Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – February 5, 2016

Today’s contestants:

Niki Peters, a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley from Boise, IDwk21_0201_0205_peters_lineup Noah Cowan, a freshman at Brown University from Bethesda, MD
Ziad Ali, a freshman at North Carolina State University from Oak Ridge, NC

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Niki $21,400
Noah $15,000
Ziad $10,800

Final Jeopardy! category: U.S. PRESIDENTS

Final Jeopardy! clue: He was the only 20th century President who never delivered an inaugural address

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Who is Gerald Ford?


Ziad 10800 + 10800 = 21600
Noah 15000 – 2000 = 13000 (Coolidge)
Niki 21400 + 3000 = 24400

When Gerald Ford took office in 1974, in his opening remarks to the country, he stated (emphasis mine):

I feel it is my first duty to make an unprecedented compact with my countrymen. Not an inaugural address, not a fireside chat, not a campaign speech–just a little straight talk among friends. And I intend it to be the first of many.

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You can find the full speech here at the Ford presidential library website:

Semifinals & Wild Card Tracker:
Monday winner: Emily Sun
Tuesday winner: Emily Bingham
Wednesday winner: Sam Deutsch
Thursday winner: Gus Woythaler
Friday winner: Niki Peters
1. Ziad Ali $21,600 ($10,800)
2. Sarah Dubnik $14,801 ($16,000)
3. Hannah Norem $14,400 ($7,400)
4. Kate Laubscher $14,400 ($7,200; $3,200 after J! round)

5. Michael Sieja $14,400 ($7,200; $2,600 after J! round)
6. Kevin Brown $14,000 ($12,600)
7. Amanda Rosner $13,200 ($6,600)
8. Noah Cowan $13,000 ($15,000)
9. Adam Antoszewski $0 ($6,400)
10. Carissa Pekny $0 ($5,000)

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4 Comments on "Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – February 5, 2016"

  1. Love Jeopardy!

  2. Susan Ikenberry | February 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm |

    I still think that Noah should be asked back for College Jeopardy! 2017. That question hinges on a technicality that the speech was a “swearing-in speech” Many history books say, and Noah remembered, that at his inaugural Ford said: “Our long national nightmare is over…” So he went to “Silent Cal”, which was a pretty good guess.

    • Andy Saunders | February 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm |

      But, Susan: Ford himself says “Not an inaugural address”. It’s not the show’s fault that secondary sources chose to include the remarks Ford made for sake of completeness.

      If you can’t take the President of the United States at his word, then what can you trust?

  3. Also Calvin Coolidge delivered an Inaugural Address, when elected in his own right in 1925.

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