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Final Jeopardy: European Authors

Published on November 19, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

The Final Jeopardy question (11/19/2012), in the category “European Authors” was:

Amazon said this author who died in 2004 was the first to sell a million kindle e-books.

We’re about to get down to the real nitty-gritty in the 2012 Teachers Tournament today. Three finalists are competing for a grand prize of $100,000 and one of these players will take that home tomorrow: Michael Farabaugh a high school chemistry teacher; Colby Burnett, a high school world history teacher; and  Kate Wilson, a high school AT English teacher.

Colby found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “In 1867.” He was tied for the lead with Kate at $4,200, $1,400 more than Michael. Colby bet $1,000, being a bit gunshy after his last attempt to ‘Roger Craig it’ went awry, but this time he was RIGHT.

She wed a doomed physician suffering from alcoholism, perhaps contributing to her violent hatred of booze.
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Colby finished in the lead with $6,600. Kate was second with $4,400 and Michael was last with $3,800.

Michael found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Geology.” He was now in second place with $6,600, $2,800 less than Colby’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Naturally, plenty of coal was formed in this geologic period, 360 million to 300 million B.C..
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Michael found the last Daily Double in “Around the Mediterranean.” He was in the lead with $12,000, $3,800 more than Colby, who was in second place. He bet $3,000, and he was RIGHT.

Balzac described it as “a French island basking in the Italian sun.”
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Michael finished in the lead with $13,000. Colby was next with $11,800 and Kate was in third place with $6,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHO IS STIEG LARSSON?

On July 27, 2010, Amazon announced in a press release: “that Stieg Larsson, author of the internationally bestselling Millennium Trilogy, has become the first author to sell over 1 million Kindle books and is the first member of the new “Kindle Million Club.” The “Kindle Million Club” recognizes authors whose entire body of work has sold over 1 million copies in the Kindle Store” (Amazon.com: Press Releases)

Larsson died on November 9, 2004 from a heart attack at the age of 50.

Kate could not come up with a guess so she lost her $3,000 bet, leaving her with $3,000.

Colby wrote down “Chrichton.” (John) Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, etc.) died in 2008. Colby lost a modest $1,200, finishing with $10,600.

Michael wrote down J.K. Rowling, getting quite a laugh because she’s quite alive. He lost $3,000 so he ended up with $10,000.

The Teachers Tournament finalists will bring these scores with them for Part 2 tomorrow.

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