Final Jeopardy: Antarctica

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The Final Jeopardy question (7/27/2012) in the category “Antarctica” was:

This country that explored the Antarctic interior is the most northerly nation to claim territory on the continent

New champ Leo Lopez won $7,199 yesterday in one of those ‘nobody knew Final Jeopardy” games, but he was the one in the big lead. So let’s see how he does against these two ladies today: Alison Parakh from Santa Barbara, CA and Jenny Healey of Burke, VA .

Allison found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Hammer Fest.” She was in the lead with $4,600, $1,800 more than Jenny in second place. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.

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Allison finished in the lead with $5,800. Jenny was second with $3,400 and Leo was last with $2,400.

Leo found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Novelists.” He was now in the lead with $6,400, $200 more than Allison in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Jenny found the last Daily Double in “Capital Steps.” She was in last place with $3,800, $4,600 less than Leo’s lead. She bet $3,000 and guessed it was Belfast. That was WRONG.

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Leo finished in the lead with $13,600. Allison was next with $10,600 and Jenny was in third place with $7,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS NORWAY?

“Seven sovereign states had made eight territorial claims to land in Antarctica south of the 60° S parallel before 1961. These claims have been recognized only between the countries making claims in the area. All claim areas are sectors, with the exception of Peter I Island. None of these claims have an indigenous population.” (wikipedia)

Besides Norway, the countries with official claims are: the UK, New Zealand, France, Australia, Chile and Argentina.

Jenny got it right but bet nothing, so she remained at $7,600.

Allison got it, too. Her $4,601 bet brought her up to $15,201.

Leo wrote down Canada. That cost him $7,601 and he finished in third place with $5,999.

So Allison is the new champ but it will be quite a while before we see her again.

Next week, there’s going to be a kid’s tournament and then Jeopardy! will be re-running some of the recent tournaments. Alex said that Allison will be back in a little over 7 weeks.

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