Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Brits

The Final Jeopardy question (1/12/2015), in the category “20th Century Brits” was:

Dr. Hugh Cairns, who tried but couldn’t save the life of this man in May 1935, became a pioneer in the use of motorcycle helmets.

2x champ John Schultz has amassed $57,600 in winnings so far. In the first game of the week, he pits his knowledge and buzzer skills against these two players: Lauren Gambier, from New York, NY; and Ricardo Pineres, from Herndon, VA.

Round 1: Ricardo found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “2015 Anniversaries” under the $600 clue. He was in third place with $400, $4,800 less than John’s lead. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

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Lauren finished in the lead with $5,200. John was second with $4,600 and Ricardo was last with $2,400.

Round 2: John found the first Daily Double in “Symbols” under the $1,000 clue. He was in the lead with $6,200, $600 more than Lauren, now in second place. He bet it all and looked more than a bit shook up there. Then he took a last second shot that was RIGHT.

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Lauren found the last Daily Double in “Hit the Road” under the $1,200 clue. She was in second place with $6,000, $13,600 less than John’s lead. She also made it a true Daily Double and she was also RIGHT.

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John finished in the lead with $24,400. Lauren was next with $16,000 and Ricardo was in third place with $6,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“On the morning of May 13, 1935, [T.E.] Lawrence was speeding down a narrow county road on his motorbike, when he suddenly swerved to avoid hitting two boys on bicycles and was thrown forward over the handlebars…. and he sustained a skull fracture and massive head injuries. He was taken to Bovington Camp Military Hospital in a coma, where the best specialists in the country were rushed to save him, one of them the young neurosurgeon Hugh Cairns. Lawrence died 5 days later, without regaining consciousness. Cairns was so profoundly moved by the tragedy of this famous First World War hero’s tragic death from severe head trauma, that he devoted his career to head trauma in motorcyclists. (Lawrence of Arabia and the Motorcycle Helmet)

Also see, 10 Things You May Not Know about Lawrence of Arabia, including why he was called T.E. Shaw in his obituary.”

Carlos wrote down Thomas Boker. He lost his $6,750 bet and finished with $50.

Lauren came up with Howard Carter. She lost everything but $1.00.

John thought it was (Neville) Chamberlain. He lost his $8,000 bet but still won the game with the remaining $16,400. His 3-day total is $74,000.

Boker is how Alex read Carlos’ answer. Might have been Bokey. Don’t know who he meant either way. Carter, famed “Tut’s tomb” archaeologist, died in 1939 and British PM, Chamberlain died a year later.

FJ Results: 1-12-15

During the chat, John talked about meeting his wife as a freshman in college. She was the roommate of the girl he was already dating. Alex asked if the two roommates are still friends and John got a big laugh with his reply, “Not particularly.”

2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Countries of the World”

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11 Responses

  1. Eric S says:

    I find it amusing that no one has commented on John’s “all-in” bet. Clearly other reviewers strenuously exercise their right to favor a winner (my guess: he goes down the columns in a 20th Century way?). More so, I can image the change in analyses if John had lost.
    Naturally,(remedial game) theory justified the wager by Lauren.

  2. yeahyman says:

    Neville Chamberlain? Seriously?!! rofl


  3. aaaa says:

    Wagering the way John did, not the expected minimum wager of $7601, means Lauren could have on a TS with a zero wager. SO he prevents a Lauren win on a TS with optimal wagering.

    • john blahuta says:

      HE did not prevent anything. it was lauren who did herself in. last week we had a second place player who wagered only a few bucks and since s/he and the leader did not know it, the second place player won, because the leader went with the expected wager:2 x amount of second place, minus his own total plus $1. so it was in this case inoptimal wagering by lauren. john wagered even more than the expected $7.601, i.e. $8K!! had lauren wagered $199 or (since john wagered 8K) only up to
      $ 399 she would have won. so how did JOHN prevent her from winning?????

      • john blahuta says:

        or did i get this wrong?

        • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

          John had 16400 even though he was wrong. Since Lauren had 16000 before FJ, she would not win on a triple stumper.

        • john blahuta says:

          @Marilyn Ahrenhoerster

          exactly!! lauren was not defeated by john’s bet, she defeated herself.since she was wrong, john right and in the lead, her bet did her in, even though john was wrong as well. had he bet 201 more (or even higher), like pulling a “cliff clavin”…different story. but he stayed within the safety limits.

  4. jacob ska says:

    Very good match between John and Lauren. Fantastic the way John pulled out that DD response with a nanosecond left. Breathtaking to watch. Also good that all 3 contestants got their DD’s correct. Haven’t seen that lately. The final scores really don’t tell how good the game was to watch imo.

    • jacob ska says:

      Btw, the movie Lawrence of Arabia opening scene was the motorcycle accident. But, that was over 50 years ago so I doubt if any of these contestants are old enough to have seen it unless they watch classic movie channels. Not surprised no one got the fj response.

      • VJ says:

        One of the things in the “you may not know” that I linked to was that Peter O’Toole was 6’3″ and the real T.E. Lawrence was only 5’5″.

      • john blahuta says:

        well, told ya…. try 75 years since the accident. time flies, my friend!!!