Final Jeopardy: World Leaders

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The Final Jeopardy question (6/20/2013) in the category “World Leaders” was:

Since 1991 this country has only had 3 different Presidents; the current one took over in 2012 for the second time.

3-day champ Andrew Moore has racked up $89,302 so far, and he’s back today to face off against two new players: Caitlin Peruccio from Manchester, CT; and Tom Hanson from Kent, OH.

Daily Double hunter, Andrew, found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double under the $1,000 clue in “Appointees to the Court” on his third try, and only one clue had been answered so far,, so he was the only one with any money — $800. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

In 1668, Charles II appointed John Dryden to this post, but 21 years later William III removed him. show

Andrew finished in the lead with $8,800. Caitlin was second with $3,600 and Tom was last with $3,200.

Caitlin found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Literary Late Bloomers.” She was in second place with $5,600, $3,600 less than Andrew’s lead. She bet $3,000, took a guess with “Shepherd” but that was WRONG.

This older pal of Kerouac & Ginsberg debuted as a novelist with “Junky” when he was 39. show

After looking all over the bottom of the board in vain, Andrew finally uncovered the last Daily Double under the $800 clue in “Australian Capitals.” He had $21,600, $13,200 more than Tom in second place. He bet $1,000 and thought it was Sydney. That was WRONG.

This capital of Victoria was the first capital of Australia, serving from 1901 to 1927. show

Andrew finished in the lead with $20,600, another runaway. Tom was next with $8,800 and Caitlin was in third place with $5,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS RUSSIA?

1991 was the year that the Soviet Union fell and Boris Yeltsin became the first President of the newly formed Russian Federation. After Yeltsin came Vladimir Putin. Dmitry Medvedev came next, then back came Putin. (List of Presidents of Russia)

Caitlin wrote down Georgia but crossed it out and got it right. She added $3,401 to finish with $8,801.

Tom thought it was Brazil (5 Presidents since 1991). That cost him $8,750 so he finished with $50.00.

Andrew wrote down Italy (4 Presidents since 1991). He lost his $2,500, but still had plenty left to win the match with $18,100. His 4-day total is $107,402, and he didn’t even crack a smile!

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  1. VJ says:

    Yeah, he’s No. 2 on my list, right behind Drew Horwood — look in the 2nd column under Who All Else for the list.

    I don’t put the tournament champs on my list though I know they are eligible.

  2. john blahuta says:

    Andrew should be well in the top 12 by now???