Final Jeopardy: Businessmen

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (9/14/2017) in the category “Businessmen” was:

The corporation of this British man got its name from his early inexperience in business.

New champ Jen Sosnowski won $28,801 yesterday. In her second game, her challengers are: Larry Coben, from New York, NY; and Ellen Wernecke, from Chicago, IL.

Round 1 Categories: U.S. Buildings – Clam Up – 3 of a Kind – “Like” a Song – Symbols – It’s an Interjection!

Jen found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Symbols” under the $1,000 clue, with just 3 clues left after it. She was in the lead with $5,200, $1,400 more than Ellen in second place. She bet $3,500 and thought it was “staffs.” That was WRONG.

The Cadduceus is symbolic to many cultures, but it really took off when these were added above the serpents. show

Ellen finished in the lead with $4,800. Larry was second with $3,600 and Jen was last with $3,500.

Round 2 Categories: The Summer of Love: 1967 – Their First Published Novel – Languages of Africa – Movie Queens – The Orient Express – It’s in Interjection!

Larry found the first Daily Double in “Languages of Africa” under the $1,600, with 7 clues still to go after it. He was in second place with $8,400 at this point, $1,600 less than Ellen’s lead. He bet $2,000 and thought it was French. That was WRONG.

It’s the official language in 5 African countries, including Mozambique & Cape Verde. show

Jen found the last Daily Double in “The Orient Express” under the $1,600 clue. One clue remained after it. In second place with $9,100, she had $3,700 less than Ellen’s lead. She bet $4,000 and guessed Shanghai. That was WRONG.

The Orient Express went as far Orient as this city, after a few days’ trip from Paris. show

Ellen finished in the lead with $12,800. Larry was next with half of that– $6,400– and Jen was in third place with $5,100.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Just this past July, Richard Branson wrote a post called What’s In A Name sharing how the name “Virgin” was chosen for his business: “When we were debating what to call our music company, we were just a bunch of teenagers sat around a room joking around. The leading contender for the name was Slipped Disc. Slipped Disc Records – it has a certain ring to it and fit with our edgy new label. But how would we have grown that brand from music into all sorts of different areas? Slipped Disc Airlines – now, that’s not so good! Thankfully, because we were all virgins in business, we chose the name Virgin and never looked back.”

Jen got it right. She didn’t bet anything though, so she remained at $5,100.

Larry thought it was Rupert Murdoch. He bet and lost it all.

Ellen came up with Mackintosh. That cost her $6,300 but she won the match with the $6,500 she had left.

Final Jeopardy (9/14/2017) Jen Sosnowski, Ellen Wernecke, Larry Coben

2 triple stumpers from Double Jeopardy!

THEIR FIRST PUBLISHED NOVEL ($2000) “Player Piano” (1952)

MOVIE QUEENS ($2000) This actress received her first of 7 Oscar nominations for playing Queen Victoria in 1997’s “Mrs. Brown”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Contemporaries”

On an 1851 visit to Europe, Mathew Brady had hoped to meet this man who inspired him, but he died just as Brady set sail. show

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14 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    I think Ellen’s response of “Scrooge McDuck” should’ve been accepted. He’s great uncle to Huey, Dewey and Louie. Technically they’re still his nephews.

    • rhonda says:

      I agree with you, Amanda.

      • Richard Corliss says:

        Amanda and Rhonda, Donald is the uncle of Huey Dewey and Louie even though they call Daisy “Aunt Daisy” they’re not married and BTW, They had to go with the answer Donald Duck.

    • KoopaKid17 says:

      No. Huey, Dewey and Louie call him “Uncle Scrooge” but Donald Duck as their uncle and Scrooge as Donald’s uncle, Scrooge is their grand uncle. That would make Huey, Dewey and Louie Scrooge’s grand nephews, not his nephews. The show got it right.

  2. EricS says:

    Any wager of less than 2600 by Ellen would have locked Jen out.

  3. VJ says:

    Well, yeah, it’s too bad Jen didn’t bet at least half what she had, but she was a great sport about it. I think Larry just misspoke on that African Languages DD. He seemed confident in the category.

    @Lou, yes, Seth’s reign is well-remembered. He’s the top returning champ and we’ll be seeing him again soon.

    LINK: 10 more clues from this game, including the “Like” songs category

  4. Lou says:

    Richard Branson and the virgin airlines company, interesting, I wonder if those virgin airlines are still used for passenger use today though at major airports, VJ? I was hoping Jen would bet more than what she had and won her second game, but still though the first week of september is always tough with one or two day champs and then the second week it gets easier with a champ winning more than 5 games. Remember Seth Wilson from September 2016? He won 12 games on the second week of September so I am hoping that someone else will break the curse this year.

  5. aaaa says:

    50/61 here.

  6. tekguru8 says:

    Why did Ellen bet anything in FJ? Betting ZERO would have guaranteed her a tie under worst case scenario..

    • TR says:

      No more co-champs, so a tie would mean a tiebreaker question. But yeah, even if she wanted to win outright and not risk the tiebreak, at most, she should’ve bet a dollar. It’s as if she forgot about Jen’s score.

      • Dalton Higbee says:

        tekguru8, I was hoping she bet nothing.

      • Cassie says:

        Have I missed an article? No more co-champs?

        • VJ says:

          @Cassie, on Jeopardy’s website, there’s an article that was put up in February 2016, that says: “There can only be one winner. This has long been the case in tournament play and was recently adapted into regular game play. A tie at the end of Final Jeopardy! sends the game into a tie-breaker clue.”

          Here’s the link: Four Rare Jeopardy! Scenarios

          Since they stopped allowing co-champs, we have yet to see a tie-breaker.

  7. Richard Corliss says:

    That was a lock-tie game.

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