Final Jeopardy: In the Novel

The Final Jeopardy question (10/4/2016) in the category “In the Novel” was:

The 1st scene in this book: “With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene”

11x champ Seth Wilson returns again today. His winnings now total $245,002. Can he make it an even dozen? Today’s challengers will try to prevent that: Ben Wynns, from New York City, NY; and Joe Schneider, from Old Bridge, NJ.

Round 1 Categories: Salute The Red, White & Blue – Theater Talk – Have An “Ef”ect – Keep It 100 – What A TV Character! – It’s The Catalina Wine Mixer

Seth found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Theater Talk” under the $800 clue on the 9th pick of the round. He was in second place with $1,800, $200 less than Ben’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

The 3 elements of drama according to German theater critic Gustav Freytag: rising action, this, falling action. show

Seth finished in the lead with $8,600. Ben was second with $4,800 and Joe was last with $3,000.

Round 2 Categories: British History – I See What You Did There – Best Picture Oscar Winners by Setting – Rhymes With A State – Lazarus – Rising

Joe found the first Daily Double in “British History” under the $1,200 clue on the 6th pick. He had $4,200 at this point, $5,200 less than Seth’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and took a guess with Singapore. That was WRONG.

In December 1947 Parliament passed the law granting independence to this Asian island. show

3 clues later, Seth found the last Daily Double in “Best Picture Oscar Winners” under the $2,000 clue. In the lead with $11,400, he had $5,000 more than Ben in second place. He bet $2,000 and thought it was “The Theory of Everything.” That was WRONG.

A Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm. show

Seth finished in the lead with a runaway $19,400. Ben was next with $6,400. Joe was in the red for $400 so he was out of the game.

BOTH of the contestants left got Final Jeopardy! right.


This quote is No. 1 on’s 100 Great Words from “Fahrenheit 451.” (You have to click on the Read More link to open the list). It was chosen for the word “nozzle” and the quote also made No. 2 for the word “conductor.”

“With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.”

Ben doubled his score to $12,800.

Seth bet $600 and won the match with $20,000 even. So he got the even dozen and a 12-day total of $265,002.

Final Jeopardy (10-4-2016) Seth Wilson, Joe Schneider, Ben Wynns

A triple stumper from each round:

WHAT A TV CHARACTER! ($400) From 1970 to 2011, “All My Children” sizzled with Susan Lucci as this character

RISING ($2000) As an adjective it means caused by heat; as a noun it means a rising current of warm air used by hang gliders

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Fauxbituaries”

He received a real obituary in the Albuquerque Journal in 2013 noting his “long battle with lung cancer”. show

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14 Responses

  1. SG says:

    Seth has bet betting very conservatively on FJ the past three games… I guess he didn’t like the categories, even though he keeps getting them correct.

    • VJ says:

      I was looking at those figures for Matt Jackson below and was like, wow, that was a big jump between Game 11 and Game 12. I looked it up on the stats chart I made for him and he won $101,000 in just his 11th and 12th game alone.

      I made one like that for Julia Collins and Arthur Chu and I will make one for Seth, too.

  2. William Weyser says:

    To me, for the 1st few minutes, it looked like Seth was going to have a real challenge with him against Ben, but then, the next few minutes happened.

  3. VJ says:

    @Lou, Seth would need another $32,199 to surpass Arthur Chu’s winnings from regular games. But he already beat Arthur in terms of games won. FYI, Matt Jackson had more than Arthur at the end of 11 games. Matt had $339,411 to Arthur’s $297,200

    Here are the scores I found for the 5 players who won 12 or more games at the 12-game point

    Ken Jennings $410,158
    Matt Jackson $390,411
    Dave Madden $280,101
    Seth Wilson $265,002
    Julia Collins $245,610

  4. lou says:

    If this keeps up, Seth could even surpass Matt Jackson and Julia Collins. But not close to Arthur chu’s total though. Arthur’s total was 292000 so how much does seth need to surpass him>

    • Richard Corliss says:

      Will somebody EVER stop this guy?!

      • rhonda says:

        Nothing at all against Seth, but I wish they would go back to the 5 game limit.

        • VJ says:

          I would be in favor of a 10-game limit. Let them pay off their student loans, petit lapin :)

          In Seth’s case, I have to say that a lot of his challengers shot themselves in the foot all on their own.

          Joe would have been able to play FJ today, not that he would have won anymore than he did, but at least he would have got to play. He just got out of the hole on this $2000 Lazarus clue:

          “Lazarus Laughed”, a 1928 play by this Pulitzer winner, was preceded by his similar “The Great God Brown”

          Now he had $1600 and there were two $2000 clues left. He went and took a guess at the $2K clue in “Rising” and that put him back in the hole. No one else tried it and no one rang in on the last $2K clue in “I See What You Did”

          Those 2 clues and 10 others (including the whole Rhymes with a State category) are over here now

        • Cece says:

          VJ, what in the world did Alex ask Joe about meditating.. .did he mean during the game? I didn’t really catch the question.

          Is petit lapin being mean?

        • VJ says:

          Alex was trying to be funny — he said “Now, you don’t have any money and I know that you practice Zen meditation. You weren’t practicing Zen meditation then, were you?” I suppose that would be the equivalent of “were you asleep at the switch?” LOL! Alex is so cheeky. Joe took it in stride though. I would have laughed at it myself. Later, I saw this tweet from Joe’s daughter. Wonder if anyone told Alex.

          I don’t think petit lapin is being mean but she may have put le jinx on Seth :0

          We might have to call it La Malédiction du Petit Lapin if Seth loses tomorrow!!

        • EricS says:

          Fantastic tweet! Thank you for finding that VJ.

        • rhonda says:

          Oh, dear, I wasn’t being mean to Seth at all. I just don’t find the runaway games as enjoyable, but as VJ pointed out, some of the games could have been closer had the contestants not done themselves in. Please don’t think lesser of me, ma petite pomme de terre, I would hate to have to face your diabolical wrath, a mere lapin as myself lol!

        • Cece says:

          VJ, thanks, so I didn’t misunderstand Alex’s question to Joe. Alex is so not funny. He’s totally getting too old for this job. Sorry, Alex fans.

          Rhonda, I think you ‘get me’, but just in case…Rule #1 about me: Thou shall not take me seriously. Almost never. :)

    • TR says:

      A little over 32k more (Arthur had 297,200 to be exact), which at Seth’s current pace is 2 day’s worth of winnings. That would put him 5th all-time in terms of non-tournament winnings (to go with his current 5th place rank with 12 wins, behind Matt Jackson’s 13). After that, he’d need at least another week+ of wins to reach the David Madden/Julia Collins/Matt Jackson tier of 400k+.