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|Jonpaul Guinn, a quiz host and writer from Providence, RI
||Beth Dunn, a product demonstrator from Brooklyn, NY
||Andrew Pau, an assistant professor from Amherst, OH (4-day total: $123,802)
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: CITY NAME ORIGINS
Final Jeopardy! clue: This city that’s home to an NFL team is named for an 18th-century British Prime Minister
What is Pittsburgh? (Jonpaul went for ?, Beth for Cleveland, and Andrew Abbotsford)
Jonpaul 12200 – 5000 = 7200
Beth 14200 – 14100 = 100
Andrew 20400 – 8001 = 12399 (5-day total: $136,201)
Of course, the Prime Minister was Pitt The Elder. (For the record: I don’t have a preference in the Barney-Wade Boggs debate, but that is my favourite scene in my favourite Simpsons episode.)
Back to the history of Pittsburgh, the trading post located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers was of obvious strategic importance on the frontier in Colonial America. Founded by William Trent, the post was overtaken by the French and renamed by the French to Fort Duquesne (“do-KANE”. Don’t ever try to pronounce it “doo-QWEZ-knee”. You will be laughed out of your trip carpool, trust me.). That was one of the justifications for the war between the French and English in British North America (Canadians know it as the “Seven Years’ War”, Americans as the “French and Indian War”). When the British re-took the French fort in 1758, they built a larger one and named it Fort Pitt ― after British Prime Minister Pitt The Elder.
The English, in the 1770s, briefly named the fort Fort Dunmore, but after the Declaration of Independence, the fort went back to being named Fort Pitt (in an obvious attempt to eradicate any thought of 1770s Britain. Clearly, a famous Brit of the 1750s was more palatable.)
In case you’re wondering why it has an H? This site has the history of the spelling of the name.
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