Final Jeopardy: Alliterative Americans

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10 Responses

  1. C says:

    @Jj _ good point. I thought I was the only one scratching my head.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Btw, I hate they didn’t finish the “Business Magazines” category.

    • VJ says:

      Awww it was only the $400 clue. Good for Peyton for getting the Entrepreneur one though and still being there for FJ.

  3. jacob ska says:

    Congrats vj & mathwiz100 on your separate predictions. As Alex stated f/64 should have led the contestants to photography. My brother has a Canon & always talks about its f/32 aperture lens. San Francisco also helped me in the clue.

    Almost every year someone gives somebody in my family an Ansel Adams wall calendar. No way of avoiding his b/w photos of nature especially Yosemite.

  4. Jj says:

    Alliterative means consonants…not vowels. This was a very bad final jeopardy question…very misleading.

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Well, “Assonant Americans” doesn’t quite have the same sound to it, you know what I mean?

    • VJ says:

      According to the rules of alliteration on Alliteration.net, Ansel Adams works because “both stressed syllables start with a vowel.” The example they give in Rule No. 3 doesn’t even begin with the same vowels (“ultimate evil”).

      There are scholarly articles out there on the topic but I don’t suppose anyone wants to read something with a bunch of examples from Middle Age poetry. :D

  5. VJ says:

    Thanks Mathwiz. You were right on half your prediction so be sure to give yourself one thumbs up too :)

    Here is a link to 10 clues from this game. (I got a kick out of that Conscience Fund category so I put those clues in.)

  6. Mathwiz100 says:

    Good call on the “1 for 3 on FJ”, VJ.
    The FJ did not seem as well-written to me because it was one where you either knew the answer or you didn’t (after all, how many alliterative american artists from the 1930’s are there?). I’d argue that the Daily Double about “Places that Became Words” would have made a better FJ, however.
    To Peyton’s credit, Jasper Johns is also an alliterative american artist, but he did not make his first paintings until 1955.