Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 17, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, November 17, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: FAMOUS BUILDINGS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Completed in 1943, this “city within a city” has outer walls over 900 feet long

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Alec Fischthal, a junior from North Woodmere, New York
Emily Lamonica, a senior from Sayreville, New Jersey
Connor Pierce, a freshman from Dallas, Texas

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response/Question

What is the Pentagon?


Results will go up on the main page late afternoon, with full stats early evening. They will be seen in the comments section at the bottom of the main page.


The Pentagon was constructed during World War II to put all of the offices of the War Department in one place, previously occupying 17 separate facilities in Washington (The Internet didn’t exist back then to connect them better!). It was built on swampland (with 5.5 million cubic yards of dirt trucked in to stabilize the ground) and is limited to 77 feet, 3.5″ in height, because Arlington National Cemetery is nearby.

After Pearl Harbor, construction became a national priority, and it was completed in January 1943. With each side 900 feet long, it is still one of the world’s largest office spaces.

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15 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 17, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | November 17, 2016 at 4:09 pm |

    Scores going into Final Jeopardy!:
    Alec $19,200
    Emily $17,200
    Connor $5,000

    Final scores:
    Connor $5,000 – $3,000 = $2,000 (What is The emperor’s palace?)
    Emily $17,200 – $17,200 = $0 (What is the forbidden city?)
    Alec $19,200 – $15,201 = $3,999 (What is Vatican City?)

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Scores after the opening round:
    Alec $11,200
    Emily $5,200
    Connor $1,000

    Daily Double locations:
    1) ANNUAL EVENTS $1000 (20th clue)
    Alec 6400 +2000 (Emily 2200 Connor -200)

    2) IT’S AMERICAN LIT $1200 (4th clue)
    Emily 6400 -3000 (Alec 10800 Connor 1000)
    3) BODY TALK $1600 (28th pick, $2,400 left on board)
    Emily 8600 +8600 (Alec 17200 Connor 4600)

    Unplayed clues:

    Game Stats:
    Alec $18,200 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer
    Emily $13,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
    Connor $5,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer

    Alec Fischthal, stats to date:
    51 correct
    7 incorrect
    3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    38.60% in first on buzzer (44/114)
    Average Coryat: $17,700

    Connor Pierce, stats to date:
    26 correct
    5 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    21.05% in first on buzzer (24/114)
    Average Coryat: $8,400

    Emily Lamonica, stats to date:
    49 correct
    8 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,600)
    0/2 in Final Jeopardy
    43.86% in first on buzzer (28/114)
    Average Coryat: $18,600

  2. Connor failed to observe the cardinal rule that if you’re in 3rd place and have more than the difference between the other two, bet nothing. It’s amazing how many adults also fail to do that.

  3. What was the answer to city within a city.

  4. Please tell me the answer to the final question.
    ( what is the city within a city )
    We are going nuts here!

    • Andy Saunders | November 17, 2016 at 9:37 pm |

      Hey, Mike:

      The correct response “What is the Pentagon?” is in the original post, just beneath the contestants. If you’re on a tablet or PC, it’s hidden under a spoiler.

  5. Don’t forget the full results!

  6. RAMON C VARGAS | November 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm |

    i worked in the pentagon i a never heard that city within a city, ALEX was surprised like he knew the answer before he knew that

  7. I agree, worked in the Pentagon area for years and never heard it referred to as “city within a city”; I found this question a bit flawed which is substantiated by how the contestants answered. Though I was on the same train of thought, I failed to travel along the same line of thought since I knew 1943 was a lingering clue.

  8. Also, can anyone remember the question about the river in Asia? How was it phrased?

    I thought it asked which is the longest river in Asia and the response was Mekong? But the Mekong is not the longest river in Asia.

    • Andy Saunders | November 18, 2016 at 8:11 am |

      Here was the clue:

      The longest river in Southeast Asia, it flows 2,700 miles through Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

      The fact they included “Southeast Asia” makes Mekong the correct response.

  9. Andy Saunders | November 18, 2016 at 8:10 am |

    To everyone commenting regarding the “city within a city” quotation in Final Jeopardy:

    A cursory Google gave me the following book citation for using the quote.

    “Norman Schwartzkopf: Hero with a Heart”, p.80. 2002, Libby Hughes.

    There were others, but I’d consider that the strongest.

    Because the description was in quotation, the burden of proof for inclusion is that the quote is verifiable (which I have just done).

    Thus, the clue, while difficult, was certainly not flawed.

    Also, for future contestants in case Jeopardy! does happen to go on location: they like to ask local clues. Sometimes in Final Jeopardy.

  10. The entire question is flawed. Arlington is not a city, by definition it is a County. Even if you use the idea that the Pentagon has a Washington D.C. address as your reason, your basis is still flawed as Washington D.C. is not a city, because by definition it is a district, and then again Arlington is a County and not a city. Some people may use the fact that the Pentagon is by standard in Crystal City, is still flawed as Arlington is a County (Crystal City is part of Arlington, like Roslyn, Cherrydale, Cresent Hills, Yorktown, Tuckahoe, Lyons Village, Westover, and so forth.)

    • Andy Saunders | November 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm |

      You’re missing the fact that “city within a city” is a literal direct quotation, though.

      That in of itself invalidates your entire argument.

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