Final Jeopardy: Classical Music

The Final Jeopardy question (7/27/2015), in the category “Classical Music” was:

The first movement of the 1888 suite named for her is titled “The Sea and Sindbad’s Ship”.

5x Scott Lord returns today. His winnings total $108,002 so far. His challengers today are: Luke McQuage, from Austin, TX; and Suzanne Vito, from Albany, CA.

Alex began the show by apologizing for his hoarse voice from a “summer cold.” Then a message appeared saying he had re-recorded the clues when he recovered. But he didn’t re-record the chat segment. It was weird.

Round 1: Suzanne found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Biographies” under the $1,000 clue. It was the 5th clue in the first category they were working on. She was in second place with $800, $400 less than Luke’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Suzanne finished in the lead with $10,000. Scott was second with $4,400 and Luke was last with $2,000.

Round 2: Luke found the first Daily Double in “In Color” under the $2,000 clue. There was one category with the other DD in it after this. He was in second place with $8,400, $5,600 less than Suzanne’s lead. He bet $3,000 and took a shot with merit badges, actually after the buzzer went off, but that was WRONG anyway.

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Luke found the last Daily Double in “Geographers ‘D’ictionary” under the $1,600 clue. He was in third place now with $7,000, $4,600 less than Suzanne’s lead. He bet $3,000 again and thought it was decameter. That was WRONG.

1/360 of the earth’s circumference. show

Suzanne finished in the lead with $12,800. Scott was next with $8,000 and Luke was in third place with $4,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On, Peter Guttman gives a synopsis of each movement of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1888 symphonic suite. For The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship, he says: “According to the 1,001 Nights, this tale finds the seafaring adventurer Sinbad meeting many strange folk, birds, fish and other rarities after landing on an island that turns out to be the back of a giant fish….”

Luke got it right. His $3,900 bet brought him up to $7,900.

Scott knew it but spelled it “Scherazade,” omitting a syllable. He bet it all and finished with zero.

Suzanne came up with Circe but she only lost $3,300 so she won the game with $9,500. She is the new Jeopardy! champ.

FJ Results: 7-27-15

Suzanne Vito is a writer. During the chat, Suzanne talked about winning a contest for being the “Most Glamorous.” She also won an “About to be Stomped on by Godzilla” screaming contest.

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22 Responses

  1. Pam says:

    Actually, Scott Lord had an acceptable syllabic count for his answer of Sheherazade and should have won the game. See this entry from Wikipedia: “The earliest forms of Scheherazade’s name include Shirazad (Persian: شيرازاد – Šīrāzād‎) in Masudi, and Shahrazad (Persian: شهرازاد – Šahrāzād‎).” It is not an obscure reference. I think they owe him an apology, a call back for a chance to play and win again, or $16K.

  2. Robert Anderson says:

    I wonder if the missing syllable would have been caught in a verbal answer? Maybe not. I feel this cheesy nitpicking diminishes Jeopardy. There are variant spellings and pronunciations, as others have noted.

  3. Meem says:

    Earlier i wrote that it would be a shame if syllables or spelling come into play. In the culture the stories originated, the third syllable is usually dropped, and the last is pronounced zaad instead of zade. Scott was penalized unfairly.

  4. Bob Schindler says:

    Sad when someone misses the question and wins
    because the champion spells it wrong but has the correct answer.
    what a JOOKE(sp) Lol

  5. Cece says:

    Ouch! Good “Lord”, Scott.

    Well, he had a good run and will be back for the TOC.

  6. Sandy says:

    How about “…Sindbad” getting through, rather than “Sinbad?”

  7. jacob ska says:

    Don’t know if anyone else noticed but Scott wrote down his final Jeopardy response right away. Then he stood there while the music was playing and never looked down to double check his spelling until Alex Trebek told him that he left out a syllable. Then he looked down over and over at his response.

    My question for Scott is why did you not double
    check your spelling while the music was playing instead of looking at the camera? You had plenty of time.

  8. Tom Clark says:

    The low point today was the “champion” not only forgetting the answer had to start with a D but forgetting to put it in the form of a question — “Per capita,” she said — inspiring the “loser” to smugly buzz in with, “WHAT is per capita?” Kinda embarrassing.

    And since I’m being pedantic, I might as well point out, VJ, that Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” isn’t an opera, but a symphonic suite.

    Please don’t mind me correcting things. It’s a sickness with me.

    • VJ says:

      Thanks, it helps. I really don’t mind any corrections unaccompanied by lectures. LOL.

    • Nullifidian says:

      In my opinion, the nadir was when Luke attributed the authorship of Die Elixiere des Teufels to a fictional character (Faust, for anyone who didn’t see the show). I can get not knowing E. T. A. Hoffmann, whose works are unjustly neglected in America, but you’d think someone would be able to take a shot with a German author of that approximate era who actually lived and breathed. Schiller, Kleist, Heine, Hölderlin, Brentano, somebody!

      • Nullifidian says:

        And just to note, yes, I do know that Schiller died 10 years before Hoffmann’s novel was published and that Kleist died 4 years before, but either of them would still have been a better shot than guessing that a Renaissance-era myth overcame the handicap of nonexistence to write a classic of German Romanticism.

      • VJ says:

        I confess to laughing out loud at the Faust answer.

  9. Linda says:

    When I was watching this show (7 27 2015), the players changed after the first round! Scott Lord was gone, Suzanne was champion, & two others were contestants! It looks like we saw the second half of tomorrow’s show! I am in Cleveland, OH.

    • Scott Mason says:

      I was wondering what happened as well. TV tech must have bungled the tape selection after the commercial. We live in Burbank OH

      • chris says:

        same thing happened to us. we are in a cleveland suburb also. seems to have been a local network error…

  10. aaaa says:

    Scott lost on a misspelling that changed the pronunciation.

    • Anna says:

      If you google it it shows Shahrazad as also a correct name. Scotts was close enough to that one to be correct. I would protest if I were him.

  11. jacob ska says:

    Thanks vj. I also thought Scott would be the one to get final Jeopardy correct.

    I’m curious, however, to know where he got Bower window when the response should have been Bay window in the first round given that he is a construction lawyer. I guess we’ll never know.

    Congrats Suzanne. Great game.

    • VJ says:

      I was wondering how all 3 of them missed billow. And that per capita thing in the Geographic “D”ictionary was a hoot.

  12. VJ says:

    Congrats, Jacob, on the correct prediction.

    And so ends Scott’s reign. At least I was right on the dropped syllable, but I didn’t think it would be him. :0

    • William Weyser says:

      I was hoping that Scott would win his 6th game, because the last 4 champions before him, who have won all 5 games in a single week, have lost that following Monday. Julia Collins #20 games- $428,100, of course we know that Julia won 4 weeks
      Alex Jacob #6 games- $149,802
      Greg Seroka #7 games- $180,401 and
      Brennan Bushee #5 games- $126,404 and now Scott Lord #5 games- $108,002, is a part of this.