Final Jeopardy: 19th Century British Authors
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/29/2017) in the category “19th Century British Authors” was:
Cliffs Notes says a book by this man “was the work of a mathematician and logician who wrote as both a humorist and as a limerist”
2x champ Jon Groubert won $40,991 last week. In Game 3, his challengers are: Megan Clair, from Houston, TX; and Emily Hollins, from Hancock, MD.
Round 1 Categories: What’s That Planet? – TV Funny Guys – The Classics – A Rocky Category – Oranges – The New “Black”
Jon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Classics” under the $800 clue on the 15th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,600, $600 more than Megan in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.
Charles Dickens used material from an abandoned autobiography for this 1850 novel which he wrote in the first person . show
Jon finished in the lead with $9,000. Megan was second with $7,400 and Emily was last with $2,000.
Round 2 Categories: Finger-Snapping Tunes – Idiomatic Pairs – Painters of Motion – States’ Largest Lakes – Logo Animals – Arlington National Cemetery
Jon found the first Daily Double in “Arlington National Cemetery” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues still to go after it. He was in the lead with $13,800 at this point, $3,600 more than Megan in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.
Robert F. Kennedy wanted JFK buried under a simple wooden cross. That was overruled. But when he died, Robert, a WWII veteran of this same service as his brother Jack, got the humble monument he desired. show
Jon found the last Daily Double in “States’ Largest Lakes” under the $2,000 clue. It was the very last one. In the lead with $27,200, he had $15,800 more than Megan in second place. It looked good– he already answered every clue in this category correctly. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.
Lake Sam Rayburn. show
Jon finished in the lead with $32,200, his second runaway. Megan was next with $11,400 and Emily was in third place with $5,600.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
The phrase in the clue is in Cliffs Notes “On Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the work that gave Lewis Carroll everlasting fame and inspired untold numbers of derivative works. In the 20th century, an interest in Carroll’s scholarly works developed. In “Lewis Carroll as a Probabilist and Mathematician,” E. Seneta analyzed his methods in “72 Pillow Problems” (1893) and concluded that Carroll’s contributions were important, but were largely ignored due to “their unusual format and manner of presentation.”
On CuttheKnot.org, Alexander Bogomolny analyzed Carroll’s 1886 book “The Game of Logic.” He even included some Java applets.
Emily thought it was Oscar Wilde. She bet and lost it all.
Megan picked Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). She didn’t bet anything so she remained at $11,400.
Jon got it right. He bet $3,000 and won this match with $35,200. That gave him a 3-day total of $76,191.
Two triple stumpers from the match:
TV FUNNY GUYS ($600) The 1933 musical “Moonlight and Pretzels” featured William Frawley who would later gain fame as this neighbor of Lucy
THE CLASSICS ($1000) Hopefully, he was content with “The Winter of Our Discontent”– it helped him win a 1962 Nobel prize
2 years ago: Only ONE of the two players left in FJ got this one in “Sports Rules”
The Syracuse owner created this in 1954 and it may have helped his team succeed the Lakers as champs the next year. show