Final Jeopardy: Deadly Creatures

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/17/2017) in the category “Deadly Creatures” was:

The National Ocean Service says one lethal type of this bone-free creature is the most venomous marine animal.

3x champ Gavin Borchert won $50,200 last week. He is going for a 4th win today against these two players: Graydon Mears, from San Antonio, TX; and Deborah Elliott, from Cleveland, OH.

Round 1 Categories: A Day at the Horse Races – Plastics – Schools on Screens – 7-letter Words – Hodgepodge – Authors’ Rhyme Time

Deborah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Schools on Screens” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. She and Graydon both had $600. Gavin had yet to ring in. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

Chevy Chase was Pierce Hawthorne and you were not at Greendale, this type of college that gave the show its title. show

Gavin finished in the lead with $7,400. Deborah was second with $5,800 and Graydon was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: Jimi Hendrix – Journaling Journeyers – “O” Yes! – The Reign in Spain – Falls – Mainly on the Plane

Deborah found the first Daily Double in “Reign in Spain” under the $800 clue on the 7th pick. She was in second place with $7,800 now, $3,200 less than Gavin’s lead. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.

Grandson of Louis XIV of France, Philip V was the first Spanish ruler from this dynasty. show

Graydon found the last Daily Double in “Mainly on the Plane” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues left after it. In third place with $5,200, he had $10,200 less than Deborah’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

The name of this international carrier, once the world’s largest airline, is right on the plane in Cyrillic letters.
Jeopardy! Daily Double July 17, 2017

Deborah finished in the lead with $21,800. Gavin was next with $18,200 and Graydon was in third place with $7,200.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The National Ocean Service says that the Australian box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) is the most venomous marine animal, having “tentacles covered in biological booby traps known as nematocysts – tiny darts loaded with poison. People and animals unfortunate enough to be injected with this poison may experience paralysis, cardiac arrest, and even death, all within a few minutes of being stung.” They reassuringly point out that only a few of the 50 something box jellyfish species have venom that can be lethal to humans. Apparently, your chances of running into the most deadly are slim if you stay out of the waters in the Indo-Pacific region and northern Australia.

Planet Deadly has more info on the Most Dangerous Jellyfish

Graydon got it after crossing out octopus. He bet $7,000 bet and finished with $14,200.

Gavin bet $17,500, bringing him up to $35,700.

Deborah bet $15,000 and won the match with $36,800. She is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (7/17/2017) Gavin Borchert, Deborah Elliott, Graydon Mears

A triple stumper from each round

PLASTICS ($200) Plastics are made from polymers; change the first 4 letters in “polymers” to get these smaller units they’re made of

JIMI HENDRIX ($2000) In this grim single from 1967, Jimi asks “Where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Poetry”

Wagner’s line “Oed’ und leer das Meer.” meaning “waste and empty the sea”, is quoted in a poem by this American-born man. show

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5 Responses

  1. Becci Boyd says:

    The ‘Reign in Spain’ question is wrong, it should say Louis XIV NOT Louis XVI.

  2. Lou says:

    Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish , VJ? Because along with sea wasps and sea anemones those stings are lethal. Also I’m starting to see a pattern here since after Ellen Corrigan won her 3 games, she was defeated by Pranjal. This time Gavin lost to Deborah, so it’s possible we could see a streak of wins from her just like Jon Eisenman

    • VJ says:

      Nope, I’ve never been stung by a jellyfish. Not even a bee. I used to be terrified of bees and carry on like a big baby if one came around till someone told me if I would just hold still and not make a big commotion, the bee wouldn’t bother me.

      Yes, Deborah played very confidently today but no one can say Gavin was a pushover. He was right up there till the bitter end without any DD help. With that FJ clue, it was pretty much a given that the leader would win the game.

      LINK: 10 more clues from the match

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    I got stung by a jellyfish once.