Final Jeopardy: The United Nations

The Final Jeopardy question (6/14/2013) in the category “The United Nations” was:

Of nations in the World Almanac, 3 are not U.N. members; Taiwan, Vatican City & this European one that gained independence in 2008.

New champ Matt Noble won $12,390 yesterday. In the last game of the week, his competition comes from these two players: Eric Maitland from San Diego, CA; and John Kimball from Parkville, MO.

John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Having Fun Around the World” before the first break. He was in the lead with $1,000, $600 more than Eric in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Visiting the “Anne of Green Gables” house in this smallest Canadian province.
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John finished in the lead with $7,000. Matt was second with $5,400 and Eric was last with $4,800. After the commercial break, Eric was awarded a correct answer on a clue previously judged wrong. So he went into the Double Jeopardy! round with $5,200 and still started first.

Eric found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Authors: Born & Died.” He was now in the lead with $10,000, $1,800 ahead of John in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Born in 1917 in England; died in 2008 (not 2001) in Sri Lanka. show

Eric found the last Daily Double in “Violin Music.” Still in the lead, he now had $15,800, $2,800 more than Matt in second place. He bet $2,500, got a little flustered but his common sense guess was RIGHT, much to his amazement.

This style of violin playing with short strokes of the bow follows “Hora” in the title of a famous piece. show

Eric finished in the lead with $20,300. Matt was next with $14,200 and John was in third place with $12,600.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS KOSOVO?

Kosovo became independent from Serbia on February 17, 2008. According to wikipedia, “International reaction was mixed, and the world community continues to be divided on the international recognition of Kosovo.” As of June 11, 2013, it is only recognized by 101 out of 193 UN member states (52.3%).

John didn’t bet a dinar so he remained at 12,600.

Matt bet $1,000 and finished with $15,200.

Eric bet $8,101. He finished with a winning total of $28,401 and he is now the Jeopardy! champ.

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