Final Jeopardy: Historical Artifacts

The Final Jeopardy question (10/12/2015) in the category “Historical Artifacts” was:

Its restitchings over the centuries helped perpetuate the story of King Harold II being struck in the eye with an arrow.

Current champ Matt Jackson has racked up winnings of $339,411. He is going for his 12th win today, looking to break his consecutive win tie with Arthur Chu. These two players are looking to take Matt down: Victor Quillen, from Kingsport, TN; and Julia Novakovic, originally from Pittsburgh, PA.

Round 1: Victor found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Always Pay Your Debts” under the $1,000 clue on the 4th pick of the round. He was the only one with any money. He made it a true Daily Double. That made it worth $2,400 but he couldn’t come up with a guess so he was WRONG, and no one had any money.

TILA is short for this “Act” that dictates how Visa or Amex can raise your variable interest rate.  show

Matt finished in the lead with $6,600. Victor was second with $4,400 and Julia was last with $1,000.

Round 2: Matt found the first Daily Double in “Adjectives” under the $1,600 clue. As expected, he began his domination of this round straightaway and was now in the lead with $17,800, $13,400 more than Victor in second place. He bet $7,000 and he was RIGHT.

“Eloquent” comes from the same root as this word that means overly talkative. show

On his very next pic, Matt found the last Daily Double in “The River’s Tributaries” under the $1,600 clue. He was now up to $24,800, a $20,400 lead over Victor in second place. He bet a big $10,000 and he was RIGHT.

Inn, Morava, Tisza. show

Matt finished in the lead with $39,600. Victor was next with $12,000 and Julia was in third place with $7,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Is the Bayeux Tapestry about to unravel? Every schoolchild knows that King Harold II was felled by an arrow to the eye at the Battle of Hastings. But the thousand-year legend could be shot down by a new scientific examination which suggests that the last Anglo-Saxon King of England lived to fight another day.” (We Found Dick, Now Let’s Find Harry)

That October 2014 news article from the Independent.UK gives you an idea of how easy the British will find this clue. According to the latest news article we found on this topic, they did find a grave they suspect is King Harold’s and were looking to exhume it.

Julia wrote down “Bayeaux Tapestry” but did not get penalized for the extra “a.” Her $3,002 bet brought her up to $10,002.

Victor spelled it the same way as Julia. He bet $2,001 and finished with $14,001.

Matt spelled it right. He bet $11,400 so he won this match with $51,000, his highest to date. His 12-day total is $390,411, and he is now in third place for most consecutive games won all by himself.

Matt Jackson’s Jeopardy! Statistics.

FJ Results: 10-12-15

During the chat, Matt talked about how he named two cats he got in the 3rd grade “Jules” and Verne” because he was a fan of exploratory science fiction. Jules passed away last year. R.I.P. Jules.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Big Nations.” Coincidentally, there was a misspelling in this one, too, only it counted against the player.

In area, it’s the largest former Soviet Republic after Russia & the largest nation that doesn’t border an ocean. show

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26 Responses

  1. Jasper says:

    So since a) “the end is near” and b) “you saw a taping and he lost” I guess I’m done enjoying the show again. It’s only good when there’s someone on a run. SOMEONE NEEDS TO CHALLENGE KENS RECORD. I only watch 7+

    • VJ says:

      what are you talking about? nobody here has seen a taping — Richard just asked Leena if she saw one and Leena responded that she stays in Texas.

      As for the end is near – that is mere speculation. Last week, we were speculating that Matt wouldn’t beat Chu’s record yet he has.

  2. VJ says:

    Another thing I wanted to say about this match was how bad I felt for Victor on that TILA DD. It threw me for a second too. I really still don’t recall ever seeing that particular acronym. But then I was like Visa, AMEX, lenders and in my mind’s eye I saw the Truth In Lending clause. I wished that had happened to Victor or he had bet less.

