Final Jeopardy: Adventure Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (1/14/2016) in the category “Adventure Literature” was:

In Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, explorers enter an Icelandic volcano & emerge on this island off Sicily.

2x champ Amelia Hershberger has won $37,000 in her two appearances. Today her challengers are: Ben Almoite, from Richmond, VA; and Ellen Huber, from Morrisville, PA.

Round 1: Amanda found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “King of the World” under the $800 clue right before the first break. She was in second place with $800, $2,600 less than Ben’s lead. She bet the $1,000 allowance and took a guess with Wilhelm. That was WRONG.

In 1747 this Prussian king presented a musical theme to Bach, who used it to develop his “Musical Offering”. show

Ben finished in the lead with $4,800. Amelia was second with $4,000 and Ellen was last, $800 in the red.

Round 2: Ben found the first Daily Double in “Double Animal Names” under the $1,200 clue. He was now in second place with $5,600, $1,200 less than Amelia’s lead. He bet $3,000 and didn’t even take a guess so he was WRONG.

Emerging from eggs the size of footballs, newly hatched young of this largest living fish are 2 feet long. show

Amelia found the last Daily Double in “This Category has been Flagged” under the $1,600 clue. She was in the lead with $8,000, $3,000 more than Ben in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was admiral. That was WRONG.

The main flag on a warship is called this, also a rank in the Navy. show

Four clues later, the round ended with 5 clues uncovered. Amelia was in the lead with $6,000. Ben was next with $3,000 and Ellen was in third place with $2,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In Chapter 43 of “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the subterranean explorations of Professor Lidenbrock come to an end when he, his nephew Axel and their guide Hans Bjelke are ejected from a volcano and have no idea where they are. A little boy comes along and, after trying to speak to him in various languages, they hit on his native tongue and learn the name of their location. has a page with lots of information about the Stromboli volcano. The Jules Verne connection is included.

Ellen had no clue and that’s what she wrote down. She bet and lost it all.

Ben thought it was Corsica. He also bet the farm but he got the second place prize.

Amelia came up with Corsica, too. She didn’t bet anything so she won with the $6,000 she took into FJ. Her 3-day total is $43,000.

Final Jeopardy Results: 1-14-16

There were three triple stumpers after the “minute to go” warning. This was one of them in Biblical Geography ($2,000): “This garden where Jesus prayed before his arrest was near the Mount of Olives.” Judas gives the high priests the answer in the song Damned for All Time/Blood Money from “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1973).

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Shakespeare”

This 5-letter name appears 7 times in Shakespeare titles, more than any other name. show

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17 Responses

  1. Nullifidian says:

    Ellen should have been given the $1,000 for souvlaki. It was clear that she knew what the correct answer was, but she was just having difficulty pronouncing it.

    “A Musical Offering” is one of my favorite Bach pieces, so that DD was easy for me. Friedrich der Grosse was also a composer in his own right, composing many works especially for the flute, which was his instrument. Here is a recording of his flute concertos:

    I’m surprised nobody got “mitt” or “San Simeon”. I thought everybody knew where Hearst Castle is.

    Disappointed that nobody got “In Search of Lost Time” (“Remembrance of Things Past”) after it had been the subject of one of the Final Jeopardy questions.

    I’ve swum with a whale shark when I went diving in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), so I would have got that DD too. Instead, all I have is the bragging rights from swimming unprotected next to the largest shark in the world. It sounds impressive so long as the person you’re telling it to doesn’t know that the whale shark is a filter-feeder that eats plankton. It’s an awesome spectacle anyway. The one I swam with was the size of a full-length bus.

    • VJ says:

      Swimming with the whale shark still sounds impressive to me even after reading that it eats plankton :):)

    • EricS says:

      Thank you for providing a beautiful alternative to the monsterous sea world.
      Please watch Blackfish for more background into the horrific conditions sea world uses to enslave.

  2. aaaa says:

    Ben would have caused the first regular game tiebreaker question had he been right on FJ!

    • Cece says:

      I was hoping Amelia also had bet it all so we’d have a 3-way tie!

      • EricS says:

        So much better!! Then maybe the winner would be the one who didn’t answer the tie-breaker question.

    • SG says:

      Wait, what? When did they change the rule? I hadn’t heard that they were going to go to tie breakers now instead of co-champions. I thought Amelia was wise betting zero because worst case, she would be co-champion.

      • VJ says:

        They changed the rule after a string of games where contestants were deliberately betting to tie. It was happening enough that I made a bet to tie tag! It’s never been announced on the show, to my knowledge, but contestants have confirmed that they are told there will be a tie breaker question in the event of a tie.

      • EricS says:

        Yes! But we were talking about fun, not wise.

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    STILL NO 4 OR 5-TIME CHAMPION!!!!!!! Come on, We need a 4 or 5-time champion. I want Amelia to win tomorrow and Monday…. and then Tuesday.

  4. EricS says:

    I am glad that they didn’t make Amelia wager something.

  5. Leena says:

    I was scared that Amelia gave in a house (farm), because we need a ToC contestant!

    • VJ says:

      Crazy as it may seem, Amelia would have had a runaway if she knew this $2K clue in “Antonym & Cleopatra” after Ben’s reply was deemed wrong

      “Cleopatra’s nose is believed to have been this antonym of “straight”, referring specifically to an eagle’s beak”

      Ben said crooked which is listed as a synonym for the answer they wanted, along with hooked and curved. Bad clue.

      • Cece says:

        Jeez! Yaaawnnn. Maybe I should watch WOF instead.

        Alex’s rambling at the beginning of the shows are getting longer and longer.

        Stromboli, I specially like it with mushrooms. Yummy.

      • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

        I think the important part of the clue is “referring specifically to an eagle’s beak”.

        • VJ says:

          I know, Marilyn, I said aquiline myself, but I still don’t think it was a good clue and the other one –repellent/seductive– stunk too. :):)