Final Jeopardy: Shakespeare

The Final Jeopardy question (1/16/2014), in the category “Shakespeare” was:

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

Sarah McNitt, now a 2-day champ, has won a total of $28,400. Today she tries for a third win against these two players: Stacy Meyers, from Fredericksburg, VA; and Gudrun Juffer, originally from Milwaukee, WI.

Stacy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Beethoven” under the $800 clue. She was in second place with $2,800, $1,600 less than Sarah’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Sarah finished in the lead with $4,400. Stacy was second with $3,800 and Gudrun was last with $2,200.

Stacy found the first Daily Double in “Blade Runner” under the $800 clue. She was in second place with $10,600, $200 behind Sarah’s lead. She bet $1,000 but didn’t know so she was WRONG.

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Gudrun found the last Daily Double in “Metropolis” under the $800 clue. In third place with $4,200, she was $6,400 behind Sarah’s lead. She went for a true Daily Double, to catch up, and thought it was San Antonio. That was WRONG.

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And with that the round was over leaving 4 clues on the board, but at least we got both Daily Doubles today.

Sarah finished in the lead with $13,600. Stacy was next with $10,400 and Gudrun was in third place with $1,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The only names repeated in titles in all of Shakespeare’s plays are Henry and Richard, and only one of them has 5 letters. None of the title names in tragedies has a repeat appearance and none of the comedies has a name in the title. (Shakespeare’s Plays, listed by genre)

Gudrun got it right. Her $1,100 bet brought her up to $2,300.

Stacy wrote down Romeo, sadly noting she forgot the histories. She lost $7,600 and finished with $2,800.

Sarah wrote down Paris, then crossed it out in favor of the right answer. She bet $4,000 (again), so she won this one with $17,600. Her 3-day total is $46,000.

We know that Sarah is giving betting strategists fits with her $4,000 bet, but by now, it’s clear she thinks it’s lucky and, so far, she’s been RIGHT.

It was cool that they had a clue in “Blade Runner” today where the answer was Sigurd, while they had a contestant with the same name as his wife (Gudrun). Stacy was the one who buzzed in on that one.

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5 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    “Who is anyone we’ve heard of besides Roger Clemens?” was the subject of some considerable debate in our house, and I was outvoted 1 – 1 that they should have known Roger Clemens and that Alex would not snicker if males didn’t know something about the sport of ice skating.

  2. john blahuta says:

    luck is a feeble thing.soon the second placed contestants will make the full wager and sarah might lose, even so she is correct…..this is tempting fate. three times is the charm. it might not work a fourth. even though stacy did not go all in, had she been right sarah would be out already. three weird days in a row as far as fj betting is concerned. i wonder if we will ever see sarah bet the “proper” amount, i.e to win by 1 buck if the second bets it all and is right???

    • vj says:

      Yeah, that could happen but she could also just get defeated by someone who finishes with more. We’ll see if she sticks with her lucky 4K tomorrow.

      btw, I thought either of the last 2 Daily Doubles would have made a better FJ than this, didn’t you?

      • john blahuta says:

        yes, although excalibur would have been pretty tough (not for you – literature….) but s.d. would have been a logical conclusion.

      • vj says:

        A little note — in the poem Morte D’Arthur, King Arthur calls Excalibur “him” not “it”

        But now delay not: take Excalibur,
        And fling him far into the middle mere