Final Jeopardy: Plays

The Final Jeopardy question (1/17/2017) in the category “Plays” was:

This play was derived from a 1565 story, “Un Capitano Moro”.

New champ John Avila won $14,001 yesterday. To win his second game, he’s got to beat these two players: Pete Tachibana, from North Highlands, CA; and Andrea Keppers, from Denver, CO.

Round 1 Categories: Something to Read – Scrambled Kegs – Shades of Yellow – College Football History – The Constitution – Pre-amble

John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Constitution” under the $800 clue on the 13th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,000, $1,400 ahead of Andrea in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Amendment XII: “The _____ shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President.” show

John finished in the lead with $11,400 (whoa!). Andrea was second with $2,600 and Pete was last with $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: The Ancient World – Letter Perfect – A Triple Feature – Composers – State Parks – Odd Combined Responses

Pete found the first Daily Double in “The Ancient World” under the $800 clue on the 2nd pick. He was in third place with $1,800 now, $9,600 behind John’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Don’t be phobic about giving us this name for the central market & meeting place in many ancient Greek cities. show

6 clues later, Andrea found the last Daily Double in “Composers” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $3,400, she had $10,800 less than John’s lead. She also went with a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

This German-born composer wrote 4 coronation anthems for Britain’s George II. show

John finished with a runaway $24,600. Andrea was next with $11,200 and Pete was in third place with $2,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In its Shakespeare Online Study Tools section, Britain In says: “The principal source for Othello is a story by an Italian author, Giovanni Battista (or Giambattista) Giraldi, who is also known as Cinthio or Cinzio, in his collection of novellas entitled Hecatommithi, published in Venice in 1565. The work was published in a French translation by Gabriel Chappuys in 1584. Cinthio named none of his characters except for his heroine, called ‘Disdemona’, a name of ‘unlucky augury’.” That is where it is believed that the basic plot of “Othello” came from. They also name other sources Shakespeare may have used.

“Un Capitano Moro” was a novella in the Hecatommithi. In “The Modern Language Quarterly” (1902), W.W. Gregg gives a bio of the story’s author, including possible reasons why he was a popular source for Elizabethan dramatists.

Pete did not have a response. He bet and lost it all.

Andrea got it right. She didn’t bet anything so she stayed at $11,200.

John wrote down “A Dead Captain.” (See, petit lapin? He wasn’t “mortified.”) He only lost $400 so he won the match with $24,200. Quite a performance today! His 2-day total is $38,201. And that breaks this string of 1-day champs, but the leader did not get FJ right again.

The last time the leader going into FJ got it right was on in the 12/26/2016 match when only two were left in to play the final clue and the category was “Moons & Planets.”

Final Jeopardy (1/17/2017) John Avila, Pete Tachibana, Andrea Keppers

A triple stumper from each round:

SCRAMBLED KEGS ($800) Tonight is kind of special: new labour

A TRIPLE FEATURE ($2000) Joanne Woodward won an Oscar for playing a Georgia housewife with multiple personalities in this 1957 film

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Last Words”

In 1170 he said, “I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the church may obtain liberty and peace” show

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9 Responses

  1. Dawn says:

    Does anyone know the clue that resulted in the answer,”sesame boulevard”?

    • VJ says:

      @Dawn — here is it: ODD COMBINED RESPONSES ($400) Word after “open” in an Ali Baba command + term for a wide street like L.A.’s world-famous Sunset

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    It did not show Final Jeopardy today due to breaking news.

  3. VJ says:

    true, Rhonda, John did very well today. Kudos to Andrea for her correct FJ, though. I’m actually always happy when a 0/3 prediction is wrong.

    I thought the FJ clue kind of fit with today’s Samuel Butler quote, too (“The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.”

    We could say “Othello” would not have taken so well if it had been called “The Dead Captain” LOL!!

    LINK: 8 more clues from the match

    • VJ says:

      I have been informed that I confused winning the game with the leader curse so I fixed that part in the recap. This is the 16th game where the leader going into FJ did not get the clue right.

  4. lou says:

    John should not be mortified when he only bet that small amount but glad that he won again. Othello is one of shakespeare’s plays but i think she. could tie with john to be co champs.

  5. rhonda says:

    LOL, VJ. He didn’t have to be “mortified”, though, with that nice win to make him feel better lol!