Final Jeopardy: Fashion Designers

The Final Jeopardy question (12/12/2012) in the category “Fashion Designers” was:

In 1986 her company, now associated with J.C. Penney, became the first founded by a woman to make the Fortune 500.

New champ Rachel Schuman won yesterday’s game with a total of $19,600. Today she faces off against these two players: Saidi Chen, from New York, NY and Alistair Bell, from Berlin, MA.

Rachel found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double right off the bat in “That Doctor is Unreal.” She was in the lead with $400.00, $200 more than Saidi and Alistair who were tied for second place. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

This 1886 title doctor isn’t really himself when he tramples over a kid & clubs a guy to death.

Rachel finished in the lead with $5,200. Saidi was second with $3,800 and Alistair was last with $1,200.

Saidi found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “‘G’eography.” She was in second place with $4,600, $600 less than Rachel’s lead. She bet $2,000, but drew a blank so she was WRONG.

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Rachel found the last Daily Double, a video, in “Adventurous Folks.” She was in third place with $2,400, $10,800 behind Alistair’s lead, and $600 behind Saidi. (Both ladies had run into some bad luck). She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Fearful of cannibals on the mainland, this Portuguese explorer sought food and refuge on South Africa’s Robben Island during his India voyage in the 1490s. show

Alistair finished in the lead with a runaway $13,200. Rachel was next with $2,400 and Saidi was in third place with $1,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right, sort of.


“After 25 years as a New York designer, Liz Claiborne cofounded her own firm in 1976, first designing stylish, moderately priced sportswear that freed working women from plain, dark suits, then expanding into menswear, accessories and perfume. The firm broke into the Fortune 500 list of the largest companies in the U.S. and was also the first company founded by a woman to be listed.” (Biography: Liz Claiborne)

Saidi got it right. She bet $950 to finished with $1,950.

Rachel wrote down “Donna Karan.” She lost $399 on that, finishing with $2,001.

Alistair wrote down Elizabeth Claiborne. Alex hesitated a bit but declared him right (actually her given name is Anne Elizabeth Jane Claiborne). But no matter because Alistair didn’t bet a farthing and he remained at $13,200. He also became the new Jeopardy! champ.

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