Final Jeopardy: Word Origins
The Final Jeopardy question (12/23/2014), in the category “Word Origins” was:
In the mid-1960s, a decade after it first appeared in a holiday tale, this word came to be used for any mean killjoy.
Current champ Allison Fraser has a 2-day total of $40,901. Trebek said that these two players: Melissa Applebee, from Urbana, IL; and Avishai Gebler, originally from Sharon, MA., are here “to put an end to” Allison’s winning ways. Let’s see what happens.
Round 1: Allison found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Authors” under the $600 clue before the first break. She was in second place with $1,200, $3,000 less than Avishai’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.
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Avishai finished in the lead with $6,200. Allison was second with $5,800 and Melissa was last with $3,200.
Round 2: Melissa found the first Daily Double in “The 1920s” under the $800 clue on the second pick of the round. Since the first clue was a triple stumper, she still was in third place with $3,200, $3,000 less than Avishai’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.
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Allison found the last Daily Double in “National Parks of the World” under the $800 clue. In the lead with $13,800, she had $3,600 more than Avishai in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.
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Allison finished in the lead with $19,400. Avishai was next with $12,600 and Melissa was in third place with $9,000.
Upon returning from the break, Melissa’s score was upped to $9,800 because komodo dragons are monitor lizards.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
WHAT IS A GRINCH?
““How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” is probably Dr. Seuss’s most classic story of all…. The story is about a green ogre who lives on a mountain, miserable and angry and resentful of the Whos in the village below who are celebrating Christmas. The happier they are, the angrier he gets. This continues until finally he can’t take it anymore and hatches a plan to steal away their joy– by stealing Christmas….” (Why the Grinch Stole Christmas)
On thesaurus.com, killjoy, party pooper and wet blanket are the top 3 synonyms for grinch.
Melissa wrote down “Debbie Downer”. She lost her $9,601 bet and finished with $199.
Avishai got it right. He bet it all, doubling his score to $25,200.
Allison thought it was Scrooge (the Dickens character, noted for his miserliness). She lost her $5,900 bet and wound up in second place with $13,500, making Avishai the winner.
The 2-day curse has struck again and we now look to the new champ to break it.
Avishai Gebler used to be a high school teacher. During the chat, he explained that he left that occupation and is currently studying to become a rabbi at the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in Riverdale, NY.
2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Art & Activism”
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