Final Jeopardy: Ancient History

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (9/13/2017) in the category “Ancient History” was:

Battles at Trebbia & Trasimene were among the victories of this man who was born in Africa & died near the Black Sea.

2x champ Laura Kelsay brought her winnings up to $42,300 yesterday. In Game 3, she takes on: Jay Olman, from Philadelphia, PA; and Jen Sosnowski, from Roanoke, VA.

Round 1 Categories: “Wild” Movies – Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines – Foreign-Sounding Texas Places – Clothing Through the Ages – Eat It! – Pairs Famous

Jen found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Army” etc. under the $600 clue. There were 2 clues left after it but time was already short and we were lucky to get to the DD. Jen was in third place with $1,000, $3,000 less than Jay’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Cold War figure Francis Gary Powers. show

Jay finished in the lead with $4,000. Laura was second with $3,200 and Jen was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: People in Poetry – Lesser-Known Museums – Broadway Composers – “L” – Ore – High Water

Jen found the first Daily Double in “Broadway Composers” under the $1,600 clue on the 4th pick. She was in a second place tie with Laura. They both had $3,200 now, $800 less than Jay’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

He composed the music for Oklahoma’s state song. show

Laura found the last Daily Double in “People in Poetry” under the $800 clue, with 6 clues left after it. She now had a nice lead with $15,200, $5,800 more than Jen in second place. SHe bet $2,000 but could not come up with a guess so she was WRONG.

Longfellow referred to him as the “Tuscan that wanderest through the realms of gloom” show

Jen finished in the lead with $15,400. Laura was next with $14,400 and Jay was in third place with $8,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Hannibal Barca was born c. 247 B.C. in Carthage, in what is now Tunisia. The battles of Trebbia and Trasimene occurred during the second Punic War in Italy, when Hannibal fought Roman general Scipio Africanus for control of Italian territories. Hannibal won those battles but lost the war. Back in Carthage, Hannibal went into politics but later returned to military life. After another defeat by the Romans, he reportedly took his own life at Libyssa, near the Black Sea. More on Hannibal on

Jay bet $3,601. He finished with $12,001.

Laura bet $7,500, bringing her up to $21,900.

Jen bet $13,401 so she won the match with $28,801. Jen Sosnowski is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (9/13/2017) Laura Kelsay, Jen Sosnowski, Jay Olman

3 triple stumpers from “WILD” MOVIES

($400) Sam Peckinpah. Lots of blood. This 1969 Western.

($600) An Elvis-obsessed Nicolas Cage takes up with Laura Dern in this 1990 David Lynch film

($1000) Hushpuppy deals with some prehistoric creatures called Aurochs in this 2012 drama set in the Delta.

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Oscar-Nominated Songs”

This song from a 1999 animated film about censorship had a word censored from its Oscar performance. show

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3 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Good competition in the last round with Laura taking over and gaining that $5K+ lead, and Jen regaining control near the Double Jeopardy finish line.

    LINK: 9 more clues from the match, including the Pairs Famous category

  2. Lou says:

    Well glad that everyone got final jeopardy right, it would have been nice to see Laura win again but still she played brilliantly, let’s see how the teacher from Virginia will do on tomorrow s game, I.wonder if the war has caused hannibal to take his own life since all the battles and stress has messed his body, VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I think he just decided he’d rather be die than be a prisoner of the Romans. If it’s true that he carried poison with him in a ring, then he must have decided that in advance.

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