Final Jeopardy: Transportation

The Final Jeopardy question (7/8/2016) in the category “Transportation” was:

The Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the world’s longest, spans 5,770 miles from Moscow to this port city on the Sea of Japan.

New champ Bonnie Megel won $31,400 yesterday. She is going for a second win today against these two players: Pam Platt, from Louisville, KY; and Mike Solano, from Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Round 1 Categories: States that Begin with Californ – Is This a Hat? – Catch These Men – – A Petite Dejeuner – “S” Words – SNL Cracks Us Up

Pam found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Catch These Men” under the $400 clue on the 12th pick of the round. She was in second place with $2,000, $1,000 less than Mike’s lead. She bet it all and she was RIGHT.

12 days after his heinous act, he was discovered in a barn with David Herold & surrounded in rural Virginia.  show

Pam finished in the lead with $6,800. Mike was second with $4,800 and Bonnie was last with $4,600.

Round 2 Categories: Ranks & Titles – Sports On Film – Anatomy – Say It In Swedish – American Dramatists – An “F” In History

Bonnie found the first Daily Double in “Ranks & Titles” under the $1,600 clue, with 3 clues after it. In second place with $9,400, she had $6,200 less than Pam’s lead. She bet $4,000 and gave an English response so that was WRONG.

A French nobleman of the lowest rank, it comes from the Old French for “horseman” show

Bonnie found the last Daily Double 2 clues later in the “Swedish” category under the $1,600 clue, with only one clue after it. She was in third place with $7,400 now. Pam had a runaway $15,600. Bonnie bet $5,000 and she was RIGHT.

Smör, as in smorgasbord, is this spreadable stuff. show

No one buzzed in on the $2K clue in “Swedish” so that was it. Pam finished in the lead with $15,600. Bonnie was next with $12,400 and Mike was in third place with $7,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Trans-Siberian Railway celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. From Way to’s History and Facts: “The main route St.Petersburg – Vladivostok was already completed at 1903, but there were many temporary constructions, so for 13 more years the permanent bridges, tunnels and stations were added…. it was finished 5th of October 1916, when the bridge across Amur river started to operate.” One of the facts notes that 39 km of the way are along the bank of Sea of Japan.

Mike came up with Shanghai. He lost his $3,400 bet and had $4,200 left.

Bonnie got it right. Her $9,300 bet brought her up to $21,700.

Pam also got it right. Her “Vladivostock” spelling didn’t change the pronunciation. A big $12,000 bet gave her a $27,600 finish and made her the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy: Bonnie Megel, Mike Solano and Pam Platt (7-8-16)

This was the only triple stumper in the first round: A PETITE DEJEUNER ($800) This bite-size cereal from Kellogg’s has flavors like frosted strawberry & maple brown sugar

From Round 2: AN “F” IN HISTORY ($2000) This post-Civil War Bureau provided jobs, medical care & land to former slaves & destitute whites

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “American Literature”

Published in 1925, it still sells 500,000 copies a year & was on the bestseller lists in 2013. show

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18 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    Where did Shanghai come from? The Trans Siberian Railway only goes through russia but was that a bad guess from the new Yorker?

    • VJ says:

      Dunno but it was still a good match imo. There were only 6 clues no one buzzed in on. (The rest of them are over here)

      I am pretty sure that this is the third day in a row that the first round Daily Double was under a $400 clue. I thought the $1,000 clue was the hardest in that category. I have read it at least dozens of times but I betcha I’ll forget it before it comes up on the show again. Kudos to Bonnie for getting it :):)

      Soon after the fall of Baghdad in 2003, Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a hole near this city, his hometown

      • jacob ska says:

        VJ, I thought it was a good match also. Am I correct in stating there no clues left on the board? The ladies did their homework. Anyone who has consistently watched Jeopardy for years would have known the fj clue. It has been used before but just worded differently. The contestants today restored my positive attitude towards Jeopardy. One miss was not bad imo.

        • VJ says:

          Yes, Jacob, you are correct. They cleared both boards.

        • Cece says:

          VJ, there were a total of 11 TS’s in the game, right? If yes, then 10 of them were on the DJ round, right again?

