Final Jeopardy: North American Rivers

The Final Jeopardy question (7/3/2015), in the category “North American Rivers” was:

At about 100 miles it’s not one of Canada’s 100 longest rivers, but in the 1890s it became perhaps the most famous.

New champ Jon Lubin won yesterday’s game to the tune of $15,599. Today he takes on these two players: Erik Siwak, originally from Detroit, MI; and Hilary Carney, from Bonita Springs, FL

Round 1: Jon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Heteronyms” under the $600 clue. He was in second place with $1,200, $3,800 less than Hilary’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and tried to work it out by pronouncing “fragrant” as “FRAHG-ment” and “FRAYG-MENT.” That was WRONG.

To make angry & an aromatic smoke. show

Hilary finished in the lead with $6,400. Erik was second with $4,000 and Jon was last with zero.

Round 2: Erik found the first Daily Double in “Novel Characters” under the $1,200 clue. He was in second place lead with $5,200, $7,200 less than Hilary’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

Edmond Dantes, Sinbad the Sailor & Lord Wilmore, who are all the same guy. show

Jon found the last Daily Double in “A Brief Illness” under the $1,200 clue. In third place with $2,400, he had $14,800 less than Hilary and Erik, who were tied for the lead. He made it a true Daily Double and said “Congenital Fetal Syndrome.” That was WRONG, and probably a blessing since he forgot to phrase it in the form of a question.

SEID, Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, is the new name for CFS, this. show

Erik finished in the lead with $20,800. Hilary was next with $18,400 and Jon was in third place with $1,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Gold was discovered in many rich deposits along the Klondike River in 1896, but due to the remoteness of the region and the harsh winter climate the news of gold couldn’t travel fast enough to reach the outside world before the following year. Reports of the gold in newspapers created a hysteria that was nation-wide and many people quit their jobs and then left for the Klondike to become gold-diggers.” ( Klondike Gold Rush) has a partial transcript of an 1898 encyclopedia article on the Klondike River.

Jon thought it was the St. Lawrence. He didn’t bet anything so he remained at $1,200.

Hilary thought it was the Yukon. That cost her $12,000 and she finished with $6,400.

Erik thought it was the Yukon, too. He lost $16,100 so he wound up in second place with $4,700 and that made Hilary Carney the new champ.

FJ Results: 7-3-15

During the chat, Hilary related how thrilled she was to meet Mary Poppins– a Mary Poppins, not Julie Andrews.

Have a great Fourth of July, everyone!

2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “African-American Firsts”

Tracing her family to William Hood of 18th century Pennsylvania, Karen Batchelor made news as this organization’s first African-American member. show

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17 Responses

  1. Erica says:

    It was an unfair FJ. The clue should be without the 100 mile reference and Yukon should be accepted.

    • Sandy says:

      Yeah…no. That was a fair clue.

    • Eric S says:

      If they hadn’t quantified it, then both Klondike and Yukon would’ve been correct, leading to more confusion: never the goal of a FJ.

  2. jacob ska says:


    @vj, did you chuckle when Trebek said to Jon on that DD on CFS when he gave the incorrect response? “No. Perhaps you’re suffering from it.” I could not contain myself. Alex can send out some zingers sometimes. But in this situation it was an ouch or “no you didn’t” thought probably from Jon.

    Hilary was quick on that buzzer. She handled it like “no problem.” :) :)

    • VJ says:

      LOL. Truthfully it threw me at first because he said it right after Jon said congenital fetal syndrome and I was like, what???

      It’s been a strange day for me.

      PS – Yes, Hilary’s buzzer speed was most impressive and Erik’s ability to catch up with help from his film knowledge was great.

      • Cece says:

        I don’t want to sound mean, but I think Alex has lost the filter that goes from his mind to this mouth — it happens to old people. He started saying more inappropriate things in the last couple of years.

        Jon seem to have gotten blindsided by his two opponents today. And Alex had to keep reminding him of how bad his day was. And yes, Hilary was great on the buzzer.

        I wonder if Alex gets annoyed with contestants not knowing much about Canada. Not long ago there was a category on Canada that was a complete flame out.

        • VJ says:

          well, you don’t sound mean, Cece. I think it’s true that there have been times in the last couple of years that Trebek may have been making an attempt at humor, but it came off as mocking :(

          I don’t see why it should bug him if the contestants bomb on Canada though. If anything, it should make him happy since it allows him to give all the answers himself and we all know how he loves to do that :):)

        • Eric S says:

          That reminds of an episode of Inside Amy Schumer:Generations on YouTube. It’s horrible, but funny.
          watch at your own risk.

        • Cece says:

          The part about older people or…:)

          VJ, if it’s not too much trouble…I missed the clue about the book-less library and I’m curious…

          Right now I could go for a Klondike bar :)

        • VJ says:

          @Cece, no problem —

          Libraries ($800) The 11,000-sq.-ft. library of Florida Polytechnic University, opened in 2014, is notable for having none of these

        • Cece says:

          Wow, an 11,000-sq.-ft library — that’s a lot of tech stuff.

          Thanks, VJ!

        • Eric S says:

          So, how long until the e-book Celsius 451?

          Cece: the video is about older people (wrt: racism). Really doesn’t have much to do with A.T., but it is ,sadly, funny.

        • Cece says:

          I found the video to be clever, funny and wrong all at once. The water spray on the face just killed me! :)

        • Eric S says:

          Yes, you feel bad laughing, but you do laugh.
          I’ll make it up to you: watch Emily Graslie Voices in Science and share it if you like it.

        • Cece says:

          Thanks, Eric! What a powerful, insightful and courageous poem. At such a young age, she has started a cultural revolution that is influencing other young people in the best way possible.

  3. Eric S says:

    Well, I had the right wrong, but Jacob had the right amount of wrongs.

    • VJ says:

      yeah, congrats to Jacob on nailing that one. That was something else, the promise of a big payday evaporated right before your eyes.

      Today got even stranger for me — when I first saw Erik, I thought Alex from yesterday was back. :-0