Final Jeopardy: Landmarks

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/15/2015), in the category “Landmarks” was:

On the completion of this in 1937, its chief engineer wrote, “At last the mighty task is done; resplendent in the western sun.”

New champ Ben Hemmens won $26,801 yesterday and he is the 10th one-day champ we will be wishing gets a second win. His opponents, Alyson Lamble, originally from Kansas City, MO; and John Hendel, from Los Angeles, CA, are wishing quite the opposite.

Round 1: John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “CEOs” under the $1,000 clue before the first break. He was in second place with $2,200, $800 less than Ben’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Since 1980 co-founder John Mackey has been CEO of this, “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store”. show

Ben finished in the lead with $7,000. John was second with $3,600 and Alyson was last with $2,200.

Round 2: Ben found the first Daily Double in “Fiction” under the $1,600 clue. He was in the lead with $11,400, $7,400 more than John in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Chapter 8 in this book is “Two More Golden Tickets Found”. show

Ben found the last Daily Double in “Afternoon Tea” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $15,200, he had $7,200 more than John in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT and the round ended right there.

It sounds appropriate to show a quartet of these teacakes though the French name does not refer to a number.
Daily Double #3, 7-15-15

Ben finished with a runaway $16,200. John was next with $8,000 and Alyson was in third place with $3,800.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Joseph Strauss was the chief engineer on the Golden Gate Bridge project. The Bridge’s website has a timeline of his life. Strauss wrote poetry as a hobby. After the bridge’s completion, he wrote a poem called “The Mighty Task is Done.” Today’s clue gives the first two lines. The timeline has a link to several poems by Strauss and a student recites the first verse in the above video. Also, check out the website’s Research Library for plenty more info.

Alyson didn’t bet anything. She remained at $3,800.

John bet $399. He finished with $8,399.

Ben bet $199 and won this match with $16,399. The one-day champ spell is over at last. Ben’s 2-day total is $43,200.

FJ Results: 7-15-15

During the chat, Alex Trebek inquired into how many kids Ben has and how he came to be a stay-at-home dad. He has 3 and he just wanted to stay home and take care of them. Alex said that must give him lots of time to read books and keep up on the news and Ben agreed. They must all be in school.

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Historic Telegrams”

In May 1945 Churchill cabled Truman that this “is drawn down upon their front. We do not know what is going on behind”. show

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6 Responses

  1. jocelyn says:

    Oh dear, Alex was thoughtless when he asked the stay at home dad those ridiculous questions. Hopefully he wouldn’t ask them of a woman. Silly Alex!

  2. jacob ska says:

    I loved the Saint Andrews clue since the golf tournament will be there in a few days in Scotland.

    Also liked the CEO category and F in geography category. Good game

    Great going Ben.