Final Jeopardy: Shakespeare
The Final Jeopardy question (1/16/2014), in the category “Shakespeare” was:
This 5-letter name appears 7 times in Shakespeare titles, more than any other name.
Sarah McNitt, now a 2-day champ, has won a total of $28,400. Today she tries for a third win against these two players: Stacy Meyers, from Fredericksburg, VA; and Gudrun Juffer, originally from Milwaukee, WI.
Stacy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Beethoven” under the $800 clue. She was in second place with $2,800, $1,600 less than Sarah’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.
With angry strings & gentle keyboard, piano Concerto No. 4 evokes this mythic musician calming the furies with song. show
Sarah finished in the lead with $4,400. Stacy was second with $3,800 and Gudrun was last with $2,200.
Stacy found the first Daily Double in “Blade Runner” under the $800 clue. She was in second place with $10,600, $200 behind Sarah’s lead. She bet $1,000 but didn’t know so she was WRONG.
In a Tennyson poem, Bedever is asked to make a run with this & fling it into the “middle mere.” show
Gudrun found the last Daily Double in “Metropolis” under the $800 clue. In third place with $4,200, she was $6,400 behind Sarah’s lead. She went for a true Daily Double, to catch up, and thought it was San Antonio. That was WRONG.
In 1890, the population of this U.S. city bordering Mexico was 16,000; today it’s 1.3 million. show
And with that the round was over leaving 4 clues on the board, but at least we got both Daily Doubles today.
Sarah finished in the lead with $13,600. Stacy was next with $10,400 and Gudrun was in third place with $1,200.
TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
The only names repeated in titles in all of Shakespeare’s plays are Henry and Richard, and only one of them has 5 letters. None of the title names in tragedies has a repeat appearance and none of the comedies has a name in the title. (Shakespeare’s Plays, listed by genre)
Gudrun got it right. Her $1,100 bet brought her up to $2,300.
Stacy wrote down Romeo, sadly noting she forgot the histories. She lost $7,600 and finished with $2,800.
Sarah wrote down Paris, then crossed it out in favor of the right answer. She bet $4,000 (again), so she won this one with $17,600. Her 3-day total is $46,000.
We know that Sarah is giving betting strategists fits with her $4,000 bet, but by now, it’s clear she thinks it’s lucky and, so far, she’s been RIGHT.
It was cool that they had a clue in “Blade Runner” today where the answer was Sigurd, while they had a contestant with the same name as his wife (Gudrun). Stacy was the one who buzzed in on that one.