Final Jeopardy: The Northeastern United States

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (9/28/2017) in the category “The Northeastern United States” was:

Once its own city, it joined with a neighbor in 1898; today on its own it would be the 4th most populous city in the U.S.

2x champ Austin Rogers has now won $59,900. In Game 3, he takes on: Robert Barron, from Columbia, SC; and Emily Dumas, from Somerville, MA.

Round 1 Categories: Let’s Play Chess – Classic Movie Lines – IPOs – From “S” to “T” – Deep Underground – High Above the Earth

Austin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “High Above” under the $600 clue, with 6 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $3,400, $2,800 more than Emily in second place. He bet it all and he was RIGHT.

Remeasured by the USGS in 2015 at 20,310 feet. show

Austin finished in the lead with $11,000. Emily was second with $600 and Robert was last, in the red for $600.

Round 2 Categories: County Seats – Civil War People – Ways to Say You’re Sorry – Absurdist Lit – Going 24/7/365 – “World” of Entertainment

Austin found the first Daily Double in “Civil War People” under the $2,000 clue on the 5th pick. He was in the lead with $13,800 at this point. Emily and Robert were both in the red. He bet $8,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1861, this future general received a commission in the Army from his brother, John, a senator known for his Anti-Trust Act. show

Emily found the last Daily Double in “County Seats” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. In third place with $1,400, she had $23,200 less than Austin’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Cornelius Vanderbilt’s rustic rocking chair is in the museum named for this other rich guy in Wayne County, Michigan. show

Austin finished with a runaway $26,200. Emily was next with $7,600 and Robert was in third place with $5,800.

Before Final Jeopardy! Johnny Gilbert was honored by Guinness World Records for “the longest career as a game show announcer for the same show” — 32 years, 7 months and 30 days, as of July 28, 2017. Johnny Gilbert accepted the honor with thanks, noting that it doesn’t seem half as long as 33 years because “we love this show!” See that clip on J!Buzz

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On January 1, 1898, Brooklyn became a borough of New York City, along with the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Richmond, after decades of back and forth arguing over the wisdom of such a move. According to Keith York City’s interesting history on the topic, it is still called The Great Mistake of 1898 by some Brooklynites.

See Brooklyn’s population trend from 1731 to 2015 on wikipedia.

Robert didn’t quite complete Manhattan. He lost his $5,200 bet, leaving him with $600.

Emily came up with Atlanta. She bet and lost it all.

New Yorker Austin got it right. He bet $10,000, winning the game with $36,200, beating his own score from his first game. His 3-day total is $96,100.

Final Jeopardy (9/28/2017) Austin Rogers, Robert Barron, Emily Dumas

A triple stumper from each round:

CLASSIC MOVIE LINES ($600) “I happen to have Mr. McLuhan right here”

CIVIL WAR PEOPLE ($1200) This preacher, the brother of author Harriet, gave an oration at the raising of the flag over Fort Sumpter at war’s end

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

8-letter name shared by a tragic heroine and Uranus’ innermost known moon. show

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10 Responses

  1. fatimah79 says:

    Congratulations to Johnny Gilbert!

  2. VJ says:

    It was funny that Robert brought up “robber baron” in his chat — it was the first thing I thought of when I saw his name. 🙂

    Also, I think he just popped out with the first family member of Harriet Beecher Stowe that came to his mind — Lyman Beecher was her father. Coincidentally, her famous preacher brother was head of a Brooklyn church. He got in some hot water in the 1870s for fooling around with another man’s wife.

    LINK: 11 more clues from this match

  3. Lou says:

    This is the third time that I have seen a contestant winning 96,000 dollars over the course of three games. Only two others won similar amounts back in March 2015 and 2016: Michael Bilow and Phillip Tiu. Also VJ, I was going for Trenton New Jersey as the populous city since it is in the northeast, right? If Austin wins game 4 tomorrow then I think he will have a streak going. What was dan mcshane’s winnings came out to be during his run?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, the answer had to be a place that was a city until 1898, but wasn’t a city after that. Trenton has been NJ’s capital city since 1790 and it still is. As for population, it’s not even in the Top 5 most populous NJ cities. I don’t think the population of any city in NJ is in the vicinity of a million.

      Here is a link to Dan McShane’s 5th game on J-Archive — says his 4-day winnings amounted to $62,001

      • Lou says:

        Ah yes I see, thank you very much. Also, I’ve noticed that all three players blanked out on the chess category and here I thought they all played the game. Sure I might not have played it in a long time, but do you sometimes play the game yourself though at times, VJ? Loks like they might have forgotten about the basic moves.

        • VJ says:

          Oh, I haven’t played chess in decades, Lou, though I did get all the clues in that category except the $1000 one .

          I came to dislike chess because my brother used to pester me to play it a lot. He was a far superior player and the best I could hope for was a stalemate. If I got one, he would go bananas. Once he knocked the chess pieces on the floor and stomped all over them. I said, “good, now we can’t play anymore.” Two nights later, he showed up with the board and the men, all put back together with adhesive tape and said they went to the Red Cross.

  4. Joel says:

    It is Wayne County, Michigan not Indiana

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    Lilly Chin and Seth Wilson looked different in the Tournament of Champions, she re-do her hair and his hair, mustache, & beard grew longer.

  6. Dalton Higbee says:

    Atlanta is not in the Northeast.