Final Jeopardy: U.S. Postal Abbreviations
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (9/20/2017) in the category “U.S. Postal Abbreviations” was:
In 1969 the “B” in this State’s abbreviation was changed to an “E” to avoid confusion with a Canadian province.
New champ Betsy Knudson won $29,200 yesterday, the highest payout out of the first 7 games of this season. In Game 2 for Betsy, she takes on these two players: Julie Roth, from Odessa, TX; and Justin Torello, from Monroe, NY.
Round 1 Categories: Fond Meme-ories – Bush I & II Cabinet Members – The Next State Capital Alphabetically – Go for the Throat – Art Supplies – The “Ex” Factor
Justin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Bush Cabinet Members” under the $600 clue, with 2 clues still to go after it. He was in third place with $1,600, $2,200 less than Julie’s lead. He bet $1,000 but did not know so he was WRONG.
Married to a Kansas senator, she was Secretary of Labor for H.W. show
Julie finished in the lead with $4,600. Betsy was second with $3,000 and Justin was last with $600.
Round 2 Categories: Let’s Hear It for Wednesday – Marine Biology – British Playwrights – Rap Music Grammys – Words of Opposition – Europe “N”
Justin found the first Daily Double in “Wednesday” under the $1,600 clue on the 7th pick. He was in third place with $3,000 at this point, $2,400 behind Julie’s lead. He bet $1,500 and he was RIGHT.
Black Wednesday, sometimes called the biggest night of the year for bars & partying, is in this month. show
Betsy found the last Daily Double in “Marine Biology” under the $1,600 clue, with 5 clues left after it. In third place with $5,400, she had $1,600 less than Julie’s lead. She bet $1,600 and she was RIGHT.
Since it is lighter than water, the oil mainly in this organ prevents sharks from sinking. show
Julie finished in the lead with $9,400. Justin was next with $7,700 and Betsy was in third place with $7,000.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
The U.S. Post Office has a pdf chart comparing official state postal abbreviation changes going all the way back to 1831, the first time they issued them. Nebraska was initially changed from “NEB” to “NB” in Oct 1963, then later changed in 1969 to “NE” at the Canadian government’s request to avoid confusion with the province of New Brunswick.
I remember that those changes included changing from zones to zip codes and it was driving everyone bananas, especially if you worked in a big city. I also found it interesting that, officially, the abbreviation for Pennsylvania was always Pa. or PA, because I remember many folks using Penn. or Penna.
Betsy got it right. She bet $2,401 bringing her up to $9,401.
Justin had no response so he lost his $1,000 bet, finishing with $6,700.
Julie also had nada. She lost $6,000, landing her in third place with $3,400. So Betsy remained the champ. Her 2-day total is $38,601
A triple stumper from each round
ART SUPPLIES ($800) This fast-drying type of paint made from synthetic resins comes in 2 main types, fluid & heavy body
BRITISH PLAYWRIGHTS ($2000) This “Betrayal” dramatist was Oscar-nominated for his adaptation of “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”
2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Final Jeopardy: Historic Legislation”
In 1820 Jefferson called this bill “the knell of the union”, saying “a geographical line… will never be obliterated.” show