Final Jeopardy: State Capitals

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/20/2017) in the category “State Capitals” was:

In 1932 a 4,700-pound piece of the object that gave this capital its “small” name was moved to City Hall.

3x champ Deborah Elliott is up to $76,400. Can she keep it going? Let’s see how she fares in her 4th game against these fellows: Doug Groshart, from San Luis Obispo, CA; and Justin Vossler, from Homer, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Parts of Speech…in Song! – An Eco-Category – Furniture – A Psychotic Episode – Getting Geographica”L” – Historical Chess Pieces

Justin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Geographica’L'” under the $600 clue on the 3rd pick of the round. He was in the lead with $400, $200 more than Deborah in second place. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

This island whose name means “big light” represents around 35% of the area of the Philippines. show

Deborah finished in the lead with $6,200. Justin was second with $5,800 and Doug was last at negative $200.

Round 2 Categories: Our Ancient Relatives – The Composer Portrayed – Stamp Collecting – “Ment” Garnish – The 21st Century – Straight From the King James Bible

Justin found the first Daily Double in “King James Bible” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues left after it. He was in a tie for the lead with Deborah at this point. They both had $11,400, $8,400 more than Doug. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Lamentations 4:9: They that be slain with the ______ are better than they that be slain with hunger. show

Justin found the last Daily Double in “Stamp Collecting” under the $1,600 clue, with just one clue left after it. In the lead with $14,600, he had $1,200 more than Deborah in second place. Things weren’t going so hot in this category so he only bet $1,000. He could not get the whole phrase together, so he was WRONG.

Every collector knows the French identify their air mail labels with this 2-word phrase. show

Justin finished in the lead with $13,600. Deborah was right behind him with $13,400 and Doug was in third place with $3,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“La Petite Roche (“The Little Rock”) is the French name given to a 260-300 million year old sandstone and shale rock formation located along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. The outcropping is said to have been named by French explorer Jean-Baptise Bénard de la Harpe in May 1722….. A large piece of La Petite Roche was transported to the grounds of Little Rock City Hall in June 1932. The 4,700 pound rock was removed from the riverfront by the Little Rock Civitan Club. In 2010 the club returned the boulder to a new plaza in Riverfront Park.” (Little Rock Renaissance Wiki) has a photo of the 1932 event, explaining how it was moved to protect tourists.

Doug didn’t bet anything. His score stayed at $3,400.

Deborah bet $12,000, finishing with $25,400.

Justin bet $13,500 and won the match with $27,100. He is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (7/20/2017) Deborah Elliott, Justin Vossler, Doug Groshart

2 triple stumpers from Round 2:

THE COMPOSER PORTRAYED ($1200) Hugh Grant in “Impromptu” (1991) (Judy David as George Sand)

STRAIGHT FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE ($2000) Daniel 3:23: “And these three men… fell down bound into the mist of the burning _____ _____

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Colleges & Universities”

The mission of this Western U. founded in 1875 is “to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life.” show

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9 Responses

  1. Babs says:

    I thought this was a very easy day with the clues …. I ran the category in composers and was surprised no one got most of them. Final jeopardy! seemed like a gimme… “small” being a clear synonym for little … but Alex thought it was difficult. I didn’t think so, even for a native Canuck.

  2. Cece says:

    Hey, VJ joyeux anniversaire !

    And thank you for your dedication and hard work. :)

    • VJ says:

      Mille mercis, Cece. That was really special and very sweet of you. I loved the card and I got a big kick out of some of the comments on there – esp, “Et “bonne” anniversaire, ça ne choque personne ???” LOL!! It’s not just Jeopardy! matches, right?

      • Cece says:

        Right, LOL! I got a chuckle out of that too (“choque”) and Frenchy just shook his head when I showed it to him.

        Hope you enjoyed your day.

        • VJ says:

          I did, thank you. By the way, when I was 12, I had a French pen pal who lived in Lille so that was probably my first acquaintance with sending letters “par avion”

  3. aaaa says:

    $13K in Triple Stumpers I got, including the missed DD. 43/61

  4. Lou says:

    Well, Debbie had a great run but she was close to a streak. Let’s see how the teacher from New York State will do tomorrow because we got one more week of season 33 and then it’s the repeats of the 2017 college, teen, and teacher’s tournaments.

    Congrats to all three on the triple solve. As you said before, VJ, Debbie was very confident, but I’m.surprised they didn’t answer all the clues on the composers category except for one.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, yeah, that was a neck and neck match between Deborah and Justin. It was funny when they were tied, then they both lost the same amount of $$ on a clue and remained tied.

      I wondered if they ever heard the song “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,” or if that clue reminded them of the TV series. They must have played that movie or the song a lot when I was a kid because I remember that I got sick of hearing it. lol

      LINK: 12 more clues from the match

      • rhonda says:

        The clue made me think of the music to the I Dream of Jeannie series, VJ, funny that you mentioned it.