Final Jeopardy: Authors’ Epitaphs

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  1. Kansas Mike says:

    In giving the clue about the Royal Gorge, Alex pronounced Arkansas River as “Arkansaw” River. That truly grates on the ears of anyone living north of the Mason-Dixon, and fails to meet Jeopardy’s highest goal: to educate.

    • Kevin says:

      Not sure how educational pronouncing differently would be. The river originates in the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, CO, and leaves the state in the SE corner at what is one of lowest elevations in Colorado. People who live in Colorado, including those who live in the Arkansas valley or along the river itself, pronounce it just like Alex did.

      I’m not sure sure that pronouncing Amarillo, Texas, in a clue about Texas panhandle cities would be educational if he pronounced it “ah-mah-REE-yo” while reading the clue, even though that might be the correct Spanish pronunciation.

      • VJ says:

        There’s an article on Mental Floss that delves into how the pronunciation of Arkansas came to differ from that of Kansas. At the end they say that the people of Kansas say the “arKANzis” River, and “arKANzis” City. LINK

        • rhonda says:

          I pronounce it like Alex did, too, didn’t know there was even another way to say it.

        • VJ says:

          @Rhonda, remember that Ray Charles song?

          Tell your momma, tell your pa
          I’m gonna send you back to Arkansas

          Anyhoo, I guess it just means that’s the way the river and city are pronounced in Kansas. I also think these articles should note that you *generally* don’t pronounce the final S in French. You do for some words. I call my son “mon fils” all the time.

        • rhonda says:

          It makes me think of our Houston Street in the Village, which is pronounced “Howston”. Many a time I’ve been asked by a tourist where “Uston” Street is lol.

  2. Lou says:

    Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who wrote Hound of the Baskervilles my favorite mystery Novel. Also when I watched the anime case closed jimmy.kudo used the conan name from sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s ironic that one contestant got it, isn’t it, VJ? Also I am betting rob has Seth Wilson’s playing style don’t you agree

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, idk if he plays like Seth. Rob’s got a bunch more games to win to catch up to Seth, but I just looked at Seth’s stats and Rob only needs one more runaway to match him on that. We’ll have to start calling him “Runaway Rob” if this streak continues. lol!

  3. rhonda says:

    VJ, you wrote 2 contestants got it right by mistake.

  4. Myron M. says:

    “Rob thought it was Fleming (Alexander, we presume).”

    Ian.

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