Final Jeopardy: Italy

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (2/22/2013) in the category “Italy” was:

The Italian word for “shadow” is used as a local variation on the name of this region midway between Rome and Florence.

The last three semi-finalists (who all won their quarter-final matches) face off today for the last finalist spot in the 2013 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions: They are: Paul NelsonKeith Whitener and Jason Keller.

Keith found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “AFI Life Achievement Awards” before the first break. He was in the lead with $2,600, $1,000 more than Paul in second place. He made it a true Daily Double, as they usually do before the first break, but he did not know, so he took a guess with Billy Connolly. That was WRONG.

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Jason finished in the lead with $4,800. Keith was second with $2,200 and Paul was last with $800.

Jason found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Scientists.” He now had the lead with $7,200, $3,800 more than Keith in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Keith found the last Daily Double in “Monoliths.” He was now in the lead with $14,600, thanks to his killer knowledge of “Drummers.” That was $2,600 more than Jason in second place. He was either supremely confident in this category or figured it was the last shot he had to make it impossible for Jason to beat him. He bet a gutsy $10,000, and he was RIGHT.

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Keith finished in the lead with an unbeatable $34,200. Jason was next with $13,200 and Paul was in third place with $4,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


According to wikipedia, the Umbria region of Italy is named for the Umbri tribe, one of those who were absorbed by the expansion of the Romans. There is no reference to it being called “ombra” by the locals. However, on TooToo News, it says: “Umbria, Italy’s green heart, is known as Ombra (Shadow) by the local people. And for years it lay in the shadows of its over-exposed neighbour, Tuscany.”

Paul wrote down “the Apia.” He lost his $2,000 bet and finished with $2,000.

Jason got it right but didn’t bet anything. He finished with $13,200.

Keith didn’t know so he used the opportunity to tell his wife, Rachel, that he loved her. He, of course, didn’t bet anything because he didn’t need to. He had that finalist spot on lockdown.

Keith Whitnener now will join Kristin Morgan and Colby Burnett in the 2-day finals next week. The top prize is $250,000, with $100,000 going to second place and $50,000 to third place.

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