Final Jeopardy: Americana

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/21/2017) in the category “Americana” was:

This official U.S. government song traces its roots to a song about Roderick Dhu, the leader of a Highland clan.

New champ Justin Vossler won $27,100 in his first game. In this second, he is up against these two players: Connie Rudd, from Coweta, OK; and George Buri, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Round 1 Categories: Famous Lefties – West Virginia – Biology – College Stadiums & Arenas – The Kitchen Library – Consonant Craving

Connie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Biology” under the $800 clue, with one more clue left after it. She was in the lead with $5,200, $1,600 ahead of George in second place. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

There are 3 main types of these in the body– smooth, striated & cardiac. show

Connie finished in the lead with $7,700. George was second with $3,600 and Justin was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: Uncle Sugar – Fashion History – Classic Novels – Card Player’s Vocabulary – Ancient Coins – Bang That Tambourine!

Connie found the first Daily Double in “Classic Novels” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. She was in the lead with $8,900 now, $5,300 more than George in second place. She bet $3,000 and took a guess with “As I Lay Dying.” That was WRONG.

This classic by William Faulkner is “a tale told by an idiot… signifying nothing” show

Justin found the last Daily Double in “Uncle Sugar” under the $1,600 clue. 9 clues were left after it. In the lead with $10,800, he had $1,600 more than George in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Hamilton wanted aid to support this country when it was called Saint Domingue and President Adams followed through. show

George finished in the lead with $16,800. Justin was next with $14,400 and Connie was in third place with $7,500.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Abigail Tucker wrote a great article in the Jan 2017 issue of Smithsonian Mag about the origins of this song and Sir Walter Scott’s fictional Scottish chieftain: “His name is Roderick Dhu, or Black Roderick, and he’s a bloody-minded medieval Scottish outlaw, albeit a fictional one. He hails from Sir Walter Scott’s ‘The Lady of the Lake,’ an 1810 narrative poem, later a hit play, set in the 16th-century highlands… It’s difficult to overstate the influence of The Lady of the Lake on our impressionable young country. The 1812 Philadelphia debut was a theatrical smash, the Hamilton of its day, staged dozens of times in major American cities with spectacular costumes and elaborate sets.” She adds that even babies were being named after Roderick Dhu and, indeed, a future Congressman from Nebraska was born in 1862 named Roderick Dhu Sutherland.

An old FJ: There was a very similar clue on 3/18/2013. The category that time was “Songs.”

Connie had no response. She bet and lost it all.

Justin got it right. He bet $13,000, bringing him up to $27,400.

George thought it was “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” That cost him $12,001 and left him with $4,799. So Justin remained the champ. His 2-day total is $54,500.

Final Jeopardy (7/21/2017) Justin Vossler, George Buri, Connie Rudd

A triple stumper from each round:

WEST VIRGINIA ($1000) Charleston has a memorial to this black educator whose family moved to nearby Malden in 1865

FASHION HISTORY ($1600) This artificial gem used for costume jewelry was originally made in Strasbourg, on the river for which it’s named

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

This small land’s airline advertises a “stopover”: 7 nights at no extra travel charge to break up a Boston-Brussels trip. show

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7 Responses

  1. Richard Corliss says:

    How many all boys game total?

  2. Richard Corliss says:

    Did you notice in the credits? Connie was sitting on a chair on her podium.

  3. Lou says:

    I guess Justin seems to have that confidence builder in him just like Deborah did, he was starting to climb back up in the second round after faltering a bit in the first round. Also Hail to the Chief is one of my favorite songs since it is used to honor the presidents of the United states and when I played Spellbound on my computer that song was played again. I think you might remember it very well, right vj?

    Lets see if Mr Vossler can win game number 3 on Monday before the six week break starts. I am confident he can try and build up his streak for the final week of season 33

    • VJ says:

      Do you mean the word game Spellbound, Lou? I used to play a game named that where you had to make as many words as you can out of a set of letters. I don’t recall it playing any music but if it did, I would have turned it off as a distraction

      LINK: 13 more clues from the match