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.
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