Final Jeopardy: Small Countries

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/5/2017) in the category “Small Countries” was:

This tiny island nation 700 miles northeast of Madagascar makes a great addition to a classic tongue twister.

3x champ Jon Eisenman had a runaway game yesterday and now, he’s up to $64,300 in winnings. In his 4th game, he is up against these two players: Chloë Zung, from Armonk, NY; and Sebastian Davis, from Los Angeles, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Stupid Answers – In the Olympic City – Free Rhymes – Here’s Final Jeopardy – 30 Seconds – Good Luck

Chloë found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Olympic City” under the $1,000 clue, with 3 clues worth $800 left after it. She was in second place with $3,000, $600 less than Sebastian’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Park yourself in this winter Olympic city at This is the Place Heritage Park & Pioneer Park. show

Chloë finished in the lead with $6,200. Sebastian was second with $3,400 and Jon was last with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: Bear With Us – Classic Movies – Medals & Decorations – Literary Spoiler Alert! – I Ruled in Britain for 50+ Years – Same Consonant Words

Jon found the first Daily Double in “Literary Spoiler Alert!” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. He was in second place with $8,600 at this point, $400 behind Chloë’s lead. He bet $2,000 and took a shot with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” That was WRONG.

In this Dennis Lehane novel, the investigator is really an inmate & the docs are letting him live out his fantasy. show

5 clues later, Sebastian found the last Daily Double in “Ruled in Britain” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $6,200, he had $5,800 less than Chloë’s lead. He bet $1,000 and took a guess with 2007. That was WRONG.

In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II marked 65 years on the throne. She’s seen here during this year of her Silver Jubilee. show

Jon finished in the lead with $11,000. Chloë was next with $9,000 and Sebastian was in third place with $8,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


There are 3 little island nations in the Indian Ocean around Madagascar: Comoros to the northwest, Mauritius to the east and Seychelles to the northeast. Besides the northeast thing, Seychelles is the only one that would fit in the well-known tongue-twister: She sells seashells down by the seashore.

Sebastian got it right, after crossing out Mauritius. His misspelling “Scychelles” was accepted. We don’t presume to know exactly why. A slip of the pen, perhaps? His $4,000 bet brought him up to $12,000.

Chloë thought it was Kiribati. She lost her $7,027 bet and had $1,973 left.

Jon also got it. He bet $7,001 and won this one with $18,001. His 4-day total is $82,301 and he gets a spot on the ToC list.

Final Jeopardy (7/5/2017) Jon Eisenman, Chloë Zung, Sebastian Davis

A triple stumper from each round:

HERE’S FINAL JEOPARDY ($1000) The last page of “The Autobiography of” this companion of Gertrude Stein was turned on March 7, 1967

CLASSIC MOVIES ($2000) Playwright William Inge won an Oscar for the screenplay of this love story with Natalie Wood & Warren Beatty

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “The Thomas Jefferson Administration”

Of this agreement, Thomas Jefferson said he “stretched the Constitution until it cracked.” show

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9 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    Oh by the way VJ, do you remember that tongue twister she sells seashells by the seashore? I think instead of seashells they used Seychelles as part of the tongue twister. Pretty funny I tell you. That first round was very tough for the contestants especially when Jon was in the red for a little bit. But he made a comeback in the second round. good for him, I hope he wins again tomorrow, fingers crossed.

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, I put it in the recap the way my mom used to say it “down by the seashore.”

      I really didn’t think tongue twisters were fun when I was a kid. I mean, my parents obviously knew we couldn’t say the seashells one or “toy boat” or “rubber baby buggy bumpers” 5x fast so I didn’t see what the point of it all was. heh heh heh

  2. Lou says:

    Congrats to Jon on winning his fourth game. His total is similar to Todd Giese’s four game win, but did Todd win a little bit more or less than Jon did, VJ?

    So far here are the stats:
    May 2015: Alex Jacob 6x winner (Total for his six game win, VJ?)
    June 2015, Dan Feitel and Brennan Bushee 5x winners of 100000 dollars
    July 2015: Scott Lord 5x winner 100000

    April 2016: Andrew Pau 6x winner 170000 dollars

    May 2016 Buzzy Cohen 9x winner, 180000
    June 2016 Hunter Appler: 6x winner 145000
    July 2016 Pranjal Vachaspati: 6x winner: 130000

    April 2017 Alan Lin: 6x winner 123000
    May 2017 Dave Clemmons: 100000
    July 2017: Jon Eisenman 4x winner 82000

    June 2017 was a tough month for anyone to win more than 3 games because after Rob Ligouri won in March we waited six weeks and from mid May to early July, it was six weeks

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, everyone from 2015 has already been in a tournament so I’m not seeing any reason to compare their winnings to this season?

      LINK: 10 more clues from this match. I think Popeye’s baby was the most surprising to me out of that, King of the Road (a close second) and the Natalie Wood/Beatty film.

      • Lou says:

        Yeah that one surprised me as well I am a huge fan of Popeye but I can’t believe the contestant mistook it for peewee herman. I’m betting none of them watched Popeye as a little kid though. Do u have anyone that is a fan of Popeye in your family, VJ??

        • Dalton Higbee says:

          Alex Jacob competed in April 2015, his winnings were $149,802.

        • VJ says:

          Yeah, me. I love the old Popeye cartoons. My grandkids mainly like the musical ones, like Barnacle Bill, Sinbad the Sailor and the Abu Hassan one. .

          I don’t think Sebastian mixed up Swee’Pea with Pee Wee Herman though. Probably just took a shot with a name where both syllables rhymed with free.

          Not only didn’t they see the cartoons, they didn’t see the Robin Williams movie either. I loved Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl in that, singing that song “He’s Large” about Bluto. :D

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    Never heard of Seychelles.