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Final Jeopardy: 20th Century History

Published on June 12, 2013 by   ·   9 Comments

The Final Jeopardy question (6/12/2013), in the category “20th Century History” (correction*) was:

In terms of British monarchs, it’s next in the sequence Seventh, Fifth, Eighth, Sixth…

* thanks to elijahjt for the heads up on mistakenly listing the category as “British Monarchs.” See comments.

Now a 3-day champ, Tim Anderson has racked up $56,001. Today he’s trying for a 4th win against these two contestants: Erin Murphy from Villa Hills, KY; and Andre Green from Somerville, MA.

Tim found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “National Historical Parks” before the first break. He was in second place with $3,000, $1,000 behind Andre’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Concord, Massachusetts has a visitor center for the park with this kind of soldier in its name.


Tim finished in the lead with $8,400. Andre was second with $6,400 and Erin was last with $1,600.

Tim found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double very quickly in “Architecture.” He had $9,200, $2,400 more than Andre in second place. He bet $1,200 and he was RIGHT.

Amiens Cathedral is an example of rayonnant. A phase of this style of architecture that features radiating lines of tracery.


Andre found the last Daily Double in “Egrets Only.” He was in second place with $9,600, $15,200 behind Tim’s humongous lead. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1953, an egret in flight was chosen as the symbol of this society formed in 1905.

Tim finished in the lead with $24,800. Andre did some stellar catching up and was next with $20,200 and Erin was in third place with $4,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right, much to our shock (it sure seemed like a no-brainer).


The 20th century British monarchs were Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II, whose reign began in 1952 and is still going strong. Initial reaction upon seeing the clue was “Hoo boy, are they kidding?” so that’s all we have to say today.

Erin got it right and bet $4,000. She finished with $8,800.

Andre also got it and bet $5,000. He finished with $25,200.

Tim wrote down the “Fourth” and bet $15,601 so he ended up with $9,199. So just when you thought Tim had another game in the bag (and his knowledge was quite impressive), he somehow got thrown by the clue. Perhaps it would have helped if it was a video read by Prince Charles…

Congratulations to Andre Green, the new Jeopardy! champ. That girl you cremated on your Jeopardy! date should have recognized a future champion!


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  1. john blahuta says:

    @ VJ & elijahjt

    well, for me “british monarchs” would be far less intimidating than 20th century history for 2 reasons:
    1. I do know a lot about british and english history, after all I am from europe and studied especially british history and
    2. you can hide all kind of things in “20th century history”: from art of every kind, medicine, politics, ww I and II,sport,to all kind of things that happend and/or persons that lived or died during 100 years.

    i personally would be much happier with a “british monarchs” category than “20th century”. but that’s just me. knowing how they like to name a category and then put something in that would really could or even should belong somewhere else, happens quite often during j and dj. so I would not trust them about WHAT they would throw at me under “20th c. h.”
    but as I said, being from europe and an anglophile I might be prejudiced here, however “british monarchs” narrows it down considerably. otherwise they could make the clue read: “this was the year when penicillin was discovered….” or ” in this year hemingway committed suicide” etc. but it’s a moot point now anyway, I would have loved them -as I already said-
    to be co-champs, they both played very well.if i had a choice, i would take “b.m.” ANYTIME over “20th c.h.” that category has just to many options.but then, they don’t give you a choice…:):)
    this being already thursday early evening for you, I wish you both a great weekend!!

  2. elijahjt says:

    @VJ and @john blahuta

    I was trying to figure out why you two (or VJ specifically) seem so bewildered by my comment, and it seems you both misinterpreted what I said.

    What I was trying to say is that having the category as “20th Century History” rather than “British Monarchs” makes it much easier — not the other way around. The comma placement generates confusion (the two commas there were intended to simply bookmark the parenthetical phrase), but I thought that would have been understood given your readings didn’t make sense, as you both acknowledged. I was basically trying to make the point VJ made:

    “If the category had really been just British Monarchs, and it could have been any century, I could see that being very intimidating, but narrowed down to the 20th century — nah.”

    Indeed. I don’t know my British monarchs well, so when I saw the clue initially with the incorrect category, it was largely a shot in the dark for me. I was taken aback that you would state that the clue was a no-brainer. However, with the correct category narrowing things down to the 20th century, I’m almost certain I would have gotten that (given how long Elizabeth II’s reign has been) and I could understand why you think a Jeopardy! contestant should have easily gotten it.

  3. VJ says:

    @johnblahuta, OK, now I see your point. Personally, I would be more cautious if the category was British Monarchs than 20th Century History (as an American, I would probably assume it was 20th century American history – LOL)

  4. john blahuta says:

    @VJ – 20th century-yes, but WHAT? that it was about monarchs was not indicated, so he did not know it was about monarchs. it could have been anything in 20th century history. THAT’S what probably made andre cautious. I already said if it had been (20th or any century) (british or any) monarchs, andre would most likely risked more. just 20th century history without any further indication IS a very wide area. it was european history. but it could have been anything. andre did not know it was about monarchs OR g.b. it could have been something “out of Africa”, asia, australia, europe… the category covered the entire world and “history” is a somewhat flexible term (wars, inventions,art,medicine….. you can stick anything into “history”..). the category could also have been named EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN, MONARCHS, RULERS, NUMBERS…. you know how the category titles sometimes indicate one thing and then it’s actually about a language or a country etc.. they love to pull your leg sometimes!

    I was as surprised as you though that tim did not get it. there was a henry IV, 1399-1412 and George IV, the sailor king in the 19th. maybe because I am european and an anglophile it was easier for me. but only AFTER the clue was revealed, then it WAS indeed a no brainer and so tim…..I believe he took just a guess. again the example: you play a terrific game and the last clue trips you up. but andre deserved the win as much as tim would have, both played a very enticing game. if the luck of the draw is against you when it comes to fj then there is nothing you can do. I would have loved to see them as co-champs and go at it again!!

  5. VJ says:

    @johnblahuta – I don’t see why the category would have had any effect on Andre’s bet. He knew his only chance to win was if Tim didn’t get FJ, and I don’t think he thought he had much a chance that would happen.

    If the category had really been just British Monarchs, and it could have been any century, I could see that being very intimidating, but narrowed down to the 20th century — nah.

  6. john blahuta says:

    i’m also sure had the category been 20th century monarchs (british or not) andre would have risked more than the 5.000. but 20th century history is somewhat intimidating for some, since it IS a broad subject. the old saying in history in general applies, I guess: what IF….

  7. john blahuta says:

    if the category had been 20th century history then it would have been even easier, since Victoria (I) reigned until 1901 and Elizabeth II was the only monarch NOT mentioned for the 20th started with Edward VII,victoria’s son down the line to today.

  8. VJ says:

    @elijahjt – oh dear, 20th Century History is right. I obviously failed to read the category title closely and obviously just thought it was British monarchs (as is in the clue). Don’t see why that would make it any harder though with British monarchs in the clue. That’s what it was about! :)

  9. elijahjt says:

    So I’m not actually able to watch Jeopardy! when it comes on TV, and I check Fikklefame daily for this summary, so I can’t confirm whether this is correct, but other Jeopardy! forums suggest the category was “20th Century History”, not “British Monarchs”, which would make the FJ! much simpler (and your sentiment about how easy the clue was more understandable). Is that the case?

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