Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Novels
The Final Jeopardy question (5/27/2016) in the category “19th Century Novels” was:
“The Gold Bug”, Edgar Allan Poe’s story about the search for Captain Kidd’s buried loot, helped inspire this 1883 novel.
9x champ Buzzy Cohen saw his winnings rise to $164,603 yesterday. Will he win his 10th game today? Only if Buzzy can beat today’s challengers: Megan Hauser, from Chicago, IL; and Erin Delaney, from North Hills, CA.
Round 1 Categories: She-Cago – Numerical Lit – I’m So Jelly – Podcasts – Land Down Under Adjacent-ish – Classified 3 F
Erin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Numerical Lit” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. She was in a tie with Buzzy at $600. Megan had yet to ring in. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.
O’Brien is the totalitarian torturer in this novel. show
Megan finished in the lead with $5,200. Erin was second with $4,400 and Buzzy was last with $3,000.
Round 2 Categories: Fear – Surprise – Ruthless Efficiency – Almost Fanatical Devotion – Nice Red Uniforms! – The Spanish Inquisition
Buzzy found the first Daily Double in “Ruthless Efficiency” under the $1,200 clue on the 8th pick of the round. In second place with $4,600, he had $5,400 less than Erin’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.
You might get a new office chair thanks to this study of efficiency in the working environment, from Greek for “work”. show
Megan found the last Daily Double in “Nice Red Uniform!” under the $1,600 clue, with 5 clues to go after it. She was in second place with $9,200 now, $7,200 less than Erin’s lead. She bet $2,000 and took a guess with “Red Hats.” That was WRONG.
National name of the papal protectors seen here.
Erin finished in the lead with $16,400. Buzzy was next with $12,200 and Megan was in third place with $7,200.
ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
In Feb. 1884, 3 months after “Treasure Island” was published in novel form, The NY Times noted in its review: “Perhaps it would have been fairer if Mr. Stevenson had dedicated this thrilling tale of buccaneers not to ‘S.L.O., an American Gentleman,’ [his stepson, Samuel Lloyd Osbourne] but to ‘E.A.P., an American Author,’ since it is the story called ‘The Gold Bug’ with many pleasant and clever amplifications.”
In “My First Book–“Treasure Island,” a Sept. 1894 article in McClure’s Magazine, Robert Louis Stevenson acknowledged Poe’s influence (among others) but he thought of it as “trifles and details,” adding “No man can hope to have a monopoly of skeletons or make a corner in talking birds.” RLS felt he owed his largest “Treasure Island” debt to Washington Irving “for I believe plagiarism was rarely carried farther.”
Megan bet $7,000 and finished with $14,200.
Buzzy bet $8,000. That brought him up to $20,200.
Erin bet $8,001 and won the match with $24,401. Congrats, Erin! All of the contestants played well today but Erin is our new Jeopardy! champ.
I’M SO JELLY ($1000) Born Ferdinand LaMothe in 1890, this New Orleans pianist claimed to have invented jazz
SURPRISE ($1000) One-word title of R.J. Palacio’s book about Auggie, a 5th grader with a different kind of face
2 years ago (Julia Collins’ record-breaking 20th win): TWO of the players got this FJ in “19th Century Politics”
A Senate seat from this southern State sat vacant for 4 years; when it was filled, its ex-occupant had become U.S. Pres. show