Final Jeopardy: 2013 Newsmakers

The Final Jeopardy question (11/11/2013) in the category “2013 Newsmakers” was:

The name of this woman who achieved a long-held goal in 2013 is a homophone of a word for a water nymph.

Today is the first day of the Teacher’s Tournament and we are starting off with these three teachers in the first match of the quarter-finals: Rico Vazquez from Elmhurst, IL; Katie Moriarity from Cincinnati, OH; and Anne Baxter from Ypsilanti, MI.

Anne found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “State Capitals.” She was in second place with $3,800, $1,800 behind Katie’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT, much to her surprise!

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Anne finished in the lead with $8,000. Katie was second with $6,400 and Rico was last with $3,800.

Katie found the first Daily Double in “Old Paint.” She was in a tie for the lead with Anne. They both had $8,800, $3,000 more than Rico in second place. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Katie found the last Daily Double in “It’s All Politics.” In the lead with $12,600, she now had $3,400 more than Anne in second place. She bet $3,000 but didn’t know, so she was WRONG.

In the late 1780s, fearing a strong central government, the Anti-These opposed the adoption of the Constitution. show

Anne finished in the lead with $13,600. Katie was next with $12,400 and Rico was in third place with $5,800.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In Greek mythology, the Naiads were female nymphs who presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of freshwater. World record long-distance swimmer, Diana Nyad made news in 2013 at age 64, when she became the first person to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida without the protection of a shark cage.

Rico bet $5,600 and finished with $11,400.

Katie bet $4,000, finishing with $16,400.

Anne bet $11,201 so she won the match with $24,801.

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15 Responses

  1. Steve S says:

    On Friday, a contestant wrote “Fleur de Leis” in FJ.
    This not only is mispelled, but also changes
    Pronunciation to “lay”. “Leis are floral garlands from
    Hawaii. Man was not penalized.

  2. vj says:

    @jared – the money isn’t the real issue, although you are correct, he didn’t lose a dime.

    The real issue is the ruling on the spelling, which was perfectly sound in accordance with the rules. And you are also correct that some people will continue to insist that it was not fair.

  3. jared says:

    Can you imagine if the e-man-cip-ta-tion spelling dispute went to court? Jeopardy’s lawyers could show the jury the rule and they could ask the jury to pronounce emanciptation, but there would probably still be some who would continue to insist that the show was unfair to this kid. He wasn’t cheated out of a dime – he won the same $2,000 either way !!!

  4. joe f. says:

    Double standards exist on Final Jeopardy in regard to correct spelling. I am so disappointed in Trebek and the judges. A teacher should at least be held to the same standard as a child!

  5. aaaa says:

    If the spelling changes the pronounciation, in general they’re called wrong in FJ!.

    The Jesus Jones question in Those “R” are the Top 10 Hits category had two possible answers: Right Here Right Now (the answer given by Alex on the triple stumper) and Real Real Real, both top 10 US hits in 1991.

  6. vj says:

    @johnblahuta – I LOVE fikkle puns :):)

  7. vj says:

    @Keith – I have given up trying to explain the spelling thing esp. as to that “poor” child. LOL. It has been explained a million times online that the kid put an extra T in there — all to no avail.

    I agree that it was a poor clue – I think that technically even if you didn’t know who it was but you knew a water nymph was a naiad, you could have got it.

    I believe the two ladies who put in the first name knew who it was, even if Anne didn’t spell it right. There have been times when putting in the first name when you didn’t have to turned out to be foolhardy.

  8. john blahuta says:

    i think j should clarify the rule(s) once and for all or NOT use a clue for fj that could be contested or become an issue. they know by now that pronunciation etc were fikkle points – sorry for the pathetic pun – not just once.

    i hope the tension is off a bit a the TT will provide us with some entertaining and high scoring games.

  9. Keith Williams says:

    The judges have been very consistent over the years – they’ll accept a misspelled response as long as it does not change the pronunciation (as that extra “t” did with the kid – and who cares, he would have lost anyway). The producers could do a better job of making this clear.

    vj, I am wondering the same thing. I knew the word “naiad” but could not remember how to spell Diana’s last name. I would have spelled it “Niad” because the clue asks for a homophone.

    The clue as written is really weak – there are two distinct routes to get to the correct response. It’s worthy of a first- or second-tier clue in one of the main rounds.

  10. Bette says:

    I’ve loved Jeopardy forever, but I call bullshit! Jeopardy called a CHILD wrong for a spelling mistake in the kids’ competition a couple of months ago, but they rule an ADULT is correct for wrong spelling? What crap!!

  11. vj says:

    I am curious, though, to know if they would have accepted the spelling ‘naiad’

  12. Charlie E. says:

    Apparently the “correct spelling” rule only applies to a 12 year-old attempting to spell “emancipation” during “Kids Week”. SMH!

  13. Nate says:

    No they don’t need correct spelling as long as you didn’t add a syllable or change the way the word is pronounced.

  14. Charles Jenkins says:

    Anne spelled Diana Nyad’s name incorrectly. She spelled it Nayad. She should not have won. The judges slipped up and this should be corrected

  15. Melanie E. says:

    Don’t they require absolutely correct spellings in Final Jeopardy? Anne did not spell “Nyad” correctly.