Final Jeopardy: U.S. Cities

The Final Jeopardy question (11/8/2012) in the category “U.S. Cities” was:

The seal of this historic New England city has the phrase “what a glorious morning for America” & the date “April 19”.

Day 2 of the Teachers Tournaments and today’s instructors are: Terry Parker from Cutler Bay, FL; Francesca Leibowitz, from Brooklyn, NY and  John Hines, from Tacoma, WA. Will one of them school the other two today?

John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “50 Years of James Bond Films.” He was in the lead with $2,000, $600 more than Terry in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

The title of the 16th Bond film, it’s also what denoted by the “00” prefix.

John finished in the lead with $7,200. Terry was second with $3,400 and Francesca was last with $600.

Francesca found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Cleopatra.” She was now in third place with $1,400, $6,200 behind John’s lead. She went for the $2,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

When she took the throne of Egypt, Cleopatra claimed to be the living embodiment of this Egyptian goddess.

John found the last Daily Double in “Russian Novelists.” He was in the lead with $13,200, $3,000 more than Terry in second place. He bet $2,000, and he was RIGHT.

From 1945 to 1953, he was imprisoned in labor camps for writing a letter critical of Stalin.

John finished in the lead with $15,200. Terry was next with $11,000 and Francesca was in third place with $5,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The first shot of the American Revolutionary War was fired at the Battle of Lexington.”Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriot’s Day. Patriot’s Day is a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775.” (National Park Service: Patriot’s Day)

Francesca wrote down “Boston.” That cost her everything she had because she bet everything she had.

Terry had the same answer. He lost $4,201 and finished with $6,799. Boston’s city seal bears this Latin motto: “Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis” (As God was with our fathers, so may He be with us)

John wrote down “Plymouth.” Plymouth’s city seal doesn’t have an inscription — just the city, state and the year 1620. He bet $6,801 so he ended up with $8,399 and the second semi-final spot.

We add John and Terry to these lists:

Teachers Tournament Semi-Finalists:
Colby Burnett $20,001
John Hines $8,399

Wild Card Contenders:
Michael Farabaugh $18,000
Diana North $10,000
Terry Parker $6,799

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4 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    hmmm… they really should have a Final Jeopardy do-over. Thanks to Carol and Loretta for the info

  2. Mike says:

    How embarrassing for Jeopardy. As Loretta and Carol correctly noted, Lexington, Massachusetts is a town, not a city.

  3. Loretta says:

    I looked it up, because I to, thought Lexington is a town not a city…and it is…when I heard city, my first thought was Boston too, and I’ve been there tons of times!…

  4. Carol says:

    Lexington Mass. is a TOWN, not a city, that is probably why the contestant said Boston!