Final Jeopardy: 1960s Science Books

The Final Jeopardy question (10/19/2016) in the category “1960s Science Books” was:

Keats’ line “The sedge is withered from the lake, and no birds sing” inspired the title of this ground-breaking book.

2x champ Shannon Dillmore had an over $25K win yesterday. That brought his winnings up to $49,062. Today his competitors are: Debbi Hopkins, from Charleston, SC; and Erin Rettler, from Harrisburg, PA.

Round 1 Categories: On the Cover of Rolling Stone – Literary Number, Please – That Explains It – State Birds – “Ile” Be Back – Final Resting Places

Shannon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “State Birds” under the $600 clue on the 13th pick of the round. He just ran the “That Explains It” category and had the lead with $3,400, $1,800 more than Erin in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

The cactus wren represents this state where Cardinals play. show

Shannon finished in the lead with $6,200. Debbi was second with $4,400 and Erin was last with $3,000.

Round 2 Categories: European Capitals – Furniture – Quasi-Related Pairs – American Revolutionaries – Tarantino’s Favorite Actors – Crossed Off Waltz

Shannon found the first Daily Double in “European Capitals” under the $1,200 clue, on the 6th pick, right after running the Tarantino Actors category. He had the lead with $12,200 now, $7,800 more than Debbi in second place. He bet $5,000 and thought it was San Marino. That was WRONG.

This capital (& country) is served by the Nice, France airport. show

Debbi found the last Daily Double in “American Revolutionaries” under the $1,600 clue, with 8 clues remaining after it. In second place with $9,600, she had $2,400 less than Shannon’s lead. She bet $2,500 and she was RIGHT.

This attorney wrote 5 essays in the Federalist Papers & was the principal author of the New York State Constitution. show

Debbi finished in the lead with $15,300. Shannon was next with $12,000 and Erin was in third place with $6,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In the “Completing ‘Silent Spring'” section of Arlene Rodda Quaratiello’s biography of Rachel Carson, she mentions the various titles that were considered for the book that is often credited with starting the environmental movement. “How to Balance Nature, “The Control of Nature,” Man against the Earth” and “Dissent in Favor of Man” were all candidates at one time or another. “Silent Spring” was originally intended to be the title of the chapter about birds. Carson’s literary agent, Marie Rodell, eventually suggested that they go with “Silent Spring” for the title of the entire work.

The 3rd and 4th lines from Keats'”La Belle Dame Sans Merci” (the poem comes up in poetry clues too!) were used to flesh out the metaphor. Chapter 8 still got the Keats treatment when it was retitled “And No Bird Sings.”

Erin had an incomplete response, only getting “Br” on there. She lost her $5,401 bet and had $1,199 left.

Shannon got it right. His $3,331 bet brought him up to $15,331.

Debbi also got it. She bet $3,000 so she won the match with $18,300 and she is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (10/19/2016) Shannon Dillmore, Erin Rettling, Debbi Hopkins

A triple stumper from each round:

LITERARY NUMBER, PLEASE ($1000) Leon Uris’ Mila ___

CROSSED OFF WALTZ ($2000) Dancing in “Ain’t Misbehaving'” I performed Fats Waller’s waltz with this “insect” name

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Eponymous Geography”

Named around 1616, it’s the world’s fifth-largest island & the largest named after a person. show

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11 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    Does anyone know the state bird category question where the answer in Delaware and Rhode Island?

    • VJ says:

      This was it, Dan —

      STATE BIRDS ($200) These 2 smallest states both have a variety of chicken as their state birds

  2. Dorothy says:

    The title of Rachel Carson’s book is Silent Spring, not The Silent Spring. Erin should not have won.

    • VJ says:

      @Dorothy, far as I know and have seen they don’t penalize the players for something like that as long as the title is put down correctly (and that was Debbi who won, not Erin)

      Conversely, they have accepted “Catcher in the Rye” before and the title of that is “The Catcher in the Rye.” You can see that in the Final Jeopardy answers on J-Archive in this 3/11/2014 match.

  3. VJ says:

    Well, Myron was right about a player possibly being too young to know this one. We also learned today that Alex Trebek is a fan of snakes during the chat, when Debbi related how she helped a snake cross the road to get to the other side. (lame, I know, ha ha ha)

    I have 14 clues from this match online now (including the Tarantino category).

    Today may possibly be the last day of this year that it hits 90 degrees in Houston. Please, let that be true!!!!

  4. jacob ska says:

    After wagering a prime number in fj and losing the game, I wonder if Shannon will still have an affinity for prime numbers. Just a thought!

    • VJ says:

      LOL, Jacob, I had a similar thought. Seriously thought he would go all in. He would have had a 3-day total of $73,062, not a prime number but it would have put him ahead of Susan Cole on the ToC list.

      • jacob ska says:

        I want to see what Eric has to say about the wagering in fj. He normally has some good insightful thoughts on wagering. There might be some rationale I’m missing.

        • EricS says:

          Thank you Jacob. I was actually going to shake my head and know that Keith was going to hit the bourbon hard on this one. My best guess is that Debbi thought that she was freezing Erin out (a wager of 2099 or less would have). This strategy makes a lot more sense if the wager by the player in 2nd might cover a zero bet by the leader and also freeze out the player in 3rd. In this case, that would be if Erin had 4349 less. Debbi must have thought it was going to be a more challenging stimulus (FJ) than it was.

  5. Leena says:

    This clue was easy for me. I get Shannon’s wager, covering a $0 wager from Debbi, but hers? She put a win at risk with such an easy clue. The category only narrows it down to a few alone. If Shannon went for the martian (check j! archive) wager, Debbi would lose a perfectly set game.