Final Jeopardy: Actors & Their Movie Roles

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/5/2017) in the category “Actors & Their Movie Roles” was:

He played Shakespearean title characters 4 times, receiving Best Actor Oscar nominations each time.

7x champ Austin Rogers has now won $278,300. It’s Game 8 and these two players are going to take a shot at sending Austin back to the Big Apple: Cathy Subick, from Spring City, PA; and Todd McCafferty, from Brooklyn, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Arts & Sciences – Sports Stuff – Crossword Clues “O” – It’s a Bird – It’s a Plane – It’s Lieberman!

Austin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Sports Stuff” under the $800 clue, with 11 clues to go after it. He was in second place with $2,000, $2,200 less than Todd’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was a hole in one. That was WRONG.

The PGA says that this sports term dates to a 19th c. song about a monster who cackled “catch me if you can” show

Todd finished in the lead with $4,400. Austin was second with $3,200 and Cathy was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: Books’ First Lines – Designer Initials – The American Revolution – 10-Letter Words – Rock & Pop Quartets – Maps “R” Us

Cathy found the first Daily Double in “The American Revolution” under the $1,200 clue on the 11th pick. She was in the lead with $6,800 at this point, $400 more than Todd in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was Patrick Henry. That was WRONG.

In the early hours of April 19, 1775, he returned to Lexington to retrieve papers from John Hancock’s trunk. show

Austin found the last Daily Double in “Books’ First Lines” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues left after it. In third place with $5,600, he had $4,000 less than Todd’s lead. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Nonfiction: June 17, 1972, nine o’clock, Saturday morning. Early for the telephone” show

Austin finished in the lead with $20,600. Todd was next with $11,600 and Cathy was in third place with $11,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Sir Laurence Olivier is considered to have been one of the best actors of the 20th century, and just the best by some. As of this date, he ties with Spencer Tracy for the most Best Actor Oscar nominations. They both got 9. Olivier’s 4 Best Actor nominations in Shakespearean roles were for his performances as Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III and Othello. He won for “Hamlet” (1948). See Olivier’s awards page on IMDB.

Coincidentally, Olivier received the only Oscar nomination (Best Supporting Actor) for his role in the film version of the response to this “Dental Problems” clue from yesterday’s game: “In this William Goldman novel “Babe” Levy has a toothache; old Nazi dentist wants a crack at it”

Cathy thought it was Anthony Hopkins. She lost her $5,500 bet and had $5,700 left.

Todd wrote down “Kenneth Branaugh.” He bet and lost it all.

Austin nailed it. He added $8,000, winning this one with $28,600. His 8-day total is $306,900.

Final Jeopardy (10/5/2017) Austin Rogers, Todd McCafferty, Cathy Subick

A triple stumper from each round

ARTS & SCIENCES ($800) Impressionism got its name after Monet’s landscape “Impression:” this was exhibited in 1874

BOOKS’ FIRST LINES ($1600) From 19th century England: “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “The European Union”

Since Bulgaria joined in 2007, the E.U.’s 3 official alphabets have been our Latin one and these 2. show

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27 Responses

  1. E says:

    In Books’ First Lines, wasn’t there an opening line about someone looking down at their watch while biking and seeing it was 8:30 in the morning? I vividly remember seeing that question but can’t remember for the life of me what book it was.

    • VJ says:

      @E, It was the $1000 clue — A ’70s book: I can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is 8:30 in the morning”

      Austin knew it — “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

  2. nancyj says:

    Could someone who watched tonight tell me exactly what the Lieberman question was whose answer was Daniel Lieberman? (I know him personally.)

    • Sam says:

      Here’s a link to a pic my family member took (my maiden name is lieberman)

      The Clue

      • VJ says:

        @Sam, I didn’t know you were posting that as I was typing the clue (links always go to moderation and have to be approved so we don’t get a lot of stuff like my uncle made $535 thousand dollars in his pajamas at the breakfast table this morning)

    • VJ says:

      Here it is, nancy

      ($400) Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman has helped explain how & why early humans became good at long-distance this

      Austin got it (running).

  3. Lou says:

    I have read a lot of Shakespeare plays like Othello and Richard the third, those plays were.seen in Kerry Greene’s jeopardy run back in 2015. I wonder if Lawrence Olivier ever won awards for tv series in the old days, VJ?

    Once again congrats to Austin on his comeback round and his eighth win. I wonder will he win game 9, but that comment about the Joe Lieberman clue was funny. Also how come he never answered the clues in the maps r us category since geography was his strong subject?

    • VJ says:

      Yes, Lou, the IMDB awards page I linked to in the recap shows he was nominated for 9 Emmys and won 5 of them (one for portraying King Lear).

