Final Jeopardy: The Human Body

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/10/2017) in the category “The Human Body” was:

Often considered appealing, these features are a genetic defect of the zygomaticus muscles of the face.

New champ Susan Corica won $15,995 on Friday, when she dethoned a 5x champ. In her second game, she takes on: Rich Blashka, from New York, NY; and Alyssa Mondelli, from St. Paul, MN.

Round 1 Categories: The Presidential Verse of Richard Armour – Adjectives – Makes Sense – Mixed Greens – Online Learning – Everybody “Pay”s

Rich found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Presidential Verse” under the $800 clue, with 5 clues to go after it. He was in the lead with $3,000 when he found it but gained $1,200 on a reversal (see below) in his favor. That gave him $4,200, $4,600 more than Alyssa, who was in second place with negative $400. He bet $2,000 and took a guess with William Henry Harrison. That was WRONG.

“After comparison with Benjamin Harrison it was good to have” this man “all over” show

That proved to be the end of the round. Rich finished in the lead with $2,200. Alyssa was in the hole for $400 and Susan was in the hole for $3,200.

At one point in Round 1, Alex gave the players some advice: “It helps a lot if you start at the top of the category. Then you can figure out exactly what the theme is.” They took his advice and Round 2 went a lot better.

Round 2 Categories: Dress Like Women – Central America – Oscar-winning Song Performers – Fascism – the “L” It Is! – Welsh Writers

Rich found the first Daily Double in “Central America” under the $2,000 clue on the 16th pick. He was in the lead with $9,800 at this point, $6,600 more than Alyssa in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

It’s both the smallest Central American country in area & the most densely populated. show

Rich found the last Daily Double in “Welsh Writers” under the $1,200 clue, with just 2 clues worth $3,600 left after it. In the lead with $12,800, he had $5,600 more than Alyssa in second place. He bet $2,500, and came up with Eliot. That was WRONG.

The poem “Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines” was written in 1934, when this Welshman was 19. show

Rich finished in the lead with $10,300. Alyssa was next with $7,200 and Susan was in third place with $2,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


80+ years ago, the dimpled darling of the film industry was child star Shirley Temple. In 1936, 20th Century Fox cast her and Frank Morgan (the future Wizard of Oz) in a film called “The Bowery Princess” and promptly renamed it “Dimples” to capitalize on her charm. When Shirley passed away in Feb. 2014, “Curls and Dimples” was a part of many obituary headlines. However, she is not even mentioned in the Smithsonian Magazine’s look into how people get dimples: “Cheek dimples are a Mendelian trait, following the laws of inheritance first described by Gregor Mendel in 1865. Chin dimples are also inherited. The dimples are due to the existence of the bifid, or double, zygomaticus major muscle, which ends up tethered to the cheek.”

One expert says the appeal of dimples may be because they “are a feature of youth,” pointing out that the majority of babies have cheek dimples, “simply because they have so much fat in their cheeks.” As children age, uninherited dimples go away with their baby fat but the inherited ones don’t.

Susan bet it all and finished with $4,800.

Alyssa bet $4,000, bringing her up to $11,200.

Rich bet $4,200 and won the match with $14,500. He’ll be the returning Jeopardy! champ tomorrow.

Final Jeopardy (7/10/2017) Susan Corica, Alyssa Mondelli, Rich Blashka

Reversal: MAKES SENSE ($600) On “New Girl”, Zooey Deschanel gets Damon Wayans, Jr.’s character a job as one of these at her school. — Gym teacher was rejected from Rich, then later accepted. Alyssa got $600 for the “coach” response they initially wanted.

A triple stumper from each round

MAKES SENSE ($1000) The title of this Christina Applegate sitcom referred to her amnesia

WELSH WRITERS ($2000) “Silks” and “Even Money” are 2 bestselling murder mysteries by this Welshman & former grand national jockey

2 years ago: NEITHER of the two players left in FJ got this one in “American Products”

In 1913 this cleaning item was born when its creators named it for a word meaning “bright” or “shining.” show

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10 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    ETPC EPIC TIME PASS CHANNEL on their Youtube page posts their playing of the first round of the J!6 round on their AMazon Echo. J!6 consists of the 12 extra clues(one for each category in J! and DJ!) the show wrote for each episode in case a clue has to be replaced for whatever reason. He normally posts his first round playing of this each morning, this morning around 4AM he posted this. It spoils the six categories for the first round of each episode 6 or more hours before the show airs anywhere. 7/11’s first categories are: VIdeo Games, By Degrees, We Mean Business, Also in a Shakespeare Play, Zoologist’s Dictionary, and Words that Should Rhyme(correct responses are two words that look like they rhyme but don’t)

    • VJ says:

      well, Jeopardy! posts all 12 categories on their J!6 page way before him (midnight – Pacific time) every day. People can set up an account and play the extra clue every day. That’s in a multiple choice format. It keeps track of your score, too. I don’t have time to play that really but I will once in a while, if the category makes me wonder what it’s about

  2. TaiwanBill says:

    Run for the hills if you ever told Kirk Douglas that his success was due to a genetic defect. What about just a pleasing variation on a universal theme(!)

  3. mimsy says:

    Oh, too bad Rich didn’t realize that the president’s name had to rhyme with “over” in that Presidential Verse DD

    • VJ says:

      @mimsy, lol, yeah, Harrison was already rhymed with comparison. I liked those little rhymes.

      btw, Shirley Temple’s dimples were hereditary. You could still see them when she smiled when she was much older.

  4. Louis says:

    Im glad that all of them got final jeopardy, although I was nearly going to be shocked if Rich was the only lone contestant remaining if the other two ladies were eliminated early. But luckily, the ladies made a comeback in the second round so that’s a good sign. VJ, you remember what happened in game 13 for Seth Wilson when he bet only 5 bucks and lost? I think Jon could sympathize with Seth after that bet. and you know that Susan lost the next day just like Margie did in her second game.

    • Dalton Higbee says:

      Dull episode today.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, yes, it was good that the ladies got back in the game. I thought Alex’s advice helped them relax at least. I was also thinking if they had that cadaver clue that was a triple stumper from last Friday as today’s FJ today, forensic scientist Alyssa would have nailed it.

      LINK: 11 more clues from this match

  5. VJ says:

    I was so surprised when Alex told them they should start at the top. That was right after that Christina Applegate clue. Both of the ladies lost a grand by guessing and I thought he was gonna tell them something along the lines of don’t guess on big $$ clues.

    I wouldn’t have known that one even if I started at the top. lol

  6. Dalton Higbee says:

    I knew the reversal was coming.