Deeper Into Jeopardy! XV: Colleges, not Universities – $1200

Jeopardy! category: COLLEGES, NOT UNIVERSITIES (22-04-2014)

$1200 clue: This pizza magnate & 2012 presidential candidate was a math major at historically black Morehouse College

Correct response

The gist: Let’s just say I’m thankful Morehouse College gives me some more substance to talk about than does the correct response. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XV: Colleges, not Universities – $400

This week, we’ll take on one of the many Jeopardy! categories I’ve always had a bit of trouble with, and one that doesn’t fit neatly into a bigger topic like science or history – institutions of higher education (especially American ones). These show up a lot in the show, but there are so many of them in the States that they’re very tough to keep track of (especially if, like me, you don’t live there). So let’s brush up on those venerable establishments with last Tuesday’s Double Jeopardy! category on at least some of them…

Jeopardy! category: COLLEGES, NOT UNIVERSITIES (22-04-2014)

$400 clue: Co-sovereigns chartered this Virginia school in 1693

Correct response

The gist: Missing the distinction of being the modern United States’ first institution of higher learning by a healthy 57 years (that honour goes to Harvard), it nonetheless holds a pretty respectable position in American history, having educated 16 of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIV: The Far East – $1200

Jeopardy! category: THE FAR EAST (15-04-2014)

$1200 clue: We shall return to this island nation & its large lakes like lake Lanao on Mindanao

Correct response

The gist: When American WWII General Douglas MacArthur said that he intended to return, he was promising to come back to liberate the island after it was taken over by Japanese forces in WWII.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIV: The Far East – $400

As our last geography category was on the Pacific Islands, we’ll just inch a bit westward this time to take on that far bit of Asia (if your vantage point is Europe and you’re taking the Silk Road, that is).

Jeopardy! category: THE FAR EAST (15-04-2014)

$400 clue: Venomous snakes are “milked” of their poison twice daily for snakebite antidotes at the Pasteur Institute in this Thai capital

Correct response

The gist: Louis Pasteur, French Nobel Prize-winning scientist, inventor of the rabies and anthrax vaccines, pioneer of the germ theory of disease, and developer of his eponymous pasteurization technique, lends his eminent name two dozen world-class research institutes spread all over the globe. As far as I can tell, however, he doesn’t lend it to any in Thailand – not anymore, at least.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIII: An Eco-Category – $1000

Jeopardy! category: AN ECO-CATEGORY (10-04-2014)

$1000 clue: More efficient than filament bulbs, this light source gets its name from its twin terminal structure

Correct response

The gist: Not the curvy ones! Those are CFLs, compact fluorescent lamps, which get their name simply because they’re smaller than the big tubes that most people think of when they hear “fluorescent bulb.”  Continue reading