    • Cece says:

      Yeah, that was a hard DD and Victor looked dejected. Would it have made a difference though? The Wrecking Ball went into FJ with more than 3X his amount. Victor, if right on the DD, would have had just $4,800 extra.

    • VJ says:

      You’re right, it wouldn’t have had any impact on the outcome of the game, but if it probably hurts more when it’s something like that and it just doesn’t register.

      There was one in the teacher’s tournament with Buckingham Palace, if I’m remembering right. There’s another one that sticks in my mind — an Aaron Burr FJ — because the “got milk” commercial is a favorite of mine and my son’s (it’s on the recap).

  3. Leena says:

    No, and I stay in Texas every day. Man i seriously want to ask you something but that would make a bit of ruckus. Also, did you see the taping that’ll air on Thursday

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    Matt Jackson is actually now the fourth winningest player.

  5. Jasper says:

    Richard Corliss I’d appreciate if you weren’t out to hate Matt. He makes jeopardy watchable again

    • Tom Clark says:

      He’s a human being — that’s what we do, we hate. It makes us feel good.

      Also, it’s fun to hate smart people. You picture him reading all those books, and remembering so much. That’s scary. Why wasn’t he out throwing a ball around, like a normal kid!?

      • VJ says:

        All Richard Corliss has ever said is when will he lose?? (sometimes more than once a day). That’s just a question, that doesn’t even say I hope he loses like I did this morning. LOL. And I don’t even hate Matt.

        I just don’t like his playing style. He’s like a freaking cobra, all wound up tightly waiting to strike. Jasper may find that eminently watchable, but I don’t.

        • Richard Corliss says:

          I’m sorry.

        • Cece says:

          So….no fingers today, huh? Victor played a good game but I think after Matt’s second DD, Victor was like, what’s the point anymore?…

          VJ, I don’t have a problem with Matt, but I understand how you feel about watching him, as I felt the same way about the Dancing Queen. Different strokes… Hang in there, the end is near. :)

        • VJ says:

          so you’ve grown accustomed to his face…. LOL. The slow smile was creeping you out at first.

          Let me add that I appreciate the respect for my opinion. I always find it pretty cheeky when someone just decides to show up and tell another poster to stop hating so and so. The words hater and hating are grossly overused these days.

        • Cece says:

          Oh, don’t get me wrong I still think he’s strange, but I said in a comment in one of his earlier games, “I like Matt” —and with me, the fact that I make fun of people doesn’t mean I don’t like them— just comedy relief.

          And while I agree that the word “hate” and its variations are overused, I think it’s mostly used as the opposite of the word “love” (also overused)—pop culture usage prefers the words love/hate, rather than like/dislike. That’s just my opinion.

          And let me add that while I try to respect other commenters’ opinions of any contestant, I find it very annoying when someone keeps repeating the same thing over and over again. OK, we get it, you want him to lose, let it go.

      • VJ says:

        Yes, comic relief in good fun, I love it :)

        I totes agree about the broken record syndrome. I have a tendency to laugh at it until it starts to make me cringe :-0

        It’s kind of like watching reruns of reruns you have already watched. LOL!

    • Richard Corliss says:

      I’m sorry, I don’t want him to win $250,000

  6. Leena says:

    Did ya get all that?

    • VJ says:

      I get it, Leena. At least this is what I think you meant:

      Dave Madden made $430,400, so Matt only needs- $39,990 to top that.

      Julia Collins made $478,100, so Matt only needs $87,690 to top that and he can do it in 2 games if he continues to win $50K per game.

      Matt is betting bigger, apparently to achieve that status, but as we all know, that could very well backfire and be his ultlmate undoing..

  7. Leena says:

    You know he only needs about 50K more to tie Julia Collins’ total earnings in regular play along with Dave Madden, a shy beneath his based on him averaging about 50K per win, starting on Thursday, and that all might happen tommorow! Shoutout to Richard Corliss who I believeis essentially going to say “When will he stop winning?”.