ Andrew Haringer won his third game yesterday by a buck and has now won $45,999. Today he takes on these two players: Todd Grabarksy, from Los Angeles, CA; and Liz Rapelye, from South Plainfield, NJ

Round 1: Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Charlie” under the $1,000 clue. He was in the lead with $4,800, $3,400 more than Todd in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

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Andrew finished in the lead with $10,000. Todd was second with $1,400 and Liz was in the hole for $3,000.

Round 2: Todd found the first Daily Double in “Eternal Dan Nation” under the $1,600 clue. He was in second place with $5,400, $4,600 less than Andrew’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

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Todd found the last Daily Double in “A Visit to Sleepy Hollow” under the $2,000 clue. In the lead with $12,400, he now had $800 more than Andrew in second place. He bet $2,400 and couldn’t come up with anything so he was WRONG.

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Todd finished in the lead with $13,600. Andrew was next with $13,200 and Liz was in third place with $7,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Euro area’s central bank is headquartered in Frankfurt. From here, it administers the Euro and the monetary policy of the 18 EU members states that use the joint currency and works to fulfil its primary task: to maintain price stability within the Euro zone. Up until 2014, the ECB was based at Willy-Brandt-Platz in downtown Frankfurt. In late 2014, the approx. 1800 Euro bankers have moved to the famous new building in Frankfurt Ostend, right at the river Main.” (Guide to Frankfurt: ECB)

Also see, How Frankfurt became Mainhattan.

Liz wrote down Zurich. She lost her $1,600 bet and finished with $5,800.

Andrew got it right. He bet it all and finished with $26,400.

Todd wrote down Amsterdam. He lost $12,801 bet so he ended up in third place with $799. Andrew wins again and his 4-day total is $72,399.

FJ Results: 5-19-15

During the chat, Andrew shared the many outdoors activities in Squamish, British Columbia, such as salmon fishing, hiking, kitesurfing and mountain biking.

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13 Responses

  1. Marc says:

    Lol, nope! I just happened to learn of it a few days ago from an article. Jeopardy!

  2. Marc says:

    Am I crazy or did I just see this same question asked recently on the show??

  3. jacob ska says:

    VJ, nice and factual summation. As always you are on top of facts. ;)

    • jacob ska says:

      Of course, I’m referring to the Euro and the ECB headquartered in Frankfurt, VJ. ;)

      • VJ says:

        Thanks Jacob :) This win puts Andrew ahead of Elliot Yates on the TOC list in terms of $$ (they have the same # of wins).

        • Cece says:

          I hope Andrew wins tomorrow so he’ll be a 5-day winner. I hate when they get 4 wins and then lose on the 5th day, like Elliot did. I’d like to see Elliot in the TOC — I really liked him.

          This may sound crazy, but there’s something about Andrew that reminds me of Jennings — maybe his demeanor, or his profile, something…

        • VJ says:

          I had that Jennings feeling about him the first day he was on there, too, so I don’t think it’s crazy. Looks-wise only and just an impression, not totally.

          I hate when they get 2 wins and then lose on the 3rd day. :0

  4. jacob ska says:

    Congrats JB on your 1 prediction correct solve.

    • doris s says:

      And Zuerich was mentioned…I almost wrote Amsterdam too but was in a hurry. Please don’t refer to me by my boyfriend’s initials. I don’t need him to voice my opinion.

      • jacob ska says:

        Oops. Freudian slip. Wasn’t aware there was a connection. Had him on my mind because of your vast knowledge of my background. Felt like I was talking with him. Got caught up in the moment.

        Don’t communicate with people’s significant other out of respect.

        • doris s says:

          Wouldn’t call it significant. We agree and disagree about a lot of things, so it’s never boring. But suit yourself.

        • Eric S says:

          I can’t seem to get Anthony Perkins out of my mind now.