Final Jeopardy: Famous Objects

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/3/2014), in the category “Famous Objects” was:

In 1950 the England-Scotland border was closed for the first time in 400 years to try to recover this stolen item.

New champ Christi Esterle won $11,999 in yesterday’s game. Her opponents in her second game are: Beverly Garcia, from Quincy, MA; and Jeff Versteeg, from Cleveland, OH.

Round 1: Christi found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Glory Days” under the $800 clue. She was in the lead with $4,800, $1,600 more than Jeff in second place. She bet $1,000 and guessed Vietnam. That was WRONG.

April 9 is Bataan Day, aka Day of Valor on the Bataan Peninsula & in the rest of this nation. show

Christi finished in the lead with $3,800. Jeff was second with $3,200 and Beverly was last with $1,400.

Round 2: Beverly found the first Daily Double in “Colleges & Universities” under the $1,200 clue. She was in third place with $2,600, $1,200 less than Christi’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

The campus of the university of this state is in Orono, named for a Penobscot chief. show

Jeff found the last Daily Double in “Scientific Non-American” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $6,000, he had $600 more than Christi in second place. He bet $2,500, and he was RIGHT.

This English astronomer died on Jan. 14, 1742 at age 85; that’s 9 years longer than we might have expected. show

Christi finished in the lead with $12,200. Jeff was next with $11,700 and Beverly was in third place with $6,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Stone of Destiny was linked to St Columba, who was said to have used it as a travelling altar. For centuries Scottish kings sat upon the Stone to be crowned…. During a resurgence of Scottish nationalism in 1950, four Scots students travelled to London, entered the Abbey in the small hours of Christmas Day and nabbed the Stone from beneath the coronation throne. They dropped it by accident and it broke in two. They loaded the Stone into their car boot and brought it back to Scotland – despite road blocks and police searches.” (History of Scotland)

The “sacrilege at Westminister” was made into a film, “Stone of Destiny” (2008), starring Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Gavin McCole, Ciaron Kelly and Robert Carlyle. It was directed by actor Charles Martin Smith (Ray Bob in 1978’s “Buddy Holly Story”).

The Stone is also sometimes called the Coronation Stone and Jacob’s Pillow or Pillar, believed to be the pillow that Jacob laid his head on to sleep in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 28.

Beverly thought it was the Hope Diamond. She bet and lost it all.

Jeff came up with ‘the royal jewels”. He only lost $501 and finished with $11,199.

Christi got it right (Stone of Scone). She bet $12,000 so she won her second match with $24,200. Her 2-day total is $36,199.

2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Facts & Figures”

With only 58% of residents, this U.S. state has the lowest percentage of licensed drivers. show

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26 Responses

  1. eric s says:

    John, I’m not sure that Jesse is coming back to answer questions, so I’ll tell you what I observed from the tapings. First, the whole game goes about as fast as it can. When Alex leads to a commercial, there is no break in the game. The same thing is true for FJ: the show the clue, there is maybe ten seconds, they make the wagers (I saw no calculating implements of any kind), then the Aleve thing, then boom what you see is what is there.
    The whole experience is pretty intense. If you’re in LA, and the timing is right, I highly suggest it.

    • john blahuta says:

      thanks. that would explain some strange bets where somebody who gets on j just forgets to carry the 1, e.g……

      • eric s says:

        You’re welcome. I’ve tried before to make the point that the game is very fast. It would be easy to get caught up in a fast pace. That’s one reason that I don’t think students do well: not enough of the old life seasoning. If you look at Jesse’s game, he could’ve had about 7500 by not using his buzzer. So, you’re right about the quick buzzers on one hand, but on another, the game must fly by. That’s why I am such an advocate on having the game theory down cold before you go in.
        Hope that you enjoy your fourth and don’t drink too many fireworks.

  2. eric s says:

    This week’s tally: men: 1/4, women 4/11 (assuming no ties tomorrow). What does it mean?

    • john blahuta says:

      5 winners in 4 days and 15 contestants in 4 days already??? your tally says 5 winners total and 15 contestants total. do you know who will win tomorrow? i’m a little confused. in 4 days (including today,thurday) there should be only 4 winners and 12 contestants so far. somehow there seems to be a knot in my brain?

