Final Jeopardy: Adventure Literature
The Final Jeopardy question (1/14/2016) in the category “Adventure Literature” was:
In Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, explorers enter an Icelandic volcano & emerge on this island off Sicily.
2x champ Amelia Hershberger has won $37,000 in her two appearances. Today her challengers are: Ben Almoite, from Richmond, VA; and Ellen Huber, from Morrisville, PA.
Round 1: Amanda found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “King of the World” under the $800 clue right before the first break. She was in second place with $800, $2,600 less than Ben’s lead. She bet the $1,000 allowance and took a guess with Wilhelm. That was WRONG.
In 1747 this Prussian king presented a musical theme to Bach, who used it to develop his “Musical Offering”. show
Ben finished in the lead with $4,800. Amelia was second with $4,000 and Ellen was last, $800 in the red.
Round 2: Ben found the first Daily Double in “Double Animal Names” under the $1,200 clue. He was now in second place with $5,600, $1,200 less than Amelia’s lead. He bet $3,000 and didn’t even take a guess so he was WRONG.
Emerging from eggs the size of footballs, newly hatched young of this largest living fish are 2 feet long. show
Amelia found the last Daily Double in “This Category has been Flagged” under the $1,600 clue. She was in the lead with $8,000, $3,000 more than Ben in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was admiral. That was WRONG.
The main flag on a warship is called this, also a rank in the Navy. show
Four clues later, the round ended with 5 clues uncovered. Amelia was in the lead with $6,000. Ben was next with $3,000 and Ellen was in third place with $2,000.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
In Chapter 43 of “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the subterranean explorations of Professor Lidenbrock come to an end when he, his nephew Axel and their guide Hans Bjelke are ejected from a volcano and have no idea where they are. A little boy comes along and, after trying to speak to him in various languages, they hit on his native tongue and learn the name of their location.
Geology.com has a page with lots of information about the Stromboli volcano. The Jules Verne connection is included.
Ellen had no clue and that’s what she wrote down. She bet and lost it all.
Ben thought it was Corsica. He also bet the farm but he got the second place prize.
Amelia came up with Corsica, too. She didn’t bet anything so she won with the $6,000 she took into FJ. Her 3-day total is $43,000.
There were three triple stumpers after the “minute to go” warning. This was one of them in Biblical Geography ($2,000): “This garden where Jesus prayed before his arrest was near the Mount of Olives.” Judas gives the high priests the answer in the song Damned for All Time/Blood Money from “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1973).
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Shakespeare”
This 5-letter name appears 7 times in Shakespeare titles, more than any other name. show