Final Jeopardy: Novel Title Characters

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/24/2017) in the category “Novel Title Characters” was:

One orphan arriving before him was given the surname Swubble; some arriving later were to be Unwin & Vilkins.

New champ Jesse Parks won $11,000 yesterday. In his second game and the last game of the week, he is up against these two players: Jennifer Chang, from Brooklyn, NY; and Marcus Gresham, from Corydon, IN.

Round 1 Categories: Bill’s Bill of Rights Rights – Detective Fiction – Pencil It in – Team Mascots – Notable Women – All “Ize” on You

Marcus found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Team Mascots” under the $600 clue on the third pick of the round. He was in the lead with $600, $200 more than Jesse in second place. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

In the “Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll”, Moondog (an homage to DJ Alan Freed’s nickname) barks for this NBA team. show

Marcus finished in the lead with $8,600. Jesse was second with $3,600 and Jennifer was last, in the hole for $600.

Round 2 Categories: The European Midwest – How Many in Your Party? – They Played JFK – “P” in Physics – The 300+ – This…was…Sparta!

Jennifer found the first Daily Double in “Sparta!” under the $600 clue on the third pick. She was in third place at minus $200 now. Marcus still held the lead with $8,600. She bet the $2,000 allowance but did not know so she was WRONG.

In 480 B.C. King Leonidas & his men perished to the last Spartan defending this mountain pass from invasion. show

Jesse found the last Daily Double in “Physics” under the $800 clue, with 5 clues still to go after it. In second place with $6,600, he had $6,000 less than Marcus, in the lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This quantum of light is the particle that carries the electromagnetic energy. show

Marcus finished in the lead with $14,600. Jesse was next with $10,200 and Jennifer was in third place with $4,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On Oliver’s 9th birthday, in Chapter 2 of Dickens’ “The Adventures of Oliver Twist”, Mr. Bumble the beadle explained to Mrs. Mann how he “inwented” the orphaned Oliver’s name: “We name our fondlings in alphabetical order. The last was a S,- Swubble, I named him. This was a T,- Twist, I named him. The next one as comes will be Unwin, and the next Vilkins. I have got names ready made to the end of the alphabet, and all the way through it again, when we come to Z.”

Jennifer got it right. She doubled her score to $9,200.

Jesse thought it was Tom Thumb. He lost his $4,800 bet, finishing with $5,400.

Marcus got it right. His $5,801 bet won him the game with $20,401 and he is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (11/24/2017) Jesse Parks, Marcus Gresham, Jennifer Chang

A triple stumper from each round:

DETECTIVE FICTION ($1000) In his novel, “Devil in a Blue Dress”, he introduced Easy Rawlins, an African-American detective in 1940s Los Angeles

HOW MANY IN YOUR PARTY? ($2000) A minyan (minimally)

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

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6 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    We have no Jeopardy here because of football, so annoying.

    • Lou says:

      Same here, Rhonda, jeopardy is preempted here due to football. I really don’t watch that much of football because if there are still constant interruptions of game shows like jeopardy or wheel, I could lose it at any moment. Just let this football season be over and done with.

    • VJ says:

      Well, I’ve got some more clues for you to take a crack at now, and hopefully, they will air the game later

      LINK: 12 more clues from the match

  2. Lou says:

    This is one of my favorite books and I remember watching the movie back in middle school. One of my favorite Oliver Twist characters was Fagin who helped Oliver after he was thrown out. I hope you have kids that have favorite Charles Dickens novels, VJ.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, my son likes the musical Oliver! a lot. Fagin’s songs were great in that.

      Crazy Coincidence: the lady who won almost $70K on Wheel of Fortune yesterday is from the same town in Indiana as Marcus. I wouldn’t have even noticed that except when Pat Sajak spoke to her, he brought up that you don’t pronounce the Y in the town’s name and asked “Why don’t they get rid of it?” Anyhow, after this, they will probably be saying the C in Corydon stands for Champ. lol!

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