Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Novels

The Final Jeopardy question (11/26/2014), in the category “20th Century Novels” was:

In 1940 House Representative from Oklahoma Lyle Boren denounced it as a “dirty lying, filthy manuscript”.

New champ Mariusz Galczynski won $20,350 yesterday. His opponents today are: Joel Stjernholm, from Minneapolis, MN and Aggie Lee, from Los Angeles, CA.

Round 1: Aggie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “3-Letter Words” under the $1,000 clue. She was in a tie for the lead with Joel at $3,400. They both had $400 more than Mariusz. She bet $1,400 and she was RIGHT.

Of Chinese origin, in U.S. slang it originally referred to a craving for opium. show

Joel finished in the lead with $5,400. Aggie was second with $4,800 and Mariusz was last with $3,000.

Round 2: Mariusz went first and picked the first Daily Double right off the bat in “Colorful Geography” under the $1,200 clue. The scores were the same as above. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

In the Middle Ages, this historic region of France included half of what is now Switzerland. show

Joel found the last Daily Double in “Music & Movies” under the $2,000 clue. In second place with $9,000, he was $600 behind Aggie’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

John Lennon said when this “came out in ’65, I was actually crying out for it. show

Joel finished in the lead with $15,400. Aggie was next with $8,000 and Mariusz was in third place with $4,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“”On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, The Honorable Lyle Boren of Oklahoma declared ‘I cannot find it possible to let this dirty, lying, filthy manuscript go heralded before the public without a word of challenge or protest.’ Boren was not the only nationally renowned politician to take a stand. On the wireless, both the president and the first lady defended the accuracy and value of accuracy and value of Steinbeck’s novel. Meanwhile many local officials in California, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas denounced the book for its fueling of class hatred and undermining of respect for private property and property owners.” A Political Companion to John Steinbeck

Mariusz got it right and doubled up. He finished with $9,600.

Aggie got it right and bet $7,800. She finished with $15,800.

Joel wrote down “In Cold Blood” (a 1966 true crime book). He lost his $601 bet and landed in second place with $14,799, making Aggie Lee the new champ.

FJ Results: 11-26-14

2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Countries”

It was created in the early 1700s from 2 counties purchased by an Austrian prince; he named the nation for his family. show

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5 Responses

  1. jacobska says:

    Surprised Joel came up with “In Cold Blood.” As vj wrote in her recap that was in 1966. I thought for sure with Oklahoma in the clue and 1940 that this would be a triple solve. John, I blew my triple instaget prediction. I guess Joel was nervous. During the game he seemed to be a solid player.

    • john blahuta says:

      well, as i said: there’s always a party spoiler. at least more often than not. i don’t get it either. and he was no slouch during the game. ok and the year should have made that one of the easiest fj clues in recent weeks.

  2. john blahuta says:

    aggie got real lucky, WTH was with the 7,800 bet??? had joel been right she would have lost by 200 had he played for a tie (which happened frequently this season). she did not guard against mariusz, so…????

    see, jacob, just when you think this MUST be a no-brainer there is always somebody to spoil the party. this time the leader to boot!


    (even though we will have j on thu & fri..)

    p.s.: the fj clue from 2 years ago: grrrrrr…i would have needed only the first part of THAT clue!

  3. Cindy Martinez says:

    Easy FJ

    • john blahuta says:

      yes, i absolutely agree. however, joel might think differently. 600 more and he would have had a runaway (at least for a tie). so close but no cigar….