Final Jeopardy: Monarchs

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

In 2016 Elizabeth II became the world’s longest-reigning living monarch when this country’s king died after a 70-year reign.

2x champ Ragavan Ramsubramani has now won $41,602. In the last game of the week, his opponents are: Seth Madej, from Los Angeles, CA; and Rich Steeves, from Norwalk, CT.

We won’t be seeing whoever wins today’s match until May 22nd– The 2017 Teacher’s Tournament begins its 2-week run on Monday, May 8th.

Round 1 Categories: A Marble-ous Category – Recipe Origins – Literature – Secretaries of State – Creatures in Movie Titles – 2 Out of 3 Ain’t “Bad”

Ragavan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Creatures” under the $600 clue on the 4th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $1,000, $600 more than Seth in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and guessed “The Bee Keeper.” Sounded like it was after the buzzer. In any event, it was WRONG.

The title of this film refers to Tom Booker (Robert Redford), who uses his patient ways to cure Pilgrim. show

Rich finished in the lead with $5,200. Seth was second with $4,800 and Ragavan was last with $2,400.

Round 2 Categories: Stream – Of Consciousness – Marco – Polo – Fashion – Model

Seth found the first Daily Double in “Model” under the $1,200 clue with 8 clues still to go after it. He was in a tie with Ragavan. They both had $10,000, $2,400 less than Rich’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Rosa La Rouge was a favorite model of his from the Paris brothels where he sometimes lived & worked in the late 1800s. show

Seth found the last Daily Double in “Streams” under the $800 clue. Only 2 clues were left after it now. In the lead with $16,000, he had $4,400 more than Rich in second place. He bet $3,000 and guessed the Amazon. That was WRONG.

A section of this 1,300 mile-long river forms the border between Venezuela & Colombia. show

Seth finished in the lead with $13,000. Rich was next with $12,000 and Ragavan was in third place with $10,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s ninth king was the longest ruling monarch in the world when he passed away on October 13, 2016 after a reign that began in 1946. That made Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, who succeeded to her throne 6 years after King Bhumibol, the longest-ruling monarch in the world. Malaysia’s Sultan of Kedah, Abdul Halim, is now second, and Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, is third. More on 21st Century Monarchy Changes.

Ragavan got it right. He bet $3,001 and finished with $13,001.

Rich thought it was Denmark (Queen Margrethe II since 1972). He bet and lost it all.

Seth thought it was Jordan (Abdullah II since 1999). He lost $11,001 and had $1,999 left.

So Ragavan is the guy who will be returning after the Teacher’s Tournament, as a 3x champ. Total winnings: $54,603.

Final Jeopardy (5/5/2017) Ragavan Ramsubramani, Seth Madej, Rich Steeves

A triple stumper from each round

LITERATURE ($1000) This novel is about Ignatius J. Reilly, the Don Quixote of the French Quarter

MODEL ($2000) Van Gogh’s portrait of this homeopath includes some foxglove likely to be used medicinally

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Historic Sites”

On August 15, 1941, convicted Nazi spy Josef Jakobs became the last person to be put to death here. show

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11 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    October 4, 2016. The 12th game of Seth Wilson
    October 27, 2016.
    November 21 and 22, 2016. The finale of the 2016 Teen Tournament.
    December 2, 2016, including the first appearance for Tim Aten.
    January 24, 2017.
    And then, May 5, 2017.

  2. Richard Corliss says:

    How many games this season that had an all men game?

    • VJ says:

      I don’t know. Maybe someone else does. Last one I found real quick was on 1/24/17, the first match Loren Lee Chen won against Sean Harrington and Derek Anderson, looking through the monthly posts with the Pre-FJ scores. I guess you could also look through the season 33 line-ups on J-Archive. Either way, you have to remember the person for some unisex names.

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    I was expecting Rich or Seth to win. I think Ragavan will be out of luck as a four- or five-game champion.

  4. Lou says:

    So glad that Ragavan got the lone solve, I thought he was going to be eliminated. Luckily he won with that response and made a decent bet. Did Adulyadej die from health complications though? I saw his name on the wikipedia page although they showed that he had lung infection and kidney failure. We will see Ragavan in two weeks after the teacher’s tournament to see if he can win game 4. Thank you for sharing this with us, VJ

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, if you just type his name and cause of death in google, kidney failure pops up. Yeah, I hope Ragavan wins another 3 games at least :)

      LINK: 11 more clues from the match

  5. aaaa says:

    50/60 here. Wonder who the Sec of State would have been in the unrevealed clue? James Buchanan? Condy Rice? Those were the only two who never married, as per the final final J! in the Battle of the Decades on 5/6/2014. Got FJ! from watching the October 13, 2016 episode of Celebrity Bucket Kickers.

    • VJ says:

      It was ($800) Chester A. Arthur’s Secy of State, he was named after his grandfather, a framer of New Jersey’s first constitution

      Just kidding :)

  6. VJ says:

    Don’t forget it’s the very last day to get in on the Galapagos Sweepstakes, if you want a shot at it. The Secret Word today is EXPLORE.

    So… ummmm, yeah. I was rooting for Rich to win so he could be rich Rich. Just a fanciful little whim. Big congrats to Ragavan on the lone solve and third win. I hope you kept it going. See ya in two weeks.