Final Jeopardy: Capital Cities

The Final Jeopardy question (2/7/2013) in the category “Capital Cities” was:

It’s criss-crossed by dozens of “Peace Walls” that separate its Catholic & Protestant neighborhoods.

In the second semi-finalist match of the Teen Tournament, we’ve got the semi-finalist who made the most money Kelton Ellis, a junior ($24,200). He will compete against the two Wild Card winners who made the most money, Joe Vertnik, a senior ($20,000); and Tori Amos, a sophomore ($19,600).

Kelton found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Religion.” He was sweeping through this category, until he got the $800 clue* wrong, but he was still in the lead with $400. Tori had no money and Joe was in the hole for $800 as a result of getting the same clue wrong. Kelton bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

Members of this Indian religion are expected to join the Khalsa order & are not allowed to cut their hair. show

Joe finished in the lead with $7,200. Kelton was second with $3,400 and Tori was last with $2,800.

*The $800 clue in Religion was “The Assemblies of God is the USA’s top denomination in this movement associated with speaking in tongues.” Kelton said evangelicalism and when Alex asked him to to be more specific, he added “charismatic.” Joe said “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Tori passed. The answer is Pentecostal.

Tori found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “English Literature.” She was still in third place with $2,400, $4,800 less than Joe’s lead. She bet it all, guessed “A Clockwork Orange,” and that was WRONG.

In this futuristic but not Orwellian novel, Mustapha Mond was called “the resident controller for Western Europe.” show

Kelton found the last Daily Double in “Biology.” He was in the lead with $12,200, $3,800 more than Joe in second place. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Normally, when the glucose level in the blood is high, the pancreas secretes this hormone to lower it. show

Kelton finished in the lead with $16,400. Joe was next with $12,000 and Tori was in third place with $1,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

Here’s some info about it: “Since the onset of the Troubles in 1971, Nationalist and Loyalist communities throughout Northern Ireland have been divided by Peace Walls. These large stone and steel constructions were designed to protect neighbourhoods from sporadic attacks and retain a sense of peace and protection. ” (In Your Pocket: Belfast).

And The Guardian published an article as recently as 9/25/2012, stating: “As Belfast braces for a mass loyalist rally on Saturday and the possibility of sectarian rioting, new research shows that more than two-thirds of residents living along the city’s notorious peace walls separating Protestant and Catholic communities still want the barriers to stay up.”

Tori wrote down Dublin and bet it all. She finished with zero.

Joe also wrote down Dublin and he also bet the farm, leaving him with nothing.

Kelton also wrote down Dublin and, can you believe it? He bet it all! All three contestants finished with zilch.

So there was no winner at all today. Alex said it was the first time this ever happened in a tournament. The rules state that the semi-final spots will be occupied by winners and, when a game has no winner, then they pick from the next highest scores from the other semi-finalist games. That means that one player from yesterday was still eligible. That would be Irene Vasquez, the 8th grader from Houston, TX, who had $100 left.

Wouldn’t it be something if everyone zeroed out tomorrow? Then what will they do? Guess they will have to have a 2-person final.

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