Final Jeopardy: Broadway Musicals

The Final Jeopardy question (1/13/2015), in the category “Broadway Musicals” was:

“Iowa Stubborn” was the second song heard in this show when it opened in 1957.

3x champ John Schultz is up to $74,000 now. Today he tries to keep that winning momentum going against these two players: Abbie Micucci, from Westborough, MA; and Jeremy Reff, from Brooklyn, NY.

Round 1: John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “A Real Mystery” under the $600 clue. He was in the lead with $5,800, $5,200 ahead of Jeremy in second place. He bet $4,200 and he was RIGHT.

The murder in this mystery takes place aboard the Karnak, a small river steamboat. show

John finished in the lead with $10,000. Abbie was second with $1,000 and Jeremy was last with $600.

Round 2: The first clue Jeremy chose was the $2,000 clue in “Know Your Knot” and it was the first Daily Double! The scores were the exact same as above. He bet the $2,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

The name of this knot used to shorten a rope without cutting it calls to mind a certain animal’s leg. show

Jeremy found the last Daily Double in “Brr, Baby, Brr” under the $1,600 clue. He was in a second place tie with Abbie at $3,000. They both had $5,000 less than John’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

This New England state’s record low of -50 F. was recorded in Aroostook County on January 16, 2009. show

John finished with a runaway $16,000. Jeremy was next with $5,200 and Abbie was in third place with $3,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Music Man” opened on Broadway on December 19, 1957 and ran until April 15, 1961 after a total of 1,375 performances. The second song, “Iowa Stubborn” (youtube link), is sung to con man Prof. Harold Hill by the townspeople of (fictional) River City, Iowa upon his arrival. They sing about their contrary “chip-on-the shoulder” stubborn attitudes as well as some of their good qualities. They welcome him and tell him he “really ought to give Iowa a try.” A bunch of real Iowa locations are mentioned at the end of song, giving “Iowa Stubborn” many entries in The Non-Canonical, Completely Incomplete List of Iowa References.

Abbie got it right and doubled her score to $6,000.

Jeremy thought it was “Oklahoma”. He lost everything but a buck.

John also thought it was “Oklahoma”. He lost his $5,000 bet but still won the game with $11,000. His 4-day total is $85,000.

Not counting the overture, the first song in “Oklahoma” with a geographical title is “Kansas City”, the third song after the overture.

FJ Results: 1-13-15

During today’s chat, John talked about the nanny cam he and his wife use for Hector, their Welsh corgi/German Shepherd mix dog, to make sure he’s feeling good, has the right temperament and is getting enough sleep.

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “U.S. Landmarks”

Design artist Iwao Takamoto said the exterior for the Skypad Apts. on “The Jetsons” was inspired by a landmark in this city. show

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5 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    well, looks like john is in for the ToC…
    as i said, one to zero solves….
    congrats, john!