Final Jeopardy: American Products

The Final Jeopardy question (7/13/2015), in the category “American Products” was:

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

New champ H.B. Taylor won $23,201 on Friday. Today he takes on these two players: Lauren Donahoo, from Chicago, IL; and Phil Salathé, from Rocky Point, NY.

Round 1: H.B. found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Historic Handshakes” under the $400 clue with only 3 clues left after it. He was in third place with $400, $8,200 less than Lauren’s lead. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

In 1977, Jimmy Carter said this leader was “an island of stability.” Two years later, he was overthrown.


Lauren finished in the lead with $8,600. Phil was second with $4,200 and H.B. was last with $2,400.

Round 2: Phil found the first Daily Double in “The Beginning of the Play” under the $1,200 clue. He was in the lead now with $19,400, $9,600 more than Lauren in second place. He bet $2,400 and he was RIGHT.

Act I of this play opens in a small bedroom in the home of Reverend Samuel Parris, Salem, Mass., in the spring of 1692. show

H.B. found the last Daily Double in “Artists & Their Subjects” under the $2,000 clue with only one clue left after it. In third place with $4,800, he had $17,800 less than Phil’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and guessed Reynolds. That was WRONG.

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Phil finished with a runaway $22,600, thanks to two wrong guesses by Lauren. She had $10,200 and H.B., left with zero, was now out of the game.

NEITHER contestant left got Final Jeopardy! right.


On its website, says its company was born in 1913 after a cookware peddler and jeweler brought their invention of a steel wool pad that could clean aluminum cookware to a New York attorney named Milton Loeb. They offered him an interest in their “scouring pad” business in exchange for his help in securing a patent for the product “under the name Brillo® (derived from the Latin word meaning ‘bright.’)”

Wikipedia’s Brillo pad article disputes that claim, stating “… no such word exists in Latin; however, German, Italian, French, Spanish and English do have words for ‘shine’ or ‘bright’ beginning with brill- deriving from Latin words for beryl.”

No doubt they thought that Brillo was a brilliant name choice because there was already a very popular product for removing tarnish from brass, copper, chrome and stainless steel called Brasso. See more products born in 1913

Lauren wrote down “Sparkle.” She only bet $2,00 so she finished with $10,198.

Phil thought it was Lysol. He didn’t bet anything so he won the game with that same $22,600 that he finished Double Jeopardy! with. Congrats, Phil. We now look to you to break the string of one day champs.

FJ Results

Phil Salathé is a teacher and composer. During the chat he talked about a time when jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie pulled out a starter pistol during an avant-garde performance and fired it right over his head. He later got to meet Bowie so, he said, that made up for it.

2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “The World of TV”

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7 Responses

  1. Max says:

    In the early part of the show, there was a question about a line connecting two points. The given answer, missed by Phil, was the “shortest distance”. This is only true for a STRAIGHT line. A curved line is NOT the shortest distance between two points.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    Well, this was a pain in a butt game, because it looks like Lauren was going to win at the beginning of the first round. I’m surprised that H.B. didn’t play Final Jeopardy! Oh, well! Not happy about this game also, though!

  3. jacob ska says:

    Good game. The way Lauren ran the television category she watches a lot of television. She had six thousand dollars before the first chat session.

    Congrats Phil. Nice game.

    • jacob ska says:

      VJ, I guess this clue has to be repeated again and again until someone finally gets it correct. :) :)

      • VJ says:

        LOL. Seriously, they should just retire this clue. It’s the dishwasher age. People don’t stand around scrubbing stuff with Brillo anymore. I imagine most would avoid it so as not to scratch up the finish on their cookware.

        We even use silicone sheets on baking pans and the clean-up is minimal.

  4. William Weyser says:

    I am just really mad at the preview for this week on Jeopardy! because I saw Phil Salathe at the champs podium when I was hoping that H.B. would stop our carousel of 1-day champions, even though on the Hometown Howdies, I did see that Phil was playing today. NICE WORK, GUYS!