Final Jeopardy: Artists

The Final Jeopardy question (11/5/2014), in the category “Artists” was:

Illustrations by this man show why his name has become the standard for children’s book artistry. (The clue was accompanied by this image)

New champ Caitlin Malcuit won $12,200 yesterday by a bit of crazy fluke. Today she is up against these new players: Hillary Huttenhower, from Manchester, CT; and Aric Wiest, from Kansas City, MO.

Round 1: Aric found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Terms” under the $800 clue. He was in second place with $3,800, $1,200 less than Hillary’s lead. He bet $1,300 and thought it was folly. That was WRONG.

Parody makes fun of a literary style; this other 6-letter term makes fun of human weaknesses. show

Hillary finished in the lead with $5,000. Aric was second with $4,500 and Caitlin was last with $3,400.

Round 2: Aric found the first Daily Double in “Words from the Tech World” under the $2,000 clue. He was in second place with $6,500, $5,700 less than Hillary’s lead. He bet $3,000, and he was RIGHT.

This verb for what a computer does when it networks with another is used in office jargon to mean “meet & talk”. show

Aric found the last Daily Double in “Historical Quotations” under the $1,200 clue. He was still in second place, but he now had $10,300, only $1,900 less than Hillary’s lead. He bet $2,000 and came up with Friar Tuck. That was WRONG.

In 1170, Henry II asked “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”, the priest being this man. show

Hillary finished in the lead with $16,200. Aric was next with $9,900 and Caitllin was in third place with $1,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“In the United States, receiving the Randolph Caldecott Medal is the highest honor an artist can achieve for children’s book illustration. The Caldecott awards are administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The annual awards are announced each January during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.”

There is also this quote from Maurice Sendak, who won a Caldecott Medal for “Where the Wild Things Are”: “Caldecott’s work heralds the beginning of the modern picture book. He devised an ingenious juxtaposition of picture and word, a counterpoint that never happened before. Words are left out– but the picture says it. Pictures are left out– but the word says it. In short, it is the invention of the picture book.” ( The Randolph Caldecott Medal)

Caitlin bet it all and finished with $2,800.

Aric bet $6,301, finishing with $16,201.

Hillary bet $3,601 brought her up to today’s winning total: $19,801.


Hillary Huttenhower is a materials engineer. During the chat, she spoke about being a competitive ballroom dancer, an endeavor she took up in college. She knew that her husband, Justin, really liked her when he took instruction just so he could dance with her.

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Plays”:

Referring to its 2 acts, an Irish critic described it as “a play in which nothing happens, twice.” show

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10 Responses

  1. harothl says:

    Please state the answer to final jeopardy on wed, 11/5/14 by email to me. It was abruptly pre-empted in my area by a news flash. About the ancient wonders.
    Thank you

    • VJ says:

      The category of yesterday’s FJ was The Supreme Court, not Ancient Wonders. If you are talking about a rerun, your best bet is look up one of the contestants in the search box to find the original recap.

    • harothl says:

      Thanks VJ, but can someone please tell me the answer to that ANCIENT Wonders question that got preempted here that day (past Tue, or Wed.)?

      • VJ says:

        Here is a link to the recap of that game, harothi, where you can see the answers the players gave and the bets they made, too.

        • harothl says:

          Thanks again VJ. I also just found your link to the answer of “ARTEMIS AND ZEUS”. I would also have been wrong as all contestants were, but now I can sleep well.I appreciate your help.

  2. john blahuta says:

    not the one i had in mind. but at least sensible wagers and a triple solve. but in the last 3 days 1 correct answer out of NINE dd clues… and today #2 and # 3 were really easy. the fj would have been easier with the illustration in the nyt.
    but finally a “normal game. so congratulations and i hope the flaky times are over!

  3. VJ says:

    OK, so now we know why the NYT clue seemed vague. But Jacob getting it without even seeing the illustration made me write his Hometown Howdy:

    “I’m a gardener and I’m here to mow down the competition”.

    • jacobska says:

      VJ, thanks for the kudos. However I think Randolph Caldecott’s name appears on Jeopardy every year. Somehow I recalled his name from last year on Jeopardy. I don’t know how recent it was though. I think the contestants would have gotten the clue correct without the picture. He seems to be a J favorite. I think one year there was an entire category about him.

      Is there anyway you can find out?

      • VJ says:

        Yes, you are right — they have had a clue about him almost every year (the last time, it mentioned Maurice Sendak). They actually devoted two categories to the Caldecott Medal (2010 and 2000). This is his first FJ though.

        Here’s the link on J-Archive

        Next time the clue seems so vague, at least we’ll realize it’s got some visual or audio to go with it. After all, they can’t be expecting folks to know stuff from vague clues just because they recycle stuff all the time.

        • jacobska says:

          Wow! Thanks vj. Some past J champions have said they watched the shows which helped them. Now I’m believing it. The writers recycle clues. Also as you stated in your recap the Caldecott Medal is awarded every year. The ALA makes sure it gets a lot of media coverage. Another one is the Newbery. Living on the East Coast we read about the awards each year in the NYT and at local libraries.