      Austin did answer 3 of the Maps “R” Us clues, though he got the Italian Riviera one wrong. Early in the game I was getting a Matt Jackson vibe from him, like how Matt used to let the other players get the clues in the first 3 rows in the first round, then pounce on the others and finish them off in the second round. But that Lieberman thing and the Piedmont answer (the R was in quotes in the category name), made me conclude he wasn’t completely focused today.

      LINK: 10 more clues from the match

      • Lou says:

        Yes, I noticed that, I think Kerry had a similar feeling during her sixth game, she also let the other two players (Kaya Chua and Travis Mischa) take control of the first few rounds before she jumped in and finished them off in that shakespeare final Jeopardy. She also lost a bit of focus like Austin but they both prevailed in the end. But you are right about austin havin gthat matt jackson vibe, he also inherits Arthur chu’s strategy as well. still I hope that austin won’t lose focus in tomorrow’s game as he will need to earn 30000 to get up to 400000 dollars, don’t you agree, vJ

      • mimsy says:

        Don’t forget that June bug clue. That got by him too.

  4. VJ says:

    That was so comical when Austin picked the $200 clue in the Lieberman category — He was majority leader of the Connecticut senate from 1975 to 1981 — and said “he ran with Al Gore… what’s his last name? I forgot.”

    • Cece says:

      VJ, Austin may be on his last legs, I think he’s getting tired. Whenever he loses on J! though, it shouldn’t be the end of his TV stardom; he should play a character on a tv show—a very peculiar one.

      Btw, I think you meant 1975 above. 🙂

      • VJ says:

        Yeah, I think he was auditioning for a role in The Jazz Singer when his FJ answer was revealed. Not Olivier’s role. LOL. He played Neil Diamond’s father.

        omg Thanks! I did mean to type 1975…. that looked funny.

        • Cece says:

          Can you imagine Austin and Matt Jackson on the same game, full blown antics going? Imaginary telephone, slow smile, jazz hands, goofy dance, showing on fingers number of wins, eyes rolling…omg! That would push Tom over the edge.

        • VJ says:

          LOL! Yeah, wow, and Alex Jacob, too. Austin would be making those little beat box intros to his DD bets, if he got any. Alex Jacob might be cleaning up on them and counting out the seconds he had left to answer before the DD buzzer went off.

          If I remember right, Tom couldn’t stand Alex Jacob’s hairdo. I wonder how he likes Austin’s.

        • Cece says:

          Oh, yeah, I had forgotten that bit about Tom’s dislike of AJ’s hairdo, lol! Austin’s hair? I think at this point, Tom has mailed him a hair brush, c/o J! Productions, hahaha.

        • VJ says:

          hahaha. I saw his twitter yesterday where he had a video of himself watching the game with his friends and they were all shouting SHERBERT. His hair looks nice really.

          I have been made fun of for saying sherbert myself, but that’s okay. Just don’t bring none of that stuff around me and I won’t have to say I don’t want no sherbert. lol

        • Cece says:

          Btw, VJ, I had never noticed some people pronounce it sherbert (my foreign ears?), so I looked it up. I found an interesting piece on Merriam-Webster’s site titled “The Scoop on Sherbet vs. Sherbert.”

        • VJ says:

          A lot of folks say sherbert. Most likely, you never paid it any mind if someone said it (but now you will notice). I thought it was a silly clue. You’ve got sorbet, where some say sor-bay and some sor-but and they’re gonna ding him on the sherbert pronunciation? I get it that they can’t foresee every regional pronunciation like that time with foilage, but I don’t think this one is unique to the NY area — it’s just easier to say “sherbert.”

          Jeopardy! put a post about it on J!Buzz explaining the judges’ decision

        • Cece says:

          I agree with you, VJ. Except that, for me, it’s easier to say sherbet (the letter R in 2 consecutive syllables, argh). 🙂

        • VJ says:

          But do you say “bet” at the end or “but” like that M-W article says people say it? If I say sherbet without the second “r”, it comes out “sher-bit” and I guess that’s really funny. My daughter always laughs at me because I say ro-but instead of ro-bot.

        • Cece says:

          I say ‘bet’ (not ‘but’). And if I try to say the word with the second “r”, I sound like a ‘ro-but’, in need of new batteries. 🙂

        • VJ says:

          ha ha ha, Cece. I think with some practice, I could manage to say sherbet so the last syllable sounds like the way I say alphabet, and robot so the last syllable sounds like the way I say not, but it would sound weird to me. I would probably be very self-conscious trying to say them like that so I might as well keep saying robot wrong. Sherbert isn’t technically wrong, right? And I hardly ever say it anyway.

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    You hate losing don’t you, Rogers?