Final Jeopardy: Military History

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/22/2015), in the category “Military History” was:

This country smaller than England was a colonial rival with which England fought 4 wars, the last from 1780 to 1784.

2x champ Scott Lord is now up to $55,401. Today he takes on these two players: Kris Dages, from Austin, TX; and Brianne Archer, from Bellflower, CA.

But before we see if Scott can get his third win, let’s all wish Alex Trebek a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We wish you many more, with a big thanks for all the years you have hosted Jeopardy!

Round 1: Kris found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year” under the $800 clue. He was in second place with $800, $1,000 behind Scott’s lead. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

For 2007, the honor went to this word for one who eats food grown or produced nearby. show

Kris finished in the lead with $5,600. Scott was second with $5,400 and Brianne was last with $800.

Round 2: Scott found the first Daily Double in “Jules Verne” under the $1,600 clue on the third pick of the round. He was now in the lead with $7,000, $1,400 more than Kris in second place. He bet $3,000 and thought it was Queen Victoria. That was WRONG.

During her 72-day trip around the world, 1889-90, she stopped in Amiens to visit with Verne, who had inspired her trip. show

We didn’t get to see the last Daily Double. It was in “Female Nobel Prize Winners” under either the $1600 or $2000 clue.

Scott finished in the lead with a runaway $15,600. Brianne and Kris were tied in second place with $5,600 each.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The rivalry between the two trading countries led – among other things – to four wars that are known in English as the (Anglo-)Dutch wars and in the Netherlands as the Nederlandse-Engelse (Zee)oorlogen. (Dutch-English (Naval) Wars). Three of them were fought in the seventeenth century, one in the eighteenth. Trade conflicts and naval supremacy were at stake in these wars. For instance, the Dutch hegemony in the East Indies often led to dissension. The Dutch herring fleet operating in English coastal waters did not go down well with the English either. It goes without saying that these clashes influenced the opinion the English and the Dutch had of each other. Every time a war broke out, there was an upsurge of propaganda activities on both sides. As always, each party was convinced it had God on its side….” (The Anglo-Dutch Wars)

Kris got it right. He only bet $5.00 so he finished with $5,605.

Brianne wrote down Ireland, then crossed that out in favor of Spain. That cost her $34 and she finished with $5,566.

Scott also got it right. He bet $2,400 so his winning total for this match rose to $18,000. His 3-day total is $73,401.

During the chat, Alex managed to work in both a mention of his appearance on X-Files, when he talked to Kris, and his birthday when he brought up Scott’s 50th birthday celebration. Scott’s wife took him and about 30 members of their extended family to Italy and they had a memorable party in a 1,000 year old castle. Alex didn’t tell Brianne whether he ever bought underwear from a vending machine in Japan, on his birthday or otherwise.

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “French History”

Starting in 1349, this marine animal was on the coat of arms of the heir apparent to the French throne. show

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10 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Yes, congrats to DT on the right prediction.

    Wow, Kris sure shot himself in the foot in that last round.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Nope. Nor was Johnny Gilbert’s birthday mentioned July 13. But, my local ABC station mentioned today Alex Trebek was born July 22, 1940 and that he was 75 today.

    On July 13th they mentioned Johnny Gilbert, the Jeopardy announcer, was born July 13, 1924 which makes him a young 91 years old.

    There have been articles written over the years about their birth dates.

  3. aaaa says:

    Going to the POtpourri category with the less than a minute warning when there’s a DD remaining and a player is trailing by $10K or so is a bad strategy, as the DD is almost never in a POtpourri/Hodgepodge category, only one such occurrence in the archive that I have found(1987 TofC)

  4. aaaa says:

    Alex mentioned something to the effect of “I have a birthday coming up” during the interview segment, not mentioning the day the show was to air, today, is his 75th birthday.

    • VJ says:

      I’m looking at the recording with the closed caption on – after he talked to Scott, Alex said “Okay. I’ve got a birthday.” Then he put his hand in front of his mouth and said “oh, it’s- oh, it’s today.”

    • jacob ska says:

      @aaaa, google the news articles about July 22nd being Alex Trebek’s birthday. There are several of them.

  5. jacob ska says:

    Wow, Scott! Congratulations. You are off the charts. No miss on a fj yet. Awesome!

    What’s with the small wagers by the other two?

    Happy Birthday Trebek!!