Final Jeopardy: National Official Languages

The Final Jeopardy question (7/9/2013) in the category “National Official Languages” was:

This country has an area of only 275 square miles but has 4 official languages: English, Tamil, Chinese and Malay.

6-day champ Ben Ingram totally dominated yesterday’s game, and he is now up to $137,732, poised to top recent 6-day champ Andrew Moore ($137,803) if he can win again. These two new players — Jeremy Husen from Omaha, NE; and Liz Kelly from Chicago, IL — will try to prevent that.

Jeremy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double, a video, in “Jimmy Works Out.” He was in second place with $4,000, $800 behind Ben’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Ben finished in the lead with $5,800. Jeremy was second with $5,400 and Liz was last with $1,200.

Ben found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Prince Albert.” He was in second place with $7,400, $800 ahead of Jeremy in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Ben found the last Daily Double in “New Inventions.” In the lead with $15,400, he was now $8,800 ahead of Jeremy in second place. He bet $2,900, and he was RIGHT.

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Ben finished in the lead with $19,900. Liz was next with $10,000 and Jeremy was in third place with $9,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“English is the common language of the nation and is the language of business, government, and the medium of instruction in schools. Public bodies in Singapore conduct their businesses in English, and official documents written in a non-English official language such as Chinese, Malay or Tamil typically have to be translated into English to be accepted for submission.” (wikipedia)

Jeremy wrote down Bhutan (14,824 sq. mi., Official Language: Dzongkha). He bet it all and finished with zero.

Liz thought it was Sri Lanka (25,332 sq mi., Official Languages: Sinhala, Tamil). She lost $9,901 and finished with $99.

Ben got it right and bet $101 so he won the match with $20,001. His 7-day total is now $157,733 and he is now No. 1 on the TOC list.

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3 Responses

  1. Gail Kelly says:

    I was hoping Liz would win but will certainly be rooting for Ben in the Tournament of Champions.

  2. Ed and Joan Staubach says:

    Great job, Liz. We love you.

  3. aaaa says:

    Well done for LIz for getting the last clue in DJ! to break the lock. Jeremy’s miss on the clue before that could have made it a lock game for Ben, but Liz kept that from happening.

  4. john blahuta says:

    maybe another ken on the horizon??? although be still has a L O N G way to go…..