Final Jeopardy: Publishing
The Final Jeopardy question (12/21/2015) in the category “Publishing” was:
In 1927 the publishers of the Modern Library widened its scope and took this name, meant as a joke about how it would select titles.
Today’s players are Shoshana Gordon Ginsburg from Washington, D.C.; Jay O’Brien, from Waterford, NY; and Liz Quesnelle, from Pittsburg, PA.
Where’s the champ? After announcing that he just had a full knee replacement, Alex Trebek explained that current champ Claudia Corriere had a conflict with a job offer that she had to accept. He said she will be returning for her next game not long after the New Year.
Round 1: Liz found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Our Bodies” under the $400 clue before the first break. She was the only one with any money, $2,600. Both Jay ($1,000) and Shoshana ($600) were in the hole. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.
The first cervical vertebra is called this after a Greek god because it supports the head. show
Liz finished in the lead with $5,800. Shoshana was second with $4,000 and Jay was last with $3,000.
Round 2: Jay found the first Daily Double in “World War I” under the $1,200 clue. He was now in third place with $3,800, $8,800 less than Liz in the lead. He bet $3,200 and he was RIGHT.
The Zimmerman Note encouraged this nation to ally with Germany which promised to let it annex lost land in the U.S. show
Shoshana found the last Daily Double in “Colorful U.S. Cities” under the $2,000 clue. In second place with $6,000, she had $6,600 less than Liz in the lead. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.
This Alabama college town’s name was inspired by a line from Oliver Goldsmith’s poem “The Deserted Village”. show
Liz finished in the lead with $15,000. Shoshana was next with $10,000 and Jay was in third place with $3,800.
ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
WHAT IS RANDOM HOUSE?
There is a timeline of the history of Penguin Random House on its website, showing how Bennet Cerf and Donald S. Klopfer, purchased the 109 volume Modern Library for $200K in 1925 and changed its name to Random House two years later.
ModernLibrary.com also has a lot of info on the company, including a 2002 speech by Henry Toledano. “Cerf and Klopfer decided that, as a sort of hobby, they would publish quality books they liked and at random. Thus Random House was born. The year was 1927.”
Jay bet $3,799 and finished with $7,599.
Shoshana’s $7,500 bet brought her up to $17,500.
Liz bet $5,001 and that gave her $20,001, today’s winning total. She will be returning tomorrow, presumably with her Jeopardy! nails still intact.
Liz’s nails must have brought her luck today. If you can’t see them well in this image, click on it for a closer look. There’s even a little picture of Alex Trebek on one, done by hand. Liz tactfully told her host that he is far more handsome than the painting.
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Presidents & Films”
Jimmy Carter held 480 screenings at the White House; his first was this film set in 1970s Washington, D.C. show