Final Jeopardy: Novels of the 1960s

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/16/2018) in the category “Novels of the 1960s” was:

The line “Once when you are born & once when you look death in the face” follows this title of a 1964 novel & an action-packed 1967 film.

4x champ Gilbert Collins has now won $51,400. In his 5th game, he takes on these two players: David Rosen, from Syosset, NY; and Olivia Ochoa, from Seattle, WA.

Round 1 Categories: The British Invasion – Name That World Leader – Getting Possessive – Potpourri – Book Series – “Dis” Is It

Olivia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Getting Possessive” under the $800 clue, with 4 clues left after it. She was in third place with $1,400, $3,000 less than Gilbert’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

In the 120s A.D. the Romans built this structure that extended from Solway Firth to the River Tyne show

Gilbert finished in the lead with $4,400. David was second with $3,600 and Olivia was last with $3,400.

Round 2 Categories: First-time Emmy Nominees 2017 – Doc Talk – Hard “C” – Ancient Times – Etymology – The Floor Is Lava

Gilbert found the first Daily Double in “Etymology” under the $2,000 clue on the 15th pick. He was in the lead with $8,800 at this point, $800 more than David in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This adjective meaning angry may come from the name of 3 avenging goddesses of ancient myth show

Gilbert found the last Daily Double in “Doc Talk” under the $2,000 clue, with just the Lava category left after it. In the lead with $14,800, he now had $1,600 more than David in second place. He bet $2,000 and said ringworm. That was WRONG but was later reversed to RIGHT.

I’ve got tinea pedis, this condition so stop calling me a couch potato. show

David finished in the lead with $16,400. Gilbert was next with $12,800 and Olivia was in third place with $6,200. After the break, Gilbert got back the $2K he lost plus another $2K when ringworm was ruled a correct response for that last DD. That put him in the lead with $16,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


According to an article on, Ian Fleming wrote “You Only Live Twice” primarily in January and February of 1963 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. Published on March 26, 1964, It was the last 007 novel that Fleming completed as he died on August 12th that year. It was also the last novel in “The Blofeld trilogy,” featuring arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

The title of the novel and the lines in the clue are presented as an attempt by James Bond to write a haiku or poem “after Basho,” or in the style of Matsuo Basho, the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.

Olivia wrote down “You Only Live Once.” She lost her $5,500 bet and finished with $700.

David got it right. He bet $3,000 which brought him up to $19,400.

Gilbert got it right, too. He bet a whopping $16,001, winning the game with $32,801 and making Alex Trebek’s day with “that big blockbuster win” he was hoping for. Gilbert’s 5-day total is $84,201.

Final Jeopardy (1/16/2018) Gilbert Collins, David Rosen, Olivia Ochoa

A triple stumper from each round:

BOOK SERIES ($1000) V.C. Andrews is best remembered for her series about the Dollanganger kids, which began with this 1979 book

THE FLOOR IS LAVA ($2000) Mount Pelee, on this French territory of the West Indies

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “U.S. States_”

In 1721 explorer Charlevoix called a point at the border of these 2 states “the finest confluence in the world” show

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8 Responses

  1. Kevin S. says:

    Hi, VJ, minor correction on your “blast from the past” with the FJ from two years ago. You provide the rivers involved as the answer, but the clue was “In 1721 explorer Charlevoix called a point at the border of these 2 states ‘the finest confluence in the world.'”

    The correct answer is Missouri and Illinois, as the clue wanted the states which border the confluence, not the rivers themselves.

  2. J P Warner says:

    Tinea pedis means tinea “of the foot”. While ringworm is tinea in general, it is not tinea pedis, a more specific term. The judges were wrong to change the initial incorrect ruling.

    • VJ says:

      @JP, of course, you’re totally right that the pedis part stands for foot. But the tinea part is for worm, not athlete. So here’s what I think the deal was — ringworm of the foot is a proper description for tinea pedis and Alex should have asked him to be more specific. That made it their mistake and that’s why they had to reverse it.

  3. William Weyser says:

    Congratulations, Gilbert! Welcome to the Tournament Of Champions.

  4. VJ says:

    I usually pause the game during the commercials between the end of Round 2 and FJ and then fast forward. They are SO long. Today, I went back and looked to see if they showed the final score change on the “we’ll be right back” screen, but no.

    Well, it was quite a game, in any event, and David deserves his props. He played well and I think Alex would have given him a 10 on his limerick if it was set in Ontario. LOL!

    LINK: 9 more clues from the match

  5. Lou says:

    My prediction came through for you and me VJ. Gilbert won his fifth game and gained a spot in the tournament of champions. It’s been four weeks now, but congrats to Gilbert, but how did ringworm get ruled wrong? Also what is the difference between you only live once and you only live twice, VJ?

    • Dalton Higbee says:

      So we’ll likely see Gilbert in the next Tournament of Champions (which will air November 2018 or February 2019).

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