Final Jeopardy: People in the Arts

The Final Jeopardy question (11/25/2014), in the category “People in the Arts” was:

He once said, “it is through fantasy that children achieve cartharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things.”

New champ Doug Perez won $17,000 yesterday by correctly betting that the one person who could beat him wouldn’t get Final Jeopardy. Today he takes on these two players: Eugene Britton, from Gonzales, LA; and Mariusz Galczynski, from Saint Charles, IL.

Round 1: Mariusz found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Traditional Foods as National Flags” under the $600 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $1,400, $1,000 more than Eugene in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

The recipe for this country’s flag: chorizo and arroz. show

Mariusz finished in the lead with $8,400. Eugene was second with $3,400 and Doug was last with $1,800.

Round 2: Mariusz found the first Daily Double in “She’s a Goddess” under the $800 clue. He was now in the lead with $10,400, $5,800 more than both Eugene and Doug who were in a tie at $4,600. The $1,200 clue picked right before this was a triple stumper when nobody knew Odin’s wife but that did not deter Mariusz from betting a hefty $5,000. He didn’t know this one either so he was WRONG.

A crater deep inside Kilauea volcano is said to be the home of this goddess responsible for many eruptions. show

Eugene got the last Daily Double in “The Reign of Terror” under the $1,600 clue after skipping it for the $2,000 clue that nobody knew. He was now in the lead with $13,000, $2,000 more than Doug in second place. He bet $5.00 and said Marie Antoinette. That was WRONG.

In 1774 her first husband Alexandre de Beauharnais was executed & she was imprisoned. show

Alex said she later on got married to that “more famous guy” — We also got the French pronunciation lesson from Alex that it’s Bow-ar-neh, not -nay.

Eugene finished in the lead with $12,995. Doug was next with $11,000 and Mariusz was in third place with $10,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The quote in the clue comes from Maurice Sendak’s acceptance speech when he won the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for “Where the Wild Things Are”.

“In his acceptance speech, Sendak noted that children live with ‘disrupting emotions’ like ‘fear and anxiety,’ coping with frustration as best they can. ‘And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things. It is my involvement with this inescapable fact of childhood — the awful vulnerability of children and their struggle to make themselves King of All Wild Things — that gives my work whatever truth and passion it may have.” More on City Journal: The Father of the Wild Things.

Mariusz got it right. His $10,150 bet brought him up to $20,350.

Doug thought it was James Barrie. That cost him $10,990 and he finished with $10.

Eugene came up with Shel Silverstein. He lost his $9,100 bet so he ended up with $3,895.

FJ Results: 11-25-14

Mariusz Galczynski is a university lecturer. During the chat, he talked about how he translated Halka, a famous Polish opera, and also played a part in it.

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Billboard No. 1 Albums”:

The soundtrack for this film based on a play holds the record for the most weeks at No. 1, 54 weeks in 1962 & ’63. show

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7 Responses

  1. jacobska says:

    In spite of the final scores this was a well played game. All 3 gentleman were strong in certain categories. I loved the $5 wager on the DD. I was baffled by the miss on Josephine.

  2. aaaa says:

    Seems as though inoptimal wagering was done from first and second here. Didn’t matter as third won on a sole get, but would have lost on a triple stumper.

    • john blahuta says:

      why inoptimal? # 2 bet it all except 10 bucks and # 1 countered with the necessary amount to win, if both had been right. doug would have had 21.990 and eugene 22.095, so the wagers seem appropriate to me. a moot point however, since both struck out. how would you have bet?

  3. john blahuta says:

    my, my, my… pele!!! she is acting up RIGHT NOW!!

    and so much for a triple solve….

    finally, i guess it should read 1774 in the last dd?

    • VJ says:

      yes, thanks

      • john blahuta says:

        i guess mariusz never considered hawaii for his vacation. i thought pele (not the soccer player…) would be more famous. had he gotten her right he would have ended up with 20.200 before fj and his logical bet would have been 5.791 (probably 5.800) and he would have won 26K even.

        before i hit the “show” button i was cringing when i saw he was wrong…..but then i live safely on a neighbor island from hawaii (big island). mauna kea (extinct), mauna loa (active) since kilauea is part of mauna loa and active with lava flow since 1983 WITHOUT ONE DAY of interruption. about 1,000 acres have been added to the south part of hawaii, despite the fact that most of the lava dropped into the ocean which is rather deep at the s/se edges, ca. 3,000 ft which equals approximately 1.000 meters. there are no “soft sloping beaches” at the southern part of the big island.. you have those in the resort areas, like waikiki, kaanapali or wailea on maui, kona on the west side of hawaii etc.

        • VJ says:

          maybe he didn’t know about Pele, but I bet he knew Josephine (and probably Maria Walewska, too). Too bad he didn’t get that DD.