Final Jeopardy: U.S. Geography

The Final Jeopardy question (5/23/2016) in the category “U.S. Geography” was:

Of the 8 states that touch the Great Lakes, it’s the smallest in area.

5x champ Buzzy Cohen returns today after a 3-week break between his week-long winning streak. Buzzy has racked up $101,402 in winnings. He is going for a 6th win today and his opponents are: John McKay, from Lakewood, CO; and Heidi Eichler, from Morton Grove, IL.

Round 1 Categories: Italian Cities – Key Words – Are You Feeling Lucky? – American History – Whoops – My “Bad”

Buzzy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Italian Cities” under the $400 clue on the 12th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $2,600, $1,000 more than Heidi in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

The name of this city on a celebrated bay comes from the Greek for “new city”.  show

Buzzy finished in the lead with $6,800. Heidi was second with $2,200 and John was in the red to the tune of -$200.

Round 2 Categories: Prefixated on Science – Name the Spin-off Source – The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – Foreign Currency – Sculptors – Things that Make You Go “HM”

John found the first Daily Double in “Prefixated on Science” under the $2,000 clue on the 12th pick. In second place with $3,400, he had $3,800 less than Buzzy’s lead. He bet $2,000 and thought it was bones & muscles. That was WRONG.

Osteo- & myelo- refer to these 2 related things. show

Buzzy found the last Daily Double in “Things that Make You Go ‘HM'” under the $2,000 clue, with only one clue to go after it. He was in the lead with $14,800 now, $6,600 more than Heidi in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1880, he composed the “Tragic Overture” show

Buzzy finished in the lead with a runaway $19,800. Heidi was next with $8,200 and John was in third place with $3,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The 8 states that border the Great Lakes, from largest to smallest by total sq. mi. are: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. has a chart breaking down the land and water areas of each state. Indiana is still the smallest going just by land or water.

As for the Great Lakes themselves, this was the $1,000 clue in a quarter-final match of the 2001 Teen Tournament: “To remember these from largest in area to smallest, try “Sam’s Horse Must Eat Oats”

John wrote down Ohio. He lost his $1,200 bet and was left with $2,600.

Heidi thought it was New York. She only lost $200, leaving her $8,000.

Buzzy wrote down “See you tomorrow, Trebek?!” It didn’t get a laugh out of Trebek– just the correct response. Buzzy bet nothing so he won the match with $19,800. His 6-day total is $121,202.

Alex asked Buzzy about his nickname during the chat. Buzzy said it was his nickname in the womb. He legal name is Austin after Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors). His sister was named Lindsay after Lindsay Wagner, the actress who played Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman. They joke that if they had been born a decade earlier, they would have been named Spock and Uhura.

Final jeopardy Results for Monday, May 23, 2016

Here are two triple stumpers from the Double Jeopardy! round:

THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION ($800) Chapter 1 of this winner introduces the Tarleton twins, “born to the ease of plantation life”

FOREIGN CURRENCY ($1600) This South African currency is also legal tender in Lesotho & Swaziland

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Title Movie Roles”

In 1984, in the first of the films featuring this character, he only has 21 lines, for a total of 133 words. show

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8 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Just for sharing — there’s a fun geography-type quiz on Sporcle . You have to guess countries that are looked up the most on wikipedia and when you get them right, you are told a celebrity or something else that gets more hits per day than the country you identified

  2. Jordan Abrams says:

    No way that Buzzy’s gonna win more money than Andrew Pau.

  3. jacob ska says:

    SG, you were correct. One of the contestants wrote “Ohio.”

  4. VJ says:

    I do hope they will all look up and listen to Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 29. It’s a beautiful sonnet and this is a great reading.

    The rest of the triple stumpers are online now over here

  5. William Weyser says:

    After Buzzy won his 5th game in April, I said ”Now Buzzy’s gonna have to enjoy that $101,402 total for 3 weeks.” Now, I say ”Buzzy, how did you enjoy that total for those 3 weeks?”

  6. jacob ska says:

    Congrats Buzzy. Glad to see you return.

    How did Heidi get fj wrong? Isn’t she from Illinois which is the next state on the west side of Indiana? We lived in Ohio for 2 years decades ago which is on the east side of Indiana. Ohio was awfully cold, actually frigid, in the winter. We were glad to leave. We never thought NYC was cold again after that experience. Whoa!

    • VJ says:

      I thought she had the best chance of getting it, too, based on Illinois. But maybe it’s not her home state. That North Jersey article says Buzzy is an NJ native and I had to smile at that Bon Jovi clue today “One of you from Jersey?” Buzzy got it too.

      P.S. There are 6 prior clues on the Tarleton twins on J-Archive, 3 of them have to do with the actor who would go on to be the Man of Steel on TV