Final Jeopardy: Historic Names

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  1. Cece says:

    Man what an annoying game! And one of them had to ruin a triple-solve on what looked like a kids week FJ.

    “Poultry in motion?” Really?…

    • VJ says:

      LOL on the poultry. As for FJ, the way I see it, at least she didn’t write down a joke answer. That would have been worse.

      • Cece says:

        And “Alpaca lips?” Y’know, I can see humor on most things but these puns…please writers, never again!

        I didn’t know the Pope’s birth name was Angelo—actually all I knew was that a pope named John died the same year as JFK. Why did he change his name to Giovanni? I think Pope Angelo has a nice ring to it. :)

        • VJ says:

          Here’s an online article that answers why they change their names. I thought it was because Christ changed Simon’s name to Peter myself.

          Since the USA had its first president, there have been 17 popes. 7 of them were named Pius. I remember the day Pius XII died. I was 7 years old and Sister Vincent de Paul, my 3rd grade teacher, was the bearer of the news. We had to stand up and pray for his eternal rest and resume our schoolwork. The day JFK died, I was 12 and I was in French class. My teacher, Miss Pormann, came in looking ghostly pale. I said to the kid sitting next to me, “I wonder who died.” Then she told us and sent us all home.

        • Cece says:

          So according to the article, they don’t have to, they just choose to. I guess Giovanni thought the name Angelo wasn’t Roman enough? Anyway, I like the name Pope Marcellus (the last one to use his birth name; interesting). Thanks for the link. :)

          Robin Williams in his hilarious act ‘Weapons of Self Destruction” talked about us having a Latin American Pope—- Pope Enrique-— with his samba nuns clad in little bikinis, dancing and singing “Come on back to the church.”. Side splitting. :)

        • VJ says:

          Well, I guess the decision not to go with one’s given name doesn’t just apply to names that sound like Roman gods. Jorge is the given name of Pope Francis. I can just imagine Robin Williams doing that routine with the Spanish pronunciation. Oy!

  2. Dalton says:

    So, no Ken Jennings’ run for Alex. Well maybe the next player.

    • VJ says:

      Dalton, I thought of you on this Name in Common clue that stumped the players

      The movie’s Trumbo
      English chemist John
      Politics’ Fred Thompson

  3. aaaa says:

    31/55 here. Came fairly close to a solo player FJ!, but not quite.

    • Richard Corliss says:

      Crap. I was hoping she be the single player in Final Jeopardy. That way she would come to the tournament of champions and be knocked out in the quarterfinals.

    • VJ says:

      Yep, Round 2 was quite the disaster for Brandon and esp Alex.

      At one point, there was this $1,600 clue in the 3-D category: A book parody of the Crawley family & their estate uses this word meaning “trampled upon” before “Abbey” in its title.

      Alex said “What is downtreaded– trodded– treaded.”

      Nobody else wanted to give it a try. LOL. Alex Trebek then said “Alex, we cut you a lot of slack on “Jeopardy!” but we do not usually allow our contestants to give three variations of downtrodden.”

      “Fair enough,” Alex replied.