Final Jeopardy: Asian Islands

The Final Jeopardy question (9/12/2016) in the category “Asian Islands” was:

Phuket, the largest island of this country, has regained its tourism industry after a natural disaster in 2004.

Current champ Courtney Paulson won $11,700 in the last game of Season 32. Her second game is the first game of Season 33 and her opponents are: Annie Busiek, from Chicago, IL; and David Gottdenker, from Marlboro, NJ.

Round 1 Categories: U.S. Cabinet Departments, “Best” Wishes, College Football, The Queen’s Expiration Date, I Like Your Colón, It’s Intoxicating

Courtney found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “U.S. Cabinet Departments” under the $600 clue on the third pick of the round. The only one to ring in so far, she had $600 from responding correctly to the first two clues. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

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Courtney finished in the lead with $3,800. Annie was second with $3,000 and David was last with $0.

Round 2 Categories: National Memorials, Complete the Original Star Wars Line, British Poets, Before & After, It’s a Process, Communi”K”tion

Annie found the first Daily Double in “British Poets” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick of the round. In second place with $5,000, she had a mere $200 less than David’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Courtney found the last Daily Double in “It’s a Process” under the $1,600 clue. There were 6 clues left after it. She was in third place with $6,200 now, $1,400 less than Annie’s lead. She bet $1,500 and took a guess with electricity. That was WRONG.

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Annie finished in the lead with $10,800. David was next with $9,600 and Courtney was in third place with $5,100.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


There was a spate of articles in 2014, the 10-year mark since the powerful Indian Ocean tsunami struck Phuket in Thailand, killing many and devastating the area. In The Star Online’s article, Thai tourism industry expert and managing director of the luxurious Indigo Pearl resort, Wichit Na Ranong recalled that the Indigo Pearl was spared the direct impact of the tsunami and how he set up a rescue and assistance center. Regarding the impact on tourism, he said: “I would say we had a very fast recovery after the tsunami. In fact, I think it may be the fastest recovery ever anywhere after a disaster of this kind. I think the industry had almost recovered after two years and was fully back to normal after three, with continuous progress after that.”

Courtney wrote down Indonesia and crossed it out for the Philippines, though she didn’t get it all in. She lost her $3,800 bet and had $1,300 left.

David crossed out the Philippines and wrote down Vietnam. That cost him $1,601 and he finished with $7,999.

Annie got it right. She bet $10,300 so she won the match with $21,100 and she is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (9-12-16) Courtney Paulson, David Gottdenker and Annie Busiek

A triple stumper from each round:

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BRITISH POETS ($1200) As a teenager in the 1930s, he served as a junior reporter for the South Wales Daily Post

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Authors”

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13 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    It’s so awfully good to get back to a regular season, although the re-broadcasts over the break were enjoyable to see again. Mr. Trebek can say anything at any time, in my book. He is one of the most repected people in North America, if not the world. I was surprised at the number of “generational” questions, such as Kinescope, Dylan Thomas, and Frances Perkins. A couple of questions reflect how little Americans know about Asia, such as Phuket (which I thought was world famous), and kanji 漢字 (or Hànzì in Mandarin), used by a whole lot of people.

  2. Alan Severs says:

    Thanks for the website. I was glad to discover you’all, since I’m a big Jeopardy fan. Love the show but after all these years Alex’s interview still makes me uncomfortable. For one thing, much of the interview is about him. And he questions them speaking slowly and deliberately, like he is talking to a child. Is it just me that the interview is often uncomfortable ?

    • VJ says:

      Hi, Alan. Thanks for visiting. As far as the interviews go, they are just a regular part of the show to me. As for Alex talking about himself, I really think he’s entitled after all this time. I imagine if I was at the airport leaving town and Alex Trebek was arriving in my town and he stopped and asked me a question and told me something about himself, it would be an experience I would probably tell to a lot of people. It’s probably like that for the contestants, only better, because they were actually competing on the show when they had their moment to converse with Alex.

  3. lou says:

    courtney put up a valiant effort in this game. although 20000 is a low value i hope annie can add to that

  4. rhonda says:

    The Before and After category was fun.

  5. aaaa says:

    New opening graphics and a new sound when putting the dollar figures into the screens, and what look to be new graphics for Double J! and regular J!. 38/59 here.

  6. Mathwiz100 says:

    Well $21,100 is a low start to the season, but a win is a win. The Star Wars category sounds interesting.

    About the Wrong Answers: Well I could see how the Philippines would come up seeing as the clue mentioned an island. The Philippines was also hit by a natural disaster in 2004.

    Cannot wait to see the new graphics. Jeopardy usually outdoes itself each season, and hopefully Season 33 is no exception.

    I’ll be out on the road tomorrow and Wednesday, so hopefully I don’t miss much, though if I do… that’s what this place is for.