Final Jeopardy: Literary Britain

The Final Jeopardy question (12/10/2015) in the category “Literary Britain” was:

After her death in 1943, the farmland and cottages of this author and animal lover were bequeathed to the National Trust.

2x champ Alex Maggio brought his winnings up to $40,301 yesterday. As he goes for that elusive third win, his challengers are: Shannon Lee, from Phoenixville, PA; and Donnie Edgemon, from Sterling Park, VA.

Round 1: Shannon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Bestsellers” under the $400 clue on the 6th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $800, $200 more than Alex in second place. Rather than bet the $1,000 allowance, she made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

It completes the title of Steve Harvey’s “Act Like a Lady…”; it was also the entire title of the movie. show

Shannon finished in the lead with $6,800. Alex was second with $3,800 and Donnie was last with $1,800.

Round 2: Donnie found the first Daily Double in “American History” under the $1,200 clue on the 5th pick of this round. He was still in third place but he now had $3,400, $4,000 less than Alex now in the lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT. That put him in a tie with Shannon.

This tycoon’s Northern Securities Company was dissolved in 1904 for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. show

Alex found the last Daily Double in “French-Speaking Countries” under the $1,600 clue. He was now in third place with $7,000 thanks to buzzing in on a few clues without knowing the answer. He had $3,800 less than Shannon’s lead. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Its official languages include German, Italian & French; 20% of its people mainly speak French. show

Alex finished with $22,000, a runaway lead he achieved on the very last clue. Shannon was next with $10,400 and Donnie was right behind her with $10,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“”Beatrix made the amazing transformation from a London writer and artist to a Cumbrian farmer, after she bought Hill Top farm. She was most passionate about the local traditional breed of sheep, the Herdwick…. When she died in 1943, Beatrix left 4,000 acres of land, including 15 farms, to the care of the National Trust. Her legacy has helped ensure the survival of the Lakeland landscape and way of life that she loved so well.” (National

Donnie thought it was Agatha Christie. He bet and lost it all.

Shannon thought the very same thing as Donnie. She lost everything but a buck.

Alex got it right. His $1,100 bet brought his already winning total up to $23,100. His 3-day total is $63.401. Great recovery, Alex! Congrats on not letting that third win elude you.

Who Dat? Alex Trebek couldn’t believe it when none of the players recognized Ava Gardner as one of Frank Sinatra’s wives in this $1,200 “Happy Birthday, Frank Sinatra” clue: Married 4 times, Frank wed this glamorous actress in 1951. “How could you forget?” he marveled, instead of the more appropriate “probably before your time.” Mia Farrow is likely the only one of his wives someone would have recognized.

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “21st Century Novels”

In a letter to the author, President Obama called this “a lovely book– an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling.’. show

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11 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    45/61 here

  2. Nullifidian says:

    In fact, Agatha Christie was an animal lover, and even worked her much-loved wire-haired terrier, Peter, into the center of an Hercule Poirot mystery, Dumb Witness, as the character “Bob”. But she died in 1976, not 1943.

    Personally, I had guessed Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty, because I was under the mistaken impression that she published her one novel early in her life rather than just one year before her death.

  3. Robert Anderson says:

    Recycling the questions? I’ve heard several of them before, including the Potter one.

  4. William Weyser says:

    Alex Maggio granted my wish of hoping that this week would be much better than last week.

  5. rhonda says:

    Oh, dear, I have no idea who Helen Twelvetrees is.

  6. Tom Clark says:

    The kids on the panel were just too young. And Trebek is too old. Did he really think they ever even HEARD of Ava Gardner? She’s to them as Helen Twelvetrees is to me, and I wouldn’t know her if she walked in the door right now.

    And I wouldn’t be too sure those kids would know Mia Farrow, either. (To be honest, she’s someone I’ve been trying to forget, myself.)

    Then Trebek thought Agatha Christie was a weak answer due to the “animal lover” angle, seemingly unaware that the real problem is they had her year of death occurring 33 years too soon.

  7. VJ says:

    So Donnie and Shannon do know more than Trebek. From 20 Agatha Christie Facts: LINK

    11. She was a dog lover and owned many dogs throughout her lifetime.