Final Jeopardy: World Transportation

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/5/2017) in the category “World Transportation” was:

It traverses hundreds of bridges, the longest stretching 2 miles across the Amur River.

3x champ Joe Nguyen won $77,202 last week. He returns today (with a neon orange tie) to take on these contestants: Chantelle Schofield, from Fort Myers, FL; and Buzz Newberry, from Dallas, TX.

Round 1 Categories: Classical Music at the Ballpark – Just What I Need – Novels – Familiar Phrases Flipped – Done There – Been That

Buzz found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Novels” under the $1,000 clue on the 15th pick of the round. He was in second place with $1,600, $1,200 less than Joe’s lead. He bet $1,000 but he had no idea so he was WRONG.

“The fathers of Chingachgook” have not lied!” is a line in this historical novel. show

Joe finished in the lead with $4,400. Buzz was second with $3,000 and Chantelle was last with $2,800. After the commercial, Buzz got dinged for $1200 on a reversal (see below). That dropped him to third place with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: It Starts With the “End” – Science Terms – The Revolutionary War – Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries – State Names – TV Doctors

Chantelle found the first Daily Double in “The Revolutionary War” under the $1,200 clue on the 12th pick. She was in second place with $5,200 at this point, $2,400 less than Joe’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Treaty of Paris ending the war, guaranteed America’s rights to fish in the Grand Banks & the nearby gulf of this river. show

5 clues later, Joe found the last Daily Double in “State Names” under the $800 clue. In second place with $6,000, he now had $1,200 less than Chantelle’s lead. He bet $2,000 and thought it was Washington. That was WRONG and also the second time that response didn’t work out for him.

This state’s name originally began with “Ou” until Congress changed it to a “W” show

Chantelle finished in the lead with $13,200. Joe was next with $9,200 and Buzz was in third place with $1,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


After the FJ music, Alex Trebek said: “It would help you immensely if you knew where the Amur River was.” So let’s take a look at the river first. Located on the border of China and Russia, it is the 10th longest river in the world. In China, it is known as “Heilungjiang” (Black Dragon River), also the name of a Chinese province. has more info, including a video of a “monster” sturgeon! J-Archive only has one prior clue from 1994 with the name of the river in it: “The 1689 Treaty of Nerchinsk fixed China’s border with this country along the Amur River valley.”

The original 1916 Khabarovsk Bridge, spanning the Amur to accommodate the Trans-Siberian Railway, wasn’t quite 2 miles. In 1999, a longer bridge was built alongside the old one. It connects Imeni Telmana in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast region of Russia to Khabarovsk, Russia. Currently, a new bridge is under construction across the Amur that will connect Russia to China. It is expected to be opened in 2018.

Buzz wrote down the Orient Express. He bet and lost it all.

Joe had the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse). That cost him $4,001, leaving him with $5,199.

Chantelle got it right. She bet $5,202 and became the new Jeopardy! champ with $18,402.

Final Jeopardy (6/5/2017) Joe Nguyen, Buzz Newberry, Chantelle Schofield

Reversal: FAMILIAR PHRASES FLIPPED ($600) And the ammunition Lord pass the praise — Buzz left out the word “and” when he gave his response

A triple stumper from each round:

NOVELS ($600) In Oliver Goldsmith’s novel, a hapless clergyman muddles through life as “The Vicar of” this locale

THE REVOLUTIONARY ($400) After the fall of Yorktown, he drafted a letter of abdication but never presented it to Parliament

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Literary Characters”

This name made famous in a 17th century novel is derived from the Spanish for “sweet”. show

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7 Responses

  1. Richard Corliss says:

    So much for that response that confiscated $1,200 away.

  2. mimsy says:

    I could swear that during the chat Alex addressed Joe as ‘John Nguyen.’ And there was yet another reversal because a wrong answer got by him. I am more alarmed than anything else that his hearing and focus seem to be going downhill.

  3. Louis says:

    I.heard of this river the Heilongjiang, still.Congrats to chantelle for that solve. Trains from Beijing passes to russia via Heilongjiang, is that right, VJ? Or does it start at harbin?

    • VJ says:

      Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang Province, Lou. (boy, am I glad I don’t have to spell that every day).

      Here’s a link to an article about the province with a caveat– there’s some gruesome stuff on there about war crimes.

      LINK: 11 more clues from the match

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    I was hoping that Joe would win again today.

    • VJ says:

      I sort of couldn’t help wishing Buzz would win and then win enough to get in the ToC with Buzzy. lol

      Congrats to Chantelle on the single solve!

  5. VJ says:

    Oh, I wished I got that Novels DD! I knew it instantly for a different reason than anyone else. It’s how my brother Brian got the nickname Gus. When I was about 9, my father was reading the Last of the Mohicans to us older kids, and we started calling this one-year old baby Chunguscook (what we thought the name was). Then we shortened it to Chungus, then Gus. He was called Gus until he went to school.

    P.S. Did anyone else see a Father’s Day commercial for the Jeopardy! store between the last round and FJ? If you buy $100 worth of stuff, Alex is throwing in one of his ties.