Final Jeopardy: Dogs & Geography

The Final Jeopardy question (6/20/2014), in the category “Dogs & Geography” was:

in 2001, the names of these two breeds came together in the new offical name of a Canadian province.

New champ Brian Keele won $12,700 yesterday, by being the only one to get FJ right. Today he takes on these two players: Stacy Gardner, from Long Beach, CA; and Alison Meermans, from Lakewood, OH.

Round 1: Brian found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Breakfast” under the $1,000 clue. He was in second place with $2,400, $2,000 less than Stacy’s lead. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT, but probably wished he’d made it a true Daily Double.

Patrick Towle honored Abraham Lincoln’s humble beginnings with the name of this syrup. show

Brian finished in the lead with $6,000. Alison was second with $5,000 and Stacy was last with $4,400.

Round 2: Alison found the first Daily Double in “The Only President Who…” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $9,000, $1,400 less than Brian’s lead. She bet $2,000 and guessed John Adams. That was WRONG.

is interred in Washington D.C. (at Washington National Cathedral). show

Stacy found the last Daily Double in “Literary Shipping” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $8,000, she had $3,200 less than Brian’s lead. She bet $1,000 but drew a blank so she was WRONG.

In a C.S. Forester novel, Charlie Allnutt pilots this title craft on the Ulanga River. show

Brian finished in the lead with $15,200. Alison was next with $11,400 and Stacy was in third place with $8,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“A strange subject for our final, isn’t it?,” Trebek asked. They make it sound like the provinces were named for the breeds when it’s really the other way around. Whatever. What would be acceptable for this weird clue was discussed earlier today in Spoiler Talk. Labrador Retrievers are commonly called Labradors or just Labs. They are descendants of St. John Water Dogs and other working dogs. says the Newfoundland’s origin is uncertain. Some believe the breed descended from the white Great Pyrenees, “others that he descended from a ‘French hound’ (probably the Boarhound)…” They are called “Newfies” and “Newfs.” But we didn’t get to see if Newfies and Labs would have been accepted after all.

Newfoundland and Labrador first entered the Canadian Confederation on 3-31-1949, simply called Newfoundland. On 12-6- 2001, an amendment was made to the Constitution of Canada to change the province’s official name to Newfoundland and Labrador. “In day-to-day conversation, however, Canadians generally still refer to the province itself as Newfoundland and to the region on the Canadian mainland as Labrador.” (wikipedia)

Stacy only got Newfoundland in, but she didn’t bet anything so she remained at $8,600.

Alison got it right. Her $7,000 bet brought her up to $18,400.

Brian wrote down “Nuna” and “Vut”, splitting up the name of Canada’s newest territory. He lost his $7,800 bet so he ended up with $7,400.

So that makes Alison Meermans, a fund-raising project manager, our new champ.

Alex Trebek had some fun with Brian’s response to a clue for the second time – on the FJ, he quipped “I just bought myself a Nuna, $1,500 bucks… no, it’s going to cost you $7,800…”

In the first round, in the category “On the Wheaties Box”, Brian came up with Olympic swimming champ and star of the Tarzan movies, Johnny Weissmuller, in response to this clue: “1959: this swimmer and star of movies like “Million Dollar Mermaid“. After Alison and Stacy failed to try, Alex informed them that Esther Williams was the Million Dollar Mermaid, not Weissmuller. “Close,” Brian said.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “20th Century Technology”

The first major use of simultaneous translation, before adoption by the U.N., was in this European city in 1945 & 1946. show

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39 Responses

  1. william k says:

    My two cents worth…a day late and a dollar short, perhaps ;-)

    I’m shocked…shocked I tell ya’ that vj doesn’t think much of Bogey or Hepburn!


    Just kiddin’ (kinda), but I understand the point about Bogart’s range, or lack thereof, but I think of him in a little bit the same way I think of Harrison Ford. Is Ford a great actor? Probably not, technically, but he’s been in some iconic films (Blade Runner’s a personal fav) and I’ve always liked him. Same with Bogey, pretty much. John Wayne, not so much.

    And Hepburn? She was only the greatest actress of her generation, probably, with maybe Bette Davis in a similar league –though they are quite different and not easy to compare.

    Was I a Hepburn fan, maybe not, exactly, but I certainly have a great respect for her talent…which is not to say that you don’t, vj, because I’m sure you do.

    I second you, for sure, on Shelly Winters and Karl Malden, though.

