Final Jeopardy: World Capitals

The Final Jeopardy question (12/21/2012) in the category “World Capitals” was:

One of the 3 national capitals made up of 2 words that begin with the same letter.

New champ Mike Wallace won an above average $28,800 yesterday and he returns today to try to win another game. To do that, he will have to defeat these two players: Jessica Young, originally from Charleston, W VA and Chrisanne Eastwood, from Moorpark, CA.

Funny Stuff: During the chit chat segment, Chrisanne related how she used to get many calls when her phone number was listed in the Los Angeles phonebook as “C. Eastwood.” In addition to fan calls, pranksters would call up and say “Make my day, punk!”

Chrisanne found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Skyscraper City” before the first commercial break. She was in the lead with $1,200, double what Mike had in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT. That brought her up to 4x what Mike had at this point.

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Not Funny Stuff: In the category “March Madness,” Mike added an “s” to his reply to “It’s said to have been inspired by a ‘colonel’ who would whistle its distinctive 2-note phrase rather than shout ‘Fore!” Mike said Colonel Bogey’s March when it is Colonel Bogey March. “You shouldn’t have put the ‘s’ in but that’s okay,” Alex Trebek said. Pourquoi, M. Trebek? Has this rule changed? Must be, because beaucoup folks have been called wrong for adding an ‘s’ to their answer before now!

Mike and Chrisanne finished in the lead, tied at $6,000. Jessica was second with $600.

Jessica found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “‘D’ in Science.” She was now in second place with $8,600, $600 less than Chrisanne’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT, jumping into the lead by $400.

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Mike found the last Daily Double in “The War on Christmas.” He was now in second place with $10,000, $400 less than Jessica’s lead. He bet $3,000, and he was RIGHT.

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Mike finished in the lead with a runaway $17,000. Jessica was next with $6,800 and Chrisanne was in third place with $4,800. (The ladies indulged in some ill-advised guessing in an effort to catch up to Mike. That didn’t work out at all).

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS ADDIS ABABA, or PHNOM PENH or SAN SALVADOR ?

The contestants only had to come up with one of the capitals of these countries: Ethiopia, Cambodia, El Salvador. Maybe there’s a future clue in there based upon countries where all or part of the nation’s name appears in the name of the capital.

Chrisanne picked “Addis Ababa” but she didn’t bet a birr, so she remained at $4,800.

Jessica couldn’t think of any of the three possibilities, so she lost $1,453, finishing with $5,347.

Mike also chose “Addis Ababa.” He added $3,000 so he picked up an even $20,000 today, and his 2-day total is now $48,800.

So far, the Mayan calendar may have ended today, but the world is still turning, so we’ll see you next Monday, unless that prediction was off by a day or two. Have a great weekend.

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