Final Jeopardy: Famous Americans

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14 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    FJ— ‘what fresh hell is this?’ Argh.

  2. VJ says:

    According to this list on wikipedia, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins had 18 more kids than Brigham Young. (That list credits Brigham Young with 57 kids).

    After the FJ answer was revealed, Trebek said that Young had 26 wives and 47 children.

  3. Lou says:

    Andrew Johnson and Abe Lincoln were not bad guesses, but Brigham Young? For a guy like him having 20 or so wives and children that guy must have had a large family. I wonder what happened to them now or are any of them still around? this was a tough final I tell you. this is just like back in January where there were three contestants all ended up winning nothing and not coming up with the response for final jeopardy.

    • EricS says:

      Yes Lou, Super Bowl winning QB Steve Young is a descendant. I am sure there are a great many more.

  4. Mathwiz100 says:

    @VJ: Thanks!
    @TR: I said 0/3 based on my opinion of how difficult it was. (I actually was thinking Crazy Horse, not even Brigham Young.) Still, the answers that these three gave for FJ were awful.
    By the way, whoever mentioned Johnny Appleseed in the CotD talk this morning (Eric?)… humorous that one of the answers on Jeopardy was Johnny Appleseed (though TJ said Johnny Applesauce. Lol.)

  5. TR says:

    OK Mathwiz, I gotta ask: why the 0/3 prediction (well done btw)? When I saw the clue this afternoon the implications seemed obvious; I thought it was a slam dunk.

    • VJ says:

      I thought before the game that Liz would get it. During the game, I thought both Liz and TJ but when the camera panned across them during the think music, I could see that MathWiz was right.

  6. VJ says:

    Congrats to MathWiz100 on the spot-on FJ prediction. I’ve got 10 clues from the match over here now.

    Also, Lincoln had 4 children. This article says “Direct descendants of Abraham Lincoln are no more. The last living descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, died Dec. 24, 1985, without fathering children.”

    Far as I know, Andrew Jackson was an orphan himself and had no biological children. He adopted two children, though some places say only one and leave out Lyncoya

    • Tom Clark says:

      Also, anyone who thinks of him/herself as Jeopardy caliber should know that Lincoln died in 1865. If they knew that, then they should also be able to subtract 25 from 1902 and not come up with 1865.

      But this was, finally, a truly difficult FJ. I’d never have thought of it, because I decided a long time ago to think about Mormons as little as possible.

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Thanks VJ, though I was wrong about only 2 people going to FJ. (And actually, the 3rd place Julie had a better chance than expected.)

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Perhaps Liz meant “Andrew Johnson”… he had 5 children, and died in 1875, so it’s a more believable answer.

      • VJ says:

        Reverdy Johnson would have been better. He died in 1876 and had 15 children. One of them lived to be 111.

  7. EricS says:

    Unfortunately, a textbook example of a time when the player in second should not have bet everything. With a wager of 2601, she could have won with a miss by the leader. With a wager of 2999, she could have locked out Julie. Too bad, but at least she can say that she won on Jeopardy!