Final Jeopardy: Fiction

The Final Jeopardy question (1/15/2015), in the category “Fiction” was:

A line in this short story is “slowly, awkwardly trying out his feelers, which he now first learned to appreciate…”

New champ, Daniel Grigg won $12,000 yesterday when he was the only one to get Final Jeopardy! Today he takes on these two players: Will Anderson, originally from Atlanta, GA; and Erin Rhode, originally from Plymouth, MN.

Round 1: The Daily Double in this round went uncovered when the round ended with 3 clues left on the board: The $1,000 clue in “Swift Myth” and the last 2 in “French Dip”.

Will finished in the lead with $5,000. Erin was second with $3,600 and Daniel was last with $800.

Round 2: Daniel found the first Daily Double under the $1,200 clue on his third pick in “1865 America”. He was still in third place but now had $2,000, $3,000 less than Will’s lead. He bet it all and he was RIGHT.

This agency was founded in 1865 to suppress counterfeit currency. show

Erin found the last Daily Double in “Cotton is King” under the $1,600 clue with 4 clues left. In second place with $9,600, she had $5,800 less than Will’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Dorothy’s iconic blue & white checked pinafore in “The Wizard of Oz” was made from this cotton fabric. show

Will finished in the lead with $16,200. Erin was next with $12,800 and Daniel was in third place with $4,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The hero of “The Metamorphosis” is Gregor Samsa (pronounced Zamza), who is the son of middle-class parents in Prague, Flaubertian philistines, people interested only in the material side of life and vulgarians in their tastes…. when the story starts he is spending a night at home between two business trips, and it is then that the dreadful thing happened…. “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from a troubled dream he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect….” This excerpt comes from a lecture by Vladimir Nabokov that includes this note from Nabokov’s annotated copy about Samsa’s awakening: “In the original German there is a wonderful flowing rhythm here in this dreamy sequence of sentences. He is half-awake—he realizes his plight without surprise, with a childish acceptance of it, and at the same time he still clings to human memories, human experience. The metamorphosis is not quite complete as yet.”

Daniel wrote down “Metamorphisis” and that was accepted. He doubled his score to $9,600.

Erin thought it was “The Fly”. That cost her $3,401 and she finished with $9,399.

Will also got it right and spelled it right. His $3,400 bet brought him up to today’s winning total of $19,600. We have a new champ once again.

FJ Results: 1-21-15

Will Anderson is a senior legislative aide. In the course of his work, he has met Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Dalai Lama and Stephen Colbert, one of his favorites.

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

The first of Jane Austen’s 6 novels to be published in her lifetime, its title is last alphabetically. show

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17 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    @vj, did you notice how closely Alex was studying Daniel’s response? I bet he was watching for “ses” at the end. Did you notice that? The clue writers probably thought someone would make such a mistake.

    • VJ says:

      no, Jacob, when it aired, I was hurrying to finish my recap because my brother was coming over to take me to dinner. But I just re-watched it. I didn’t notice Alex pause at Daniel’s answer, but this time around, I did notice that Daniel drew a little insect in front of it and Will had “the” before the answer, then crossed it out even though “The” is indeed in the title. Lucky for them they don’t require the first “The” but even luckier for Will because it would hurt more if you had it in there then crossed it out!

      I know I was expecting somebody to write “ses” at the end, but I wasn’t expecting anyone to answer “The Fly”

      • Cece says:

        VJ- I was only half listening to the game today ’cause a friend kept interrupting me so I’m not sure..But, was the French word for “boat” a triple stumper or am I wrong?

        Please tell me I’m wrong :)

        • VJ says:

          Can’t say you’re wrong because you’re right. It was actually worse than a triple stumper. Daniel thought it meant “bat” (idk what sense he was thinking of).

          They have not had any clues with the word bateau since 2009 and both were in March. One asked for the French word for boat and Larissa Kelly got it.

          Here’s the other where they are told what it means and they might even know the debauched young poet by his rep, even if they never read the poem:

          EUROPEAN POETS $2000: In 1871, as a debauched, visionary 16-year-old, he wrote “Le Bateau ivre” or “The Drunken Boat” (LINK TO THE POEM IN ENGLISH)

        • Cece says:

          So it is…Much worse than a triple stumper. Rimbaud would’ve said: incroyable!

          Thanks, VJ and have a good night.

        • VJ says:

          lol, Rimbaud probably would have said something far worse than incroyable — he was debauched :)

        • john blahuta says:

          @ vj & cece: yes , he would probably have used a five letter word m…., or maudit, maybe bon sang…..,maldito or caramba had he been portuguese ….

          boa noite e a quinta – feira,cece!

        • Cece says:

          VJ & John – lol. Sure Rimbaud would’ve said something far worse, I was just trying to keep it clean and a lot less insulting than the French can be :)

          Well, gotta go to work now. Later.

  2. jacob ska says:

    @John, we’ll take your 1 prediction correct and my 3 predictions correct, add them, and divide by 2. Then golly we come up with 2 correct in fj. It’s called “fuzzy smart.” LOL

    • john blahuta says:

      ha! in german it’s called “schwindeln”, (you might remember that word, since students “schwindel” at exams….} in english you could call it ” conveniently correcting” or plain “fixing”..LOL

  3. john blahuta says:

    strange bet by will,don’t you think? he did not cover against erin at all.was he so convinced she would get it wrong?
    well, at least 2 right, so that improves this weeks tally in fj to 3 for 9.
    congratulations will, i am sorry that daniel could not figure in the final outcome.i had a feeling that if anyone would know it would be him. it was,but not enough dinero….

    • john blahuta says:

      the only explanation for will’s bet: had he been wrong and erin had bet zero, we would have had a will was wagering for a possible tie. i thought that’s not permitted anymore?

    • VJ says:

      They can wager for a tie but they are not both coming back. There would be a tiebreaker question so idk why anyone with a decent lead would risk that.

      Maybe it was just a math mistake on Will’s part. We’ll see what Keith has to say on The Final Wager later.

      • john blahuta says:

        yes, the law of average evens out everything eventually :) you are born, you die. the average in between is called “life”. but hey, i’ll take half a win anytime over half a loss!!

      • john blahuta says:

        got it. thanks. but he left himself wide open. we are not talking about a $100 or $1000
        oversight or sloppiness.his safe bet would have been $9.401..this was potential (j) suicide!