Final Jeopardy: Military Men

The Final Jeopardy question (2/12/2013) in the category “Military Men” was:

On June 6, 1944, he said “The eyes of the world are upon you.”

Last match of the 2013 Teen Tournament, and the winner of today’s match will be taking home a cool $75,000, which could be more, if a contestant made more than that, but it doesn’t look like that will happen. Here’s what the contestant are bringing into today’s game: Nilai Sarda $19,000; Barrett Block, $17,600; and Leonard Cooper $3.000.

Nilai has been starting off in the $800 row. His first pick today was the $800 clue in “How Nobel of Them,” and he landed right on the Jeopardy! round Daily Double. No one had a dime, but he risked the $1,000 allowance, took a shot with Jimmy Carter, but that was WRONG.

He got his job at age 4; 49 years later, in 1989, he won a Nobel Peace Prize. show

Leonard finished in the lead with $5,800. Nilai was second with $4,800 and Barrett was last with $1,800.

Nilai found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “It Happened in February.” He had the lead with $8,400, $2,600 more than Leonard in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Though technically in winter, the protests that toppled Egypt’s leader in February 2012 were part of this. show

Leonard found the last Daily Double in “American Lit.” He was now in the lead with $18,200, $4,600 more than Nilai in second place. Incredibly, or maybe not, he bet a whopping $18,000, knowing it was his only shot to get ahead of Nilai, and he was RIGHT.

In Reginald Rose’s play “Twelve Angry Men,” the men are all members of one of these. show

Leonard finished in the lead with $37,000. Nilai was next with $14,400 and Barrett was in third place with $9,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


General Dwight D. Eisenhower sent his message that we will accept nothing less than victory to the Armed Forces of the United States just prior to the D-Day Invasion in Normandy France on June 6, 1944. (General Eisenhower’s D-Day Speech)

Barrett got it right. He doubled today’s score to $18,000 plus yesterday’s $17,600, gave him $35,600.

Nilai wrote down Winston Churchill. He crossed that out in favor of FDR. That cost him $7,000, so he finished with $7,400 today and adding in yesterday’s $19,000 gave him $26,400.

Leonard wrote down “some guy in Normandy, but I just won $75,000”. He didn’t bet anything so he ended with a 2-day total of $40,000 from yesterday and he did indeed win $75,000.

What an exciting finish to the 2013 Teen Tournament. Kudos to Leonard for that gutsy bet, and kudos to Barrett for getting this Final Jeopardy correct.

Both Barrett and Nilai exceeded the second place and third place guarantees of $25,000 and $15,000, respectively.

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10 Responses

  1. FLS says:

    Actually Leonard was not correct in his answer. Research would probably indicate the address (given prior to the D-Day landing on 6 Jun 44 by Eisenhower) was given from England, not Normandy. The landings were conducted in Normandy.

  2. VJ says:

    @Denton – of course Leonard was aware that the prior day’s totals would be added. That is why he risked 18K on the Double Jeopardy — it was his only chance to catch up to Nilai (as I mentioned in the recap).

  3. Denton w. hardee says:

    I can assure you that Leonard was not aware that both days totals would be added together to determine the winner. If this is not the case , the show itself should be questioned.
    I can assure you that Leonard was not aware that both days totals would be added together to determine the winner. If this is not the case, the show itself should be questioned.

  4. sintflut17 says:

    to end the Nilai/Leonard thing. as I see it, Leonard could only have known that he won if:
    1. he was absolutely sure he had the right
    answer (for whatever reason) AND
    2. would have wagered at least 7.801,
    since Nilai could have bet it all and
    then he would have had:

    19.000 +28.800 = 47.800

    it was Leonard who was in the drivers seat. Fortunately for him the risky (or stupid) (non) wager paid off for him.

  5. Denton w. hardee says:

    In this case with Leonard, ignorance led to bliss.

  6. Julia says:

    Thats true. Guess he made the same mistake i did. I forgot about that. Worked out pretty nice for him though.

  7. VJ says:

    uh uh, Julia. Betting nothing didn’t guarantee Leonard a win. This was a 2-day match. Nilai made 19K yesterday and Leonard only made 3K.

    Therefore if Nilai was right, he would have had:

    19,000 + 14,400 + 7000 = 40,400

  8. Julia says:


    Leonard knew he would win because he had 37,000 going into final jeopardy. Nilai only had 14,400. Even if Nilai doubled his money, which is the most he could bet, he would only have 28,800. Betting zero guaranteed Leonard’s victory.

  9. VJ says:

    @Jim – you’re right, Leonard couldn’t have known until he learned Nilai was wrong. Guess he just took a chance on it like he did when he made the 18K wager.

  10. Jim says:

    Ok, is anyone else confused? Leonard could not have known that he would win the $75k. If Nilai had gotten the final right, he would have won…that $0 wager was actually very risky.