Final Jeopardy: Mount Rushmore

The Final Jeopardy question (2/4/2013) in the category “Mount Rushmore” was:

It’s the only state that has more than one native-born son honored on Mount Rushmore.

Today, we continue the Teen Tournament with the 4th quarter-final match: Today’s contestants are: Jordan Villanueva a senior from Moweaqua, IL; Leonard Cooper, a senior, from Little Rock, AR; and Tori Amos, a sophomore, from Englewood, OH.

Tori found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Let’s Write a Short Story.” She was in a 3-way tie with Leonard and Jordan. They all had $1,600 each. How often does that happen? She bet $800 and she was RIGHT.

We’ll model the writing style on the distinctive voice of this Southern author of “The Bear.” show

Tori finished in the lead with $4,800. Jordan was second with $4,000 and Leonard was last with $2,600.

Tori found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Recent History.” She had $8,000, $600 less than Leonard, who was now in the lead. She bet $3,000 and took a guess with “The Freedom Act.” That was WRONG.

In October of 2001 Congress passed this act to deter & punish terrorism. show

Tori found the last Daily Double in “The Endangered Species List.” She was now in the lead with $13,000, $4,800 more than Leonard in second place. She bet $3,000, and she was RIGHT.

Killing this seabird is bad luck & yet the short-tailed one is on the endangered species list. show

Tori finished in the lead with $18,800. Leonard was next with $10,200 and Jordan was in third place with $8,800.

Before revealing the Final Jeopardy! question, Alex remarked that finding the two Daily Doubles in the last round “really helped Tori a lot and as a result, she has $18,800.” Guess he forgot that she got the first one wrong and he also failed to notice that she would still be in the lead even if she got the last one wrong.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both born in Virginia. Abe Lincoln was born in Kentucky and Teddy Roosevelt was born in New York City. Mount Rushmore has its own website section on the National Parks Service site with a downloadable guide for students.

Jordan wrote down New York. That cost him $4,001 and he finished with $4,799.

Leonard got it right and bet it all. He finished with $20,400.

Tori also got it right but only bet $800 so she landed in second place with $19,600. Holy Toledo! (A little Ohio humor).

Tomorrow is the last quarter-final match. Here are all the results. So far, all semi-finalists are from the South and all from Georgia, except Leonard.

Kelton Ellis – $24,200
Leonard Cooper – $20,400
Nilai Sarda – $18,000
William Crouch – $10,800

Wild Card Candidates:
Tori Amos – $19,600
Irene Vasquez – $15,000
Katie Stone – $13,800
Olivia Hummer – $7,800

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3 Responses

  1. richard says:

    Virginia wasn’t a state when they were born.

  2. DavidJ says:

    Her bet was actually pretty smart- since the contestants don’t know what the other wild card scores are going in, it is a very safe bet to make sure you make it to the semifinals. Since she currently sits as the top wild card with one episode left to air, she has clinched her spot in the semis, so it was obviously effective.

  3. Bobby Know How says:

    How do you make that mistake in Final Jeopardy. You have 18k and the person in second place has 10,000. He’s gotta bet all or most of it. You bet 3g’s and your safe, lose go home with some money but answer right you 100% win. Probably just a brain fart, poor lil lass!