Final Jeopardy: Famous Americans
The Final Jeopardy question (9/26/2014), in the category “Famous Americans” was:
In 1936 at age 79, he published an article in Esquire Magazine in which he described how to pick a jury.
3-day champ Catherine Hardee had a great day yesterday. She brought her Jeopardy! winnings up to $58,801. Today she takes on the last two players of the week: Alan Lange, from Sarasota, FL; and Tod Macofsky, from West Hollywood, CA.
Round 1: Catherine found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “General Science” under the $600 clue before the first break. She was already in the lead with $6,000, $4,400 ahead of Tod in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.
An abnormal fear of water; it’s also another name for rabies. show
Catherine finished in the lead with $9,800. Tod was second with $4,200 and Alan was last with $4,000.
Round 2: Alan found the first Daily Double in “& the Category of Geography” under the $800 clue — the second clue he picked. He was in second place with $4,400, $5,400 less than Catherine’s lead. He bet $3,500 and he was RIGHT.
The greatest north-south distance of this South American country is 2,731 miles; east-west, 2,684. show
Alan found the last Daily Double in “Texas Hold ‘Em” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $15,900, he had $1,700 more than Catherine in second place. With only 5 clues left after this, he bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.
In 1966 an appeals court reversed the murder conviction of this Dallas inmate, but he died in January 1967. show
It was a tight finish. Alan was in the lead with $18,900 and Catherine was right behind him with $18,200. Tod was in third place with $6,600.
ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
Clarence Darrow was famous for representing child killers Leopold and Loeb and John T. Scopes in the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, and other notable cases. His article “How to Pick a Jury” was published in the May 1936 issue of Esquire. Largely based on the prospective juror’s religion and/or ethnicity, today it’s like a blueprint of how NOT to pick a jury, but as this “Who is Clarence Darrow” page says: “He was, like us all, a product of his times. For him, it was a time of class conflict so intense as to border on class warfare. It was a time during which the Radical Left– anarchists, socialists, communists– were at the peak of their influence. It was a time of Jim Crow, of lynchings, a time during which the Klu Klux Klan called the shots in parts of our country. It was a time of unprecedented xenophobia. It was a time of whirl and social change– a time when the modernist notion of asking whether a behavior pleased one’s own intellect began to challenge the Victorian way of asking whether the behavior was approved of by society.”
Tod bet $5,900. He finished with $12,500.
Catherine bet it all and finished with $36,400.
Alan bet $17,500 and he finished with $36,400 too. So Alan and Catherine are co-champions and Catherine finishes the week out with a 4-day total of $95,201. Two impressive players.
It’s the first tie of the season — not year. Arthur Chu bet to tie in 4 of his matches but the only tie was in the 2nd game on 1/29/14, and there was quite a bit of speculation about how much his “bet to tie” penchant would influence future players.
During the chat, Catherine said she planned on spending some of her winnings on a trip to incredibly, breathtakingly beautiful New Zealand and might take the Lord of the Rings tour. (We’d be interested in that, too, if the tour included Viggo Mortensen). Alan, who is an actuary, related how he came by a handwritten congratulatory note on his marriage written by Muhammad Ali. His parents were on route to the festivities and the Champ was on the plane.
2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Toys & Games”
When Milton Bradley released this home game in 1966, competitors accused it of selling “sex in a box”. show