Final Jeopardy: In the Dictionary

The Final Jeopardy question (7/10/2014), in the category “In the Dictionary” was:

This adjective can mean “delicate”, “heavenly” or, in chemistry, “related to C4H10O”.

2x champ Campbell Warner has racked up $37,200 so far. In his third game, he is up against these two players: Jen Fiero, from Jackson, MI; and Pete Gittens, from Brownsville, MN.

Round 1: Pete found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Geographical History” under the $600 clue. He was in third place with $2,400, $1,400 less than Jen’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

In the late 1800s, Boers in the Dorsland Trek crossed this desert from the Transvaal to Angola. show

Pete finished in the lead with $6,800. Jen was second with $5,800 and Campbell was last with $4,200.

Round 2: Campbell found the first Daily Double in “That’s Difficult!” under the $1,600 clue. He was in the lead with $11,800, $1,000 more than Pete in second place. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT.

The EU said its 2012 budget was “in tune with” these stern “measures in place in many EU countries”. show

Pete found the last Daily Double in “Pirates of the Caribbean” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $11,600, he had $1,400 less than Campbell’s lead. He bet $2,000 and thought it was Sir Walter Raleigh. That was WRONG.

While plundering Portobello, Panama this knighted pirate created a human shield of women, priests & the mayor. Nice guy. show

Campbell finished in the lead with $15,400. Pete was next with $13,600 and Jen was in third place with $10,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


What is there left to say? After all, the various meanings of “ethereal” are supplied in the clue. We did find this video from Emma comparing the pronunciation of ethereal with ephemeral. We also found an entry in the 1874 Comprehensive Medical Dictionary (omitting the last 18 words of the lengthy title) by Joseph Thomas defining “spirituous and ethereal [substances]” as “a class of powerful and diffusible stimulants, including ardent spirits, wine, beer, and the ethers.”

Jen got it right and bet $7,000. She finished with $17,600.

Pete wrote down “sweet”. That cost him $10,000. He finished with $3,600.

Campbell wrote down “aromatic.” He bet $11,800 so Campbell finally got his tie, only it was with Pete, not Jen.

FJ 7-10-14

Our new champ is Jen Fiero, a librarian who works in the tasting room of a local winery in her spare time. “German grapes grow really well in Michigan,” she told Alex Trebek during the chat.

2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “United Nations”

Of the 6 official languages used at the U.N., this one is the last alphabetically. show

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50 Responses

  1. Campbell says:

    Big difference between having several minutes to come up with a wager and having to come up with one on the spot. I don’t remember paying much attention to the dollar amounts – I’d just pick an answer. As soon as Alex started talking, I’d forgotten about the dollar amount.

    • VJ says:

      Well, I was rooting for you but I had a sinking feeling when you bet $1,200 on that austerity measures DD. I thought that was your chance to outdistance Pete, not thinking at that point that Jen was going to pick up steam again.

    • VJ says:

      btw, pondering stuff is kind of a joke around here that started on the FJ with Quasimodo as the answer.

      From the Sopranos: “What you’re gonna tell me you never pondered that? The back thing with Notre Dame?”

      (the hunchback, the halfback, the quarterback)

    • jacobska says:

      Campbell, was hoping you would drop in. You make the Army proud. First male to have 2 wins consecutively since Arthur Chu. Thank you for your service to the country.

      Noticed you went for a tie in all 3 games. Never panned out that way though. Was that intentional or coincidental? Hope you haven’t signed off yet.

      • Campbell says:

        Thanks! Intentionally went for the tie each time – figured that was the best shot at keeping my winnings and moving on to the next game.

      • VJ says:

        Well it worked 2x and congrats! you made a bundle! Did you stay to watch the next game?

        • Campbell says:

          Yep – my wife was with me, and we decided to stick around and enjoy the whole experience.

        • VJ says:

          cool! nobody is going to ask you for any ‘inside info’, but we do talk about FJ before the game airs on the Spoiler Talk posts everyday. If you want to check that out tomorrow before the game airs (or the ones on your games), they are under this category

  2. jacobska says:

    Good for Jen in fj. Being a librarian in a college, working in a winery, and graduating from college not too long ago probably helped bring the chemistry formula in focus. Although the clue could have been just as understandable without the formula portion.

    I loved it when Trebek said, “category is ‘in the dictionary’ not that many words in there.” Right Alex!

    • jacobska says:

      Try telling that to the kids in the National Spelling Bee Competition each year. Especially when they hear that ding sound. :-)

    • VJ says:

      yeah I should have mentioned in the blurb about her that the winery work didn’t come up till the chat and it was kind of an a-ha! moment. Pete was a bartender and Jen was buzzing in before him in the Whiskey category before the first break.

