Final Jeopardy: Potent & Nonpotent Potables

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (9/19/2017) in the category “Potent & Nonpotent Potables” was:

Reverse the 2 words in the name of this Canadian whisky brand & you get the name of a cola.

New champ Angela Ward won $11,800 yesterday. In Game 2, her opponents are: Farhad Mahmoudi, from Encinitas, CA; and Betsy Knudson, from Salt Lake City, UT.

Round 1 Categories: Men in Hats – Right on Q – Sonnets – Brand Name Meanings – Super Bowl Halftime Shows – Ditloids

Angela found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Brand Name Meanings” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. She was in a tie with Farhad. They both had $600 and Betsy had not buzzed in yet. She bet the $1,000 allowance and took a guess with Exxon. That was WRONG.

This gas brand gets its name from a badge used in heraldry. show

Betsy finished in the lead with $8,600. Farhad was second with $3,600 and Angela was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: The Revolution – It’s a Wired World – Orchestra – Fishy Cinema – Transylvania – “Vel”Come

Betsy found the first Daily Double in “Transylvania” under the $1,600 clue on the 5th pick. She was running this category so far and, at $11,000, her lead over Farhad was $7,000. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

To the north and east, Transylvania is bounded by these mountains that are a continuation of the Alps. show

Farhad found the last Daily Double in “Orchestra” under the $1,600 clue, with just 2 clues left after it. In second place with $10,400, he had $10,800 less than Betsy’s lead. Alex reminded him that Betsy had a runaway. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1977 the Cincinnati Symphony created the Cincinnati this Orchestra to play lighter classics in less formal attire. show

Betsy finished in the lead with $21,200. Farhad was next with $15,400 and Angela was in third place with $8,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right. Alex said either one would be accepted.


Canada’s Crown Royal whisky was introduced in 1939 when King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth II’s parents) visited Canada. The visiting royals were given 10 cases of the new whisky that Samuel Bronfman, Seagram’s president, went to great pains to create. From Cigar Aficionado’s article on the 75th anniversary of the occasion: “Only 100 cases were made at the time of the royal visit. The 90 that weren’t packed on the royal train went into the company vaults. Within two years they were gone…. At that point, the decision was made to go into regular production, although war had begun in Europe and distribution was limited to Canada. It wasn’t until the 1960s (most probably 1964) that the purple velvet bag became familiar in the United States.”

Royal Crown Cola had been around a bit before Crown Royal. Read its history here.

Angela bet $6,600 bringing her up to $15,000.

Farhad bet $5,801 so he finishing with $21,201, or a dollar more than Betsy’s pre-FJ total.

Betsy bet $8,000 and became the new Jeopardy champ with $29,200. We love it!

Final Jeopardy (9/19/2017) Angela Ward, Betsy Knudson, Farhad Mahmoudi

A triple stumper from each round

RIGHT ON Q ($1000) It may ring a bell that this Italian with a Q name won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1959

ORCHESTRA ($2000) In Disney’s Fantasia, this conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra pals around with Mickey Mouse

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

The only election year since 1952 in which neither major-party candidate had been president or vice president. show

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5 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    So far, none of the men won a game yet!

  2. Richard Corliss says:

    How many reaction replays were shown in the credits of Season 33?

  3. Lou says:

    Congrats once again to the three contestants that played brilliantly and I noticed Betsy ran two categories just like Andrew pau did a few years ago, seems as though she had confidence in ditloids and Transylvania. Just like Andrew had known.about Shakespeare. Also what are your favorite beers or whiskey,.VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I don’t have a favorite beer or whiskey– never touch the stuff. Really, the only alcohol I ever drink is butterscotch schnapps and very rarely– I got a bottle of it for Christmas 2 years ago and I still have 1/3 left.

      LINK: 11 clues from this match, including Fishy Movies

      • EricS 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.

  4. EricS says:

    I am baffled at the horrific wagering.

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