    What is it about Humphrey Bogart? It’s a very good question, but there is a humanity in his performances, I think, that shines through and that’s what audiences connected with. It might be a kind of slightly glassy, Basset-Hound-eyes look that shows up in Bogey’s face. Just my speculation.


    P.S. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!


    • william k says:

      One more thing…

      Regarding Esther Williams, I saw a program about Arnold Palmer not too long ago where he waxed about being something like 17 years old and getting to meet Esther Williams. He was just over the moon and pretty much weak kneed. Esther was the absolute mega-hottie of her day!

    • eric s says:

      Man, did you see Harrison Ford at this year’s Oscars? Beyond painful.
      To me, Bogart always seemed insincere, like DiCaprio does today. Ed Norton: American History X. Intense.
      And C’mon. Ingrid Bergman.

      • william k says:

        C’mon, who doesn’t dig Bergman?!

        But I hear you on Norton in American History X. The thing is, I believe that comparing eras in film is not too different from doing so in sports. The game changes and the better acting and film craft is typically the more modern stuff, on the whole –if you disregard the steady stream of garbage that always gets made in any era.

        DiCaprio is a mixed bag but I think he has to be given credit for the better work that he’s done. I can’t get anywhere near comparing Bogart with DiCaprio by way of insincerity, but I also don’t have a baseline to really judge either one on deeper merits since I don’t have much (personal) dope on either one –I don’t generally read any gossip rags, etc.

        But this is a good discussion here, and it dovetails with the discussions about Jeopardy players like Julia Collins and Arthur Chu and what the public thinks of them. I prefer to dwell on the positive I suppose, overall, but I’ll torch someone if I think they really have it coming!

        Side Note: Wow! vj sure does seem to harbor an evil dark side! [Below.]


        • eric s says:

          It is in some ways unfair to compare eras, but doesn’t that mean that we should be tougher on those more current? They got more of a chance to see the greatness and shortcomings of those previous. Some are timeless: I believe Jim Brown would be an all-pro today, same with Oscar Robertson, just as I know Olivier could both disappear and transcend in a role today. Others may have been in the right place at the right time: Tiger Woods, Marlon Brando, and Bill Russell all could be candidates. So fair or unfair, I don’t know, but there are certain classic qualities to the masters that transcends time, just as the success of others depends upon timing. I believe insincerity to be one of those limitations and, to me, it shows in each one.

    • vj says:

      I guess there’s no accounting for my likes and dislikes on this topic, Bill. Can’t even explain it myself. There’s like a ton of actresses I’d rather watch than Hepburn. Davis is one, Olivia DeHavilland, Joan Fontaine… even Shirley Temple. LOL. I guess it means I never found K. Hepburn fare that entertaining. I still get a big kick out of watching James Dunn blow cigarette smoke into the golden curls of America’s little darling, not to mention Jane Withers killing her doll so Shirley can’t have it.

      • william k says:

        “I still get a big kick out of watching James Dunn blow cigarette smoke into the golden curls of America’s little darling, not to mention Jane Withers killing her doll so Shirley can’t have it….”


        Vood yoo pleaze take a seat und zee couch, vj?

      • vj says:

        I’m really not twisted, Bill. irl, I wouldn’t like that behavior but watching that little girl play the consummate brat and steal the show was very funny!

        • william k says:

          “I’m really not twisted, Bill.”

          I’m sorry to hear that, vj.

          I’m reminded of a little snippet about Stephen King. He was asked in an interview about what effect it has on him to be spending so much time on the macabre. His response was something like, “I’m really not that twisted. And actually, inside I have the heart of a little boy…..I keep it in a jar on my desk”.


          Yeah, everyone has a dark side I would venture.

      • vj says:

        PS I also got a big kick out of little Margaret O’Brien doing a French accent in the Orson Welles Jane Eyre.

    • john blahuta says:

      just what i said. bogey did not have to act, he played how he felt. hoffman is a completeley different story. he could PLAY anyone. THAT’S the trademark of an excellent actor. d.h. is in my list in the top 10 of the second part of the 20th century.
      and in casablanca, the top performer was imo
      rains as catain renault. he was hilarious and convincing as well. when he closed the bar because of gambling and collected his “winnings”, i was cracking up. one major glitch in that movie: the germans could not have cared less whether de gaulle signed the transit papers. for the germans to recognize them, that they could not have been “rescinded”, hitler would have had to sign them…

      • william k says:

        As above (to eric), I think it’s in some ways unfair to compare movie eras/acting merits. But hey, I’ll second you on the brilliance of Dustin Hoffman!

