Final Jeopardy: U.S. History

The Final Jeopardy question (5/20/2016) in the category “U.S. History” was:

In 1790 a deal made Washington the nation’s capital; the room where it happened was at Jefferson’s house & negotiators included Madison & this cabinet member.

The last game of Power Players Week is here. Today’s players are’s editor-at-large, Melissa Harris-Perry, playing for Girls for Gender Equality; CNN political analyst David Gregory, playing for Martha’s Table; and “Mad Men” creator & producer Matthew Weiner, playing for Alexandria House.

Special guest: Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser read today’s final clue.
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reads the Final Jeopardy clue in U.S. History on 5-20-2016

Round 1 Categories: Not Great, Bob! – Women in Charge – On Cable – It Happened in the Bible – Talking “Point”s – An Eco-Category

Melissa found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Women in Charge” under the $800 clue on the 5th pick of the round. She was in second place with $400, $600 less than Matthew’s lead. She chose to risk only what she had and she was RIGHT.

As CEO of Sam’s Club, Rosalind Brewer became the first woman & the first African American to head a unit of this corp.  show

Melissa finished in the lead with $3,400. David and Matthew were tied in second place with $2,200 each.

Round 2 Categories: Bridges – Organizations – On the Bookshelf – Mad Men – ’90s Music – Echo Category

Matthew found the first Daily Double in “On the Bookshelf” under the $1600 clue on the 14th pick. He was in a tie for the lead with David. They both had $5,400 now, $400 more than Melissa. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

A line from Ecclesiastes inspired the title of this Hemingway novel about expatriates in France & Spain. show

Matthew found the last Daily Double in “Organizations” under the $1,600 clue. It proved to be the last clue played with only one clue left after it. He had a runaway lead with $15,600, $9,800 more than David in second place. He went with $3,000 again but could not come up with a response so he was WRONG.

The late Julian Bond was its chairman from 1998 to 2010. show

Matthew finished in the lead with $12,600, still a runaway. David was next with $5,800 and Melissa was in third place with $5,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Residence Act of July 16, 1790 put the nation’s capital in current-day Washington as part of plan to appease pro-slavery states who feared a northern capital as being too sympathetic to abolitionists. The City of Brotherly Love became the ex-capital for several reasons: the machinations of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson; the compromise over slavery; a concern about public health; and a grudge against the Pennsylvania state government were all factors in the move.” (Constitution Daily: How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington)

Melissa bet $1,000 and finished with $6,000.

David bet it all. That brought him over the $10K guarantee. He finished with $11,800.

Matthew bet $900 bet so he ended up with $13,500 and his charity will get $50,000.

Yes, we are anxious to get Buzzy back next week but we want to give the Power Players their props for raising over $350,000 for charity. Good work!

Final Jeopardy Results for Friday, May 20, 2016

First we have the $1,000 “Women in Charge” reversal in Round 1: Beginning in 1997 Arizona had 3 consecutive women in charge: Jane Hull, Janet Napolitano & her. David said “Janet Brewer” but that’s not her real first name.

We also have 2 triple stumpers from the second round:

Organizations ($1200) In 1980 Bruce Murray, Louis Friedman & this Cornell Univ. astronomer founded the planetary society

Echo Category ($800) In a 1939 movie this dog is in danger of being put down after biting a neighbor

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “The 1960s”

In his last speech, he mentioned local newsmakers of the day, including his friend Cesar Chavez and Don Drysdale. show

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11 Responses

  1. Robert Anderson says:

    I’ve read 2 books and many articles about Sherman, and never came across these 2 nicknames. I do know friends called him Cump. I’m amazed no one knew Mad Anthony Wayne, or heard of Royal Gorge in Colorado, etc.

  2. JEOPARDY says:

    kind of easy fj today……

    Kinda surprised one person didn’t miss it..

    • jacob ska says:

      I’m assuming they all have seen the Broadway hit show “Hamilton” which has a scene about the fj clue. With 16 Tony nominations I would guess most people have seen the show. This made the fj clue easy.

      • JEOPARDY says:

        Thats if you can afford it……..

        • Cece says:

          Right. Which I would estimate half of the population cannot. Even considering the people who already live in NY and don’t have to fork for a plane ticket.

        • jacob ska says:

          LOL. Since when has affordability stopped people? Most people own smartphones and the synopsis for every Broadway musical, tv show, movie, music (including Beyonce’s new released Lemonade) is online. VJ can retrieve anything for us. It’s not called the information highway for no reason.

        • VJ says:

          It’s true that the score for the musical “Hamilton” is online. Here’s a link to “The Room Where It Happens” in the playlist. The lyrics to the songs with explanations and Lin-Manuel Miranda annotations are also online.

          I don’t have any idea how many people would look that up online before going to a see a given musical. I would guess mostly those who were really interested in the subject matter. In this case, there was a lot of publicity about how the popularity of the musical was instrumental in keeping Hamilton on the $10 bill.

          I’ve always had an interest in the Burr-Hamilton duel and have read a lot about it. So I can’t say I’m particularly interested in seeing this musical even when it becomes a movie, as I assume it will. I’m just not in the “Hamilton wasn’t trying to kill Burr” camp. LOL

        • Cece says:

          True, Jacob (I’m not stupid enough to think that people cannot look up info). And one doesn’t have to have seen the show to find that FJ clue easy. All I was referring to was the part “most people have seen the show”. Not true.

          “The “information highway” has nothing to do with it.

        • jacob ska says:

          @VJ, you are correct. It will become a movie. The entertainment industry knows how to capitalize off of popularity. I never thought “Angry Birds” would become a movie. :)

  3. VJ says:

    I had to laugh at that “Great Marcher” clue, when the other part of it had nothing to do with the answer’s real first name. Then they didn’t want to answer “Mad Anthony.” They were probably thinking it would turn out to be someone named Horatio :):)

    Those clues and 8 others are online now over here