Final Jeopardy: States’ Highest Points

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The Final Jeopardy question (12/14/2012) in the category “States’ Highest Points” was:

This state’s highest peak is 13,796 feet high & only about 15 miles from the ocean.

Returning champ Alistair Bell has won $29,199 so far. Today he will try for a third win against these new opponents: Matt Steinpreis, from Plymouth, WI and Carly Gramer, from Orlando FL.

Carly found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Road Show.” She was in a tie for second place with Alistair and they both had $3,200, $1,200 less than Matt’s lead. She bet $1,200 and she was not only RIGHT, her pronunciation was si magnifique that Alex Trebek did not feel the need to repeat the answer.

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Carly finished in the lead with $4,800. Matt was second with $4,000 and Alistair was last with $3,600.

Matt found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Civil War Literature.” He was in the lead with $12,800, $2,800 more than Alistair in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Geraldine Brooks’ “March” imagines the war exploits of Mr. March, the father of the four girls in this work.
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Alistair got the last clue which was also the last Daily Double in “Adventures in Journalism.” He was now in the lead with $15,200, $1,400 ahead of Matt in second place. He bet $1,200, and he was RIGHT.

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Alistair finished in the lead with $16,400. Matt was next with $13,800 and Carly was in third place with $6,800.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right. (it’s been a while – the last one we can find when all contestant were right was back on 11/15 in the Teachers Tournament!).

WHAT IS HAWAII?

Interestingly, wikipedia lists Mauna Kea as rising to a height of 13,803 ft. But let’s not quibble over another 7 feet. Whether it is 13,803 ft. or 13,796 ft., the 15 feet from the ocean was the real giveaway. Geology.com also has a list of State High Points).

Carly added $1,000 to her score to finish with $7,800.

Matt didn’t bet anything at all, in the hope that Alistair would be wrong, so he remained at $13,800.

Alistair, on the other hand, bet to cover the possibility that Matt would bet it all and be right. He added $11,201 to win today’s game with a hefty $27,602. His 3-day total is $56,800 and we’re sure he is even more happy than his Mr. Happy socks that he showed off during the chat segment.

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