Final Jeopardy: Countries’ Highest Points

The Final Jeopardy question (4/19/2013) in the category “Countries’ Highest Point” was:

This country is home to the highest point outside Asia.

Judy Arginteanu is our 4th new champ in a row, having won $21,000 in yesterday’s game. At least they are picking up good money, but Judy could double that if she can beat these two players: Phil Goldstein from Decatur, Ga; and Mary Graves from Terre Haute, IN.

During the intros, Alex had to sneak in his Cary Grant “Judy Judy Judy” impression. We wonder if he knows that Cary Grant never actually said that in any of his films!

Mary found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Country Roads.” She was tied for the lead with Judy. They each had $600 and it was before the first commercial break. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

The Karakoram Highway has this superlative distinction amongst international highways. show

Mary finished in the lead with $7,400. Phil was second with $5,000 and Judy was last with $3,000.

Judy found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Art Subjects.” She was still in third place but with $3,800 now, $3,600 behind Mary’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

It took him to make a masterpiece in 1662 out of “The Syndics of the Amsterdam Draper’s Guild”. show

Mary found the last Daily Double in “Early American.” She had $15,400, $8,700 more than Judy in second place, after Phil got dinged for a previous answer and knocked down to third place. Mary bet $2,400 but didn’t know. She took a shot with John Wesley (English cleric, born in 1703) but that was WRONG.

In 1677 he drafted the first charter guaranteeing separation of church & state in the Quaker Colony of West New Jersey. show

Mary finished in the lead with $11,800. Judy was next with $9,800 and Phil was in third place with $3,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Aconcagua, the ‘stone sentinel’ is a mountain with many faces, situated near the Argentinean/Chilean border. At 6962 meters or 22,841 feet, it is not only the highest peak of the Andes and South America, but in fact the highest point outside of Asia. (7 Summits: Aconcongua)

Phil wrote down the U.S. and bet $3,300. He finished with $100.

Judy went with the United States, too. That cost $2,500 and she wound up with $7,300.

Mary made the U.S. a unanimous wrong answer and lost $6,900 on it, so she finished with $4,900.

And a very surprised Judy broke the string of one-day champions with a 2-day total of $28,300.

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2 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    That’s what would happen to me on Jeopardy. I can memorize whole poems, long ones even, effortlessly, but I can’t do simple math in my head to save my life. LOL!

  2. john blahuta says:

    aside from wagering tactics, i noticed that sometimes simple math is not the strongest quality in fj contestants. nerves???? often they just forget to carry the 1 and are short by exactly 1000.00…..curious…