Final Jeopardy: American Authors
The Final Jeopardy question (7/26/2016) in the category “American Authors” was:
On his 1849 death, it was said he was “regarded rather with curiosity than admiration” & “few will be grieved”
5x champ Pranjal Vachaspati is on a roll. He’s up to $121,688 in winnings. Today he is going for a 6th win against these two ladies: Karen Lazar, from Oceanside, NY; and Monikka Mann, from Katy, TX.
Round 1 Categories: Cups – Hybrid Words – Books By Chapter Titles – They Served Our Country – Earthquakes & Volcanoes – 2016 People’s Choice TV Winners
Pranjal found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Hybrid Words” under the $800 clue, 2 picks after the chat. He was in second place with $2,800, $2,000 less than Monikka’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.
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Pranjal finished in the lead with $6,400. Monikka was second with $4,400 and Karen was last with $1,800.
Round 2 Categories: The Amazing Space-Man – God Save the English King! – Theology Branches – Potpourri – Actors & Actresses – What a “Ham”
Pranjal found the first Daily Double in “Amazing Space-Man” under the $1,200 clue on the 8th pick of the round. In the lead with $8,800, he had $3,400 more than Karen in second place. He bet $3,800 and he was RIGHT.
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Two clues later, Pranjal found the last Daily Double in “English Kings” under the $2,000 clue. He was in the lead with $14,200 now, $8,800 more than Karen in second place. He bet $6,600 and he was RIGHT.
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Pranjal finished in the lead with $22,400. Karen was next with $14,600 and Monikka was in third place with $7,600.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
The “few will be grieved” phrase in the clue is from the third sentence of the infamous “Ludwig obituary,” the pseudonym used by Rufus Griswold upon the death of Edgar Allan Poe. (Possibly the other phrase is in a different variation of the obituary than the one linked to). It was published in the New York Tribune on October 9, 1849, 2 days after Poe’s demise. Many feel that Griswold’s efforts to defame Poe’s reputation backfired big time and actually contributed to Poe’s post-mortem popularity. Prices for Poe’s letters and original manuscripts appreciated considerably in the decades following his death. Griswold became most well-known for his malicious character assassination of Poe.
More on the strange relationship between Griswold and Poe.
Monikka got it right. She bet $7,500 and that brought her up to $15,100.
Karen thought it was Mark Twain, who was 13 when Poe died. She lost her $12,600 bet and had $2,000 left.
Pranjal came up with Thoreau. He lost $7,000, finishing with $15,400. So he won the match by a $300 margin. He is now a 6x champ with winnings of $137,088.
There were 3 triple stumpers in Chapter Titles:
($200) “Of what happened to the ingenious gentleman in the inn which he took to be a castle”
($1000) The Battle of the Fangs
This next one was the last clue of the round. All the players gave an incorrect answer, although Trebek said they would check on Pranjal’s (“Harry Potter 7”). After the break, Trebek announced that a title was needed, so Pranjal didn’t get a reversal.
($600) The Battle of Hogwarts
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Day of the Week”
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