Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Poets

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/8/2017) in the category “19th Century Poets” was:

In 1824 he was refused burial in Westminster Abbey for “questionable morality”; in 1969 he got a memorial stone there.

The third Quarter-Final of the 2017 Tournament of Champions features Austin Rogers (12x champ); Alan Lin, (6x champ); and David Clemmons, (2017 Teachers Tournament).

Round 1 Categories: Russian Involvement – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony – Words From Native American Languages – Sweet Stuff – Give Us the “____ing” Title! – What Do You Collect?

David found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Words from Native American Languages” under the $400 clue, with 6 clues remaining after it. He was in second place with $1,200, $6,200 less than Alan’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and went with Bigfoot. Not enough letters so that was WRONG.

It’s the 9-letter name of the creature who is said to leave behind footprints measuring 24″ long and 8″ wide. show

Alan finished in the lead with $8,800. Austin was second with $600 and David was last at minus $200.

Round 2 Categories: Broadway 2017 – Boats & Ships – Blame It on the Supernova – Redundant Geography – Notorious – You’ll Stop at “Nothing”

Austin found the first Daily Double in “Boats & Ships” under the $1,200 clue on the 7th pick. He was in second place with $3,400 at this point, $7,400 less than Alan’s lead. He went the true Daily Double route and thought it was a kayak. That was WRONG.

A pirogue is one type of this, a canoe made from one log. show

Alan found the last Daily Double in “You’ll Stop at ‘Nothing'” under the $1,200 clue, with just 2 clues left after it. In the lead with $18,800, he had $10,800 more than Austin in second place. He went the $5.00 route and he was RIGHT.

Play title from around 1600 meaning a big fuss for no reason. show

Alan finished in the lead with a runaway $19,605. Austin was next with $8,000 and David was in third place with $1,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Lord Byron had quite a scandalous reputation in England. He was “mad, bad and dangerous to know,” as Lady Caroline Lamb (one of his lovers) quipped. When Byron died in Greece on April 19, 1824 at age 36, his remains were transported back to England, where burial in Westminster Abbey was refused. He was interred at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire, England, the traditional resting place of his family.

Much like Edgar Allan Poe, Byron’s posthumous reputation improved considerably. When Harriet Beecher Stowe decided to publish a “tell-all” from talks with Byron’s widow in 1869, there was quite a backlash against the up-til-then beloved “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” author.

David thought it was Longfellow, who lived a remarkably long and virtuous life. He bet and lost it all.

Austin got it right. He went “double or nothing” so he finished with $16,000.

Alan got it right, too. He bet another $5.00 so he won the third semi-final spot with $19,610.

Final Jeopardy (11/8/2017) Austin Rogers, Alan Lin, David Clemmons

A triple stumper from each round:

GIVE US THE “____ING” TITLE! ($800) “_____ on my Feet” by Kerri Strug

BLAME IT ON THE SUPERNOVA ($1200) Before 1572, many thought no change could occur in the heavens beyond the moon’s orbit; then this Dane saw a supernova.

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Abbreviations.” (Matt Jackson’s QF)

Its meaning as an individual product dates to 1977; its meaning as conforming to orthodox opinion dates to 1986. show

Cindy StowellDuring this year’s ToC, the players and Alex Trebek are wearing blue ribbons to honor 6x champ, Cindy Stowell, who passed away shortly before her episodes aired in December 2016. She donated her over-$100K winnings to cancer research. If you would like to make a donation in Cindy’s honor, click here.

2017 Tournament of Champions Results so far

$30,000 Buzzy Cohen
$23,000 Jason Sterlacci
$19,610 Alan Lin
$16,401 Pranjal Vachaspati
$16,000 Austin Rogers
$12,000 Lilly Chin
$11,500 Tim Aten

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13 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    Surprising results show that Alan Lin had a runaway instead of Austin Rogers.

  2. TaiwanBill says:

    According to what I’ve read Dylan Thomas was misdiagnosed and treated for the DTs and morphine poisoning instead of pneumonia, of what he died, at St. Vincent’s hospital, NY. His liver showed no sign of cirrhosis. Of course, his system was terribly run down by the time he was admitted.I heard that every bartender in New York attended his funeral (I just made that last part up).

    Lord Byron mainly died of medical ignorance, decades before germ theory was accepted and the advent of microbiology. Even Dr. Lister had his detractors. I think most people know about Ada Lovelace (Byron’s only legitimate child), who wrote the first algorithm for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Really, the first computer programmer. It was good to see Austin Rogers again.

  3. Becci says:

    I was sent a survey a couple of days ago from Sony pictures about Jeopardy in general and Austin Rodgers in particular. I found it odd that they were asking my opinion of Mr. Rogers e.g., Did I enjoy his time on Jeopardy? Did I think he was annoying, etc.?

    • VJ says:

      Wow, Becci, you’re the first person I’ve heard that from! Sounds like they are trying to get an idea if they should bring on more players like Austin.

      • Becci says:

        Sony sends me surveys all the time about movies. TV shows, etc. I have a chance to win monthly prizes ($25.00) and they also have a ‘quarterly’ prize of $100.00 (I think it’s quarterly?). I haven’t won anything yet but I’m hoping one day.

  4. Dan says:

    Did everyone see Austin “get paid” by Alex after the end credits?

  5. Lou says:

    Looks like things are looking good for Austin and Alan. Also what sort of illness did Lord Byron die from at such a young age of 36, VJ? We know Mozart had died from mercury poison at 35 after he worked on music for a while. Then there was Dylan Thomas that died of alcoholism. So what exactly is it that cuts these guys lives so short?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, the general consensus is that Byron’s doctors did him in. He became ill, they were bleeding him, and it is also believed that their medical equipment was not sterile, though I have seen his death attributed to other things, like malaria. In any event, it became apparent that he was going to die on Easter Sunday, and he did the next day.

      LINK: 10 more clues from the match

      • Lou says:

        It’s a shame through, the doctors that treated Byron should have cleaned their equipment before treating him. I hope they were charged with reckless homicide. Do you remember Michael Jackson, VJ? he was given more dosage of medicine by Conrad Murray and he was jailed for negligent homicide. Though I do wonder how much dosage he got after he died in 2009? Those doctors that did Byron in I hope they were held responsible.

        • VJ says:

          Well, that was in 1824, Lou, and the verdict on the doctors’ methods and equipment was likely made many decades after Byron’s death.

          The same thing is said about President Garfield, that it was the doctors who killed him. That was in 1881 and was one of the defenses Charlie Guiteau used– he didn’t kill the President, he just shot him.

  6. Richard Corliss says:

    David and Hunter are out and then they were 13.

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