Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Names

The Final Jeopardy question (11/28/2013), in the category “20th Century Names” was:

In 1942 Winston Churchill said “I can handle this peasant”; historians aren’t sure things turned out that way.

New champ, John Kyle Grady won $28,801 in yesterday’s match. Today he is up against these two players: Whitney Magendie, from New Orleans, LA; and Steven Durham, from Asheville, NC.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Jeopardy! aired very early today because of football that will be going on during its regular time slot, so we have another thing to be thankful for — it wasn’t preempted and we can bring you our regular recap.

John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Ancient Greeks.” He was in the lead with $4,400, $3,000 ahead of Steven in second place. He bet $3,000 and guessed Pericles but that was WRONG.

“Life of” this Greek by the Roman physician Soranus was published around 100 A.D. show

John and Steven finished in a tie for the lead with $3,400 each. Whitney was in second place with $600.

Steven found the first Daily Double in “Computer Terms.” He was in tie for the lead with John again. They both had $5,800, $4,000 more than Whitney in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

OS can stand for operating system or this movement to make operating systems & other programs freely available. show

John found the last Daily Double in “The Barnes Foundation.” In second place with $10,600, he had $200 less than Steven’s lead. He bet $300 and he was RIGHT.

“Haere Pape,” the inscription on the beach scene roughly means “she goes down to the fresh water” but a literal translation is rather difficult which indicates that this artist had a rather quirky grasp of the local language. show

John finished in the lead with $12,100. Steven was next with $10,800 and Whitney was in third place with $1,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Winston Churchill traveled to Moscow and met with Josef Stalin for the first time on August 12, 1942. According to reports, the word “peasant” was thrown around quite a bit to describe Stalin, and Colonel Ian Jacobs noted that Stalin “would not have looked at all out of place in a country lane with a pickaxe over his shoulder.” By the end of the visit, Churchill described Stalin as “a great man.” (Churchill Meets Stalin in Moscow)

Whitney wrote down Adolf Hitler. She didn’t bet anything so she finished with $1,800.

Steven got it right. He added $8,000 to his score to finish with $18,800.

John also wrote down Hitler. He lost his $9,501 bet and wound up with $2,599.

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