Final Jeopardy: Historic Firsts

The Final Jeopardy question (9/18/2012) in the category “Historic Firsts” was:

On July 31, 1971, Air Force Colonel David Scott became the first person to drive one of these.

Our new champ, Vamsi Adusumilli won $12,800 yesterday, the only player to get Final Jeopardy! correct. Today he’s up against these two new opponents: Penny Citrolla, originally from East Meadow, NY and Paul Camp, from Fort Wayne, IN.

Paul found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Law & Order.” He was in the lead with $600, $400 more than Penny. It was very early. He bet $600 and he was RIGHT.

Punishable by fine or imprisonment of one year or less, they’re 5 times more common than felonies in many states.

Paul finished in the lead with $7,000. Vamsi was second with $3,600 and Penny was last with $1,000.

Paul found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Dutch Courage.” He had $10,200, $3,200 more than Penny, his nearest competition. He bet $1,800 but could not come up with a reply so he was WRONG.

After tackling a bomb-wielding man on an airliner, Jasper Schuringa was nicknamed this, like a spectral ship.

Penny found the last Daily Double in “Word & Phrase Origins.” She was now in the lead with $11,000, $2,600 more than Paul. She bet $2,000, and she was RIGHT.

This 4-word phrase meaning natural selection was coined by philosopher Herbert Spencer, not Darwin.

Penny finished with a runaway lead of $17,400. Paul was next with $8,400 and Vamsi was in third place with $7,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“When NASA’s Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin touched down on the moon 40 years ago, they had an extra special tool packed away on their lunar lander: a dune buggy-size rover that enabled them to become the first humans to drive on the surface of a world beyond Earth.” ( Driving on the Moon)

Vamsi thought it was a space shuttle. He lost his $2,400 bet and finished with $5,200.

Paul thought it was a lunar module. That cost him $6,800 and he wound up with $1,600.

Penny got it right. She only bet $400, and won the game with $17,800. Good work there, Penny, jumping up from third place in the last round to become the new champ.

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