Final Jeopardy: Dog Breeds

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/24/2017) in the category “Dog Breeds” was:

This popular small dog breed is named for the man who was the Vicar of Swimbridge for almost 50 years, beginning in 1832.

2x champ Tanya Obreiter has now won an impressive $63,210. In her third game, she is up against these challengers: Mackenzie Vogt, from Point Pleasant, NJ; and Matthew Cooper, from Villanova, PA.

Round 1 Categories: At the Smithsonian National Postal Museum – Musical Numbers – Geographic Formations – Come Together – Crime Rhyme – Hearst Story

Tanya found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Hearst Story” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $600. Mackenzie and Michael were both in the red. She bet the $1,000 allowance and thought it was Leningrad. That was WRONG and now everyone was in the red!

The Boston American, July 31, 1942: “Reds halt Nazis at this Russian City (as then called). show

Mackenzie finished in the lead with $6,000. Tanya was second with $2,000 and Matthew was last with $1,400. After the commercial, Mackenzie was dinged for $1,200 on a reversal (see below), so he was now in the lead with $4,800.

Round 2 Categories: The World of Tennis – 20th Century Novels – Who Said What? – “Hat” Box – Number That Amendment – Heart Surgery With Dr. Oz

Matthew found the first Daily Double in “Dr. Oz” under the $1,200 clue on the 4th pick. He was in 2nd place with $2,600 at this point, $2,200 behind Mackenzie’s lead. He bet that $2,200 and he was RIGHT.

Replacement of these gateways that open & close is by far most common with the aortic & the mitral… they’re on the left side of the heart so they endure higher pressure & wear out sooner than the other 2. show

Tanya found the last Daily Double in “Novels” under the $1,200 clue on the 12th pick. In third place with $5,200, she had $2,400 less than Mackenzie’s lead. She bet $2,000 and thought it was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” That was WRONG.

Trotter is the last name of the title boy in this book by Roald Dahl. show

Mackenzie finished in the lead with $15,600. Matthew was next with $9,200 and Tanya was in third place with $6,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


There are actually 3 terrier breeds named after the Reverend John Russell (1795–1883), whose nickname was Jack. He was the vicar of Swimbridge and rector of Black Torrington in North Devon and was also known as “The Sporting Parson.” An avid fox hunter and dog breeder, Reverend Russell was a founding member of the U.K. Kennel Club. The Jack Russell, Parson Russell and Russell terrier are the 3 distinct breeds. On their blog, Canidae Pet Food explains the differences.

More dog breeds named after people (and a couple named after dogs)

Tanya thought it was a Yorkie. She lost her $3,000 bet and finished with $3,400.

Matthew got it right. He bet $3,000, too, and that brought him up to $12,200.

Mackenzie came up with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel… and yet another $3,000 bet appeared. That left him with $12,600, which made him the new Jeopardy! champ by a $400 margin.

Final Jeopardy (5/24/2017) Tanya Obreiter, Mackenzie Vogt, Matthew Cooper

Reversal: SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM ($600) Beginning in the 1850s a machine like this one was used to put these holes between stamps for easier separation. — Mackenzie said PREforation. You could hear it plainly and Alex even hesitated before saying “Yes.” It was the 21st clue of Round 1. Mackenzie got dinged for $1,200 before Double Jeopardy! began.

A triple stumper from each round:

GEOGRAPHIC FORMATIONS ($1000) Up to 750′ high, the highest sand dunes in the U.S. are in Great Sand Dunes National Park in this Rocky Mountain state

WHO SAID WHAT? ($2000) Queen Victoria to Arthur Balfour in 1899: “We are not interested in the possibilities of” this

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players left in FJ got this clue in “Governors”

Governors of 2 adjacent states, these 2 ex-prosecutors are also adjacent on an alphabetical list of governors. show

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17 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    I also was bitten (in the stomach) by a Doberman Pinscher (named Mitzi), around 1946, in Bedford NH.

  2. Mya says:

    Thanks for this information., Our local ABC channel switched to weather just at 7:25 Eastern time, meaning we could not see Final.

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    Back in 2007, when one player failed to make it to Final, both players left standing bet nothing.

    • Richard Corliss says:

      Can you give us a clue please?

      • Dalton Higbee says:

        This man’s return to the U.S. in 1824, 47 years after his first trip here, added splendor to James Monroe’s presidential term. The correct response was Marquis de Lafayette. Jesse Berry won his first game.

        • Richard Corliss says:

          Oh, Tuesday, June 19, 2007, Susan didn’t wager any of her $9,800 and Kai-Ning finished the Double Jeopardy! round with -$4,400

  4. Lou says:

    This was a pretty easy final because I’ve seen a ton of jack Russell terrier in around Connecticut and they are super friendly. I was hoping Tanya would win again, but she did well. Also VJ, do you have kids that like German shepherds or jack Russell terrier dogs and retrievers?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, we have a cat. When I was very little I got bit by a Doberman (another breed named for a person). So I have always stayed away from big dogs. But, back in the day, I had two little Pekingese (not at the same time).

      Now only my son’s wife has a dog , a Shih-Tzu and they also have a cat — Pickles the attack cat. She is very pretty but very anti-social. LOL!

      • Lou says:

        So sorry u had a traumatized experience with a dog bite, but glad you ‘ve recovered. I always thought that most cats are more sociable around people and kids. I wonder if you also remember that show wishbone?

        • rhonda says:

          Lou, I remember Wishbone. My son used to watch it and I’d watch it with him, it was such a cute show. Wishbone imagined himself as the title character in various books.

        • VJ says:

          @Lou and Rhonda, I don’t think the kids watched Wishbone that much. At that time, they really liked Kidsongs. They liked other shows, but I had a bunch of VCR tapes of Kidsongs and they could watch them “on demand” before it was called “on demand” lol

  5. VJ says:

    I must admit I was hoping that Tanya would pull off another 25K+ win. Ah well, she certainly made the most of her 2 games. That ending had to be a lot more painful for Matthew.

    LINK: 9 more clues from the match

    • Lou says:

      By the way, wishbone that pbs dog show is also a jack Russell Terrier, I’m assuming that Tanya never watched wishbone so that’s why she missed.the final jeopardy question.

  6. Babs says:

    I knew the answer. Probably because when my kid was younger, I would take her to a local annual horse show where one of the popular events was the jack Russell terrier races. Yes, that’s a thing. I did not understand matthew’s wager at all!

    • VJ says:

      Hi Babs, Thanks for the info about the JRT races :) Another thing on the topic I was reading today was that the Prince of Wales (and later King Edward VII) was good friends with Rev. Russell (and probably a great many of the fox-hunting nobility of the time)

      P.S. I moved your comment over here because the comments on Spoiler Talk get deleted after a week!

  7. aaaa says:

    Mackenzie won due to inoptimal wagering from Matthew. 40/59 here