Final Jeopardy: 19th Century America

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/1/2013) in the category “19th Century America” was:

Held in 1857, America’s first national landscape design contest was for the creation of this place.

Paula Menasche won her second game yesterday and is up to $34,700 in winnings. Today, we begin the Jeopardy! New Year with Paula competing against these two players: Laura Suzuki, from Toronto, Ontario and Andrew Schwerin, from Cherry Hill, NJ.

Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “African-American Women.” He just got in the lead with $2,200, $200 more than Paula, who was now in second place. He bet $1,500 and he was RIGHT.

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Andrew finished in the lead with $3,700. Paul was second with $2,000 and Laura was last with $200.

Andrew found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Conservation.” He was in second place when he found it but was awarded a correct answer that put him in the lead with $8,500, $100 more than Paula who went into second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Paula found the last Daily Double in “Ranks & Titles.” She was in second place with $10,400, $100 less than Andrew’s lead. She bet $1,500, and she was RIGHT.

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Paula finished in the lead with $11,900. Andrew was next with $10,100 and Laura was in third place with $9,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“… in 1857, the independent board of commissioners sponsored a public competition to design the new Central Park…. Out of 33 entries, the commissioners chose the Greensward plan by Frederick Law Olmsted, superintendent of the Park work crews and Calvert Vaux, the British architect who had convinced the commissioners to hold a design competition.” (Central Park Conservancy: History)

Laura though it was Yellowstone Park. “Nope, they didn’t design that,” Alex informed her, “God did that.” She finished with $6,000.

Andrew got it right and added $8,500, finishing with $18,600.

Paula got it right. She also bet $8,500 so she maintained her title, winning this game with $20,400. Her 3-day total is $55,100.

Happy New Year to everyone!

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