Final Jeopardy: American Plays
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/4/2017) in the category “American Plays” was:
The latitude & longitude given by the narrator of this 1938 play would set it in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire.
6x champ Austin Rogers took another giant leap yesterday with a $69K payday that brought him up to $257,700. Today his challengers are: Jay Hancock, from Ellicott City, MD; and Marguerite Moran, from Webster, MN.
Round 1 Categories: Welcome to Los Angeles – Authors: Born & Died – Timely Talk – Food & Drink – Classic Pop – A King James Bible
Jay found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Authors: Born & Died” under the $600 clue on the 8th pick of the round. He was in second place with $400, $2,800 less than Austin’s lead. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.
Edgar Allan Poe’s tale began in Boston in 1809 & ended in this other “B” city in 1849. show
Austin finished in the lead with $6,200. Jay was second with $5,200 and Marguerite was last with $3,000.
Round 2 Categories: Lakes & Rivers – Their Married Names – 3 Straight Vowels – Plaque Buildup – Calculus – Dental Problems
Austin landed on the first Daily Double in “3 STRAIGHT VOWELS” under the $800 clue on the 2nd pick. He was in the lead with $6,600 now, $1,400 more than Jay in second place. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.
In the NYPD its the rank just below captain. show
Austin found the last Daily Double in “Dental Problems” under the $1,600 clue, with 4 clues left after it. In the lead with $21,200, he had $12,000 more than Jay in second place. He bet $6,000 and he was RIGHT.
A guild of these tooth-pulling professionals whose name is from the Latin for “beards” began in France in 1210. show
Austin ran away with another one, finishing with $27,600. Jay was next with $10,000 and Marguerite was in third place with $7,000.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play, “Our Town,” opens up with the stage manager/narrator describing the setting: The name of the town is Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire—just across the Massachusetts line: latitude 42 degrees 40 minutes; longitude 70 degrees 37 minutes.” Wikipedia points out that those coordinates are in Massachusetts about 1,000 miles off the coast of Rockport.
New Hampshire’s History Blog puts a bit of a different perspective on it, noting that the inspiration for the play came to Wilder when he was staying at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., concluding that the coordinates are “close enough!”
Marguerite had no answer. She bet everything but a buck so she had a buck left.
Jay got it right. He added $4,500 to his score to finish with $14,500.
Austin wrote down “a taco.” He lost his $7,000 bet but won the match with the remaining $20,600. His 7-day total is $278,300.
A triple stumper from each round:
TIMELY TALK ($600) 4-syllable word for one ancient relic, or ancient times in general
3 STRAIGHT VOWELS ($2000) Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that this “without grace is the hook without the bait”
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Movie Characters”
Charlton Heston’s wardrobe in 1954’s “Secret of the Incas” inspired the clothes worn by this adventurous character 27 years later. show