Final Jeopardy: Artists

The Final Jeopardy question (1/8/2015), in the category “Artists” was:

He said a 2009 exhibit was the 1st time taxpayers’ money was used “to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off.”

4x champ Elliot Yates has now won a total of $65,000. Today he takes on these two players: John Schultz, from Ann Arbor, MI; and Elizabeth Scott-Jones, from Riverside, CA.

Round 1: Elliot found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “World of Water” under the $600 clue. He was in second place with $3,400, $1,000 less than John’s lead. He bet $2,400, and took a guess with Tulsa Springs. That was WRONG.

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John finished in the lead with $6,000. Elliot was second with $2,800 and Elizabeth was last with $1,200.

Round 2: Elliot found the first Daily Double in “Disney Songs” under the $1,600 clue. He was in second place with $4,800 now, $1,200 less than John’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

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John found the last Daily Double in “Body Parts” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $13,600, he was $400 ahead of Elliot in second place. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

These in women are also called oviducts. show

John finished in the lead with $20,600. Elliot was next with $13,200 and Elizabeth was in third place with $4,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“When Time magazine selected the British artist Banksy– graffiti master, painter, activist, filmmaker and all-purpose provocateur– for its list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2010, he found himself in the company of Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga. He supplied a picture of himself with a paper bag (recyclable, naturally) over his head. Most of his fans don’t really want to know who he is (and have loudly protested Fleet Street attempts to unmask him). But they do want to follow his upward tra­jectory from the outlaw spraying—or, as the argot has it, “bombing”—walls in Bristol, England, during the 1990s to the artist whose work commands hundreds of thousands of dollars in the auction houses of Britain and America.” (

Elizabeth thought it was (Jackson) Pollock. She lost her $3,900 bet and finished with $100.

Elliot got it right. His $7,401 bet brought him up to $20,601.

John got it right, too. His $7,000 bet brought him up to $27,600 and we have a new champ.

FJ Results: 1-8-15

John Schultz is a computer programmer. He played an excellent game! So as we say so long to Elliot, our second consecutive TOC-qualified champ, we can already see John qualifying for the TOC. (Our prediction record around here hasn’t been so hot lately, John, so help us out!) Here’s a link to the local article about his appearance in case you missed it.

During the chat, John talked about his romantic proposal to his wife in Las Vegas. He hired her favorite independent artist to perform a private concert for her while he proposed in a gondola at the Venetian. Alex joked that he set “a terrible line” that will be hard to outdo on future anniversaries. “Imagine what it’s going to be like for your 25th anniversary.”

2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Legal Terms”

This term for a type of decision is from Old French for “to speak the truth” show

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5 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    Congrats John. Elliot must read our posts or perhaps someone mentioned it to him but he changed his Linkedin page date to January 2015 and indicated 1 month.

    Was surprised at Elizabeth fj response. Jackson Pollack has been dead long before 2009. I think he died in the 1950s.

    • john blahuta says:

      yep. but at least she was still around for fj….and pollack WAS an artist, but “banksy”??
      as emerson winchester III used to say in m*a*s*h…”surely you jest!”
      the category should have been named “wannabe artists” or “british weirdos”…
      this is an insult to people like da vinci, michelangelo, gosh i could write thousands of names in all different branches of art!
      gets to show you what kind of people j clue writers consider an artist…..

      • VJ says:

        “Beauty’s where you find it” ~ Madonna

      • Tom Clark says:

        I agree. I never heard of him and I never want to hear of him again.

        This is exactly why I would never go on Jeopardy, even though a few million people have told me to. I have ROTTEN luck, and with that ROTTEN luck, my FJ would be something like today’s.

  2. john blahuta says:

    so, according to j contestants “banksy” is as well known as margaret thatcher…go figure.