Final Jeopardy: Olympic History

The Final Jeopardy question (11/8/2013) in the category “Olympic History” was:

In London in 2012, judo & the 800m run included the first female Olympians ever from this mideastern country.

A 3-day champ has been scarcer than hen’s teeth for a while, but Rani Peffer did it with a runaway game yesterday, bringing her winnings up to $41,135. For her 4th game, she takes on these two players: Vimal Murthy, from Redondo Beach, CA; and Amanda DeMeola, from Brooklyn, NY.

Rani found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “American Poetry.” She was in the lead with $5,400, $1,600 ahead of Amanda in second place. She bet $800 and she was RIGHT.

In Paul Revere’s ride, these 9 words precede “And I on the opposite shore will be.” show

Rani finished in the lead with $6,200. Amanda was second with $3,800 and Vimal was last with $3,600.

Vimal found the first Daily Double in “From the ‘OL’ Country.” He was in second place with $6,000, $600 less than Rani’s lead. He bet $3,000 and thought it was Bolivia. That was WRONG.

This South American country has coasts along both the Atlantic & Pacific Ocean. show

Vimal found the last Daily Double in “Immigrants.” In third place with $8,600, he was now $1,600 behind Amanda’s lead. Undaunted, he bet $3,000 again. This time he was RIGHT.

He was California’s first foreign-born governor since John Downey, who left office in 1862. show

Vimal finished in the lead with $12,000. Amanda was next with $10,200 and Rani was in third place with $7,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Wojdan Shaherkani, from Mecca, competed in the judo games. At the time, she was 16.

Then 19-year-old Sarah Attar, who holds dual citizenship in Saudi Arabia and the USA, competed in the 800 meter run.

Rani got it right. She bet $7,777 and finished with $15,577.

Amanda wrote down “Iraq.” That cost her all her dough and she finished with zero.

Vimal thought it was Afghanistan. He lost $8,401 so he wound up with $3,599.

Rani rules again. Her 4-day total is $56,712. Rani mentioned during the chat that she’d like to win enough money to buy an island about the size of Cyprus. She’ll have to win a heck of a lot more games to even come up with a down payment. Check out Private Island Online if you want to buy or rent one.

Today’s trip: The Upper Amazon

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  1. john blahuta says:

    and coming back to the island-wish: maybe she could ask ken for a loan? it STILL would have to be a very small island. but in the caribbean all you need is a beach, a palm tree and a planter’s punch. and of course some company…..and of course a portable tv receiving jeopardy. not necessarily in that order though!