Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – April 14, 2016

Carter makes it onto our ToC Tracker if he wins today. Of course, now that I’ve thought of it and mentioned it, I’ve probably jinxed him.

Today’s contestants:

Margaret Miles, a librarian from Wilmington, NC
Hannah Gage, an archivist from Newport, OR
Carter Spires, a law student from Birmingham, AL (2-day total: $31,200)

These scores were mostly all-Coryat today! All of the Daily Double wagers were between $3,000 and $4,000!

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Margaret $32,000
Carter $20,000
Hannah $5,400

Final Jeopardy! category: NORTH AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY

Final Jeopardy! clue: Far from New England, it’s the state that has the shortest land border with Canada, only 45 miles

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is Idaho? (Hannah went for something that appeared to be close to Michigan)



Hannah 5400 – 5400 = 0
Carter 20000 + 12001 = 32001
Margaret 32000 + 8100 = 40100 (1-day total: $40,100)

Yep. I jinxed him.

Interestingly enough, Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie coastline is only 42 miles. Obviously that’s not a land border, though! Another fun border-length fact: The entire Michigan ― Canada border is either lake or river!

Each state’s border length (combined water and land) with Canada:

State Border Length
Alaska 1,538mi
Michigan* 721mi
Maine 611mi
Minnesota 547mi
Montana 545mi
New York 445mi
Washington 427mi
North Dakota 310mi
Ohio 146mi
Vermont 90mi
New Hampshire 58mi
Idaho 45mi
Pennsylvania* 42mi
*consists entirely of water borders

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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5 Comments on "Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – April 14, 2016"

  1. Thanks for the recap on today’s game. I missed it this evening, but my dad told me the winner was a librarian and that she looked like a librarian. I did a search and found your site! I like your notes. It would be great if you could also include the double jeopardy questions, amounts wagered, and results.

  2. Harold Lichtman | April 16, 2016 at 5:31 pm |

    Idaho does not have the shortest land border with Canada. If you look at a map you will see there is a tiny portion of Northwest Angle State Forrest in NW Minnesota that shares a small land border with Canada that is less than 42 miles long. Granted, the forest is separated from the rest of the state by water, but the clue didn’t specify it had to be the entire border or contiguous with the rest of the state. All three contestants got the wrong answer but the clue was flawed anyway.

  3. Harold Lichtman | April 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm |

    Forget my last comment. I forgot about the rest of Minnesota to the west. I only considered the eastern part, which is all a water border. Oops.

    • Andy Saunders | April 16, 2016 at 7:21 pm |

      I also wondered about Minnesota; however, I remembered that there is a highway that runs from Thunder Bay, ON, to Minnesota, in which the crossing is overland (and not a river like Michigan).

      I don’t blame you for thinking that way.

  4. Harold Lichtman | April 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm |

    Some explanation as to why I originally didn’t consider the western portion of Minnesota’s border with Canada. While Idaho has the shortest total land border with Canada the clue doesn’t specify total land border. That omission of the word total leaves the clue open to be interpreted to consider each section of a non-continuous border separately, in which case that small section of Minnesota is the shortest land border with Canada. It doesn’t fit the length part of the clue but if the clue is interpreted that way Idaho doesn’t fit the shortest land border part of the clue. I wonder what would happen if one of the contestants actually answered Minnesota and made that argument. This could have been avoided by putting the word total in the clue.

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