Final Jeopardy: Women Authors
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/18/2017) in the category “Women Authors” was:
A 1936 N.Y. Times review called the debut novel by this author “In all probability, the biggest book of the year: 1,037 pages”
Today and tomorrow, we will watch the 2-part final battle of the 2017 Teachers Tournament. The finalists are David Clemmons (SF #1) from Fort Worth, TX; Nan Cohen (SF #2), from Van Nuys, CA; and Mary Parker (SF #3), from Rogers, AR.
Their scores at the end of this match will be added to tomorrow’s score to determine who will win $25K, $50K and the top prize of $100K. The grand prize winner also gets a spot in the Tournament of Champions.
Round 1 Categories: The Art of War – Some of Your Business – TV Sitcom by Episodes – Written in 18-Something – Going Dutch – 2 by 4
Nan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Written in 18-Something” under the $1,000 clue on the 5th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,400, $1,000 more than Mary in second place. She went for a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.
This man wrote “could it be possible this old saint in the forest hath not yet heard of it, that God is dead!” show
Nan finished in the lead with $6,800. David was second with $3,800 and Mary was last with $2,800.
Round 2 Categories: Mourning Assembly – Ballet – A Round of Gulf – Plants & Flowers – Pro Russell-ing – Double Vowel in the Middle
Nan found the first Daily Double in “Double Vowel” under the $1,600 clue on the 9th pick. She was in the lead with $11,600 at this point, $5,200 more than Mary in second place. She bet $6,500 and she was RIGHT.
People get buzzed practicing apiculture, aka this. show
David found the last Daily Double in “A Round of Gulf” under the $1,600 clue, with 9 clues left after it. In second place with $8,200, he had $12,300 less than Nan’s lead. He bet $5,000 and picked Italy. That was WRONG.
The Gulf of Antalya is part of this country’s long southern coast on the Mediterranean. show
Nan finished in the lead with $20,500. Mary was next with $11,600 and David was in third place with $7,600.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
Ralph Thompson’s 1936 New York Times review of Margaret Mitchell’s first published novel is online. In it, he wishes the author had edited “Gone with the Wind” down to about 500 pages, points out historical flaws and anachronisms but fiddle-dee-dee!– he totally misses what would really make the novel so popular: the tempestuous and tragic romance of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler.
David got it right. His $2,400 bet brought him up to $10,000.
Mary thought it was Edith Wharton. (Valley of Decision, 1902) She lost her $8,000 bet, finishing with $3,600.
Nan came up with Willa Cather (Alexander’s Bridge, 1912). That cost her $11,500. She had $9,000 left.
So David and Nan will go into tomorrow’s match with close scores, but Mary has some catching up to do.
A triple stumper from each round
TV SITCOM BY EPISODES (1000) “And The Big Buttercream Breakthrough” & “And The Taste Test”
BALLET ($1200) In a classic 1890 ballet, the fairy of the songbirds dances at the christening of this fairy-tale heroine
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “19th Century Authors”
In an essay, he wrote, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” show