Final Jeopardy: Music History

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/6/2017) in the category “Music History” was:

This 1880 piece was written more than 6 decades after the Battle of Borodino, the conflict it commemorates.

At last! The 2017 Tournament of Champion quarter-finals are at hand. These 3 champs are kicking off the first match: Pranjal Vaschaspati, (6x winner), Hunter Appler, (6x winner) and Buzzy Cohen, (9x winner).

Alex Trebek, the staff and crew of Jeopardy! and all ToC contestants will be wearing dark blue ribbons during the ToC in honor of 6x champ, Cindy Stowell. The show is donating $10,000 to the Cancer Research Institute in recognition of her status as a super champ. If you would like to make a donation in Cindy’s honor, click here.

Round 1 Categories: Capital Birthplaces – Backing Bands – “X”Cellent 9-Letter Words – Recyclopedia – Americana – The CIA

Pranjal found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Capital Birthplaces” under the $600 clue on the 11th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,200, $1,600 more than Buzzy in second place. He bet that $1,600 and he was RIGHT.

Pope Francis I. show

Buzzy finished in the lead with $8,400. Pranjal was second with $5,400 and Hunter was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: B.C. Places – Ophthalmology – “Fusion” – Stars’ Initial Shows – Writers Who Self-Published – Not Your Everyday Words

Pranjal found the first Daily Double in “Opthalmology” under the $1,200 clue on the 9th pick. He was in second place with $10,200 at this point, only $600 less than Buzzy’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

Opthalmologists put a plus sign before your prescription number to show you have this condition. show

Hunter found the last Daily Double in “Writers” under the $1,200 clue, with 9 clues remaining after it. In third place with $8,000, he had $5,000 less than Pranjal’s lead. He bet $7,000 and guessed Coleridge. That was WRONG.

In the 1700s this poet published
his own books, made his own ink
and hand-printed the pages,
like the one seen here.


Buzzy finished in the lead with $16,400. Pranjal was next with $15,000 and Hunter was in third place with $1,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“In 1880, Tchaikovsky’s friend, Nikolai Rubinstein, suggested that he should compose a grand work with intentions for its use at a number of upcoming events including the completion of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (which also served as a memorial commemorating Russia’s victory in the French Invasion of Russia), the 25th anniversary of Emperor Alexander II’s coronation, and the Moscow Arts and Industry Exhibition of 1882. In October that same year, Tchaikovsky began composing the work and completed it six weeks later.” Excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture by Aaron Green on ThoughtCo, which also explains why the piece is used on Independence Day in the USA.

Hunter didn’t bet anything, so his score stayed at $1,400.

Pranjal bet $1,401, finishing with $16,401.

Buzzy went for the gusto with a $13,600 bet. He won the match with $30,000 and is the first semi-finalist. Great game! Pranjal is looking good for a Wild Card.

Final Jeopardy (11/6/2017) Buzzy Cohen, Hunter Appler, Pranjal Vachaspati

A triple stumper from each round:

BACKING BANDS ($1000) Bob Seger & this band

WRITERS WHO SELF-PUBLISHED ($2000) In 1827 he paid a printer to publish 50 copies of “Tamerlane and Other Poems”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “American Authors” in the first QF of the 2015 TOC.

He was the first to have both fiction and nonfiction number one New York Times Best Sellers; the latter featured his beloved poodle. show

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7 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    Dear Cindy, I am glad that Jeopardy is honoring her memory this way.

  2. VJ says:

    Wow, I was rooting for Buzzy to win and I loved it when he made the self-congratulatory cheering gestures at the end. I don’t know the word for it. I asked my kith and kin over here, and my daughter said “that’s something only you do,” but what I was showing her was the show your muscles move. When we looked at it again, Buzzy did it with his hands clasped.

    I just read an article by Alex Jacob, who is predicting Austin to win the whole tournament, based upon “the AJ score,” which stands for Average Jeopardy Score, or it could stand for score calculated by Alex Jacob :) Either way, Buzzy was not on his prediction radar even for a Wild Card.

  3. Lou says:

    So glad to see that Buzz and,pranjal scored big on the first game. Tchaikovsky has many more great songs like swan lake, nutcracker etc. Furthermore are you a fan of classical music masters like verdi, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, like Bob Seger, my musical tastes run more to that Old Time Rock and Roll, but I am more of a song person. I like a lot of songs, esp ones that everyone can sing along to.

      LINK: 8 more clues from this match

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    Wow, Hunter. That daily double hurt you. What is “See you next week, Buzzy?”.

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