Final Jeopardy: Judges

The Final Jeopardy question (7/19/2016) in the category “Judges” was:

Before he headed up the S.C., he argued only 1 case before it– a 1796 case he ironically argued on States’ Rights grounds.

3x champ Ellen Corrigan has now won $40,000. Today her opponents are: Carolyn Riegle, from Norfolk, VA; and Pranjal Vachaspati, from Shaker Heights, OH.

Round 1 Categories: These Aren’t Bible Books – Dude-eronomy – Job, Not Job – First, Queens – Adaptations 5 – Synonyms 1 & 2

Ellen found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Synonyms” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,000, $800 more than Carolyn in second place. She made it a true Daily Double but did not have a guess so she was WRONG.

This 8-letter synonym for a delegate or ambassador comes from the Latin for “send out”  show

Pranjal finished in the lead with $5,000. Ellen was second with $3,400 and Carolyn was last with $2,600.

Round 2 Categories: These Are Bible Books – I Kings – Exodus – Song Of Solomon – Revelation – L”uke”

Ellen found the first Daily Double in “Revelation” under the $2,000 clue on the 5th pick of the round. In second place with $6,200, she had $400 less than Pranjal’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Teapot Dome Scandal during President Harding’s term was about giving unfair access to reserves of this commodity. show

Pranjal found the last Daily Double in “These Are Bible Books” under the $2,000 clue. There were only 3 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $14,200 when he got it, $3,000 more than Ellen in second place. He picked up an extra $4K on a reversal (see below) and that gave him a $7K lead. He bet $3,210 and he was RIGHT.

In “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”, Robert Browning rhymed this Pauline epistle with “damnations” show

Pranjal finished in the lead with $21,410. Ellen was next with $11,200 and Carolyn was in third place with $7,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Supreme Court first ruled on the right to overturn a state legislature in 1796 in the case Ware v. Hylton…. a citizen of Virginia owed money to a British subject. Virginia had enacted a law that confiscated British property, including any debts owed by its citizens to British subjects. The British subject filed suit to collect his money. The Supreme Court overturned the state law because the Treaty of Paris, which established peace after the Revolutionary War, protected such debts…. Interestingly, John Marshall, who at that time was a practicing attorney in Virginia, argued against overturning the state law by questioning the right of the judiciary to invalidate a state law because that right has not been given to it by the Constitution.” (Info Please: Marshall Court)

Carolyn thought it was John Jay. She didn’t bet anything so she remained at $7,000.

Ellen got it right. Her $11,000 bet brought her up to $22,200.

Pranjal also got it right. he bet $4,500 so he won the match with $25,910. He is the new Jeopardy! champ. Maybe he’ll tell us the significance of the $3,210 bet tomorrow.

Final Jeopardy: Ellen Corrigan, Pranjal Vachaspati and Carolyn Riegle

Two triple stumpers:

NOT BIBLE BOOKS ($1000) Stewart O’Nan’s “West of Sunset” chronicles the life of this troubled writer in 1937 Hollywood

SONG OF SOLOMON ($2000) Solomon Burke was part of a supergroup with this “Stand by Me” artist singer & fellow artist on Atlantic Records in 1968.

Reversal: Pranjal’s answer of “Catholicism” was initially rejected. Ellen gave the response they wanted. The judges decided to accept Pranjal’s response, ruling that the wording of the clue was “a little vague.”

EXODUS ($2000) Members of this faith arriving in Puritan Boston got an un-friend-ly reception & a Mass. exodus (or worse)

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

Built for a World’s Fair in 1889, its visitors that year included the Prince of Wales & Buffalo Bill; it still gets 7 million a year. show

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12 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    L”Uke” $2000, name an island that’s a province of Thailand that fits the category, essentially is the clue. 47/57 here

  2. rhonda says:

    I enjoyed listening to the clip about the case, thanks for posting it, VJ.
    I believe there was a question having to do with Thailand, do you recall what it was?

    • VJ says:

      glad you liked the clip, Rhonda. This was the way the clue was worded: Thailand island called the “Pearl of the South”

  3. Mathwiz100 says:

    Sorry, Rhonda. Ellen was enjoyable to have on the show, but Pranjal earned his victory fair and square.

    So Jeopardy is doing the Bible theme once again… classic. Haven’t seen the match yet of course, so I’ll ask ahead of time… @VJ: any categories that you especially enjoyed today?

    I will also give credit to Carolyn for knowing who the first ever Supreme Court justice is. Though that makes me wonder all the more how she did not think of John Marshall.

    The significance of the $3210 bet: that was obviously a reference to the Nokia 3210, because Pranjal was also indestructible today. ;)

    • rhonda says:

      Yes, you were right, Mathwiz. I was disappointed that Ellen didn’t win, but Pranjal was a stronger player.
      I thought John Jay was a good guess on Carolyn’s part.

    • VJ says:

      @Mathwiz, I was a bit too stressed today to really enjoy this match and the hopping around didn’t help much, but the Revelation category was my fav.

      Other reactions:. I was surprised on the reversal. Didn’t see anything vague about the “un-friend-ly” hint particularly the way it was hyphenated. LOL.

      I loved the Browning DD (love his poems). I would have liked the 9430 clue better if they used another Valjean alias instead of 24601 but it was a first row clue so it was still good

      • rhonda says:

        I was surprised on the reversal, too. At first, I thought the reversal was going to be for the Beezelbub pronunciation, that would have made sense to me.

        • VJ says:

          @Rhonda – Nah, no Bee-zel-bub reversals. He needed an L to get it, though he could’ve said it as one syllable like” beal”

      • rhonda says:

        I thought I heard him say the l, VJ lol.

  4. William Weyser says:

    My guess of the significance of the $3,210 bet is that Pranjal was trying to count down like this; 3, 2, 1, 0.