Final Jeopardy: Etymology
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/24/2017) in the category “Etymology” was:
This 8-letter word meaning “cultured” or “intellectual” originated with a phrenology concept.
New champ Nan Bauer won $15,001 in her first game. In her second, she is up against these two players: Rod Swain, from Columbus, OH; and Kristina Witzling, from Flemington, NJ.
Round 1 Categories: Art & Mythology – Florida Cities – Sullivan Award Winners – Hold My Beer – Robots – “R”2 “D”2
Rod found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Robots” under the $800 clue, with 7 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $3,800, $1,800 ahead of Nan in second place. He bet $1,500 and he was RIGHT.
Used to move equipment & supplies, the 55-foot-long Canadarm2 is a giant robotic arm on this facility. show
Rod finished in the lead with $7,100. Nan was second with $2,000 and Kristina was last, at zero.
Round 2 Categories: Organizations – Come Sail Away – Professors – Hit TV Theme Songs – The Play’s the Thing – In Other Words, Dead
Kristina found the first Daily Double in “Organizations” under the $1,200 clue on the 8th pick. She was in a second place tie with Nan at this point. They both had $2,000, $8,300 behind Rod’s lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.
In 2011 & 2012 it was named the sixth-largest homebuilder in the United States. show
Nan found the last Daily Double in “Professors” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues left after it. In second place with $4,800, she had $6,700 less than Rod’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.
A practicing physician, he became Professor of Botany as well as Medicine at the University of Uppsala in 1741. show
Rod finished in the lead with $15,900. Nan was next with $13,400 and Kristina was in third place with $3,400.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
“Highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow as categories for arts, tastes, and culture in general originated in the early 20th century, with roots in the previous century’s popular practice of phrenology. According to phrenology, the study of a person’s skull could reveal the character of their mind. People believed that a high brow literally signified intelligence, and it was ideas such as this one that led some to use phrenology to validate the racism and classism of the period.” (What We Mean When We Say Highbrow)
The Victorian Web traces the history of phrenology from the studies of German physiologist Franz Joseph Gall to the Fowler Brothers, who popularized “head reading” in America, laying the blame for ethnic and racial stereotypes associated with the practice at the Fowlers’ feet.
Kristina went with cerebral. She didn’t bet anything so she stayed at $3,400.
Nan came up with eggheaded, though she didn’t quite finish her last “d.” She lost her $6,601 bet, dropping her down to $6,799.
Rod wrote down “adroit.” That cost him $11,000. He had $4,900 left, not enough to take the crown away from Nan. She remained the Jeopardy! champ with a 2-day total of $21,800.
A triple stumper from each round:
SULLIVAN AWARD WINNERS ($600) Female gymnast (& future “Dancing with the Stars” winner)
COME SAIL AWAY ($2000) He led the 1608 expedition that sailed from France & founded Quebec
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “The Founding Fathers”
On an alphabetical list of Declaration of Independence signers, he comes between Lyman Hall & Benjamin Harrison. show