Final Jeopardy: British Monarchs

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/20/2017) in the category “British Monarchs” was:

Her marriage to a European crown prince in the 16th century added Queen of Naples & Queen of Jerusalem to her titles.

New champ Tom Blake won $16,601 yesterday. In Game 2, he is up against these two players: Kathleen Kosman, from Dearborn, MI; and Tim Suba, from Los Angeles, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Streaming Episodes – Around the Jeopardy! Library – An Edifice Complex – Never Have I Ever – The 20th Century – Dysphemisms

Tom found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The 20th Century” under the $600 clue on the 9th pick of the round. He was in a tie for the lead with Kathleen. They both had $1,200 and Tim had zero. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

The unfortunate Captain Max Pruss was in command of this vehicle over New Jersey on May 6, 1937. show

Kathleen finished in the lead with $4,800. Tim was second with $4,600 and Tom was last with $2,400.

Round 2 Categories: Streaming Episodes – From Page to Multiplex – On the Periodic Table – Doing Business in the 1800s – African-American Women – “Hal”

Tom found the first Daily Double in “Streaming Episodes” under the $2,000 clue on the 8th pick. He was in third place with $4,400 at this point, $2,200 less than Tim’s lead. He bet $2,200 and he was RIGHT.

A Turkish river gave us this word for a U-shaped bend in a stream’s course; now it also means to take a winding course.. show

Kathleen found the last Daily Double in “Business in the 1800s” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues still to go. In the lead with $10,800, she had $1,400 more than Tom in second place. She bet $2,000, and she was RIGHT.

In Britain, a pound equaled 20 shillings; this gold coin named for a region of Africa equaled 21 shillings. show

Kathleen finished in the lead with $16,400. Tom was next with $$10,200 and Tim was in third place with $9,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Henry VIII’s and Catherine of Aragon’s daughter, Mary Tudor, became Queen of England in July 1553 at age 37. In July 1554, she married Philip, the 27-year-old Crown Prince of Spain. Philip and Mary’s titles were then changed to reflect each others’ claims and dominions, including “King and Queen of England, France, Naples, Jerusalem, and Ireland,” among others. Philip’s father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, abdicated various parts of his Empire to Philip between 1554 and 1556, and Philip became King of Spain in 1556. The titles were changed again to reflect that. When Mary died in 1558, all of Philip’s titles associated with the English throne went, too.

If you have the time and interest, wikipedia has a page on the King of Jerusalem title. Philip II is listed under Aragonese claimants.

Tim got it right. He bet $9,799, bringing him up to $19,599.

Tom thought it was Marie Antoinette. He only lost $200, leaving him with $10,000.

Kathleen got it right, too. She bet $4,000 so she won the game with $20,400. She will be the returning Jeopardy! champ on Monday.

Final Jeopardy (10/20/2017) Tom Blake, Tim Suba, Kathleen Kosman

A triple stumper from each round:

NEVER HAVE I EVER ($600) …sung “You and Me (But Mostly Me)” or “Tomorrow is is a Latter Day” in this show on a Broadway stage but at home… sure!

FROM PAGE TO MULTIPLEX ($2000) The 1963 Western “Hud” was based on “Horseman, Pass by”, his first novel

2 years ago: Only ONE out of 2 players left in FJ got this one in “Flowers”

The flower pictured here is called this, also a disparaging term for people on the political left. show

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12 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    Why is Kathleen sitting in a chair during the credits?

  2. rhonda says:

    VJ, do you think they would have just accepted “Mary”? Just my luck, my cable was out and didn’t come back on until Jeopardy was over.

    • VJ says:

      Wow, sorry you missed the show, Rhonda. I know the feeling!

      No, I don’t think just Mary would have worked. Not even Queen Mary because of Mary Stuart. Maybe they’d accept Bloody Mary.

      • rhonda says:

        Thanks, VJ, I’m sure you’re right, I didn’t think about Mary Stuart. Yes, it’s so frustrating when the cable goes out like that.

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    I can’t believe Tim Aten isn’t happy about winning Jeopardy!. Why does he think some music, ice cream, and sleeping is what makes him feel better?

  4. Lou says:

    VJ, once Mary tudor married the prince, did they have any kids of their own? I was thinking that Henry VIII might have become a grandfather or so. Also marie Antoinette was a puppeteer not a monarch that was a bad guess on Tom’s part. Still though congrats to Kathleen on her win.

    • VJ says:

      No, Lou, Mary and Philip had no children. She was his 2nd wife. He had children with his other 3 wives. I would have to check but I think at least one of his children died from smallpox (thinking of that FJ the other day).

      I’m guessing that name made you think of a marionette, but Marie Antoinette was born a princess, the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Maria Theresa. She became the Queen of France when she married Louis XVI. They both lost their heads in the French Revolution, literally. Anyway, with a $200 bet, it didn’t seem like that Tom was expecting to get this one.

      LINK: 9 more clues from this game

      • Lou says:

        Very interesting, thank you very much For the information. It’s fascinating that Henry had so many wives being caretakers during his reign as king. I wonder if being rich was one of factors in king Henry the viii and his marriage, VJ? He must have lived in a lap of luxury. But I really hoped that marie Antoinette have found some closure after losing her parents during the revolution.

        • VJ says:

          Sorry about the way I phrased that, Lou. I meant Marie Antoinette and her husband, the King of France, died on the guillotine. Marie Antoinette’s parents died in Austria a while before that. Here is a link to a timeline of Marie Antoinette’s life. It only shows a handful of years at a time with the links on the sidebar to go to the next section.

          Yes, royalty lives like, well, royalty. LOL. Marie Antoinette was particularly despised by the French for her extravagant ways.

  5. Tom Clark says:

    I wasn’t going to comment on stupid responses anymore, but sometimes the temptation is too great.

    If you think Marie Antoinette was a British Monarch of the 16th Century, you really shouldn’t go on Jeopardy.

    • EricS says:

      Your comment brings up an interesting point. I don’t think that Tom thought she was British. I do think he forgot the category. Leaving nerves aside, I am not sure that the category is displayed the same for the players in FJ as it is for the viewers, but it may be.