Final Jeopardy: Literary Inspirations

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  1. Tom Clark says:

    As a Jeopardy watcher for over half a century now, sometimes I’m able to do what I did today. I said to the person watching with me, “The answer is The Hound of the Baskervilles, but one will probably say Dracula and another Frankenstein.”

    When that’s exactly what came to pass, the person thought it was a rerun I’d already seen, but no, fifty years of watching a show enable a person to do this.

    For instance, one day last year the FJ was “Classic Films” and the answer was:

    “The first scene of this movie was shot on the first day of filming, Oct. 2, 1960 at 5 a.m. at 727 5th Avenue at 57th Street in New York City.”

    And I said, “It’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but they’ll say West Side Story,” and sure enough, two of them did.

    There’s an extra challenge for you on FJ: Give the correct answer, and predict the wrong answers! :-)

  2. Joshua says:

    there was an answer in double jeopardy that had to do with some document that a mathematician wrote.
    does anyone know the question

    • VJ says:

      I’m assuming you are asking for the clue –in Proofreading for $2K:

      “Mathematicians were shocked to read his 1931 proof of the incompleteness of any given formal system.”

  3. jacobska says:

    VJ, you predicted one correct and one it was. Congrats!

    There were a lot of triple stumpers in this game which surprised me. It was almost as if Peter was playing alone although his score wasn’t in the high figure range. We shall see what happens tomorrow.

    • VJ says:

      Thanks :) It just goes to prove that old adage: Whosoever interprets “beast” as “monster” shall lose his jeopardy bet. LOL.

      Seriously, I thought Dracula had a possibility of popping up, but not Frankenstein.

  4. john blahuta says:

    at least it was not decided by quoting the title wrong. i have heard all kind of versions: the houndS of baskerville, the houndS of the baskerville, the hound of baskerville, the hound of (the) baskerville (s) and every other possible combination, mostly not realizing that baskerville was the name of a family AND a location (their estate). would have been interesting to see whether they would have accepted any of them. probably not, since an added “s” in “hound” or a “the” that was left out would certainly have changed the pronunciation.

    congratulations to peter. he was good enough in regular play so that it did not matter that he apparently is not a fan of sir arthur conan doyle (or at least sherlock holmes…)

  5. Michael says:

    Would the answer “The Hound of the Baskerville” be okay? Does the correct answer need the “s” at the end? Just wondering.

    • john blahuta says:

      exactly what i was wondering in the CotD talk. an omitted or added “s” or “the” would certainly have changed the pronunciation. fortunately it did not come down to this. as i said, i have heard the title in more than half a dozen versions.
      (see my post here as well).

    • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

      Since it’s a title, I think it must be exactly as written.

    • VJ says:

      The only variation I think they accept is if the first “The” is left off.

      Example: They accepted “Catcher in the Rye” from Arthur Chu in Final Jeopardy just this past March (LINK)