Final Jeopardy: Shakespeare

The Final Jeopardy question (10/28/2016) in the category “Shakespeare” was:

These 2 title characters who have the same pair of initials both die by stabbing.

New champ Ken Hirsh won $16,001 yesterday. In the last game of the week, his challengers are: Julia Lee, from San Bruno, CA; and Meghan Winch, from Philadelphia, PA.

Round 1 Categories: Masters Of Socks – Stuff About States – Initialiterature – Garden Party – Fore! – Letter Words

Ken found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Stuff about States” under the $800 clue on the 9th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,000, $1,800 ahead of Julia in second place. He bet $1,500 and he was RIGHT.

It was the first state to have a chemical element named for it. show

Julia finished in the lead with $5,600. Meghan was second with $4,000 and Ken was last with $3,900.

Round 2 Categories: Who’s the Mrs.? – Legal Matters – History: Hired & Fired – Weather – Rhyme Hole – American Artists

Meghan found the first Daily Double in “Rhyme Hole” under the $2,000 clue, with 13 clues remaining after it. She was in the lead with $12,800 at this point, $3,300 more than Ken in second place. She bet $2,000 but could not come up with a guess so she was WRONG.

It’s from the Old Norse for “demon” show

Julia found the last Daily Double in “Weather” under the $1,600 clue, with 8 clues to go after it. In third place with $8,800, she had $2,000 less than Meghan’s lead. She bet $1,600 and she was RIGHT.

On the Beaufort scale, this 4-letter wind is stronger than a breeze but not as violent as a storm. show

Julia finished in the lead with $13,200. Ken was next with $9,900 and Meghan was in third place with $8,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


There are many Shakespearean characters who died from being stabbed or by a self-inflicted stab. On, there is an infographic that we might call Shakespearean Deaths at a Glance. It uses rest room figures to depict the characters and shows some 30 characters who expired from a stab wound. (You gotta love the Polonius representation). Julius Caesar and Juliet Capulet are the only ones with the same initials.

Death from the plays are in the above video, but the creators found Portia’s hot coal exit in “Julius Caesar” more dramatic than the way Caesar went out. That is No. 3 and Juliet is No. 2 on their Top l0 list.

Meghan wrote down Romeo & Juliet. She bet and lost it all.

Ken could only come up with Lady Macbeth. He lost $7,701 and had $2,199 left.

Julia had Hamlet & Horatio. She lost $6,601, leaving her with $6,599 and that made her today’s winner. We’ll start off with this new Jeopardy! champ on Monday.

Final Jeopardy (10/28/2016) Ken Hirsh, Meghan Winch, Julia Lee

A triple stumper from each round:

GARDEN PARTY ($400) A symbol of friendship between the U.S. & Canada, the International Peace Garden is on the border of N.D. & this province

HISTORY: HIRED & FIRED ($1200) Yeah, you could always charm Elizabeth I, but disobeying James I & attacking the Spanish in 1618? Bad move. You’re fired.

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

This machine was invented in 1929; the Government began buying them to help prevent any more Army Air Corps fatalities. show

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16 Responses

  1. louis says:

    Well i dont really know how julia will fare next week before the teen tournament but i just hope for at least a 5 time champion hopefully. I wonder if this year we will have a teen to qualify for the toc since the champ will get 100k just like with the teachers tournament and the college champs

    • William Weyser says:

      I hope so, Louis! Although, I highly doubt that the teen champion is gonna qualify automatically for the TOC, but you never know.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Amen to that Rhonda.

  3. EricS says:

    According to classical , or any reasonable, Game Theory, Meghan should have won.

  4. VJ says:

    I’ve got 15 clues from this game over here now. Most of them are from Round 2, though. I will put up the last half of the first round in a little bit. Sorry you guys missed it!

    • rhonda says:

      Thanks so much for doing that, VJ!! I was especially annoyed because they only got to 1 clue in the Initialiterature category before the interruption. Thank goodness for you!!

      • VJ says:

        That post is up now Rhonda. I liked this game a lot. Always like games when all 3 players are in contention.

        Ha! All our speculation over whether one name would be acceptable turned out to be moot. Another thought I had: wasn’t Juliet’s last name technically Montague when she died? Friar Laurence married them, right?

  5. rhonda says:

    Anyone else miss the second half of the first round? Yet another unnecessary pre-emption.

  6. jacob ska says:

    I cannot believe the media just interrupted me watching Jeopardy with Hillary Clinton email scandal news. Well, there’s always 7:30 pm.

  7. William Weyser says:

    Man! Friday has not been a good day for correct responses this season. Only 3 correct responses, well on 3 different Fridays, out of 21 attempts.