Final Jeopardy: U.S. History

The Final Jeopardy question (3/6/2013) in the category “U.S. History” was:

Congress has passed 11 of these: the first in 1812, the last in 1942.

Drew Horwood made $16,998 yesterday when he took over the Jeopardy! champ title. Can he keep it going? Maybe, if he can defeat these two new players: Lorraine Donahue, from Shadyside, OH; and Jon Gucinski, from Naperville, IL.

Drew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Washington, D.C. Sculpture.” It was the second clue picked and Drew was the only one with any money: $200. He declined to bet the $1,000 allowance, choosing to only risk what he had. He took a little ribbing from Alex Trebek over his reluctance to bet more, but so what? He was RIGHT,

73 years after his death, a statue of this musician was unveiled outside the band hall at the Marine barracks.

Jon finished in the lead with $5,600. Lorraine was second with $5,400 and Drew was last with $3,800.

Lorraine found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Quotes Filled with Booze.” She had the lead with $7,000, $2,200 more than Jon in second place. She bet $2,000 but did not know so she was WRONG.

The title character of this Eugene O’Neill play says “Gimme a whiskey — ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby.”

Lorraine found the last Daily Double in “Wonky Leaks.” She had the lead with $11,800 now, $2,200 more than Jon in second place. She bet $2,500, but blanked out so she was WRONG.

In 1774, he became a past postmaster after leaking letters from British loyalist Thomas Hutchinson.

Drew finished in the lead with $9,800. Jon was next with $9,600 and Lorraine was in third place with $9,300.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“From the Washington Administration to the present, Congress and the President have enacted 11 separate formal declarations of war against foreign nations in five different wars. Each declaration has been preceded by a presidential request either in writing or in person before a joint session of Congress. The reasons cited in justification for the requests have included armed attacks on United States territory or its citizens and threats to United States rights or interests as a sovereign nation” (FAS: Declarations of War…)

Lorraine bet $8,500. She finished with $17,800.

Jon bet $9,001, finishing with $18,601.

Drew bet $9,401, so he won his second game with $19,201. His two day total is $36,199.

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