Final Jeopardy: Familiar Phrases
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/29/2017) in the category “Familiar Phrases” was:
In the 1870s this phrase meant a hairdo, using a British word for bangs; now it’s an extreme group on the edge of a cause.
New champ Matt Preston won $20,799 yesterday. In his 2nd game, he is up against these two players: Shawn Adler, from Hackensack, NJ, and Missy Meyer, from Gilbert, AZ.
Round 1 Categories: I Get a Kick Out of History – TV Settings – Spot Check – Numbers as Words – The Shoe Must Go on – Bildungsroman
Matt found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Kick out of History” under the $1,000 clue on the 10th pick of the round. He was in third place, in the hole for $400. Shawn was in the lead with $1,400. He bet the $1,000 allowance and thought it was Polk. That was WRONG.
Phew! As a boy on the Indiana frontier, this president was kicked unconscious by a horse but survived. show
Missy finished in the lead with $2,600. Shawn was second with $1,800 and Matt was last with $800.
Round 2 Categories: Game of Drones – Capitals in Oceania – Motown Lyrics – “H”2″O” – Science & Nature – Building, Roman
Matt found the first Daily Double in “Capitals in Oceania” under the $800 clue on the 13th pick. He was in the lead with $7,600 now, $3,000 more than Missy and Shawn, tied in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.
Majuro, capital of the Marshall Islands, is part of this type of coral island that encloses a lagoon. show
Matt found the last Daily Double in “Building, Roman” under the $2,000 clue, with just one clue left after it. In the lead with $12,800, he had $4,600 more than Missy in second place. He bet $2,000 and took a guess with the Tiber. That was WRONG.
Over 2,000 years after it was built, the Bridge of Alcantara in Western Spain still crosses this river. show
Matt finished in the lead with $10,800. Missy was next with $8,200 and Shawn was in third place with $7,000.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
The Phrase Finder took a deeper look at this phrase farther back then Teddy Roosevelt, who is credited with giving it the current meaning. Here’s what they found out: “The hairstyling terms ‘fringe’, ‘bangs’ and ‘lunatic fringe’ all began to be found in print around the 1870s, so it isn’t at all clear how they relate to one another. The essential point though is that ‘lunatic fringe’ was a hairstyle.”
Shawn wrote down radical but crossed it out and didn’t have time for another response. He bet and lost it all.
Missy wrote down “fringe element”. Trebek said that was “close but no cigar.” She lost her $5,801 bet, leaving her $2,399.
Matt came up with “end of your rope.” He lost his $5,601 bet but the $5,199 he had left was enough to win the game. His 2-day total is $25,988.
Reversal: THE SHOE… ($600) This “physician” is in with its 8-eye boots – Missy got dinged for $1200 during the chat for leaving the “S” off the Doc’s name
A triple stumper from each round:
BILDUNGSROMAN ($400) Philip grows up in this novel by W. Somerset Maugham & the “Bondage” is his passion for a not very nice waitress
MOTOWN LYRICS ($1600) “Before you ask some girl for her hand now, keep your freedom for as long as you can now, my mama told me” this
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Newly Independent Nations”
Prior to South Sudan, this European country was the most recent one to gain independence and be recognized by the United States. show