  2. Nomi says:

    Nice to read everyone’s comments. So the CotD turned out to be the FJ. VJ, I took a look at the link you posted in response to my comment this morning. Right you were, plenty of ways to link dogs and geography :). A very informative link, thanks.
    But only one person got it right, which is surprising, considering that VJ and most of us thought it was no more than a $200 clue.
    Anyways, have a nice weekend everyone. I have classes and an exam to write :(.
    Take care.

    • jacobska says:

      Good luck on your exams.

    • eric s says:

      Shred you Brainiac!!

      • eric s says:

        *Shred, you Brainiac!!*

        • Nomi says:

          Honestly, I’m getting more education on FikkleFame than in the classroom. I had no idea what Eric meant by “shred”, looked it up on urban dictionary, and it says: ” The art of technically and rhythmatically hammering out amazing and lightning-fast solos on a guitar.”
          So now I get what Eric meant :). Thanks Eric.

        • eric s says:

          I actually meant it in more of a snowboarding way (but similar): to procede in an aggressive manner but with such fluidity and grace that only artistic compliments suffice.
          N: you may add that to the u.d. if you like. But only after your exam. And, you’re most welcome.

  3. eric s says:

    I believe I read (ok wikipedia) that the two are a half hour different in time: UTC 3.5 for Newfoundland and UTC 4 for Labrador.

    • eric s says:

      I am confused by this. I know Mt. Everest is of by like 45 minutes. These two are right next to each other and a half an hour difference. I guess that I understand it, but it just seems weird.

      • john blahuta says:

        heck, in australia they have states and territories that are bordering each other and are 30 minutes apart. must be a nightmare for scheduling flights etc…

        • eric s says:

          It’s not that I’m baffled by the concept, I just think it awkward. On a television news broadcast, “at the top of the hour, or bottom for you over there. ..”
          But, I’m easily confused by that sort of time thing: I never know what time it is in Arizona, and I really don’t understand the whole 45 minute from the hour thing for Mt Everest. By that, I mean I was at REI and they had the times in other parts of the world and everywhere was different by intervals of an hour (didn’t see any half hour differentials then), but the differential of Everest was some amount of hours plus 45 minutes. I tried calling Everest and asking the time but there was no listing. But seriously, I believe it has something to do with relativity, but never took the time to figure it out.

  4. eric s says:

    Ok. I have to do it. This is a finer point, but may matter. Stacy made an alright bet if she didn’t like the category, only because the difference between her and the lovely Alison (11.4-8.6= 2.8) was less than that between Alison and Brian (15.2-11.4=3.8). As I said yesterday, the 2nd may sometimes only bet enough to reach the leader (3.8 in this case), and they should never bet less. So, the person in third needs to make sure they get to the amount of 2 nd less the minimum bet (in this case: 11.4-3.8=7.6 but Stacy was already there). Since we’re talking about an amount that can’t overtake any of the first two starting amounts, the only way to win in this scenario is for both 1st and 2 nd to miss. 3rd doesn’t want 2nd to miss and not catch them.
    Again, a more subtle point, but important if you’re in third in FJ.

  5. jacobska says:

    Aside from the Esther Williams faux pas, Brian played a stronger today than yesterday. BTW, didn’t Esther Williams just die last year? I remember thinking “I thought she was already dead.” She was good in the old movies with her swimming skills.

    @Eric, congratulations on your Alison win prediction. We can start addressing you as “Eric-a-damus.” Forget that. Somehow it doesn’t work. Anyway, great!

    • vj says:

      and his prediction that one would miss badly was spot on too

    • eric s says:

      Thank you, Jacob. I have actually lived in southern California and Atlanta and those around me seemed, in general, to be lacking in geography skills. Logically, it could be the people I knew. Living close to the border allowed me to watch Canadian television and learn more about that nice and peaceful country (and watch Don Cherry). Maybe it’s similar with Alison (not the Ca and Atlanta parts. Haha).
      P.S. I have heard Eric’s-a-damus before.

    • vj says:

      yes, Jacob, she died in about a year ago, in June 2013. She was 91 and had not really been active in films or TV appearances since the 60s.

