Final Jeopardy: Awards

The Final Jeopardy question (3/27/2013) in the category “Awards” was:

For 2012, the front of these awards shows Nike stepping out of the Parthenon & the reverse depicts the Thames.

We’ve got a new champ today. Pat Clevenger won yesterday’s match to the tune of $16,100. Today he is up against these two fellows:  Ryan Truchelut of Tallahassee, FL; and Tom Carroll of White Plains, NY.

Tom found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “From the Greek.” He was in the lead with $3,400, $1,000 more than Pat in second place. He bet $1,000 and guessed “enigma.” That was WRONG.

From Greek words for “two propositions”, it’s a difficult problem with equally unfavorable alternatives. show

Tom finished in the lead with $7,200. Pat was second with $4,400 and Ryan was last with $2,800.

Pat found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Out West in the 1850s” on the second pick of the round. He was in second place with $5,600, $1,600 behind Tom’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1852 Henry & William opened this bank for express money transport using steamship, railroad or stagecoach. show

Ryan found the last Daily Double in “Movie & TV Dogs,” read by dog trainer Cesar Millan of “Dog Whisperer”. Ryan was in second place with $8,000, $10,800 less than Tom’s lead. With only 3 clues remaining after this, he bet $7,500 and he was RIGHT.

Today I rehabilitate dogs & train people, but as a kid I wanted to be a trainer after watching these two legendary dogs, a Collie & a German Shepherd. show

Tom finished in the lead with $20,000. Ryan was next with $15,900 and Pat was in third place with $5,200.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Olympic medals’ circular form is a metaphor for the world. The front of the medal always depicts the same imagery at the Summer Games – the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City.” See the 2012 medal referred to in the clue and more info at London

Pat bet $5,200 and doubled his score to $10,400.

Ryan bet $4,101, finishing with $20,001.

Tom bet $12,000 so he ended up with $32,000. During the chat segment, Tom shared that he had been trying to get on Jeopardy! for 37 years (since Art Fleming was the host). Congratulations on your persistence, Tom. It certainly paid off handsomely.

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3 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    No big deal, Tom — we’ll just assume you meant about. Congrats again on your win. Very impressive for one day. :-)

  2. Tom Carroll says:

    After reading on the BAM Bored that the show was indeed off the air 37 years ago, I did some thinking about what was going on in my life when I applied (via snail mail) to take the test the first time. I was in college, which for me began in 1972. I suspended my education (for a long time – I finally got my degree in 2005) in 1974. So I would have been 19 when I took the test. Making my “Jeopardy Quest” not 37 years but 39.
    Sorry for any confusion!

  3. aaaa says:

    The Art Fleming J! had recently left the air 37 years ago, he said on the WWTBAM Bored that he tried out the first time around 1972