Final Jeopardy: American Military Men

The Final Jeopardy question (5/29/2013) in the category “American Military Men” was:

In April 1951 he told Congress, “In war, there can be no substitute for victory.”

Mike Lewis now has a 4-day total of $102,800. Most impressive when you look on the TOC list — it took Joshua Brakhage 5 days to make a little more than that. Today Mike is up against these two players: Sam Hopkins originally from Prairie Village, KS; and Meena Puffer from Bear, DE.

Mike found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The ’60s (19th Century Edition)” before the first break. He was in the lead with $1,800, $600 more than Sam. He made it a True Daily Double and thought it was Stephen Austin. That was WRONG.

Texas joined the Confederacy in 1861 & forced this Unionist Governor out of office. show

Sam finished in the lead with $5,200. Mike was next with $4,600 and Meena was in third place with $1,800.

Mike found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “We’re not in Kansas Anymore.” He was still second but, with $5,400, was only $1,000 off Sam’s lead. He bet $2,000 and thought it was Branson. That was WRONG.

We’re in this Missouri town visiting some of the unique shops like Pudd’n Heads & Aunt Polly’s Treasures. show

Mike found the last Daily Double in “Operatic Demises” He was in second place with $8,600, $5,800 less than Sam’s lead. He only bet $1,000 this time, which you could see he immediately regretted when he saw the clue, and he was RIGHT.

After delivering the head of John the Baptist, Herod orders his guards to crush her to death with their shields. show

Sam finished in the lead with $14,400. Mike was next with $9,600 and Meena was last with $3,800.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


After being relieved of command by President Truman, Douglas MacArthur told Congress “… once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.” And right after that, he said the words in the clue. Another famous quote from this speech is “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away,” which MacArthur attributed to an old barracks ballad. (Google Books)

Meena bet $3,000 and finished with $6,800.

Mike bet $9,599, finishing with $19,199.

Sam bet $4,801 so he became the new champ with a winning total of $19,201.

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1 Response

  1. jim says:

    its unbelievable that as smart as mike is he made a stupid bet on that last daily double.