Final Jeopardy: 19th Century American Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (12/16/2015) in the category “19th Century American Literature” was:

The theft alluded to in the title of this 1844 Poe story is committed by a government minister.

New champ Tiombi Prince won $14,200 yesterday. In her second game, she is up against: Lynsey McMullen, from Parker, CO; and Ben Parker, from Northbrook, IL.

Round 1: Ben found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Communist Manifesto” under the $600 clue on the 6th pick. He was in the lead with $1,600, double what Lynsey had in second place. He bet $800 and got out “what is” before the buzzer and “struggle” right after it. That was WRONG anyway.

“The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: abolition of” this, an alliterative phrase. show

Lynsey finished in the lead with $5,400. Ben was second with $2,200 and Tiombi was last with $1,400.

Round 2: Ben found the first Daily Double in “No Vowels But Y” under the $1,600 clue. He was in third place with $5,000 now, $4,800 less than Lynsey’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

A clear yellowish fluid containing white blood cells. show

Lynsey found the last Daily Double in “Fabrics & Textiles” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $11,000, she had $1,200 more than Tiombi in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was papyrus. That was WRONG.

This tall reed-like plant has long fibers, making it easy to spin into linen yarn. show

Tiombi finished in the lead with $11,800. Lynsey was next with $9,400 and Ben was in third place with $7,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The minister D— is the official villain of the piece. Just to point out: “Minister” here isn’t religious but political; he’s a high-ranking public official of some sort. We can assume that he’s supposed to be acting in the service of the royal man and lady….” (Shmoop: The Minister D– Character Analysis)

Ben got it right. His $2,200 bet brought him up to $9,200.

Lynsey wrote down A Cask of Amontillado, which probably would have been accepted if the clue was about that. She bet and lost it all.

Tiombi also got it right. She bet $7,100 so that made her second win worth $18,900. Her 2-day total is $33,100.

FJ Results: 12-16-15

Lynsey got most of the Mels in “Mel on Earth” in the second round, including this $1,200 clue (which included a few instrumental bars):”1925-1999: singer who also co-wrote the Christmas tune heard here:

This is the “old song” that “rhymes this capital city on the Mediterranean with “souvenirs,” the $2,000 clue in “On the Globe” that no one got. (They only needed to know the capital city, not the song).

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Children’s Literature.”

Joy, Nellie & Aranea are 3 of the many children of this title character. show

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9 Responses

  1. Buddy says:

    Tiombi did NOT get the correct answer. She did NOT write the “Purloined” Letter
    She wrote: “Purlong” Letter

    There is no way a “g” going down can represent “ined”

    She needs a DQ and Ben is Champ!

    I don’t know who to call but perhaps this will help reverse this travesty

    • VJ says:

      Here is a link to a somewhat enlarged image of Tiombi’s answer. Granted, the ending looks like a ‘g’ but you can definitely see the “oin” in there.

      Sorry to say, but we don’t have any pull with the show so if you still feel that way after looking at the image, you might want to post that on their Facebook page.

      And let me still thank you for posting because it reminded me of an old FJ I saw on J-Archive recently where “Burindi” was accepted for “Burundi” that I want to put on our list of accepted and not accepted spellings.

  2. aaaa says:

    47/61 here.

  3. Jasper says:

    Once again, unexplainable. No reason exists to not bet it all on FJ if you aren’t leading. At least then you’ll have a chance

  4. EricS says:

    Ben’s bet was interesting :it was the most amount he could lose and still, with standard wagering, win on a triple stump. Basically, he probably liked the category, but stuck to basic game theory. Nicely done.
    If we see this as a future trend, however, we may see more zero bets from those in second.
    Thus, we may see the evolution of game theory revolve around probability expectations. I wonder how much probing goes on pre-game.

  5. TR says:

    OK fine, I give up predicting triple gets :/