Final Jeopardy: Novel Title Characters

The Final Jeopardy question (10/8/2014), in the category “Novel Title Characters” was:

“His madness being stronger than any other faculty”, he “resolved to have himself dubbed a knight by the first person he met”.

2-day champ Terri Pous has won $36,801 so far. In her third game, she takes on these two players: Jason Washington, from Quincy, IL; and Emily Herndon, from Knoxville, TN.

Round 1: Terri found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Bordering Missouri” under the $1,000 clue. She was in the lead with $2,800, $800 ahead of Emily in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was Kentucky. That was WRONG.

It has the smallest legislative branch in the nation, 49 senators. show

Terri finished in the lead with $3,200. Emily was second with $3,000 and Jason was $1,000 in the red.

Round 2: Terri found the first Daily Double in “Grave New World” under the $800 clue. She was in the lead with $3,600, $600 more than Emily in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

He was entombed with his Gibson Les Paul in 1981 in Saint Ann, Jamaica. show

Terri found the last Daily Double in “You’re So Vein” under the $800 clue. In the lead with $6,000, she had $1,800 more than Emily in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Ancient Egyptians & Romans believed in the vena amoris, a vein thought to run straight to the heart from this finger. show

Terri finished in the lead with $7,000. Emily was next with $4,200 and Jason was in third place with $200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHO IS DON QUIXOTE?

Published by Miguel de Cervantes in 2 volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. It regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published. In Oct. 2003, it was No. 1 on a list of “The 100 greatest novels of all time”, published in The Guardian/Observer

Don Quixote Notes from Bookrags “Prior to his reinvention of himself, Don Quijote’s name was Alonso Quijano, owner of an estate in La Mancha. After years of obsessively reading books of chivalry, his mind finally snaps and he decides to become an actual knight errant like those in the tales he has read.”

Jason came up with Hamlet, who appears in a play and is already a prince. He didn’t bet anything so he remained at $200.

Emily got it right. Her $3,900 bet brought her up to $8,100.

Terri thought it was the villainous Mr. Hyde who wasn’t the only title character of that novel. She lost $1,401 and finished in second place with $5,599, so Emily Herndon is our new champ.

FJ Results 10-8-14

Emily is a bakery owner who produces unique cakes. Her most recent was a Crazy Cat Lady cake.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Historic Rulers”

This ruler of a New World country was born in Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace in 1832 & executed far from home in 1867. show

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3 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    emily apparently placed her bet hoping-and needing terri to be wrong, so she could have bet it all.
    what surprised me most though is that only 1 player got fj. i was 99% convinced that this would be answered correctly by all 3 player, regardless who terri’s opponents would be.

    so congratulations,emily!

    i have not seen the show yet and don’t know if terri and jason remembered the right character as soon as the solution was revealed, but i am sure that both have either read the novel or at least KNOW about it. a “quixotery” for something that is done without any hope for it to succeed and/or is foolish in the first place is an expression i heard in the states and europe, even in the caribbean.

    i was not very impressed by the numbers going into fj. i’ll be curious to see why they were that low in about 2 1/2 hours.

    • VJ says:

      The whole game was a bit of a trainwreck. Can’t say I’m sorry Terri lost, though. She started out all gung ho on Monday, but today and yesterday, I thought she just looked disengaged, like she would rather be somewhere else.

      • john blahuta says:

        speaking of contestants: somehow i sense a trend to more and more average players, not just in terms of knowledge – not everybody can be a ken jennings- but…..personality and charisma seem to be down from just 1,2 years ago. or is it just me???