Final Jeopardy: Famous Asians

The Final Jeopardy question (2/6/2013) in the category “Famous Asians” was:

When this diplomat met the singer Psy in 2012, he said “Until 2 days ago… I was the most famous Korean in the world.”

The semi-finals begin today with two semi-finalists Barrett Block, a senior, and William Crouch, a sophomore. The third contestant is Wild Card winner, Irene Vasquez, an 8th grader.

Only one will advance to the Finals. The other two will leave with $10,000 each.

Irene found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “This is Crazy” before the first commercial break. She was in the lead with $2,200, $200 ahead of Barrett in second place. She made in a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Made it to the top of 22,600-foot Ojos Del Salado, one of the highest peaks in this mountain range. show

Irene finished with a serious lead of $9,600. William was second with $4,400 and Barrett was last with $3,800.

Barrett found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Anatom’E’.” He was in last place with $5,000, half of Irene’s lead. Barrett went with a true Daily Double, saying “Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’m all in,” and he got it RIGHT.

This other name for the auditory tube honors an Italian anatomist. show

Barrett found the last Daily Double in “Art & Artists.” He had $14,800 when he found it and was awarded an extra $1,600 on a prior clue. That gave him $16,400, $4,000 more than Irene in second place, but Irene was awarded $800 too, because she wouldn’t have given a wrong answer if they had accepted Barrett’s answer. So now Barrett had $3,200 more than Irene. Hoo, boy! Barrett bet $4,000. It looked iffy for a second or two but he got it RIGHT.

The last work of this recorder of Paris nightlife was “An Examination at the Faculty of Medicine” in 1901. show

Barrett finished in the lead with $26,400. Irene was next with $14,000 and William was in third place with $8,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea met with rapper Psy in late October of 2012. Here’s what he said without the ellipsis: “I’m a bit jealous. Until two days ago someone told me I am the most famous Korean in the world. Now I have to relinquish. I have no regrets.” (Gangnam Style Beats Bieber Youtube Record)

William wrote down “Kyi.” That cost him everything he had.

Irene took a shot with “Kim Jon-Un,” (really Jong-Un), North Korea’s current leader. She lost $13,900, finishing with $100.

Future politician Barrett got it right. He bet $1,601 and won the game with $28,001. We were betting Barrett would get it and now he can look forward to a shot at winning $75,000, and those of us who will be around in a couple of decades can look forward to Barrett bringing competency and accountability to our nation.

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