Final Jeopardy: The Planets

The Final Jeopardy question (2/1/2013) in the category “The Planets” was:

To the ancient Greeks & Romans, it was the slowest moving planet seen from earth.

Day 3 of the Teen Tournament Quarter-Finals. Our students are: Olivia Hummer a senior from Covina, CA; William Crouch, a sophomore from Warner Robins, GA; and Arjun Byju, from Sarasota, FL.

Olivia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Homecoming.” She was in second place with $1,600, $1,400 behind William’s lead. She bet $600, but did not know so she was WRONG.

Before he had to sell it, this author enjoyed coming home to his Chateau de Monte-Cristo outside of Paris. show

Evidently, the distinction “père”, as opposed to Alexandre Dumas Fils, was not required.

William finished in the lead with $4,200. Arjun was second with $3,400 and Olivia was last with $2,200.

Olivia found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Y is the Only Vowel.” She was in third place with $3,000, $1,600 less than William’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

An ancient traditional story of a people. show

William found the last Daily Double in “World Rivers.” It was the very last clue of the round and he was in second place with $10,600, $3,800 less than Olivia’s lead. He bet $3,000, and he was RIGHT.

This river that rises in the Black Forest flows through Germany & on into Austria. show

Olivia finished in the lead with $14,400. William was next with $13,600 and Arjun was in third place with $7,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The classical astronomers knew of only five planets, other than our own, which were distinguished from the stars because their position in the heavens were not fixed. The innermost of these, Mercury, moves the fastest and was therefore named after the fleet-footed messenger of the gods. Venus was the most beautiful Olympian, and her planet is the brightest object (after the sun and the moon) in the heavens, glowing pale and serene at dawn and dusk. Mars is red, the color of war. Jupiter, as the largest, was named after the greatest of the gods. Saturn, the most distant planet visible to the ancients, was identified by the Romans with the Titan Cronus, and was named for the popular agricultural god Saturn, his Roman equivalent.” Ancient Greece and Rome: Myths and Beliefs

Arjun wrote down Neptune. He lost his $2,600 bet and finished with $4,800.

William also wrote down Neptune. He lost $2,800 and finished with $10,800.

Olivia wrote down Mars, crossed that out and went with Jupiter. She lost her $6,600 bet and wound up with $7,800.

So William Crouch gets the semi-final spot and we’ll add Olivia to the Wild Card list, in third place at the moment.

Wild Card Candidates:
Irene Vasquez – $15,000
Katie Stone – $13,800
Olivia Hummer – $7,800
Lila Anderson – $4,800

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