Final Jeopardy: Famous Europeans

The Final Jeopardy question (5/15/2013) in the category “Famous Europeans” was:

After moving to Argentina in 1949, this industrialist was named a Righteous Gentile by Yad Vashem.

Today we will find out who the third finalist will be in the 2013 Jeopardy! College Championship tournament and it will be one of these three students: Julia Sprangers a Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison junior; Jim Coury, a Georgetown sophomore; and Nishanth Uli, a sophomore from Washington U at St. Louis.

Nishanth won the most money — $22,801 — in the quarter-finals. Jim had $20,001. They both won their matches. Julia was a wild card winner with $16,400.

Jim found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Political Quotes” before the first break. He was in third place with $1,000, $400 behind Nishanth’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

De Gaulle warned JFK that America would step “into a bottomless military and political quagmire” in this place. show

Jim finished in the lead with $9.600. Nishanth was second with $5,000 and Julia was last with $2,600.

Jim found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Stuff About States.” He was in the lead with $10,800 now, $6,200 more than Nishanth in second place. With a big sheepish grin, he bet $7,200 and he was RIGHT.

Of the 4 states officially called Commonwealth, it’s alphabetically last. show

Jim found the last Daily Double in “Novellas.” He now had the lead with $19,200, $9,800 more than Nishanth in second place. This time he bet $9,800, risking his entire lead, and he was RIGHT again.

A prototype of the form, this Boccaccio work deals with 10 people who each tell a story a day. show

Jim finished in the lead with $32,600. Nishanth was next with $15,800 and Julia was in third place with $9,000. For some reason, Alex didn’t point out Jim’s runaway lead, but we will.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Oskar Schindler was honored by Israel in 1962 as Righteous Gentile. By this time, he had moved back to Germany, having gone financially bankrupt in Argentina. There, he continued to experience much ostracism and when his business partner learned of the honor, he cancelled their partnership.(Schindler and the Aftermath)

Julia wrote down “Himmler.” That cost her $8,000 and she finished with $1,000.

Nishanth got it right and doubled his score to $31,600.

Jim also got it right and bet $4 so he ended up with $32,604 and won the last spot in the finals.

So Jim Coury, Trevor Walker and Kristen Jolley will duke it out for the Grand Prize of $100,000 over the next two days.

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  1. -_- says:

    he should have wagered $999 so he could have kept the lead by $1 if he lost.