Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Novels

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/10/2017) in the category “20th Century Novels” was:

The protagonist of this novel “was fairly sure that his age was 39, and he believed that he had been born in 1944 or 1945”

10x champ Austin Rogers had his 7th runaway game yesterday, bringing his winnings up to $365,400. In Game 11, he takes on these two players: Sarah Favorite, from Williston, ND; and Chris Cardinal, from Phoenix, AZ.

Round 1 Categories: Exploring the World – First Names in the Dictionary – 2017 Movie Taglines – Churchill, FDR or Stalin – Trans”PO”tation – The Writing Stuff

Austin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Trans”PO”tation” under the $800 clue at the halfway point, right before the first break. He was in the lead with $1,400, $600 more than Sarah in second place. He bet it all and he was RIGHT.

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Austin finished in the lead with $6,000. Chris was second with $3,400 and Sarah was last with $600.

Round 2 Categories: Zoology – 19th Century Sports – The Newspaper Game – In Dispensable – A Knight – At the Opera

Chris found the first Daily Double in “The Newspaper Game” under the $2,000 clue on the 19th pick. He was in second place with $6,200 at this point, $8,600 behind Austin’s lead. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

A newspaper founded in London in 1855 was named for this, then the hottest new communication technology. show

Austin landed on the last Daily Double in “Zoology” under the $2,000 clue, with 7 clues left after it. In the lead with $17,200, he had $6,000 more than Chris in second place. He bet $3,500 and he was RIGHT.

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Austin finished with a runaway $26,300. Chris was next with $11,200 and Sarah was in third place with $2,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS “1984”?

The quote comes from the first chapter of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” (1949). After drinking some Victory Gin and lighting a Victory cigarette, Winston Smith sits down to write in his diary and we learn that he is not really sure of either the current date or his birthdate.

Top 10 Most Depressing Quotes from Orwell’s 1984

Sarah got it right. She added $2,100 to her score to finish with $4,300.

Chris thought it was “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” He didn’t bet anything, remaining at $11,200.

Austin also got it. His $3,000 bet brought his already winning total up to $29,300. His 11-day total is $394,700.

Final Jeopardy (10/10/2017) Austin Rogers, Chris Cardinal, Sarah Favorite

Senior Moments: Alex got Austin’s last name wrong twice during the game, once during the chat and again, right after the DJ! round. He apologized before FJ for the mix up with the NBA’s Austin Rivers

2 triple stumpers from the last round:

19TH CENTURY SPORTS ($1200) On June 6, 1892 he became the first president to attend a major league baseball game while in office

A KNIGHT ($2000) Sir Safir was a Christian knight of this descent, a French word for Arabs & Muslims during the Crusades

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Modern American Poetry”

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17 Responses

  1. mimsy says:

    I didn’t care for Austin getting the okay on that “snipe” response. What was the amount of that clue?

    • VJ says:

      @mimsy, that was a $2K clue, the very last clue of Double Jeopardy! I couldn’t believe it myself, especially after they went to the trouble of making a post about that sherbet/sherbet thing to point out that “Austin neglected to observe the part that required the two responses to ‘end in the same three letters.'” Well, Austin neglected to observe the part where the clue said “Fired a shot” not “Fire a shot” on this one. heh heh heh

  2. John says:

    At taboo Austin!!
    Go for the half million!!!
    …you can do it

  3. Linda says:

    What bar in NY does he work at?? Would love to go visit. He is very entertaining

  4. Lou says:

    1984 is considered a classical novel just like animal farm, which I hope your kids did read back in grade school right, VJ? I am beginning to think Austin has Arthur chus playing style since he risked 1800 dollars in his 11th game. Also that protagonist age reminds me of dylan thomas since he died at 39.

  5. Thad says:

    Austin, Go and kill the Will.

  6. VJ says:

    Austin’s chat story about his bike was an instant classic. Alex Trebek was highly amused. Austin had contests to name his bikes: The first 2 were: James Van der Bike (he got wrecked) and Bike Tyson (he got stolen).

    In the contest for the third bike, the overwhelming vote was for Alex Trebike, “but”, Austin said, “I did not allow it ’cause that’s an insult to an august man so I went with ‘Spokey Robinson’ instead.”

    I’m not sure if that means he doesn’t think the Poet Laureate of Motown is an august man, but I think Alex Trebek will give his blessing to the next bike being named after him.

    LINK: 10 more clues from the match

    • Cece says:

      VJ, thanks for sharing Austin’s chat; I walked in when he was already going on and on and I had no idea what the hell he was talking about. Incidentally, can’t you reserve the right to edit comments for clarity? Lol!

      • VJ says:

        It was pretty funny, Cece, except I thought it was kind of flip of him to call Trebek “dude.” Is that any way to address an august man? LOL! I wonder if there was a prize for that contest.

        I usually edit comments if I know what the person meant or misspellings, as a matter of course, or when I failed to notice and someone posts a correction to their comment. But if I can’t figure out what they meant to say, I leave it alone. lol

        • Cece says:

          Yesterday was a high five, tonight was ‘dude’; what’s next, a fist bump followed by “ok, bro?”

          I know all about your editing habits, I was just being sarcastic. :)

        • VJ says:

          LOL, Cece, I think I would fall off the couch if he called Alex “my homie.” Sometimes, my daughter and I call each other that.

  7. Richard Corliss says:

    I think I know when he’s losing, February 28, 2018.

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