Deeper Into Jeopardy! VI: Islands of the Pacific – $2000

Jeopardy! category: ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC (19-02-2014)

$2000 clue: Thor Heyerdahl believed this island was once colonized by a redheaded race from South America, possibly Peru

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The gist: Piloting the Kon-Tiki, a balsa-wood raft constructed based on drawings made by Spanish conquistadores in sixteenth-century Peru, Thor Heyerdahl and his six-man Norwegian-Swedish crew successfully sailed from Callao, Peru to a small islet in the French Polynesian Tuamotu island group. Although his aim was slightly off, he had demonstrated that it was theoretically possible for a craft built on ancient principles (albeit with modern provisions) to successfully sail halfway across the Pacific. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! VI: Islands of the Pacific – $1600

Jeopardy! category: ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC (19-02-2014)

$1600 clue: Anthropologists study the island of Yap for its use of 12-foot stone wheels not for transport but as this

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The gist: In many parts of the world, it may be that possession is nine-tenths of the law. Not always so on the Micronesian* island of Yap. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! VI: Islands of the Pacific – $1200

Jeopardy! category: ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC (19-02-2014)

$1200 clue: Called by some the most beautiful place on earth, Moorea is just 12 miles from this largest island in French Polynesia

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The gist: The Jeopardy! writers may have been reading their Frommer’s guide when they wrote this clue: that publication has called Moorea (or Mo’orea with the Polynesian glottal stop represented by the apostrophe) “the most beautiful island in the world.” Its nearly symmetrical Opunohu and Cook’s Bays give the island a vaguely cardioid shape, and it rises gently out of the ocean surrounded by clear water and sandy beaches, with its centre enclosed by mountain peaks that rise between the shores. Sounds pretty picturesque to me, at least. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! VI: Islands of the Pacific – $800

Jeopardy! category: ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC (19-02-2014)

$800 clue: A big tourist activity in Tonga is whale watching, & since the whales are mainly this singing species, whale listening too

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The gist: Those of us gritting our teeth at the cold this time of year up here in the north of the northern hemisphere are probably a little jealous of the subjects of this category, but don’t be when it comes to this one. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! VI: Islands of the Pacific – $400

The 2014 College Tournament wrapped up this week, which I believe means back to regular programming, and back to Mr. Chu, tonight. For now, we’ll talk a look Islands of the Pacific from Wednesday, February 19th’s Double Jeopardy! round. The reason I chose that category is because I recently read the book Pacific Worlds by Matt Matsuda, a fascinating and very well-written survey of the history of the Pacific Ocean and its place in global history. Highly recommended, especially for people looking to expand their historical horizons into less-well-known parts of the world by most English-speaking standards.

Jeopardy! category: ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC (19-02-2014)

$400 clue: A brand of water named for this Pacific island nation is bottled at the source, the Yaqara Valley on Viti Levu

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The gist: Military dictatorships, thug squads, journalistic intimidation, rampant corruption, and international intrigue might not be the sorts of things you’d readily associate with a bottled water company. Continue reading