Final Jeopardy: Ships in the News

The Final Jeopardy question (6/12/2015), in the category “Ships in the News” was:

In 2012 Nature Magazine ran an obituary for this ship which “died after a long struggle with bad publicity.”

2x champ, Darren Harris-Fain has won $47,800 thus far. Will he be back on Monday or will it be one of these guys? Daniel Lee, from Valley Village, CA; and Mike Luca, from Westbrook, ME.

Round 1: Daniel found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The State of Things” under the $800 clue. He was in second place with $2,200, $1,800 less than Darren’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Lake Bonneville, George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park. show

Daniel finished in the lead with $5,400. Darren was second with $4,800 and Mike was in the hole for $800.

Round 2: Darren found the first Daily Double in “A River Runs Through the Book” under the $1,200 clue. He was in the lead with $6,800, $1,000 more than Daniel in second place. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT.

Aggressive gorillas figure in this Crichton thriller. show

Daniel found the last Daily Double in “Exploration” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $9,000, he was now $9,400 behind Darren’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and took a shot with Siberian. That was WRONG.

Working for Russia, in 1696, the Cossack Vladimir Atlasov explored this peninsula. show

Darren finished with a runaway $17,600. Daniel was next with $5,200 and Mike was in third place with $3,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In August 2012, Nature Magazine’ wrote that “The Exxon Valdez was sentenced to death last month when an Indian court granted her entry to a ship-breaking yard.” The article traces all the reincarnations of the Exxon-Valdez after the 1989 oil spill that made her infamous. She was renamed the “Mediterranean”, the “Dong Fang Ocean” and was finally laid to rest as the “Oriental Nicety”. (

Mike wrote down the SS Minnow. A really great answer! Alas, it still cost him $1,974. He finished with $1,226.

Daniel thought it was the Concordia. He lost $1,400 and finished with $3,800.

Darren wrote down “the Google barge”. He lost $2,400 but still had $15,200 and that’s what he won the match with. His 3-day total is $63,000, and yes! We will see him again on Monday.

FJ Results: 6-12-15

During the chat, Darren talked about his stint as a butler for a professor during his college days.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “In the Newspaper”:

Her pen name honored a wise woman from the Old Testament & a 19th century U.S. president. show

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11 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    @Darren, nice going buddy. 3x champ. Congrats!

    Good to see Daniel come out of negative territory.

    Also, congrats Elijah on your correct prediction.

  2. Lou says:

    Did Daniel use the chuck Forrest bounce to find Daily Doubles? That was what Daniel used during the second round like Kaya Chua did during Kerry Greene’s run.

    • VJ says:

      idk if he was DD hunting — look at the difference between when Darren got the first DD and when Daniel got the second one. Darren only had a $1K lead on the first one, then he went on a roll and when Daniel got the second one, Darren’s had a huge lead. I guess Daniel felt go big or go home.

  3. VJ says:

    Congrats on your correct prediction, Elijah.

    When they show the DDs, I pause the show so I can type them. When someone does something like Daniel did on that last DD today, I always get the “I’m afraid to look” feeling!

    • Eric S says:

      Wow. Lol. Boy was I wrong. Elijah, you couldn’t have possibly outdone me more. Nicely done.

      • Cece says:

        All I wanna say about that gutsy move on that DD is ouch! That must’ve hurt.
        Good thing I didn’t know the answer either, otherwise I’d have been yelling at the TV, KAMCHATKA! (and mispronouncing it too). :):)

      • elijahjt says:

        Thanks. And, yeah, someone did say Costa Concordia. It did happen that year after all.