Final Jeopardy: Notable Americans

The Final Jeopardy question (7/30/2012) in the category “Notable Americans” was:

In addition to his 1,093 U.S. patents, he held more than 1,200 patents awarded by other countries.

It’s Kids Week, folks, and we’re starting it off with these three elementary school students: Matthew Cline, from Maumelle, AR.; Anna Cambron, from Louisville, KY; and Mandy Berry, from Baltimore, MD.

At 10 years old, Anna is this week’s youngest contestant and Alex Trebek pointed out that the suit he was wearing is older than Anna.  

Matthew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Big Stuff.” He was in the lead with $6,600, $600 more than Anna in second place. He bet $300 and he was RIGHT.

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Anna finished in the lead with $8,000. Matthew was second with $7,300 and Mandy was last with $200.

Mandy found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Performing Kids.” She had $600, $15,000 less than Anna’s lead. She bet $150 and she was RIGHT.

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Matthew found the last Daily Double in “A Noisy Planet.” He was now in the lead with $19,700, $1,300 more than Anna in second place. He bet a nice safe $10.00, and that was good, because his answer “sickness” was WRONG.

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Matthew finished in the lead with $21,290. Anna was next with $20,400 and Mandy was in third place with $1,950.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Thomas Edison propelled the United States out of the gaslight era and into the electric age. From the time he was a boy, he was mesmerized by the mechanics of the universe and, with virtually no formal education, brought forth innovations that continue to dominate our lives. Out of his New Jersey laboratories, which were themselves inventions — thoroughly equipped and fully staffed — came 1,093 patented inventions and innovations that made Edison one of the most prolific inventors of all time.” (

Mandy drew a blank. She lost her $500 bet and her final score was $1,450.

Anna got it right and bet $16,001. She finished with $36,401.

Matthew also got it and bet a whopping $19,511 this time around so he won the game with a total of $40,801. Can’t recall when an adult has done that well first time out, can you? Wowee! Matthew really blew it out of the park.

The first and second place winners get the same prizes as in the adult game so Mandy will take home $1,000 and Anna gets $2,000. The winner is guaranteed $15,000 but, of course, they get to keep whatever they make over that amount.

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