Final Jeopardy: Presidential Elections

The Final Jeopardy question (3/29/2013) in the category “Presidential Elections” was:

Since 1850, 1 of the 2 Republicans to appear on a ticket as President or Vice President 3 elections in a row.

New champ Rebecca Rider won $25,600 yesterday. In this last match of the week, she’ll be competing against these two players:  Michael Carvaines, originally from Parma, OH; and Joan Kossack of Carol Stream, IL.

Michael found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “World Capitals.” He was in second place with $1,800, $2,200 behind Rebecca in the lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

This capital of Australia’s northern territory lies on Beagle Gulf. show

Michael finished in the lead with $6,400. Rebecca was hot on his heels with $5,800 and Joan was in third place with $2,200.

Rebecca found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double, a video, in “Gems.” She had a stupendous lead with $16,200, $8,000 more than Joan in second place. She bet $6,000, guessed carborundum but that was WRONG.

The red spots of jasper give this mineral its name. show

Michael found the last Daily Double in “Working with Plato.” He was now in second place with $10,000, $1,800 less than Rebecca’s much deflated. He bet $2,000, guessed the Lyceum, but that was WRONG.

In 529 A.D., almost 1,000 years after it was created by Plato, this school was closed by Justinian I. show

Rebecca finished in the lead with $11,800. Joan was next with $9,800 and Michael was last with $8,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


You would think they wouldn’t need to go all the way back to 1850 for that one. They could have chopped off a whole 100 years, but they must’ve thought that would make it just a wee bit harder. Anyway, all you needed was one and Nixon seemed like a no-brainer. The information is on the List of United States presidential candidates in wikipedia

Michael wrote down Cleveland and that cost him $7,900. He finished with $100.

Joan picked Nixon and that won her another $7,000. She finished with $16,800.

Rebecca wrote down George H.W. Bush. Her $9,000 bet brought her up to $20,800 and she remained Jeopardy! champ.

Rebecca’s 2-day total is $46,400.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and we also extend our best wishes for a wonderful holiday to those celebrating Easter.

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2 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    and as a p.s.: knowledge is not just power, it helps us understand other cultures around the world and one day hopefully to world peace. as small a step as jeopardy may be, it is a step in the right direction to start eliminating ignorance and – sorry to say – the arrogance that comes with it. you usually don’t shoot the guy you know, whether that’s your neighbor on your street or across the world.

  2. john blahuta says:

    thank you for your easter wishes and let’s take it as an opportunity to also wish happy pesach to our jewish brothers and sisters in this country and let’s take the opportunity to wish EVERYBODY in the world peace, comfort and let’s focus on that as well as compassion all year, every year and for everybody!