Final Jeopardy: Historic Relatives

The Final Jeopardy question (10/17/2016) in the category “Historic Relatives” was:

In the same year as Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington’s brother-in-law General Edward Pakenham died in this battle in North America.

3x champ Susan Cole won $67,800 last week. She starts out the week against these two players: Shannon Dillmore, from Raleigh, NC; and Marianne Novak, from Skokie, IL.

Round 1 Categories: Speech! Speech! – Abbrev. – An “F” In Science – If The World Were 100 People – Star Fish – That’s Repetitive

Shannon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Speech! Speech!” under the $800 clue on the 15th pick of the round. He was in second place with $2,600, $400 less than Marianne’s lead. He bet $1,600 and he was RIGHT.

In 2008 this Pope’s visit to NYC included a human rights speech at the U.N. & a visit to a neighboring synagogue. show

Shannon finished in the lead with $5,200. Marianne was second with $4,000 and Susan was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: Peach! Peach! – Classical Musicians – The Tropic Of Cancer – Lesser-Known Grammys – Imprisoned Authors – Say “Ne”Thing

Marianne found the first Daily Double in “Imprisoned Authors” under the $1,200 clue, with 7 clues left after it (including the last DD). She held the lead with $14,800 at this point, $5,000 more than Susan in second place. She bet $2,500 and took a guess with Scotland Yard. That was WRONG.

Oscar Wilde wrote his confessional essay “De Profundis” while imprisoned in this gaol. show

Shannon found the last Daily Double in “Tropic of Cancer” under the $1,600 clue. Only 3 clues were left after it. In third place with $6,800, he had $5,500 less than Marianne’s lead. He boldly bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Yushan, or Jade Mountain, in this island republic is the highest point the Topic of Cancer crosses. show

Shannon finished in the lead with $12,600. Marianne was next with $10,300 and Susan was in third place with $7,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Edward Branley (the NOLA History Guy) has a very informative account of Edward Pakenham’s role in the January 8, 1815 Battle of New Orleans, how he came to be in command of the British Army and how he died on the battlefield at the age of 36, “still giving orders for his subordinates to take command.”

Pakenham’s sister, Catherine, commonly known as Kitty, was married to the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in June of 1815. A descendant, Eliza Pakenham published a book about Edward (“Ned”) Pakenham, Kitty and their brother Thomas in 2011. A free preview is available on Google Books.

Susan got it right. She bet it all and finished with $14,000.

Marianne picked the Battle of Gettysburg. That cost her $10,299 and she was left with $1.00.

Shannon also got it right. He bet $8,031 so he won the match with $20,631 bet and he is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (10/17/2016) Susan Cole, Shannon Dillmore, Marianne Novak

A triple stumper from each round:

IF THE WORLD WERE 100 PEOPLE ($1000) 17 would be this 10-letter term signifying the lack of 2 skills.

CLASSICAL MUSICIANS ($2000) In 1970 100 cellists gathered in NYC to pay tribute to this 94-year-old master by playing his “Sardana” under his direction

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Literature”

A chapter heading in this 19th century work calls the title character “one-eyed, lame”, another calls him “deaf”. show

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11 Responses

  1. Jordan Abrams says:

    Shannon should wager $8,001.

  2. CaKiwi says:

    Did anyone else notice that Shannon had $4200 at the end of the first half of the Jeopardy round, but early in the second half his score showed as $2400 changing to $2600 as he was selecting the next clue? It seems like they must have edited the order that the clues were selected.

  3. lou says:

    Congrats to Shannon. I wonder if that name is a girls name. Do most men have names like that? I wonder why men have girls nanes though? Also how much do you remember about the battle of new orleans

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, Shannon is a unisex name. Like a lot of names that are thought of just as girl names now, it started out as a boy’s name. It’s really not all that popular anymore. Last year, according to the Social Security Administration, 248 girls and 81 boys were named Shannon.

      All I needed to remember on the clue was 1815 (Waterloo). The song that Myron and I were referring to on the CotD post is called “The Battle of New Orleans” and it starts out “In 1814, we took a little trip.” The Battle of New Orleans was actually in Jan 1815, but I knew that too. Here’s a link to the song

  4. VJ says:

    Tough break for Marianne on that Imprisoned Authors DD. I guess in the end it didn’t make a difference though.

    I’ve got 11 more clues from the match up now, including the Grammy category

  5. aaaa says:

    Shannon’s interview was about how he likes prime numbers, Alex asked at the end of FJ! if 8031, his wager in FJ!, is a prime number. It’s not as 3 divides it 2677 times.