Final Jeopardy: Colleges

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/24/2017) in the category “Colleges” was:

When this school opened in 1845, the curriculum for the class of 50 had math & navigation, chemistry & gunnery & steam.

2x champ Justin Vossler returns today for another chance to increase his winnings, which so far are $54,500. His challengers are these two ladies: Shannon Hindahl, from Collinsville, IL; and Emily Bridges, from Laurel, MD.

Round 1 Categories: Fake News – The U.S. of Attractions – The Perks of Aging – Shoe Names – First Family Fun & Follies – Double “P” Words

Shannon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Shoe Names” under the $800 clue, with 6 clues still to go. She was in second place with $3,400, $800 less than Emily’s lead. She bet $1,500 and could not come up with a response so she was WRONG.

When an old sailing ship took on water bilge, these kept it afloat. show

Emily finished in the lead with $7,200. Shannon was second with $2,500 and Justin was last with $400.

Round 2 Categories: Fake News – Musical Theater – European Geography – Animal Farm – Historic Insults – 20th Century Words

Justin found the first Daily Double in “European Geography” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. He was still in third place but he had $1,600 now, $5,600 less than Emily’s lead. He bet the $1,600 he had, rather than the $2K allowance, and he was RIGHT.

This capital that shares its names with its country lies about 12 miles inland from Italy’s Adriatic coast. show

Justin found the last Daily Double in “Animal Farm” under the $1,200 clue, with 7 clues left after it. In third place with $7,200, he had $4,800 less than Emily’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Each Sunday the animals hoist their hoof & horn flag, which Orwell used to represent this Communist symbol. show

Justin finished in the lead with $14,000. Emily was next with $11,600 and Shannon was in third place with $8,100.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The USNA has a History Page that specifically includes the info in the clue: “Through the efforts of the Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, the Naval School was established without Congressional funding, at a 10-acre Army post named Fort Severn in Annapolis, Maryland, on October 10, 1845, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. The curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French.” Don’t miss the USNA Timeline for other important dates in the academy’s history.

Notable Graduates Section: One U.S. President graduated from USNA in 1947. He also appears under the State Governors and Nobel Prize Winner headings.

Justin got it right. His $4,000 bet brought him up to $18,000.

Emily thought it was MIT (luckily for Justin). She bet and lost it all.

Shannon also got it and she had time to let Eddie Vedder know that she loves him. Her score rose to $16,100 with her $8,000 bet. So Justin remains champ. His 3-day total is $72,500.

Final Jeopardy (7/24/2017) Justin Vossler, Emily Bridges, Shannon Hindahl

2 triple stumpers from MUSICAL THEATER

($1200) Chazz Palminteri made a musical of this “Tale” about a NYC borough & Robert De Niro came in to direct

($1600) “There’s No Place like Gnome” is a song in the 2017 musical based on this film about a French waitress

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

The first movement of the 1888 suite named for her is titled “The Sea and Sindbad’s Ship” show

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14 Responses

  1. Richard Corliss says:

    When Emily wrote down MIT reminds me, the spiciest meme lord has graduated. But Alex didn’t mentioned MIT went to the finals before after he showed people the huge trophy and he didn’t mentioned Georgetown won while he was talking to Julia.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    A slow start, but a strong finish.

    • VJ says:

      Yes, when they got to the halfway point of Round 2 (that “uglier than Manuel de Falla” clue was the 15th), Justin only had $3,200 and Emily had $11,200!! A strong finish indeed for Justin and all in the last half of Double Jeopardy!

  3. Becci Boyd says:

    VJ, Was she referring to Eddie Vedder from ‘Pearl Jam’?

    I can’t watch the show sometimes so I come here to check things out.

    • VJ says:

      @Becci, Yup, unless she loves someone else named Eddie Vedder ;)

      It made me think of an old ’60s song by the Crystals called “I Love You, Eddie.” It was the flip side of “He’s a Rebel”

  4. Marilyn says:

    I just said Annapolis. Do you think that would have been accepted? West Point is usually just called West Point.

    • VJ says:

      @Marilyn, I was hoping someone would write that down so we would know. Kevin S was speculating on it earlier on Spoiler Talk but he didn’t think it would be accepted. I would have liked to know.

      @Lou, if anyone I know went to the naval academy, they didn’t tell me. lol. One of my brothers was in the navy for many years.

      LINK: 11 more clues from this match

  5. Lou says:

    Congrats to Justin on his third win, and this was the similar total that Debbie had, but let’s see what happens tomorrow. Also, VJ, do you have anyone you know that went to US naval academy schools?

    A lot of clues were not answered, I can’t believe Emily did not know a Bronx tale movie since I watched it in high school

  6. aaaa says:

    49/61 here.

  7. Charles Brown says:

    All three should have gotten the clue correctly.

  8. Richard Corliss says:

    Gary is now a sophomore at that college.

  9. Cyril Morong says:

    Clark Kent worked at The Daily Star before he worked at The Daily Planet

    Also see Comic Vine

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