Final Jeopardy: Political Words

The Final Jeopardy question (7/12/2016) in the category “Political Words” was:

Hamilton began & ended the Federalist Papers warning of this type of person, Greek for “people’s leader”.

New champ Jason George won $18,401 yesterday. Today he takes on these two players: Jessica Plagens, from St. Paul, MN; and Amy Ware, from South Deerfield, MA.

Round 1 Categories: Pictures the Word – How Inventive! – The Nobel Peace Prize – Signature Songs – Of Books & Boats – Hamburger Joints

Jason found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Nobel Peace Prize” under the $800 clue. There were still 7 clues after it. He was in second place with $3,400, $1,400 less than Amy’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize went to this man, “Africa’s Peace Bishop”  show

Jason finished in the lead with $9,400. Amy was second with $6,200 and Jessica was last with $3,400.

Round 2 Categories: Getting Ready For The Olympics – 3 Little Words – Military Men? – Eels – “Ben” There – Done That

Jason found the first Daily Double in “Three Little Words” under the $1,200 clue on the 7th pick of the round. The players just all got the stink eye from Alex for missing the $1,600 clue in this category (see below). Jason had a runaway lead with $13,400 at this point, $8,400 more than Amy in second place. He bet $6,000 and he was RIGHT.

In a 1988 political speech, they came before “No new taxes.” show

Amy found the last Daily Double in “Military Men?” under the $1,600 clue, with 5 clues to go after it. She was in a second place tie with Jessica. They each had $7,400, $17,600 less than Jason’s lead. She bet $5,000 and drew a blank so she was WRONG.

Looks like many brave officers are here! This Kipling tale is subtitled “A Story of the Grand Banks” show

Jason finished with a runaway $25,000. Jessica was next with $7,400 and Amy was in third place with $5,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In the first essay of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton wrote: “Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” In the last, he warned “against hazarding anarchy, civil war, a perpetual alienation of the States from each other, and perhaps the military despotism of a victorious demagogue.” See more quotes from The Federalist Papers

From “10 Divisive Demagogues Throughout History” on Listverse: “Since the rise of Donald Trump in US politics, the word ‘demagogue’ has been widely used in the press to describe him…. The word itself comes from the Greek word dema, meaning ‘people,’ and gogue, meaning ‘leader.’ In modern usage, it refers to someone who appeals to emotions and prejudices to further their own political ends.”

Amy wrote down “populist.” She lost her $5,195 bet and finished with $5.

Jessica thought it was a tyrant. She lost $3,100 and had $4,300.

Jason got it right. He made a nice fat $10,199 bet and won the match with $35,199. That makes his 2-day total $53,600.

Final Jeopardy: Jason George, Amy Ware and Jessica Plagens

This was the only triple stumper in the first round: BOOKS & BOATS ($800) The sealing schooner Ghost is brutal captain Wolf Larsen’s ship in a 1904 tale by this man

This was the first clue chosen in 3 LITTLE WORDS ($1600) Proverbially it is better than none

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “U.S. Government People”

A committee chaired by the official in this job released the influential 1964 report “Smoking and Health”. show

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9 Responses

  1. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    Please help me. In the category “pictures the word”,the $600 clue for polite, who is that a picture of? Thanks. (I feel really stupid.)

  2. VJ says:

    Best clue of the match — when Jason got the $200 one in Books & Boats: “Fame was fleecing for this captain of the mythological Argo”

    Here is a link to 10 more clues from the match (5 stumpers and the Signature Songs category)

  3. Mathwiz100 says:

    1/3 on FJ, string of one-day champs ended, and someone said “tyrant” as one of the wrong answers… called it.

    Populist was actually a great answer. It has the same definition as demagogue, give or take a couple of words.

    It is nice to finally have a worthy champ, though (worthy = anyone who bets $6,000 on a DD). Hopefully Jason gives another entertaining performance tomorrow.

    • VJ says:

      Congrats Mathwiz on your predictions. Also, besides being right on string ending, you are right on the count of 8 (I was counting new champs yesterday)

      Love your definition of worthy. LOL!