      • jacobska says:

        @vj, you mentioned Jen and her winery connection in your recap towards the end. I think the winery connection played a role in her knowledge with respect to certain clues.

      • VJ says:

        so you weren’t surprised when she stayed in the whiskey category and got 3 of them? I was since at that point we only knew about the library. Pete only got one (and himself a bartender!) and Campbell got the $1K Jack clue.

        PS – the Howdies are finally available. As of Thurs 11:34 pm they have 35 views.

        • jacobska says:

          Well, you know by now I love to research. She has a linkedin page which I accessed at the beginning of the show when the names were announced. On it she has the college she works at, webmaster for a winery, etc.

          Yesterday googled Nick and found he was more than a bartender. Has a degree from the University of Illinois. I’ve always done that over the years. Can’t think of the name now but there was a guy on J several years ago who was introduced as a horticulturist. He was knocking out clues like crazy. Forgot how many shows he won. Googled his name and he was a retired computer scientist. That never came up on the show during discussion. I was thinking that’s pretty good. Ever since that time I google on my tablet info as soon as the contestants are introduced. Remember the taxi driver several years ago who was knocking off clues? Sometimes people are more educated than their announced occupations.

          As a retired prof remember I was a researcher. In my field it was publish or perish. So researching is easy for me. I can do it quick.

        • VJ says:

          Okay! Let me take out that question mark then. You were not surprised. :-)

        • jacobska says:

          @vj, also many times their hometown newspapers print information on them before the show airs that evening. Many times the information is not that difficult to find. we did not know that Kay was from Virginia until her hometown newspaper posted online that she would be on Jeopardy. We were told that she was from Georgia which was correct. But I guess J notify their hometown newspapers so people they grew up with can watch. I think it is an honor.

        • jacobska says:

          Oh I was surprised because it had her as a webmaster for the winery. Chat with you tomorrow. Eric will be sad he missed Campbell.

  3. Malinda says:

    So what exactly did Jen write as her response to FJ?

  4. aaaa says:

    The promo for this week’s shows did show Jen in the champ spot, so we know she’d become a champion.

    • VJ says:

      well I never saw a promo for this week, but all I can say is it must make sense to someone to make a promo featuring the Friday champ, just like it must make sense to post the howdies but keep them private, but it doesn’t to me!

  5. william k says:

    Coulda had the ultra-rare, three-way tie if Jen had simply gotten Final incorrect.

  6. john blahuta says:

    so campbell IS -at least in part – a nice guy. this is the third time in a row he played for a tie, two days ago he had no choice but yesterday and today indicate he would the second placed contestant in on the money. plus, of course, as eric said yesterday: the devil you know…..

    • john blahuta says:

      NEVER MIND, i misread and thought campbell finished in first. senility is creeping in…..

    • william k says:

      Pete’s “normal wager” to cover third place would have been 7,600 (min). So it was actually Pete who aimed for a tie with Campbell in the case of Campbell wagering with the aim of exactly doubling second place…and getting Final incorrect.

      • VJ says:

        so does it mean I have to reword my “finally got his tie” line? I kinda liked the way that sounded. :-0

        • john blahuta says:

          it sounded just fine. but i ASSUMED instead of looking closely and you know what they say about”assume”. sometimes you have to consider a meltdown on our side (ME). my stupidity is certainly no reason for you to change anything. after all, the final result
          is posted, big and bright !!

        • VJ says:

          thanks John. I think usually I write “lost” instead of bet so sorry if that’s what threw you!

        • john blahuta says:

          thanks for trying to find an excuse for me :-) but sometimes it’s just not one’s (mine) day….
          it’s going to teach me to pay better attention in the future. so being premature/stupid has a positive side as well,as long as you realize you are just that… i said, maybe i will go to bed and close out the day early after being up all night skyping with my friends in europe about the darn world cup. by sunday it will be all over for another 4 years!
          have a great evening :-) !!!!

      • john blahuta says:

        in which case we would have had the 3 way tie you mentioned, if jen were wrong too.

  7. VJ says:

    @Jacob, you got your wish! For most of the game, it was a pretty good 3-way competition. And I am also sure you revised your FJ prediction when you learned that Jen is a librarian (as did I).

    Be back later after I finish pondering the mystery of getting a DD and betting lower than the face value of the clue.

    • jacobska says:

      Yep. Not being able to see the Hometown Howdies video hurts when it comes to predicting who might or might not win for myself and Eric. However it was a very competitive game as I wished to see at last between all 3 contestants.

    • Campbell says:

      Probably because I suck at math.

    • VJ says:

      Are you serious, Campbell? I thought you were good at math in the FJs — just wished you bet BIG on those DDs!