      Weissmuller was a lot older than Esther, but I guess you just can’t compare her movies to the old Tarzan films. heh heh — here’s some trivia from imdb showing the kind of fame he had:

      Weissmuller had a close call in Cuba during the time of the Cuban Revolution. While playing golf, he and his friends found themselves suddenly surrounded by a group of Fidel Castro’s soldiers intent on kidnapping them, or worse. Thinking fast, Weissmuller immediately gave his trademark Tarzan yell. The soldiers immediately recognized it and were so delighted to meet Tarzan that they began to clap and escorted the group back to a safe area, where Weissmuller was presented a $100 bill.

      Guy Williams of Zorro fame had that kind of adulation in Argentina, so he moved there later in life.

  6. john blahuta says:

    and another champion. but how can you miss “the african queen”???

    bogey won an oscar and cecil s. forester wrote the “hornblower” series, set mostly during the napoleonic wars and describing the career of a fictitious “horatio hornblower”, from ensign to great admiral. the movie and novel were named “THE african queen”, the boat just “african queen”.

    i recommend forester’s hornblower series to anyone who is interested how the british navy put a blockade around all of europe, from kronstadt (harbor of st. petersburg) all the way to greece ,turkey and even northern africa. the novels are historically amazingly accurate. forester was his pen name, his real name was simply “smith”… a shame he died at age 66 from heart complications,brought on by serious sclerosis. he also wrote – amongst many other books- “sink the bismarck”.

    forester was english, although born in egypt 1899, a little before stacy’s time, i guess. still… “the african queen” is a classic movie one SHOULD know, even though the novel was written in the mid ’30s and not made into a movie until the early ’50s.

    • vj says:

      I know C.S. Forester wrote the book and the characters Charlie Allnutt (Allnut in the film) and Rose played by Bogart and Hepburn, but it’s one of those movies I’ve never watched all the way through because I was never big on Bogart or Hepburn.

      Trebek was 11 years old when this movie premiered, btw. So yeah, it was way before Stacy’s time.

      Interesting that Bogart beat out Brando (Streetcar Named Desire), Montgomery Clift (A Place in the Sun), Arthur Kennedy (Bright Victory), and Fredric March (Death of a Salesman). I’ve seen the others though. I like Clift, Liz Taylor and esp Shelley Winters. Bright Victory was really a good film. Jim Backus had a role in it.

      • john blahuta says:

        it would not be me, if i had not something else to add.
        funny, how sometimes things are connected. “horatio” hornblower was a clear reference to ” horatio” nelson. his statue is at trafalgar square. one of the old 33 1/3 lps by the bee gees is named “trafalgar” and was inspired by nelson and the battle of trafalgar…
        and th-th-th-that’s all, folks!

      • vj says:

        PS – and Karl Malden (Streetcar). Malden was a helluva actor imo. He was in On the Waterfront with Brando, too. He won Supporting actor for Streetcar when Bogart won Best Actor for the African Queen. Malden was nominated for Supporting Actor along with Rod Steiger and Lee J. Cobb — all of them for Waterfront and they all lost to Edmond O’Brien in The Barefoot Contessa (another Bogart film with Ava Gardner).

        Okay now I am going way off… but just an ironic note that when Brando won Best Actor for Waterfront, he beat Bogart who was up for The Caine Mutiny.

      • john blahuta says:

        jim backus, the singer? he had a german “funny” song in the 50s i believe, “hab’n sie schon mal den mann im mond geseh’n”-“have you seen the man in the moon?”.no, that was gus backus,sorry.he was stationed in germany with the usaf. different guy. just out of curiousity, what did you not like in bogart? he may not have been a great “actor” per se, since he LIVED the roles he was playing, but i liked his laissez-de-faire attitude.i grant you, a dustin hoffman he wasn’t. but then, who is/was? not many. hoffman could play anyone, from an autistic to a spoiled college brat to “ratso”….etc etc. to many too mention.

        • vj says:

          jim backus mr. magoo and mr. howell on gilligan’s island.

          idk bogart to me was like john wayne – always playing himself. maybe you could say the same thing about some of the ones I liked – cagney, edward g. I saw bogart in a couple of roles I liked, I’ll be darned if I can recall the names of them right now.

        • eric s says:

          I can’t even come close to thinking of Magoo without laughing hard. Thank you, VJ.

  7. eric s says:

    This goes to show, if you make enough predictions you’re bound to be right sometime. After all, even a blind nut finds a squirrel sometimes. Thank you, Alison.

  8. vj says:

    Kudos, eric!! You nailed it this time :-)