Final Jeopardy: Europe 1962

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/22/2017) in the category “Europe 1962” was:

Rudolf Abel & this American are most associated with Germany’s Glienicke Bridge on February 10, 1962.

New champ Lisa Evans had a nice big $34,401 payday yesterday. In her second game, she is up against these players: Daniel Esch, from San Bruno, CA; and Natasha Baker-Bradley, from Miami, FL.

Round 1 Categories: Languages of Europe – Questioning Movie Titles – A Cheesy Category – Gun Talk – Recent History & Biography – Low Tech

Lisa found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Gun Talk” under the $1,000 clue on the 12th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $3,200, $1,800 ahead of Natasha in second place. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.

Today meaning a short-lived success, it refers to a misfire in a flintlock’s powder. show

Lisa finished in the lead with $5,400. Daniel was second with $3,600 and Natasha was last with $2,800.

Round 2 Categories: The Young Pope – 1990s Emmys – Diseases Named After People – W”ords – Playwrights – High Tex.

Natasha found the first Daily Double in “‘W’ords” under the $1,600 clue on the 5th pick. She was in second place with $5,200 at this point, $3,000 less than Lisa’s lead. She bet $3,500 and did not know so she was WRONG.

The part of a vessel shown or an area of the strike zone where a batter hits the ball best.
Jeopardy! Daily Double (June 22, 2017)

Natasha found the last Daily Double in “Diseases Named After People” under the $1,600 clue on the 13th pick. In third place with $3,700, she had $4,300 less than Daniel’s lead. She bet $2,500 and thought it was mercury. That was WRONG.

In Wilson’s disease, this metallic element collects in tissues & can be detected by a brownish ring around the cornea. show

Lisa finished in the lead with $15,800. Daniel was real close with $14,000 and Natasha was in third place with $2,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“On Saturday, February 10, 1962, twenty-one months after his capture, pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged in a spy swap for Soviet KGB Colonel Vilyam Fisher (aka Rudolf Ivanovich Abel) at the now famous Glienicke Bridge. American student Frederic Pryor was also released at the same time at Checkpoint Charlie. Abel was an English-born KGB man who had been caught spying in New York in 1957.” (Gary 1962 Spy Exchange)

Powers was played by Austin Stowell in the 2015 film “Bridge of Spies,” Mark Rylance won the 2016 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Colonel Abel. (The film is currently playing on Showtime). In 1976, Lee Majors played Powers in a TV movie called “Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy incident (1976). The film earned a Golden Globe nomination.

Natasha came up with JFK. She lost her $1,000 bet and finished with $1,800.

Daniel only had a question mark, an expensive one. He lost $13,900 and was left with $100.

Lisa got it right. Her $12,201 bet brought her up to a $28,001 win today and a 2-day total of $62,402.

Final Jeopardy (6/22/2017) Lisa Evans, Natasha Baker-Bradley, Daniel Esch

These 2 triple stumpers (first round) were the only ones in the game:

LANGUAGES OF EUROPE ($800) It’s the smallest of all the nations with French as an official language

LOW TECH ($1000) c. 1100 it was found that these generators work better with blades turning on a horizontal rather than a vertical axis

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Pop Stars”

She won the 1984 Grammy for Best New Artist and in 2013 became the first solo woman to win a Tony Award for Best Score. show

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14 Responses

  1. Richard Corliss says:

    I still don’t know why Chris Matthews said Gary Powers instead of Francis Gary Powers. He played terribly in 2012.

    • TR says:

      Well, a quick search finds multiple references to him as just ‘Gary’ Powers, which is probably why that 2012 clue specified “full name”. That might be how he was popularly known, and how Matthews learned his name.

      He wasn’t bad during that $1M celeb tourney in 2010, but yeah, he sucked in 2012 ;)

      • Richard Corliss says:

        Especially in May 1, 2003 he wasn’t bad. He defeated Gilmore Girls, The Pacifier Lauren Graham and ER’s Paul McCrane. In February 2010 reunion tournament, even though he did very well, David Duchovny from The X-Files and Charles Shaughnessy from Playhouse Disney preschool series Stanley and Mad Men seem a little faster on that button. May 1, 2003 was the same day when Wheel of Fortune went to San Diego, Kara who solved GOOD INTENTIONS broke the Toss-UP device after winning $2,000.

  2. aaaa says:

    Alex Jacob, 2015 TofC winner, has omgwheelhouse as his screenname on Jboard

  3. Lou says:

    Congrats to Lisa on her big win. Francis Powers was held for two and a half years nearly by the Russians. What sort of work did he do while he was held captive. VJ?

    Lisa is a force to be reckoned with and I hope she has the playing style of Kerry Greene and Andrew Pau, don’t you agree?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, apparently Powers took up carpet weaving in captivity. The Natl Air & Space Museum has a picture of his handiwork online

      @everyone, There were actually 2 triple stumpers in the game so I added the other one in the recap and put up 2 categories (Recent History & Emmys) over here: LINK

      That fill-in Questioning Movies category was hilariously easy but not as hilarious as Lisa’s Wheaties answer to the $1200 “W”ords clue — “It’s the breakfast food that also means to be indecisive.” I’m sure it was the first W breakfast food that popped in her mind and I’m sorry it cost her $1200, but I still loved it. :):)

      • rhonda says:

        VJ, thanks so much for the link to the Pasternak book, I hadn’t heard of it before. Dr. Zhivago is my all-time favorite movie and Lara is the name of my little doxy.

        • VJ says:

          You’re welcome, Rhonda. That clue surprised me, too. I hadn’t heard of the book either. At first, I misunderstood the clue and thought that BP wrote it himself.

        • rhonda says:

          That’s what I thought, too. I guess the clue should have been worded better, but I just said “LARA” lol.

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    The Final Jeopardy! response reminds me of when this show was in D.C. May 14, 2012. Chris Matthews from previous news shows on MSNBC and CNBC. He never knew what the full name was. It was like this:
    Alex: Chris.
    Chris: Who is Gary Powers?
    Alex: (He looked at the judges) We need the full name. (Chris repeated the same thing)
    Chris: (insistently) Who is Gary Powers?!
    Alex: No. (The audience laughed) Lizzie. (Lizzie O’Leary was from CNN)
    Lizzie: Who is Francis Gary Powers?
    Alex: Yes. Full name. Lizzie benefits she selects.

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, but idk why they needed his full name when Powers went by his middle name and there is plenty out there just referring to him as Gary Powers. Here’s one newsreel

      • jacob ska says:

        @VJ, I saw that game too & I could swear (no offense intended) the way the clue was worded it requested his FULL name. Chris Matthews didn’t know it as Richard correctly pointed out. He could only come up with “Gary Powers.” Not good from a journalist who should know his full name. :( :(

        • VJ says:

          You’re right, Jacob. I found the clue in the 5/14/2012 game on J-Archive and it did ask for his full name: “Full name of the U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960” and, as a journalist, Chris Matthews should have known it. Power Players. lol