1950s Politics (2-28-24) – Fikkle Fame (2024)

The Final Jeopardy question (2/28/2024) in the category “1950s Politics” was:

In 1959 Bob Bartlett & Hiram Fong each won a coin flip to gain this alliterative title

Today’s ToC contestants are: Nick Cascone, an orthopedic physician assistant orig. from Queens, NY; Jake DeArruda, a delivery routing assistant orig. from Ludlow, VT; and Yogesh Raut, a social and personality psychologist from Vancouver, WA.

Round 1 Categories: Shall We Dance? – Alliterative Phrases – That’s in Asia – The Emmys – Feeling Charitable – A Little Histor”e”

Jake found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Feeling Charitable” under the $600 clue on the 8th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $6,600, $1,800 more than Yogesh in second place. Jake went all in and he was RIGHT.

May 28, 1961, when the newspaper story “The Forgotten Prisoners” ran, is considered the founding date of this organization show

Jake finished in the lead with $14,400. Yogesh was in second place with $5,600. Nick was last with $1,000. All clues were shown. Upon returning from commercial, Ken noted that Jake’s score was the highest first round score of this season.

Round 2 Categories: New U.S. Stamps for 2024 – Women in Lit – Name that Tomb – British Actors & Actresses – In the Dictionary – Lesser-Known Sciences

Nick found the first Daily Double in “Name That Tomb” under the $1,200 clue on the 10th pick of the round. He was in last place with $5,800, $6,600 more than Yogesh’s lead. Nick made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Cyrus the Great’s tomb still stands at Pasargadae in this country, but his gold Sarcophagus is gone show

On the next selection, Nick found the last Daily Double in “In the Dictionary” under the $1,600 clue. He was in second place now with $11,600, $800 less than Yogesh’s lead. Nick bet $10,000 and guessed improvisation. That was WRONG.

Spur-of-the-moment, or a piano piece that’s meant to sound spontaneous like Chopin’s Opus 29 show

Yogesh finished in the lead with $26,800. Jake was in second place with $14,400. Nick was last with $2,400. All clues were shown.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


U.S. senators are ranked by the length of their tenure in the Senate. The senator with the longer time in office is the senior senator and the other is junior senator. When 2 senators enter the Senate on the same day, a coin flip can be used to determine their ranking. Senate Seniority, however, lists other tie-breaking methods.

When Alaska joined the Union in Jan. 1959, according to the UVA Center for Politics, Sens. Bob Bartlett (D) and Ernest Gruening (D) flipped a coin to see who would draw first on term length. Gruening drew a 4-year term and Bartlett drew a two-year term. The Univ. of Alaska says an earlier coin flip had already decided that Bartlett would be the senior senator.

Hawaii entered the Union in Aug. 1959. Sens. Hiram Fong (R) and Oren Long (D) had a coin toss to determine who would draw a term card first. Long got to draw first but ended up with a 2-year term. Fong got the 6-year term. I think that’s longer term is what gave Sen. Fong seniority. I’ll have to check some more to see if they had a separate coin toss.

Nick went with state senator. He lost $2,399 and had a dollar left.

Jake also had state senator. He lost $12,401 and finished with $1,999.

Yogesh thought it was president pro tempore. He lost $2,001 but won the game with $24,799. Yogesh Raut joins the cast of semifinalists.

1950s Politics (2-28-24) – Fikkle Fame (1)

A triple stumper from each round:

THAT’S IN ASIA ($1000) Lake Tengiz is in this large -stan that’s on the northern border of 3 other -stans

LESSER-KNOWN SCIENCES ($1600) Silvics is the study of these, & silviculture, the art of their propagation

More clues on Page 2

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Play Characters”

A 1949 review noted the “wrong formulas for success” of this character & “fatal misconceptions about his place in the scheme of things” show


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