Final Jeopardy: Quotable Notables

The Final Jeopardy question (10/20/2016) in the category “Quotable Notables” was:

She once said that death “Is no more than passing from one room into another” but “in that other room, I shall be able to see”

New champ Debbi Hopkins won $18,300 yesterday. In her second game, she goes up against these challengers: Hunter Manchak, from Washington, DC; and Doug Hartman, from Virginia Beach, VA.

Round 1 Categories: Here Comes the Sun – Cities & Towns of the Bible – Fruits & Vegetables – “Z” Is The First Letter – War Stars – May The Fourth Be With You

Doug found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “‘Z’ is the First Letter” under the $1,000 clue. There were 2 whole categories left after it. He was in the lead with $5,400 now, $3,000 more than Hunter in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

This outermost layer of a citrus rind contains the color & flavor. show

Doug finished in the lead with $8,800. Debbie was second with $2,200 and Hunter was last with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: Historical To-Do Lists – A Bette Midler Medley – Senate Committees – Prefectures Of Japan – 8-Letter Words – Books By Men

Debbi found the first Daily Double in “8-Letter Words” under the $1,600 clue on the 8th pick. She was in second place with $4,200 at this point, $6,200 less than Doug’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

When a professor has this adjective after his name, it means he’s retired but retains an honorary title & often, free parking. show

Debbi found the last Daily Double in “Books by Men” under the $1,600 clue mid-round. At $8,600, she was still in second place but was only behind Doug’s lead by $1,800. She bet $2,000 again and took a guess with “purgatory.” That was WRONG.

Michael Herr wrote in “Dispatches”, “I think that” this place “was what we had instead of happy childhoods” show

Doug finished in the lead with $12,400. Hunter was next with $6,200 and Debbi was in third place with $5,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In “Helen Keller: A Life,” author Dorothy Hermann recounts a conversation between Helen Keller, famous deaf and blind American educator, and Lilli Palmer, German actress and writer, when Helen revealed her impression of the afterlife. Lilli Palmer recounts it herself in “Lunch with Helen Keller,” part of the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Woman to Woman.” The husband Lilli mentions in the first sentence was English actor, Rex Harrison.

Read more Helen Keller Quotes on

Debbi thought it was Mother Teresa. She lost her $1,601 bet and finished with $3,799.

Hunter thought it was Emily Dickinson. He bet it all and had nothing left.

At first, Doug thought it was Emily Dickinson, too, but he crossed that out and wrote down the right response. He didn’t bet anything so he became the new Jeopardy! champ with $12,800.

Final Jeopardy (10/20/2016) Debbi Hopkins, Doug Hartman, Hunter Manchak

WAR STARS ($1000) As General Kuribayashi, Ken Watanabe led the defense of an isolated Pacific island in this 2006 movie

A BETTE MIDLER MEDLEY ($1200) On a recent concert tour, Bette sang “I Put a Spell on You” dressed as Winifred from this movie

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “French Food History”

A popular product was born when Jean Naigeon of this city substituted the juice of unripe grapes for vinegar. show

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15 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    We were pre-empted last night by the NFL, so I missed this airing. However, just yesterday afternoon, I had occasion to look up Ann Bancroft in “The Miracle Worker” (1960), so Helen Keller first came to mind in checking your website for the final question, as I always do. I never thought of Dickinson or Teresa, but I’m sure their turns will come up again.

    • VJ says:

      Hi TaiwanBill, It’s always cool when you have recently seen something that is related to the final clue and you have a quick connection due to that.

      On the other hand, it’s always not cool when the show is preempted. Hope you get to see it tonight. .

  2. Cece says:

    I was rooting for Doug and yelled at the tv when he lost his runaway on that wrong response. Then, I was like, well we could have our first tiebreaker…but, noooo, Hunter wouldn’t do it for us.

    First, I also thought it was the morbid Emily, but then quickly realized that the hint was ‘see’ and not ‘death’— saved!

    • Cece says:

      P.S. Oh, and where did Mother Teresa come from?

      • McFeisty says:

        I can see that it could have had a religious connotation. Maybe if one does not believe in any religious afterlife, they would not be able to see in the other room? Or there isn’t any other room at all…

      • Cece says:

        Thanks for your insight, McFeisty. I think you may be on to something…

        @VJ, A Bird Came Down…flew into a glass window…hit the ground with a thump and died. There. Lol.

    • VJ says:

      No clue where Mother Teresa came from but Emily Dickinson never crossed my mind even when I was trying to think of possible wrong answers this morning.

      After the fact, I could see why she was thought of but I don’t even think of her in connection with death poems myself. To me, her most famous poem is “A Bird Came Down.”

      I compared that poem in an article about who uses more dashes in their poetry more, Poe or Dickinson, to Poe’s poem “Alone” (talk about morbid!). Emily won

  3. VJ says:

    Someone ought to do “Henry Hudson: The Musical.” With a ship named “The Half Moon,” it’s a wonder no one ever thought of it. It would be so popular, he would never be a triple stumper again

  4. lou says:

    Helen Keller i remember studying about her back in middle school. Also vj do you know if beethoven had similar trairs with keller since they were both deaf?

    • VJ says:

      I don’t see any similarity between those two, Lou. Helen Keller became deaf and blind before she was 2 years old after a severe illness. Beethoven didn’t experience any hearing loss until around 30 years old, far as I know

  5. VJ says:

    @Jacob, I thought of you on Debbi’s first DD. Do you get free parking? LOL!

    Keith Williams was watching Final Jeopardy on youtube with Ben Ingram. Here’s the link

    And here is a link to 9 more clues from this match

    • jacob ska says:

      VJ, lol. My family looked at me on that DD, laughed, and said “You never paid for parking in the first place.” Faculty don’t pay for parking space. Don’t know where the clue writers got that information. Once we are retired we do carry the title with numerous perks.

      • jacob ska says:

        Btw, “Emeritus” means professor for the rest of a retired faculty member’s life so the free parking on campus is an automatic extension of being a full professor.