      • eric s says:

        There are two women left over from hometown howdies. Ergo, three women will play in tomorrow’s match. So, relax and untie your brain (ha, ha).

        • john blahuta says:

          ok, thanks. did not check out the HHs. i hope none of the women is a cross-dresser, that would upset your tally :)
          no, seriously, thanks. i was wondering how you knew. in percentages: 26.67 % men, 73.33% women.or 2.75 times more women than men. the fair sex strikes again….
          have a great weekend and happy 4th!!!!

        • eric s says:

          Actually, mathematically, since there are two losers to every game (with no ties), one can’t just subtract the winning percentage of another group from one (e.g. 100%). That is, men were one out of five (20%) and women were four out of ten (40%), with still a significant differential, though.

    • eric s says:

      Ok. Before Marilyn reads this, yes, I was wrong. Since there were four guys, and one won and returned, the males were one for five, hence the women were four for ten (if no ties tomorrow).

      • eric s says:

        Marilyn, please don’t take offense to this reference. I appreciate you keeping me sharp (or less dull).

      • john blahuta says:

        so just in terms of appearances:5 men and 10 women. a clear 1:2 ratio, hence the fair sex strikes winning (5 wins)percentages: men (actually one man) 20%, women 80%, a 1:4 ratio, double the appearance ratio. are women twice as smart as men??? well, as i said on numerous occasions, j gets to pick who plays and against what level of contestants.
        just as an extreme example: take ken and let him play against average or slightly below par female contestants and you would get the impression that there is not one smart woman on the planet.

        at least i know what i will be this halloween :CONSPIRACY (just have to figure out what costume represents conspiracy best….) parading down on front street in lahaina as conspiracy: another dream coming true (har,har,har)

        • eric s says:

          Right. People seem to be acting as if the Jeopardy contestants are a random sampling: this is simply not the case.

        • eric s says:

          But again, No on the women winning 80%!! Remember, barring ties, there are two losers to a game. One simply subtract the losing percentage of men to obtain the winning percentage of women.

        • eric s says:

          *One may not simply subtract the losing percentage of men*

  3. aaaa says:

    Crossword puzzle aficionados know where Orono is quite well :)

  4. jacobska says:

    Tomorrow there will be Sally Sheinberg, Kay Thanaporn, and Christi (returning champion) Esterle.
    Correct me if I am wrong, vj.

  5. jacobska says:

    So, Christi w as introduced as a librarian/stay at home mom today. Yesterday she was introduced as a stay at home mom only. This is why I stated that if I ever appeared on Jeopardy I would say that I am a gardener. If you lose then no one will expect better. But since Christi won yesterday she probably figured it was safe to throw in the librarian title today. Smart thinking my dear. Congratulations on your second win. Good strategy.

    • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

      On yesterday’s show Christi was introduced at the top of the show as a librarian and stay-at-home mom. My husband commented that she must have a library in her home. When Alex interviewed her, he said she was a stay-at-home mom. She was not hiding her profession.

    • eric s says:

      Chance Gardener. Being There. So Classic.

  6. john blahuta says:

    instead of discussing fj wagering again, something more important:


    i know it’s tomorrow, but by the time i get online tomorrow it’s alread evening on the east coast. no reason to not start celebrating early, since it’s a 3 day weekend to boot!

    and from a certain point on don’t get confused! don’t hurl the beer cans while you swallow the fire crackers. if you start doing that, it’s time for bed :-)

    • jacobska says:

      The same to you, John. As I grill pineapples with other good things I will be thinking about Hawaii. That’s where the really good pineapples grow.


      • john blahuta says:

        i know. that’s why they are 3 times(!!) more expensive than the imported stuff from the philippines or south/central america.
        here they are in the field early morning, a few hours later you have them at the supermarket. fresh and juicy….hmmmmmmmm

  7. eric s says:

    Sir Dr. J, good call on one correct.

  8. eric s says:

    Now, on the second DD, we find out that Maine is a state. Who knew?