Final Jeopardy: British Musical Theater

The Final Jeopardy question (1/28/2016) in the category “British Musical Theater” was:

A critic said, “I doubt if there is a single joke in” this 1885 work “that fits the Japanese. But all the jokes… fit the English”.

Fred Vaughn became the first 4x champ since Matt Jackson won his 4th game yesterday and he saw his winnings rise to $65,700. Today he takes on these two players: Mara Apostol, from Miami, FL; and Phyllis Kidd, from Glen Ellyn, IL.

Round 1 Categories: Coif Medicine – Presidential Surnames on Film – “O” in Literature – Math Terms – 5-Letter Verbs – Chicago History

Phyllis found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “O in Literature” under the $800 clue not long after the chat. She was in the lead with $2,600, $600 ahead of Fred in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was “Omoo” (even though Alex attempted a Cuban accent on the last part of the clue). That was WRONG but it turned out to be the answer to the next clue and Phyllis redeemed herself.

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Mara finished in the lead with $7,000. Fred was second with $3,400 and Phyllis was last with $1,600.

Round 2 Categories: Murphy! – As I Live & Breathe – You Old Son of a Gun Maker – Where You Been? – Long Time – No C

Fred found the first Daily Double in “No C” under the $2,000 clue. In the lead with $12,600, he had $1,600 more than Mara in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Mara found the last Daily Double in “As I Live & Breathe” with 8 clues left after it. She was in second place with $11,400 now, $2,600 less than Fred’s lead. SHe bet $3,000 and it sounded like she said “cava.” That was WRONG.

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Fred finished in the lead with $11,600. Mara was next with $10,400 and Phyllis was in third place with $8,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


A 10/16/1990 article in the Los Angeles Times summarizes both the plot and the performance history of the comic opera “The Mikado” and includes on page 2, the quote from G.K. Chesterton: “Gilbert pursued and persecuted the evils of modern England till they had literally not a leg to stand on, exactly as Swift did under the allegory of ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’ I doubt if there is a single joke in the whole play that fits the Japanese. But all the jokes in the play fit the English.”

Phyllis bet $3,201 bet. That brought her up to $11,601.

Mara bet $6,401. She finished with $16,801.

Fred bet $5,000 so he finished with $16,600 but that put him in second place and made Mara the new Jeopardy! champ, a great surprise to her.

Final Jeopardy Results for January 28, 2016

Triple Stumper: Too bad no one picked up this clue in “Long Time”: “It’s longer than a period or era; the Phanerozoic one started 541 million years ago & is still going on.” It was worth $2,000!

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Comedic Actresses”

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19 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    Too bad Fred miscalculated his FJ wager; he has a measured approach. I didn’t know that the quotation came from the great Chesterton, from an introduction he wrote for a book on G&S in 1926. I liked his Father Brown mysteries.
    The international community in Taipei produced “The Mikado” in the 1970s at the old Taipei-American school auditorium. A truly fantastic and colorful performance. I tried out for a part, but didn’t get it. My friend Barney Powell made a wonderful Mikado, though. If he hadn’t been a British banker, he could have gone on the stage. He had the air of a comic Laurence Olivier.

  2. JEOPARDY says:

    Kinda hard fj. One at least should get.

  3. aaaa says:

    WIll that underwagering keep Fred from the TofC. If they have it in November 2016, not as likely, but if they wait until February or May 2017 for the next one, it could keep him from the TofC. 49/60 here. An ad for Vinny’s 14 game streak on Sports Jeopardy! on Crackle was heard during the last commercial break, but next week Sports Jeopardy! is having a celebrity game.

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    Wow! We have yet to have a 5-time champion. Right VJ and Leena.

  5. steven avery says:

    i just watched it and WOW – you gotta bet $1 more then your opponent can reach.

  6. jacob ska says:

    What a way to lose Fred! Why bother to wager 9,201?

  7. VJ says:

    As Snow White once said to the 7 Dwarfs: “How shocking!”

    • Cece says:

      You know you love’em (the 7 D). :):)

      I knew his wagering one day would be his undoing. Ironically, today he seemed less tense and was picking clues faster. Dommage.

      I think the word ‘The” in The old man and the Sea threw Phyllis off in that “O” clue.

      • VJ says:

        LOL. Snow White really does say that in the Disney film, Cece, when she inspects the dwarfs’ hands to see if they are clean.

        I thought the same thing — someone must have told Fred that even the closed captions were picking up his “heavy sighs”.

        Agree on The Old Man, but I still thought Alex’s clue delivery should have telegraphed it. But it worked out okay for her.

        • Cece says:

          I know, in Portuguese she says something like “Que horror!”, lol.

          I’m in TBBT heaven tonight—2 episodes!

        • VJ says:

          Enjoy them :):)

        • Cece says:

          OK, I’ve watched my show and ate my dinner so I want to revisit my comment on the “O” clue.

          What I meant was that the answers were supposed to start with the letter O. Phyllis probably didn’t think The Old Man and the Sea was correct because it doesn’t start with “O”. Yeah, I know an argument could be made that the title would be filed under O (in libraries, etc) but still….

        • EricS says:

          Right! (Of course ) especially when they have had a clue about that title having six words of three letters.

  8. Zach says:

    “$5000, that’s a nice even number!” ugh.

  9. EricS says:

    Beautiful way to end a winning streak: have the lead going into FJ and provide the right response.