Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 12, 2016


Today’s contestants:

Jessica Plagens, a graphic designer from St. Paul, MN
Amy Ware, a registered nurse from South Deerfield, MA
Jason George, a management consultant from Philadelphia, PA (1-day total: $18,401)

Final Jeopardy! category: POLITICAL WORDS

Final Jeopardy! clue: Hamilton began & ended the Federalist Papers warning of this type of person, Greek for “People’s Leader”

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What is a demagogue?



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I want to give a standing ovation to Jeopardy for this Final Jeopardy clue today. On the 212th anniversary of the fatal Burr-Hamilton duel, Jeopardy is electing to remind America of how important Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers were, and how much America was founded on the principles contained within those documents.

From Think Progress: How Hamilton Warned In The Federalist Papers Against Donald Trump

From the Papers themselves:

History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.

(FEDERALIST No. 1. General Introduction)

These judicious reflections contain a lesson of moderation to all the sincere lovers of the Union, and ought to put them upon their guard against hazarding anarchy, civil war, a perpetual alienation of the States from each other, and perhaps the military despotism of a victorious demagogue, in the pursuit of what they are not likely to obtain, but from TIME and EXPERIENCE.

(FEDERALIST No. 85. Concluding Remarks)

Jeopardy! just asks about facts. But many viewers would be well-served today to remember George Santayana’s quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, and maybe realize just how un-American demagogues are.

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11 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 12, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | July 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm |

    Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
    Jason $25,000
    Jessica $7,400
    Amy $5,200

    Final Scores:
    Amy 5200 – 5195 = 5 (What is populist?)
    Jessica 7400 – 3100 = 4300 (What is tyrant?)
    Jason 25000 + 10199 = 35199 (2-day total: $53,600)

    Daily Double locations:
    1) THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE $800 (22nd pick)
    Jason 3400 +3400 (Amy 4800 Jessica 3200)

    2) 3 LITTLE WORDS $1200 (7th pick)
    Jason 13400 +6000 (Amy 5000 Jessica 3400)
    3) MILITARY MEN? $1600 (25th pick)
    Amy 7400 -5000 (Jason 25000 Jessica 7400)

    Game Stats:
    Jason 17,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
    Jessica 7,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
    Amy 10,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer

    Jason George, stats:
    46 correct
    4 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 7,400)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    39.47% in first on buzzer (45/114)
    Average Coryat: $18,500

    Jason George, to win:
    3 games: 66.68%
    4: 44.46%
    5: 29.64%
    6: 19.77%
    7: 13.18%
    Avg. streak: 4.001 games.

  2. I read your website for Jeopardy news. If I wanted politicized posts, there are plenty of other places I would go first.
    When you single out one candidate for demagoguery, but ignore the other one who’s made millions of dollars from 20 minute speeches to huge banks, for example, you sound hypocritical.
    When you ignore issues that the Founding Fathers were also concerned about people who were wealthy enough and powerful enough to think they’re above the law (even Allan Dershowitz-a liberal Democrat-professor of Law at Harvard thought she should have been charged.
    These debates can go on endlessly – and do, on many other websites.
    I’d prefer to see you stick to Jeopardy. There’s no sense in offending one half to two thirds of your audience because you strayed into a different arena.

    • Andy Saunders | July 12, 2016 at 2:59 pm |

      “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” — Elie Wiesel

    • Andy Saunders | July 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm |

      That being said, I would posit that by selecting this specific Final Jeopardy! wording, that the writers wanted to see the 2016 election reminded in the minds of its viewers, and maybe also educate them as to what the Founding Fathers had to say about the personalities involved.

  3. Andy,
    I think that wanting readers to be reminded of the 2016 election, and what the Founding Fathers had to say about the personalities involved, is a great thing.
    Just don’t be one-sided about it. It makes you look hypocritical and/or unnecessarily partisan.
    Find a good link about how Hamilton or others warned about Hillary Clinton, too.

  4. Andy,
    I’ve read Federalist Paper No. 10. Obviously nowhere does Hamilton warn against Donald Trump. It’s also equally obvious that his comments also warn against people who favor an abolition of debts. In short, you can find warnings in No. 10 to apply to either candidate.
    Go back and read my original comments. Jeopardyfan is a website about Jeopardy! for fans. In particular, most jeopardy fans enjoy an honest, fair discussion that is factual and not emotion-laden.
    If you’re wanting to turn it into a political website, you’re unnecessarily offending fans who may not hold your political views.
    If you still want to do that, in the spirit of Jeopardy! I think you ought to post similar warnings about all the presidential candidates.
    You have a good knowledge of Weisel and Hamilton; you’ve asked me to read Federalist Paper No. 10. (I already have).
    But you haven’t addressed a response to what I’ve said, but ignored – so far – my initial comment.
    Sorry if I called you out on your favorite candidate.
    So far I’m not sure if I’m wasting your time, and mine, if you’re not willing to engage on the topic at hand that I raised.

    • Andy Saunders | July 12, 2016 at 5:01 pm |

      I’ve been searching for a link since 3:00 PM.

      It’s now 5:00 PM.

      I still don’t have anything.

  5. Thank you for at least re-wording your original comment on Federalist Paper No. 10, to take the edge off, and make it a kinder post.

  6. bighomiequan | July 12, 2016 at 10:45 pm |

    Jason G– keep on rollin.. gonna win 2-3 more at least

    • Andy Saunders | July 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm |

      Jeopardy is a fickle game sometimes. It would be nice to see but I’ll take every game as it goes.

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