Final Jeopardy: Entrepreneurs

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/28/2017) in the category “Entrepreneurs” was:

In the 1960s M.T. Lott was one of the fictitious names he used to buy 27,000 acres in Florida.

2x champ Brandon Randall brought his winnings up to $42,002 yesterday. He’s trying for a third win today. These guys want to be at that first podium tomorrow: William Baldwin, from New Haven, CT; and Nathan Flynn, from Royal Oak, MI.

Round 1 Categories: Portuguese History – Bagels – Mood Music – 5 of 7 Deadly Sins, in Some Form – Paintings – Surprise!

William found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Portuguese History” under the $400 clue on the 8th pick of the round. He was in third place with $800, $600 less than Nathan’s lead. He started to go for a true Daily Double and realized he had less than the $1,000 allowance. He swiftly changed to that and got that extra $200 when he was RIGHT.

Threatened by Napoleon, the Portuguese royal family fled to this colonial capital 7 stayed there for 13 years. show

William finished in the lead with $9,400. Nathan was second with $3,200 and Brandon was last with $2,200.

Round 2 Categories: He Played Churchill – Bad-World Bookshelf – Newer Words & Phrases – African Americans – Bodies of Water – “X” Nouns

Nathan found the first Daily Double in “African Americans” under the $1,200 clue on the 14th pick. He was in third place with $7,200 at this point, $4,200 behind William’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Serving under George W. Bush, this soldier was the first person of Jamaican descent in the cabinet. show

3 clues later, William found the last Daily Double in “Bodies of Water” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $15,000, he had $4,800 more than Nathan in second place. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

This Turkish strait that separates Europe from Asia takes its name from the Ancient Greek for “cattle passage” show

William finished in the lead with $23,200. Nathan was next with $14,600 and Brandon was in third place with $9,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In 1964, Walt Disney sent Bob Foster to Florida to oversee the purchase of land that would eventually open in 1971 as the Walt Disney World Resort. Dummy corporations were used to buy the land so sellers wouldn’t jack up the prices. Most of these company names (M.T. Lott Real Estate Investments, Tomahawk Properties, Latin American Development, Ayefour Corporation, Bay Lake Properties, Reedy Creek Ranch Lands, Compass East Corporation) are memorialized on Main Street at the resort. Read Bob Foster’s account of throwing the media off the trail of the purchaser’s identity on Disney Parks blog.

In Oct 1965, Disney was outed as the buyer by an Orlando Sentinel reporter and confirmed it publicly the following month. Sadly, Walt Disney did not live to see his vision completed. He died a year later in Nov 1966. See Theme Park Insider for a deeper look into how they came to settle on the Florida location and more on all the secrecy.

Brandon thought it was Jimmy Hoffa. He lost his $8,999 bet and was left with a dollar.

Nathan got it right. His $3,401 bet brought him up to $18,001.

William thought it was Donald Trump. He lost $6,001. He dropped to $17,199 and that made Nathan the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (6/28/2017) Brandon Randall, William Baldwin, Nathan Flynn

A triple stumper from each round:

PORTUGUESE HISTORY ($1000) In 1437 this Portuguese prince navigated his way over to Tangier to take it over, but things didn’t work out

BAD-WORLD BOOKSHELF ($1600) Only women survive a mysterious plague except for Yorick Brown & his monkey Ampersand

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Doing Business Internationally”

This U.S. retailer’s 133 Canadian stores closed in 2015; its CEO said, “We missed the mark… taking on too much too fast.” show

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13 Responses

  1. Babs says:

    @jacob, I spent many summer weeks of my childhood at my Aunt’s apartment in Beach Haven, Brooklyn. Her landlord was Fred Trump. Later, he built Trump Village nearby. She lived in that apartment from 1958 to 1985!

  2. Babs says:

    I didn’t think trump or Hoffa were good answers. Disney seemed obvious. Trump in particular would not hide his name … too egocentric! And the M. T. Lott pun … too clever. And in the 60s the trumps were not in fla. real estate … the father was building his empire in Brooklyn and queens. As for Hoffa … entrepreneur is not how I’d categorize him!

    • jacob ska says:

      @Babs, you are 100% correct. As a NYer I remember Fred Trump Sr. & his developer building in the boroughs. Great man but no way could he purchase 27, 000 acres in Florida if he wanted to in the 1960s. Donald Trump bought the 5 acre Mar-a-Lago in the 1980s in Florida. It was built by the cereal magnate Post family heiress in the 1920s.

      A little math would have helped William. 27, 000 acres require a lot of moolah. Today the Walt Disney company market capitalization has grown to about $150 billion and that includes all of its holdings which includes theme parks, ESPN, etc.

  3. jacob ska says:

    Glad to see Nathan win…would hate to have seen his reaction if he had lost based upon his disappointment throughout the game when William beat him to the buzzer.

    VJ, all I could envision was your reaction when watching Nathan. Hope he takes a chill pill before tomorrow (I realize the show is taped but geez).

    Brandon? Hoffa? Bad break. This game should have been William’s but his Trump response was way off. Trump was still young when Disney purchased land in Florida.

    • VJ says:

      Oh okay, now I get it. lol. Trump was even 21 yet. Thanks, Jacob.

      Yes, Nathan could certainly use a chill pill. That wasn’t a good look today and it’s not gonna be tomorrow! And what was up with the way he was clapping?

      PS — That Winston Churchill category reminded me of that Lee Majors “Francis Gary Power” film again. They had actors playing Churchill, De Gaulle, Eisenhower, Khrushchev and Robert Kennedy in it.

      • EricS says:

        trump was 21 in 1967. Idk that you had to be 21 to buy land then, or if it could have been bought in his name. trump owns land in florida now. All in all, not a bad guess.

        • VJ says:

          True, Eric — the clue said the 1960s. Can’t speak for other places, but I know you had to be 21 for your signature to be legal on most anything where I was in the 60s. My brother got married when he was 20, and he had to get parental consent.

  4. Lou says:

    You know disney was my favorite since I watched many of the films like aladdin, the lion king, bambi, etc. But who would select donald trump as a final jeopardy response? He has no interest in disney world when he already has a bunch of casinos, right VJ? Jimmy hoffa wasn’t a bad guess but trump, no way. I was disappointed that someone from my homestate of connecticut would miss this.

    • VJ says:

      well, idk what I’m missing here but I thought Trump was a better guess than Hoffa.

      LINK: 9 more clues from this match

      • rhonda says:

        I thought it was a better guess, too, maybe he was thinking of his father, who made his fortune in real estate?

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    How many all boys games, now?

  6. Dalton Higbee says:

    Donald Trump?