Final Jeopardy: Official Country Names

The Final Jeopardy question (1/22/2013) in the category “Official Country Names” was:

It’s the only nation in the world that officially describes itself as a “confederation.”

Barbara Sheridan is our brand new champ today, having won $17,999 yesterday. Today she is up against two brand new players: Michelle Souza, from San Diego, CA and Buddy Hammett, from Douglasville, GA.

Barbara found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Art & Artists.” She was in a tie for the lead with Michelle at $600. It was very early and Buddy had no money yet. She bet the $1,000 allowance. She didn’t know, but took a shot with Jackson Pollock. That was WRONG.

In a 1972 documentary, he said “Brigid’s been doing my paintings for the last 3 years.”

Michelle finished in the lead with $5,600. Buddy caught up pretty good and was right behind her with $5,400. Barbara was in the red at minus $800.

Barbara found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Literary Last Lines.” She was in third place with $2,000 now, $5,800 behind Buddy in the lead. She bet the whole $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

A children’s classic: “I’m so glad to be at home again.”

Michelle found the last Daily Double in “Metals.” She was in second place with $8,000, $1,000 behind Buddy’s lead. She bet $2,000 and did not know. She took a shot with “quartz” and that was WRONG.

The name of this alkaline-earth metal comes partly from the Latin for “lime” (as in limestone).

Michelle finished in the lead with $19,200. Buddy was next with $12,200 and Barbara was in third place with $5,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The origin of the Swiss Confederation is conventionally regarded as being the oath of mutual support sworn between the three “original cantons” – Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden (now divided into Nidwalden and Obwalden) – in 1291.” (

The country is multilingual so in German, that would be Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft; in French: Confédération suisse; and in Italian: Confederazione Svizzera.

Note from VJ: I got this one because I remembered it from looking up Switzerland’s independence date when a contestant gave it as a wrong answer in connection with another “Countries” FJ last November. But I probably would have wrote down “Switzerland.” Wonder if that was acceptable.

Barbara wrote down “Russia.” That was close. It’s known these days as the Russian Federation. But no cigar, so she lost her $5,598 bet and finished with $2.00.

Buddy thought it was Australia, which is a Commonwealth.That cost $5,599 and he finished with $6,602.

Michelle wrote down the Maldives, a Republic. She lost $5,201 so she finished with $13,999 but that was the high score of the day, so once again, we have a new champ. Congrats, Michelle. You played well and we hope you get a Final Jeopardy that rings a bell tomorrow.

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