          Out of curiosity, did you think that it was fair for Bonnie to be penalized for her English response on the DD, instead of the French Chevalier? What is different from Hunter’s French response “Du côté de chez Swann, instead of the English title?

          Just sayin’. :)

        • VJ says:

          No, Cece, I only came up with 6 total: one in the first round and 5 in the second. (The players got all the clues in American Dramatists and I fixed the other post to reflect that now)

          That’s an interesting point about the Chevalier DD. I think the difference is that Hunter gave the French title of Swann’s Way, then ran out of time before he could translate it. I don’t think they were expecting anyone to even know the French title. How could they say he was wrong when they didn’t ask for the English translation?.

          In Bonnie’s, they asked for the word the French noblemen were called relating to horse and I guess the English translation would only work if they asked for it .

          Hope that makes sense. Soon as I read that DD, I started singing ‘Chevaliers de la table ronde’ and thought about you and our folk song discussion. LOL!

        • Cece says:

          Sorry about the TS’s, thanks for clarifying it. Yes, I totally get your explanation; it makes sense. But I still don’t like their decision. :)

          OK, maybe I’m stretching my defense of Bonnie’s response but, French chevalier comes from cheval> Latin caballus, so does Italian cavallo, Portuguese cavalo, and Spanish caballo.

          Without that, the English language wouldn’t have “cavalier”. And who gives a horseman’s arse, anyway? :)

          ‘Chevaliers de la table ronde’—oui, apportez du vin, VJ! Lol.

        • VJ says:

          I agree that all your points are good but, as a judge, I still wouldn’t have given her that. It’s just not the French rank and title. As a viewer, I agree with your conclusion. LOL!!

          Quelle coincidence: J-Archive shows a very similar clue: a Ranks & Title DD in a 2008 match with nice big extra hint. It still cost Larissa Kelly $4,000 (same bet Bonnie made).

          “It’s a member of the lowest rank of the French Legion of Honor: Just ask Maurice”

      • Cece says:

        Well, I don’t care about Maurice. Just ask Frenchy (my bf)—he agrees with me, lol!

        What, it cost Larissa Kelly 4K?? That’s Eric’s sweetheart they’re messing with! :)

        • VJ says:

          I think Bonnie would have benefited from that extra hint. I also think you will like La choupetta. Maybe Frenchy will too. :)

        • EricS says:

          Worst game ever: until they switched FJ in the BoD on her because she was a threat. It was a total boatload of lemurs.

        • EricS says:

          Hi Cece. Glad I looked at your writings! Thank you for thinking of me and remembering!

        • Cece says:

          “La choupetta”—it made us smile. Thanks, VJ. :)

          Hi Eric. It’s always a pleasure to think of you and remember your delightful ways!

  2. rhonda says:

    Thanks again, VJ. I was watching the wrong channel and thought Jeopardy was pre-empted lol.

  3. aaaa says:

    NBC and CBS did hour long newscasts tonight in the wake of coverage of the Dallas cop sniper attack, not sure if ABC did or not (the local ABC station didn’t showed its regular program). The show was preempted on some East coast stations where J! airs at 7PM on NBC or CBS stations. Bonnie should have wagered $6K or less to win on the Triple stumper if there was one.

    • EricS says:

      Although still true, I believe that Bonnie’s range should have been better defined than just less than 6000. Certainly, the bottom wager should cover a zero bet by the leader and the double up by Mike: 3201 covers these. On the higher side, a zero bet by Mike would be plausible, so the high side of her range should eliminate that: 4799 covers that.
      Therefore: 3201<wager <4799

  4. rhonda says:

    VJ, would you be able to post the first 4 clues of the game, S words? Thanks!

    • VJ says:

      Sure, Rhonda, might as well throw in the 5th one while I’m at it. LOL at the $600 clue

      ($200) Legally, it’s defamation via speech

      ($400) Let’s take swords for $400– it’s a heavy, slightly curved one-edged cavalry sword

      ($600) An elevated platform where executed criminals hang out

      ($800) Flags & arm position are crucial in this type of communication

      ($1000) It can mean yielding sugar or being sappy & sentimental