Final Jeopardy: Pop Music History

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/26/2015) in the category “Pop Music History” was:

Appropriately, this 1984 blockbuster was the first music CD mass-produced in the United States.

New champ Sean Anderson won $19,199 last Friday. In his second game, he takes on these two players: Tom Flynn, from Goshen, NY; and Beth Horn, from Dallas, TX.

Alex Trebek opened the program up by informing us that even though the TOC is a mere 2 weeks away, all the spots have not been set and Sean and his opponents still have a chance to get in on that. Alrighty then.

Round 1: Sean found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Nonfiction” under the $1,000 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $2,200, $1,000 more than Beth in second place. He bet $1,800 and he was RIGHT.

Naturally, Philip Glass titled his autobiography “Words Without” this. show

Sean finished in the lead with $9,600. Tom was second with $4,000 and Beth was last with $2,800.

Round 2: Sean found the first Daily Double in “The 1920s” under the $800 clue on the 3rd pick of the round. He was in the lead with $10,400, $6,400 more than Tom in second place. He bet $4,400 and thought it was Shangri-La. That was WRONG.

“Undreamed of Splendors”, boasted newspaper headlines about this 1922 discovery. show

Sean found the last Daily Double in “Shakespeare” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $12,800, he was $6,400 ahead of Tom in second place. He bet $2,200 but had no idea so he was WRONG.

Tamora eats a pie in this play; problems is that the pie was made with the heads of Demetrius & Chiron, her sons. show

Sean finished in the lead with a runaway $23,000. Tom was next with $8,400 and Beth was in third place with $4,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“On Sept. 21, 1984, CBS opened up the first American compact disc pressing plant in Terre Haute, Indiana. The first disc to come off the production line was Bruce Springsteen‘s Born in the U.S.A., which had been released three months earlier. Given the album’s title and the spotlight on the plight of the American worker contained in many of his songs, it made perfect sense that Springsteen’s album became the first American-made CD.” (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Beth wrote down “The Terminator.” She lost her $4,500 bet and finished with $300.

Tom didn’t have an answer. He bet and lost it all.

Sean got it right. His $6,101 bet brought his winning total today up to $29,101. His 2-day total is $48,300, and Alex once again mentioned that he has a chance to get in the TOC.

FJ Results: 10-26-15

During the chat, Sean related how he gave his wife 40 gifts for her 40th birthday, but only 36 of them were a hit. We would love to know the 4 that bombed. LOL!

2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Literary Characters”

This 19th century character talks about his own writings about tattoo marks & on the tracing of footsteps. show

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16 Responses

  1. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    Tom’s best chance for second place would have been to wager $1201.

    • VJ says:

      Yup, that was the only thing that should have mattered to him going into FJ, but he just seemed to upset to care about the extra grand.

      • Cece says:

        The “Sorry, you added an extra s…”. Groundhogs/Groundhog’s Day is OK, but Midsummer’s Night…is not. Seriously?

        And that TA play again? What’s up with that? It was awesome how Sean still pulled a runaway despite the 2 DD’s fail.

        Honestly, I think Alex is pulling our legs with that TOC thing. Imo he’s just making believe that the show is live. Would they tape the TOC on the last week before it aired? I doubt it. (And if it turns out that I’m wrong, I’ll swallow my words.)

        • VJ says:

          well, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a title. There are actually two songs — Groundhog’s Day (Primus) and Groundhog Day (Eminem) — where I guess the addition or lack of of an S would matter, but I’m sure Diego Velasquez has a much better chance of showing up before either of those. :)

          Best answer today: Manuel in People with Bible Book Names. hee hee hee

        • Cece says:

          Yeah, you’re right, but the clue a week ago was about the critter’s day and I thought that was called Groundhog Day, I guess not. :)

          Now that you mention it (not Groundhog related) I recall a few clues with Eminem, but I can’t recall any with Primus.

        • VJ says:

          it is called Groundhog Day. Here’s a clue from 1995: “You could also call it Woodchuck Day” hmmmm… I wonder if they would accept that

        • Eric S says:

          It would have been nice if his second answer had been right.

  2. aaaa says:

    Thriller came out in late 1982 and was still on the charts and having hit singles through early 1984 when the title song became the then-record seventh top 10 hit from the album (Born in the USA was the second album to have seven top 10 hits off of it two years later when My Hometown hit the top 10 in early 1986). Terminator was a movie, not an album, though the original came out in 1984. 41/60 here.

  3. Kelvin says:

    The final jeopardy question is incorrect or misleading at least. Bruce Springsteen is NOT Pop Music it is rock and roll. My answer was Michael Jacksons “Thriller”.

    • Eric S says:

      Sorry man, there wasn’t one song on that album that rocked. Even more so, “Dancing in the Dark ” was enough to qualify it as pop.

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    Beth’s score was $4,800, not $8,400

  5. Leena says:

    I’m from the Dallas area, so I’m glad that Beth even got to FINAL! This is because of the players from the Dallas area last time have never gotten into Final. Heck, she even got second place (even though with 300 bucks)!