Final Jeopardy: The Titanic

The Final Jeopardy question (1/7/2014), in the category “The Titanic” was:

A member of Parliament said “Those who have been saved have been saved through one man”, this Italian.

New champ Mary Manhardt won $14,401 in yesterday’s game. Today she is up against these two players: Andrew Nelson, from New Bedford, MA; and Carolyn Gawlik, from Dearborn, MI.

Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Alma Mater” under the $1,000 clue. He was in the lead with $3,000, $1,400 more than Carolyn in second place. He bet $1,400 and said “Harrison”. Alex didn’t have to ask him to be more specific because that was WRONG (but not an altogether bad guess since the Harrisons had ties to Ohio).

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Mary finished in the lead with $5,600. Carolyn was second with $3,800 and Andrew was last with $3,200.

Carolyn found the first Daily Double in “Play That Fiddle” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $9,400, $3,800 less than Mary’s lead. She bet $3,000 and had no idea so she was WRONG.

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Andrew found the last Daily Double in “Breakaway Nations” under the $800 clue. In second place with $9,200, he had $4,000 less than Mary’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Mary finished in the lead with $12,800. Andrew was next with $12,400 and Carolyn was in third place with $6,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Herbert Samuels, the UK’s Postmaster General at the time of the Titanic disaster is the person who made the statement in the clue. The Titanic was a royal mail ship, with ‘wireless equipment and two operators supplied by the Marconi company, which proved important in getting word to nearby vessels – and beyond – that the ship was sinking. The Post Office was a pioneer of telegraphic technology and had become interested in Marconi’s experimentation at a key point in the development of wireless telegraphy, so it could be argued that thanks to the Post Office many of the Titanic’s passengers were saved.” (Postal Heritage: Marconi and the Post Office)

Carolyn thought it was Galileo even though she couldn’t get the e and o down. She bet nothing so it didn’t cost her a penny, and she remained at $6,400.

Andrew also thought it was Galileo. He only lost $400 and finished with $12,000.

Mary thought it was Fermi (presumably Enrico, a preteen at the time). She lost $12,400 and finished third with $400.

That makes Andrew Nelson the new champ. As for the FJ, we thought it was pretty easy to figure out if you didn’t know. Guess not.

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4 Responses

  1. Tom Clark says:

    These had to be three of the dumbest people ever to compete on Jeopardy. The one in the middle had no clue about Paganini. The guy on the end was ahead and rings in with a wild guess at the end, putting him behind. Really smart … He wound up winning anyway, because they were all too stupid to think of Marconi. What did they think Galileo’s discoveries and theories had to do with saving people on the Titanic? And FERMI? Young people are getting more poorly educated each year, and this show can be used as evidence.

    • vj says:

      “What did they think Galileo’s discoveries and theories had to do with saving people on the Titanic?”

      I really wanted to try to figure that out — esp since 2 of them came up with it — but can’t imagine.

    • Wylee says:

      It won’t be long now. Jeopardy can either just fold or forget about history, geography, the sciences. Just go with pop culture.

    • Gigi says:

      “three of the dumbest people ever…they were all too stupid”

      Such words are unnecessarily harsh and just plain unnecessary. Enjoy patting yourselves on the back without the pressure of time, lights, an audience, and an electronic pen.