Final Jeopardy: Postal Abbreviations

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The Final Jeopardy question (8/1/2013) in the category “Postal Abbreviations” was:

Like MN and NM, the postal abbreviations of these two states are the reverse of one another.

The Kids Tournament continues, and on the 4th day, the contestants are: Clement Doucette from Hudson, MA; Blythe McWhirter, from Decatur, GA; and Josiah Washington, from Columbia, SC.

Blythe found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Geography 101.” She was in second place with $3,800, $1,600 behind Clement’s lead. She bet $800 and she was RIGHT.

277 miles long & often 1 miles deep, it’s the largest gorge in the U.S. of A.
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Clement and Blythe finished in a tie lead with $6,400 each. Josiah was in second place with $2,800.

Josiah found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Exploration” on his 3rd pick. He now had $4,400, just $2,000 behind Blythe and Clement, still in that tie. He bet $2,000 and pulled out Hudson at the last second. That was RIGHT.

In 1609, this Englishman sailed the Half Moon into New York Bay.
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Clement found the last Daily Double in “It Happened on August 1.” He was in third place with $8,800, $7,200 behind Clement’s lead. He bet $2,000, and he was RIGHT.

This was abolished in Britain’s Caribbean colonies on August 1, 1834.
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Blythe finished in the lead with $14,400. Josiah was right behind her with $14,000 and Clement was in third place with $8,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT ARE ALABAMA AND LOUISIANA?

If you started from A, we know you got this right away since Alabama is the first state alphabetically. Reverse that postal abbreviation and look no further. Apparently, the postal abbreviations would have been acceptable since Trebek commented on the fact that the kids spelled out the states.

Clement wrote down “Nevada” at the very last second. Seriously, the way he just stood there for most of the 30 seconds, we thought he had bet nothing, but he bet all his money and finished with zero.

Josiah got it right. He bet $8,200 so he finished with $22,200.

Blythe wrote down “Alaska and Kansas.” She lost $5,200 and finished second with $8,800.

Congrats to Josiah, the second kid this week to exceed the $15,000 guarantee. He did a great job in the second round and was quite excited to win.

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