Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 1, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Tuesday, November 1, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: This nation joined the Warsaw Pact in 1955 & NATO in 2009, & was alphabetically first in each

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Denver Wade, an English teacher from Westfield, Indiana
Vivek Ravishanker, a freelance consultant from Higganum, Connecticut
Thea Lawton, a nonprofit resource development specialist from Anchorage, Alaska (1-day total: $24,400)

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What is Albania


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While I knew this clue immediately, the first thing I personally think of when I think of Albania? “You border on the Adriatic! Your land is mostly mountainous and your chief export is chrome!”

Ken Levine, Cheers writer, writes about the Albania song in a 2009 blog. Ken recalls that this may have been the last episode taped by the late Nick Colasanto. (The episodes often aired out-of-order, and he definitely looks frail in the video below.)

Here is the famous scene from Cheers where Coach sings the Albania song:

Using music as a mnemonic? Definitely works!

Back to more academic references, the vast majority of the former Warsaw Pact is now a member of NATO (in terms of former Soviet republics, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are also NATO members now).

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12 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 1, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | November 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm |

    Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
    Thea $19,200
    Vivek $17,200
    Denver $5,600

    Final Results:
    Denver $5,600 + $5,600 = $11,200
    Vivek $17,200 + $5,999 = $23,199 (1-day total: $23,199)
    Thea $19,200 – $17,300 = $1,900 (What is France?)

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Scores after the opening round:
    Vivek $4,600
    Thea $4,400
    Denver $2,000

    Daily Double locations:
    1) ADVERTISING $1000 (25th pick)
    Denver 2600 -2600 (Thea 4400 Vivek 3600)

    2) PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS $1200 (8th pick)
    Vivek 6200 +3000 (Thea 9600 Denver 2400)
    3) REPTILES $1200 (28th pick; 3600 left on board)
    Vivek 14000 +3200 (Thea 15600 Denver 5600)

    Unplayed clues:

    Game Stats:
    Vivek 13,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
    Denver 8,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
    Thea 19,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer

    Thea Lawton, final stats:
    41 correct
    7 incorrect
    1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    35.13% in first on buzzer (39/111)
    Average Coryat: $17,000

    Vivek Ravishanker, stats to date:
    20 correct
    3 incorrect
    2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,200)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    35.09% in first on buzzer
    Average Coryat: $13,400

    Vivek Ravishanker, to win:
    2 games: 44.78%
    3: 20.06%
    4: 8.98%
    5: 4.02%
    6: 1.80%
    Avg. streak: 1.811 games.

  2. Just watched this. Can’t believe Thea guessed France??? The clue said alphabetically first…

    • Andy Saunders | November 1, 2016 at 8:04 pm |

      Hey, contestants have brain farts sometimes. Too bad for Thea that it came in Final Jeopardy.

      • Frank Smith | November 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm |

        I thought it was Afghanistan, then Algeria, but I saw 2009 and immediately got reminded of Albania. The “Warsaw Pact” gave it away that it was in Europe.

  3. I think I misheard Alex. I thought I heard Thea say “What is?” and I think Alex Trebek said “You forgot to phrase it in form of the question.”

    • Andy Saunders | November 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm |

      On the clue where Thea was negged for failing to phrase, she definitely failed to phrase her response in the form of a question. Unlike most times where I do, I definitely did not hear phrasing this time.

  4. I’m old enough to remember DeGaulle telling LBJ that France is pulling out of NATO.

  5. Deborah Perkisnon | November 2, 2016 at 10:16 am |

    I thought Thea said “What is Paltrow,” too. I played it again and again thought she phrased it as a question.

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