Final Jeopardy: Island Countries

The Final Jeopardy question (5/2/2013) in the category “Island Countries” was:

No longer “Western”, this one-word nation has moved to the west side of the Intl. Date Line to join Asia and Australia.

New champ John Anneken won $18,911 yesterday with some very quick buzzer action. Today he takes on these two players: Arnold Dean, from Arlington, VA; and Amanda Potter, originally from Glens Falls, NY.

John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Naval Vessels.” He was in the lead with $3,400, $1,800 more than Arnold in second place. He bet $2,000, more than we thought he would, but it turned out fine because he was RIGHT.

USS Hazard was this type of WWII ship that looked for hazards, specifically explosive ones. show

John finished in the lead with $9,200. Amanda was second with $1,800 and Arnold was last with $600.

John found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “The 8 Planets.” He had the lead with an unbeatable $16,400, $14,200 more than Amanda in second place. He bet $4,000 this time and he was RIGHT.

Since it was discovered in 1846, it has completed only one orbit around the sun. show

John found the last Daily Double in “Americana.” He now had $25,200, $$23,400 more than Amanda in second place. He bet $5,000 and, although he was able to connect Ethan Allen with Vermont, his “Lake Vermont’ guess was WRONG.

A cruise ship called The Spirit of Ethan Allen III provides narrated tours of this large scenic lake. show

John finished in the lead with $18,200. Amanda was next with $5,400 and Arnold was in third place with $1,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On December 30, 2011, Samoans skipped New Year’s Eve entirely, moving to the same time zone as Australia, in an effort to boost tourism and business.

Formerly known as Western Samoa, the country officially dropped the “Western” from its name in 1997, although many residents continue to refer to it as Western Samoa to differentiate it from American Samoa.

Arnold thought it was the “Seychelles” (continent: Africa). That cost him everything he had.

Amanda wrote down the “Antilles” (continent: North America). She bet it all but a buck so that’s what she had left.

John wrote down “Tonga” (continent: Australia/Oceania). He lost $4,200 on that but still won the game with $14,000. His 2-day total is $32,911.

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2 Responses

  1. John Citizen says:

    It’s your imagination.

  2. john blahuta says:

    runaway games seem to become more frequent this season, or is it just my imagination?