Final Jeopardy: Authors

The Final Jeopardy question (11/26/2013), in the category “Authors” was:

An international airport in Jamaica is named for this author who set many of his stories of the 1950s and 1960s there.

5-day champ Rani Peffer has won $68,701 so far. Today her competition comes from these two players: Janel Stogdill, from Valrico, FL; and Mike Nickel, from St. Louis, MO.

Mike found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Tomb Service.” He was in third place with $2,800, $2,200 behind Rani’s lead. He bet $1,500 and said H.G. Wells. That was WRONG and Mike recognized his faux pas as soon as Alex reminded him the tomb was in France.

This writer’s tomb in Amiens, France was featured on the masthead of Amazing Stories Magazine for many years. show

Rani finished in the lead with $6,200. Janel was second with $3,000 and Mike was last with $1,300.

Mike found the first Daily Double in “The French and Indian War.” He was now in second place with $5,700, $1,300 less than Rani’s lead. He bet $2,000, and he was RIGHT.

In 1758 the British captured Fort Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, thus gaining access to this vital river. show

Mike found the last Daily Double in “Driving in Europe.” He was now in the lead with $13,700, a $5,500 lead over Rani in second place. He bet $2,500 and he was RIGHT.

This little 1959 car was built because of the Suez fuel crisis. A British race car driver soon put his own stamp on it. show

Mike finished in the lead with $20,200. Rani was next with $14,600. Janel was out of the game at this point since a few bad guesses put her in the red with -$1,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


When Boscobel Aerodrome was renamed Ian Fleming Airport in 2011, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding explained: “Ian Fleming gave Jamaica an image much larger than it would otherwise have had, as this was the place where the creativity emerged that enabled him to write 13 James Bond novels. Golding also said that Fleming’s name “would have some resonance” in the market they were appealing to, and “we wanted to take advantage of his celebrity status.” (Ian Fleming airport a strategic decision – PM)

Rani wrote down Jack Kerouac. She lost $14,599 and finished with $1.00.

Mike got it right and added $9,010 to his score, finishing with $29,210 and winning the match — and we have a new champ, folks.

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15 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    @ vj and everybody else:

    let’s be tolerant , civil and also enjoy a long weekend (for most anyway). take the positive side again: IF you have to work on thanksgiving day, then either your next paycheck should be higher or you get other days off when everybody else is grinding his/her nose- as compensation. after this, i will be on my way to a remote part of another island , where i have no phone or internet and will enjoy a few peaceful days. i wish everybody to enjoy the weekend as well in any way possible. i will be back monday and catch up what happened.
    as a p.s.:just recently i read something that said:” when you read this, then it is because HE gave you another day of (your) life”. this should be enough reason to give thanks and to be grateful. so in that spirit…..

  2. vj says:

    In my personal opinion, it is always unnecessary to bring someone’s kids into it and I would take offense myself.

    It is certainly not unheard of for a third place contestant to make a last ditch effort to catch up, and when they aren’t sure of the answer, it usually turns out badly.

  3. john blahuta says:

    @ Just Saying’

    just an afterthought: you criticize the shortening of words. yet your “screen name” is shortened….. did somebody step on floridian pride? i have to side with brian- at least in part – since not just being on j but also finishing on the plus side takes a LOT. maybe nerves played a role? who knows? i do think however that you reacted a little, just a little, too strong. sometimes making it to j is just not good enough, no matter HOW smart you are. finally: before you criticize the fact that i do not use capital letters: it is becoming more and more common, saves time and in 15 to 20 years at the VERY latest everybody will do it anyway (with the exception of proper names etc of course).

  4. vj says:

    @aaaa and @john – yeah, he bet $9,010 — here’s what happened. Alex said he bet $9,000. I didn’t get a good night’s sleep and was so tired, I wasn’t looking at the screen by then and just took that down. Then I went to sleep for a while. Sorry ’bout that. It’s fixed now.

    • Keith Williams says:

      Alex is having a rough week. First “Joh[a]nna”, now this.

    • john blahuta says:

      @ vj
      as i said, i had not seen the show yet and you are forgiven…:):):)
      but my point still stands: you have seen yourself that the winner plays for a tie and then the runner up bites him/herself…..

      HAPPY THANKSGIVING , EVERYBODY!!!!! i won’t be around today, so i say it early. although it’s already 11.35 cst on wednesday.

    • john blahuta says:

      @ vj yes, after i saw the show i realized how you just took down what alex SAID. he really seems to slip lately. well, we all do not get any younger…. i still like him.

  5. brian pelletier says:

    If Janel couldn’t even make it to Final Jeopardy maybe she’s not smart enough to home school her kids. Just sayin’…

    • Just Sayin' says:

      Brian, as someone who happens to know Janel through her service in our church, I can say that she is one of the most intelligent and humble people I have ever met. I can also guarantee that she would destroy you in almost any form of trivia, since you seem to be so caught up in the importance of “rote memorization of random facts.” Do you even know what it takes to end up on Jeopardy? Any parent with some common sense would be proud to have someone like Janel teach their children.

      Regardless, I can promise you one thing. Janel can certainly teach her children the basic rules of grammar, such as proper comma usage (after “Jeopardy” in your sentence), correct word choice (it is “homeschool”), and over use of the apostrophe in writing (you are one of those people who cannot seem to write out their words, so they decide they’re goin’ to short’n ev’rythin’ – it’s like you think you’re Francis Scott Key or something).

      At the very least, Janel definitely teaches her kids some respect for other people.

      You, ignorant sir, are the one I would not want my kids within earshot of.

      Just Sayin’

      • john blahuta says:

        @ Just Sayin’ the contractions brian used are perfectly acceptable and used more often than not, by writing words like “couldn’t” out. in a different post i am pointing out some grammar you used that imho is not quite correct. but then, maybe i am wrong???

  6. aaaa says:

    MIke won $29200, not $29210. 14600-20200 is a 2/3 game, as they’ll talk about on Jboard. Rani should have wagered 3400 or less, if she did she’d win on the double stumper assuming Mike does the shutout bet (20200-shutout bet of 9001)=11199

    • aaaa says:

      Actually Mike didn’t bet for the tie, he did bet to finish $10 ahead of her no matter what Rani wagered. No offering a tie as the other poster said.

    • Keith Williams says:

      In a 2/3 game in particular, there’s a possibility to get into some mind games.

      If Mike anticipates Rani will wager 3,400 or less, he could stay small, guaranteeing a win if he’s right. And if Rani thinks Mike might do that, and is at all confident in the category, she should go for broke.

      I put together a summary here if you’re interested.

  7. john blahuta says:

    see: mike played for a tie. had rani wagered all and been right she would have been co-champion. it did not matter since she was wrong, but i pointed out the bad habit of wagering all minus 1 dollar several times already. i am glad i have an example to show. bravo,mike! although, compared to yesterday’s fj it was kind of a no brainer….