Final Jeopardy: Religion

The Final Jeopardy question (5/20/2015), in the category “Religion” was:

The “N” in the I.N.R.I. written on the Christian cross refers to this place.

4x champ Andrew Haringer has now racked up winnings of $72,399. In his 5th game, he is up against: Ben Hom, from Arlington, VA; and Becky Schiavo, from Warwick, NY

Congrats to Jeopardy!, celebrating its 7,000th show today. “Like the Energizer Bunny”, Alex said, “we just keep going and going and going…”

Round 1: Ben found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “New Twists on Jeopardy! Favorites” under the $1,000 clue before the first break. It was the first clue chosen in the category. He was in second place with $1,400, $800 behind Andrew’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was King Arthur. That was WRONG.

Nearly 500 clues about this English King & yet none said that one of his favorite horses was named Canicida. show

Andrew finished in the lead with $3,600. Ben was second with $3,400 and Becky was last with $1,400.

Round 2: Ben found the first Daily Double in “Of the Galaxy” under the $1,600 clue on the second pick of the round. He was now in the lead with $3,800, $200 ahead of Andrew in second place. He made it a true Daily Double again and thought it was catalogs. That was WRONG.

Galaxies are organized into hierarchical structures called these, containing 100s to 1,000s galaxies of each. show

Andrew found the last Daily Double in “That Movie Title is Legal” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $6,400, he had $3,400 more than Becky in second place. He bet $3,600 and he was RIGHT.

Harrison Ford played Jack Ryan in this film whose title comes from a legal test devised by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. show

Andrew finished in the lead with $18,000. Becky was next with $9,000 and Ben was in third place with $4,800.

Andrew was then dinged on a $400 clue for leaving the “s” off the end of Fred Flintstone’s daughter’s name, but the decision on a $2K Arthurian legend clue was reversed so he actually gained $3,200 and went into FJ with a runaway $21,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


This inscription is usually seen on a crucifix, a cross with Christ’s body on it. The Nazarene says “In the Gospel of John (19:19-20) the inscription is explained: ‘Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.'” The article also gives an Eastern Orthodox variation, as well as alternate phrases from the Masons and Jesuits.

Ben got it right. He bet everything and finished with $9,600.

Becky wrote down “Nazarene.” the I.N. is also translated as “Jesus the Nazarene” but the clue asked for the place, so that cost her $601. She finished with $8,399.

Andrew got it right, too. His $3,000 bet brought his winning total today up to $24,200. His 5-day total is $96,599.

FJ Results: 5-20-15

During the chat, Andrew told how he and some buddies found themselves out of their league in a trivia match in Edinburgh, Scotland. They decided to answer “Sir Mick Jagger” to every clue, including the one about who parted the Red Sea!

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Oscar-Winning Actors”

They’re the only 2 Best Actor winners with the same last name; one was a winner for 1979 & 1988, the other for 2005. show

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19 Responses

  1. Nullifidian says:

    We can infer from this game that the people who come up with questions for Jeopardy don’t know that much about opera and that Andrew does. As soon as he was ruled incorrect for answering “Anfortas”, I knew that would be reversed before FJ because that is the name of the Fisher King in Wagner’s opera Parsifal and the work on which it is based, Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval saga Parzival.

  2. Patricia Clancy says:

    According to and Wikipedia the “N” stands for “Nazarene” as in
    INRI = Jesus, Nazarene, King of the Jews

    • Patricia Clancy says:

      Therefore the woman contestant should be given credit for a correct answer ~ as a matter of principle. Jesus, is a Nazarene because he is from Nazareth

      • doris s says:

        The clue asked for the PLACE, like New York and NOT a New Yorker. or he is Brasilian when Brasil -the place- is asked for in the clue! She misinterpreted the clue, at least she was in the right city but used used the adjective (which was correct),since the translation is:” Jesus the Nazarene, King of (the) Jews”. “Jesus OF Nazareth…” would be “Jesus Nazarenus etc..” Either way she misread the clue. Since it was a runaway it did not matter anyway.

    • doris s says:

      N – according to other translations in Wikipidia- stands for “Nazarenus”, meaing “of Nazareth”. But the clue asked clearly for the PLACE the “N” refers to and that is Nazareth, a substantive.

      Besides, you can’t always believe everything in Wikipedia. The German,English and French translation when you google I.N.R.I. give different versions of the Latin translation. I have to say that Latin could often be meant in a slightly different way, but the point was that the clue asked for the place and not what “citizen” or “townsman” Jesus was.

  3. VJ says:

    It’s more fun to answer “Zorro” to everything, especially if you have a sword handy :D

    • Cece says:

      Yeah, “Who parted the Red Sea?” Zorro. LOL!

      I was so happy when there was a change in score and Andrew had a runaway to secure his 5th win. Congrats, Andrew!

      When Alex asked Ben where he had been stationed overseas, did he mention any place outside the U.S? I thought he only mentioned places in the States.

      • VJ says:

        yes, Ben only mentioned places in the States.

      • jacob ska says:

        CeCe, no. Contrary to public beliefs all military personnel do not serve outside of the U. S. I got the impression he was based at different locations within the U. S.

        I had some buddies who spent 20 years at the same military location and then retire. It all depends upon their military career field, eg, military lawyers (JAG), etc.

        • jacob ska says:

          Btw, since he was introduced as being from Arlington VA, my guess is he works at the Pentagon. On the J Board a couple alumni from Rensselaer Polytech Institute referred to him as a fellow alum which means Engineering, Technology, etc., career field.

        • Cece says:

          Thanks, Jacob. It’s just that I thought he had misunderstood Alex’s question. I couldn’t concentrate on the chat because there was a very loud helicopter hovering around my roof. :)

          Nevertheless, the info you provided is valuable and I appreciate it.

  4. Eric S says:

    I do wonder, in this case, if they made Andrew bet. I think they did: fortunately, he got it correct.

    • doris s says:

      He did not risk his victory, maybe he just wanted a little more money :)
      I bet they told him the corrected scores before he had to wager or not.

      • Eric S says:

        Yes, they always correct the wagers before FJ.

        The point was, however, they have disallowed betting for a tie. I assume that includes zero bets.

      • Eric S says:

        I apologize. I skimmed the recap. You were absolutely right.

  5. jacob ska says:

    @Eric, congrats on your 2 correct solves prediction.

    Yeah for Andrew in winning your 5th game. That Columbia University Ph.D. and your worldly travels are paying off for you in big dividends. See you in the TOC.

  6. Eric S says: