Final Jeopardy: 16th Century People
The Final Jeopardy question (1/15/2014), in the category “16th Century People” was:
This non-Brit said in 1532, “I advised (Henry VIII) that it would be better for him to take a concubine than to ruin his people.”
New champ Sarah McNitt won $15,800 in yesterday’s game, defeating a 2-time champ. She can become a 2-timer herself if she can defeat these two players: Danny Jacobs, from Laurel, MD; and Emily Goodlander, from Baltimore, MD.
Emily found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “That Literary Title Guy Is Up to Something” under the $800 clue. She was in second place with $600, $400 less than Sarah’s lead. She went with the $1,000 allowance and, with about a second to spare, came up with Simon. That was WRONG.
“Further and further back he cowered, as we, lifting our crucifixes, advanced.” show
Sarah finished in the lead with $8,600. Danny was second with $2,800 and Emily was last with $2,000.
Emily found the first Daily Double in “Landlocked Country Fun” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $4,000, $6,600 behind Sarah’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.
This large landlocked Asian country starts with the same three letters as a day of the week. show
Danny found the last Daily Double in “Astronomy” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $10,400, he had $6,200 less than Sarah’s lead. He bet $1,500 and he was RIGHT.
This planet’s lowest point is Diana Chasma, a 1.8 mile-deep rift valley. show
Sarah finished in the lead with $16,600. Danny was next with $13,900 and Emily was in third place with $7,000.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
After striking out with Pope Clement VII, Henry VIII decided to try his luck with Martin Luther in his quest to get out of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. The best advice Martin Luther had to offer — and he didn’t mean adultery either — was “let him take another queen, following the example of the patriarchs, who had many wives even before the law of Moses sanctioned the practice” in a letter to the English King’s emissary. He later griped in the letter referred to in the clue that despite his advice, Henry “craftily put his Queen away.” Martin Luther later got caught up in a bigamy scandal when he caved into Philip of Hesse’s wishes to marry his mistress while still married to his wife, then later told Philip to lie big about the whole thing. The Life and Letters of Martin Luther
Emily wrote down “Pope Alexander.” She lost her $6,912 bet and finished with $88.
Danny just wrote down “the Pope.” He wagered $11,000 so he finished with $2,900.
Sarah wrote down “Pope Leo.” That cost her $4,000 but she still won the match with the $12,600 she had left, and she remains champ. Her 2-day total is $28,400.
No doubt that was a hard FJ. We expected at least one, if not two, to think it was the pope but would have been thoroughly surprised if even one of them had come up with the correct pope. Pope Clement would not grant a papal dispensation to Henry VIII to annul his marriage because there already had been a papal dispensation issued by Pope Julius II, in 1503, to make it possible for Henry to marry his brother’s widow.