Final Jeopardy: World War II Heroes

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/8/2017) in the category “World War II Heroes” was:

Credited with saving thousands of lives before his disappearance, in 2016 he was officially declared dead by Sweden.

New champ Bala Kumar won $33,000 yesterday with a lone correct FJ response. Today he is up against these two players: Sarah Waldsmith, from Westerville, OH; and Scott Bergeron, from Norwalk, CT.

Round 1 Categories: Tim Flies – Tricky Animals – Where the Language Is Spoken – Wood Words – The New Deal – The TV “A”

Scott found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Tim Flies” under the $600 with a dozen clues left after it. He was in third place with $800, $1,800 less than Bala’s lead. He bet the $1,000 allowance and, for lack of a better response, said Normandy. That was WRONG.

WWII pilot Tim Vigors felt a “taste of fear” aiding the evacuation of this French port in 1940. show

Scott finished in the lead with $2,800. Bala was second with $2,600 and Sarah was last with $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: Prequels & Sequels – U.S. Govt. Abbrev. – City Parks – Faith in Entertainment – What’s “Nu”? – Final Resting Places

Bala found the first Daily Double in “Prequels & Sequels” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. He was in in the lead with $3,800 now, $1,000 more than Scott in second place. He bet $2,220 and he was RIGHT.

This popular 1995 Gregory Maguire novel is a prequel of sorts to the “Wizard of Oz” books. show

Bala found the last Daily Double in “City Parks” under the $1,600 clue. There were only 3 clues left after it and we had to pause a moment for a reversal that affected Scott (see below). In the lead with $11,600, Bala had $4,600 more than Sarah in second place. He bet $1,600 and guessed Piccadilly Square. That was WRONG.

This London park has the Princess Diana Fountain & “The Huntress”, which honors another Diana, the goddess of hunting. show

Bala finished in the lead with $12,000. Sarah was next with $7,000 and Scott was in third place with $2,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Often called the “Swedish Schindler,” Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg helped thousands of Hungarian Jews escape persecution during 1944 through his work with the War Refugee Board in Budapest. Taken into Soviet custody in January 1945, Wallenberg disappeared into the Soviet prison system. In the following decades, conflicting reports on whether he was dead or alive emerged from various sources. In March 2016, a petition was filed with the Swedish Tax Agency to have Wallenberg declared dead in absentia. The agency set October 14, 2016 as the deadline for Wallenberg to report to them. He did not. His date of death was officially listed as July 31, 1952, five years after the Soviets claimed he died in prison and had been cremated. For more info, see World War II Database: Raoul Wallenberg

Scott wrote down Turing. He lost his $2,500 bet and finished with $300.

Sarah got it right. Her $1,000 bet brought her up to $8,000.

Bala thought it was Schindler. He lost $2,001 but still won the match with the remaining $9,999 bet. He remains champ with a 2-day total of $42,999.

Final Jeopardy (6/8/2017) Bala Kumar, Scott Bergeron, Sarah Waldsmith

Reversal: U.S. GOVT. ABBREV. ($800) NPS: provides a streaming webcam of Old Faithful — Scott got dinged for $1,600 for adding an “s” to the last word (bet you saw that coming!). His $4,400 score dipped to $2,800 with only three $2,000 clues left on the board (and they only got to two).

2 triple stumpers from Double Jeopardy!

PREQUELS & SEQUELS ($2000) “Be Cool” is this author’s sequel to “Get Shorty”

FAITH IN ENTERTAINMENT ($800) This 2016 Martin Scorsese film follows 2 priests struggling to spread Catholicism in Japan

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Mediterranean Islands”

A statue of St. Paul is located on this island where he took refuge after a shipwreck. show

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9 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    Margate, NJ, the town I spent most of my life in, has an street intersection near the local temple(as of 2013) named for Raoul Wallenberg

  2. aaaa says:

    40/58 here. Bits of luck for Kumar, speaking of PIttsburgh just like the Penguins are having tonight

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    Why do their judges always check the tape whenever a contestant gives an negatory and affirmative response?

  4. Lou says:

    Not what I expected either. Still though, only 1000 dollar bet from Sarah? She could have bet at least 2000 or so. Btu congrats to Bala. let shope he gets win number 3 tomorrow. Also What did wallenberg die from during the second world war, VJ?

  5. Al gee says:

    Played a whole game and in line for a win. Then do that?

  6. EricS says:

    I have no earthly idea what Sarah was thinking: just a horrific wager

  7. Dalton Higbee says:

    Not was I expecting from the players today.