Final Jeopardy: Literature & Mythology
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/30/2018) in the category “Literature & Mythology” was:
The “very name embodies the idea of flight”, says one analysis of a 20th century novel in describing this main character.
New champ Ryan Fenster won $20,999 yesterday. In his second game, he takes on these two ladies: Brandey Chandler, from Lee’s Summit, MO; and Emily Lewis, from San Diego, CA.
Alex opened the game remarking how everyone was in the hole for most of the first round of yesterday’s game. He said a prayer and Ryan turned things around. After expressing optimism about this game, all 3 players gave wrong answers to the first clue and went right in the hole so Alex said another prayer. Hilarious!
Round 1 Categories: Logo a-GoGo – TV Comedy Adjectives – Not to Be Confused – “Say” You Will – Write, Patterson – Air Force Base
Ryan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Air Force Base” under the $600 clue on the third pick of the round. He was in the lead with $200 and the only one with any money. Ryan switched from true DD to the $1,000 allowance when Alex reminded him about it, and he was RIGHT.
Since the 1950s the USAF & this air force have shared a base at Mildenhall in Suffolk. show
Brandey finished in the lead with $5,200. Emily was second with $3,000 and Ryan was last with $2,600.
Round 2 Categories: French Scientists & Inventors – Throwing Shade – History – Two-Handers – Every Year – This Is “TH” Place
Ryan found the first Daily Double in “History” under the $1,200 clue on the 5th pick. He was in the lead with $7,000 at this point, $1,400 more than Brandey in second place. History is his wheelhouse so he bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.
A 20-kiloton A-Bomb was dropped on this atoll in a 1946 test, the first in peacetime. show
2 clues later, Brandy found the last Daily Double in “Every Year” under the $800 clue. In second place with $6,000, she had $5,000 less than Ryan’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.
In France this annual religious observance is known as “Mercredi des Cendres” show
Ryan ran away with the game again, this time with $27,000. Brandey was next with $8,600 and Emily was in third place with $4,600.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
The analysis referred to in the clue comes from SparkNotes’ Motif section on James Joyce’s 1916 novel: “In the context of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, we can see Stephen as representative of both Daedalus and Icarus, as Stephen’s father also has the last name of Dedalus. With this mythological reference, Joyce implies that Stephen must always balance his desire to flee Ireland with the danger of overestimating his own abilities—the intellectual equivalent of Icarus’s flight too close to the sun.”
On CliffNotes, in Joyce’s Biography, it says the Stephen Dedalus character came from a novel Joyce drafted in 1904 called “Stephen Hero” (pub. posthumously in 1944): “In September 1907, Joyce began to transform Stephen Hero into A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, retaining ‘Stephen Daedalus’ for the protagonist’s name. It was a name which Joyce himself had already used as a pen name, and it was also a name which linked the first Christian martyr (Stephen) and the mythic Greek maze-maker (Daedalus), a man known for his cunning and skill…. Later, Joyce changed the spelling of the hero’s last name — ostensibly, in order to deemphasize the autobiographical nature of the book.”
Emily just had a question mark. She bet and lost her whole $4,600.
Brandy got it right. (The mythological spelling was fine). Her $3,401 bet brought her up to $12,001.
Ryan went with Icarus, the one who went splat in the myth. He lost his $6,000 bet so that brought today’s win down to $21,000. His 2-day total is $41,999.
A triple stumper from each round:
WRITE, PATTERSON ($1000) Patterson’s young adult series about siblings Wisty & Whit Allgood is titled “Witch &” this
TWO-HANDERS ($1000) This A.R. Burney 2-role play saw Molly Ringwald paired with Andrew McCarthy & Linda Hamilton paired with Ron Perlman
2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Etymology”
This word referring to someone who is not an expert is from the Latin for “love” show