Final Jeopardy: British Musical Theater
The Final Jeopardy question (1/28/2016) in the category “British Musical Theater” was:
A critic said, “I doubt if there is a single joke in” this 1885 work “that fits the Japanese. But all the jokes… fit the English”.
Fred Vaughn became the first 4x champ since Matt Jackson won his 4th game yesterday and he saw his winnings rise to $65,700. Today he takes on these two players: Mara Apostol, from Miami, FL; and Phyllis Kidd, from Glen Ellyn, IL.
Round 1 Categories: Coif Medicine – Presidential Surnames on Film – “O” in Literature – Math Terms – 5-Letter Verbs – Chicago History
Phyllis found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “O in Literature” under the $800 clue not long after the chat. She was in the lead with $2,600, $600 ahead of Fred in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was “Omoo” (even though Alex attempted a Cuban accent on the last part of the clue). That was WRONG but it turned out to be the answer to the next clue and Phyllis redeemed herself.
This tale includes the line “Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too? show
Mara finished in the lead with $7,000. Fred was second with $3,400 and Phyllis was last with $1,600.
Round 2 Categories: Murphy! – As I Live & Breathe – You Old Son of a Gun Maker – Where You Been? – Long Time – No C
Fred found the first Daily Double in “No C” under the $2,000 clue. In the lead with $12,600, he had $1,600 more than Mara in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.
Mythological character now left alone in the constellation Gemini. show
Mara found the last Daily Double in “As I Live & Breathe” with 8 clues left after it. She was in second place with $11,400 now, $2,600 less than Fred’s lead. SHe bet $3,000 and it sounded like she said “cava.” That was WRONG.
The left lung has superior & inferior these parts, the right lung has those & a middle one too. show
Fred finished in the lead with $11,600. Mara was next with $10,400 and Phyllis was in third place with $8,400.
ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
A 10/16/1990 article in the Los Angeles Times summarizes both the plot and the performance history of the comic opera “The Mikado” and includes on page 2, the quote from G.K. Chesterton: “Gilbert pursued and persecuted the evils of modern England till they had literally not a leg to stand on, exactly as Swift did under the allegory of ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’ I doubt if there is a single joke in the whole play that fits the Japanese. But all the jokes in the play fit the English.”
Phyllis bet $3,201 bet. That brought her up to $11,601.
Mara bet $6,401. She finished with $16,801.
Fred bet $5,000 so he finished with $16,600 but that put him in second place and made Mara the new Jeopardy! champ, a great surprise to her.
Triple Stumper: Too bad no one picked up this clue in “Long Time”: “It’s longer than a period or era; the Phanerozoic one started 541 million years ago & is still going on.” It was worth $2,000!
2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Comedic Actresses”
She’s won Emmys for 3 different TV shows & in 2013 she broke Lucille Ball’s record for most noms. by a comedic actress. show