Final Jeopardy: Broadway

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/29/2017) in the category “Broadway” was:

Following a show’s success in 2011, this group began advertising, “You’ve seen the play…now read the book”

New champ Travis Rojakovick won $18,450 yesterday. In Game 2, he is up against these two players: Gwynedd Stuart, from Los Angeles, CA; and Henry Ayoola, from Pittsburgh, PA. Who will win the last game of 2017? Let’s find out:

Round 1 Categories: Paint the Town Red – 6-Letter Words – Life in 1977 – “F”ood for Thought – Math – Stan Lee

Travis found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Life in 1977” under the $600 clue, with 7 clues still to go after it. He was in second place with $3,600, $800 less than Henry’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

The American Cancer Society organized the first “Great American” one of these. show

Henry finished in the lead with $6,400. Travis was second with $5,000 and Gwynned was last with $3,400.

Round 2 Categories: Animal Groupings – Begins With a Silent Letter – Entertaining Organizations – Literary Settings – Here’s the Naked Truth – No More Cover-Up

Travis found the first Daily Double in “Begins with a Silent Letter” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $11,800 at this point, $600 more than Henry in second place. He bet $2,000 and took a guess with valet. That was WRONG.

A male servant: the word has been used to mean a rascal since around 1200. show

Travis found the last Daily Double in “No More Cover-Up” under the $1,200 clue. Now there were only 2 clues after it. In second place with $13,400, he had $1,400 less than Henry’s lead. He bet $3,000 this time and he was RIGHT.

Attempts to hide this 1986 accident lasted 2 days before Swedish monitoring stations detected radiation. show

Travis finished in the lead with $18,400. Henry was next with $14,800 and Gwynned was in third place with $4,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


According to a Sept. 2012 L.A. Times article, the Mormon church first bought ads in the playbill for “The Book of Mormon” musical when it came to the Hollywood Pantages, seeing an educational opportunity in a play mocking their religion. One ad said “The book is always better.” They later put up billboards with the saying in the clue and sent missionaries to hand out free copies of the Book of Mormon outside theatres.

Bonus clues: Found the above video on youtube with a whole category on this church. The last time the book & play were the FJ topic was in the Battle of the Decades.

Gwynedd went full name but wrote down “& Latter Day Saints,” and not “of Latter Day Saints.” That was rejected so she lost her $599 bet, leaving her with $3,601.

Henry came up with Queen. He didn’t bet anything so he remained at $14,800.

Travis was going for the Author’s Guild, though the last word was illegible. He lost $11,201 and finished with $7,199. That made Henry Ayoola the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (12/29/2017) Travis Rojakovick, Henry Ayoola, Gwynedd Stuart

A triple stumper from each round:

“F”OOD FOR THOUGHT ($200) It’s basically a thin, sweet wafer that’s folded around a small piece of paper

LITERARY SETTINGS ($2000) In a Samuel Butler satire: Colleges of Unreason are found in the title land

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Television”

Set to the song “You’ve Got Time”, a montage of real women who were incarcerated is in the opening credits of this series. show

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8 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    @Deb and Fred, I don’t see why not. They asked for “this group,” so I think “the Mormons” or “the Latter Day Saints” would both work. Just my opinion.

    Strangely enough, in the video I put in the recap. A player said “Mormon Tabernacle Choir” to a clue where they just wanted “Mormon Tabernacle” and they accepted it. Other times, players get told they added a word and it made their response wrong.

  2. Fred titcomb says:

    I wonder if they would have accepted “who are the mormons” as an answer?

  3. Deb says:

    Couldn’t she have said the Mormon church and gotten it right without the risk of an error???

  4. timmeh says:

    The lesson from this game if you plan to go on the show is keep a poker face. When the final category was revealed, Alex Trebek said Travis didn’t look happy about it. Might as well have told the other players Travis doesn’t know jack about it. Bwah ha ha!

    • VJ says:

      @timmeh, I didn’t think that was cool either but Travis had the option to bet low if he didn’t feel good about it, like he did with his DD yesterday.

      LINK: 11 more clues from this match

  5. Louis says:

    A week of leader curses, three weeks have gone by after Kyle won four games at the start of December. Let’s hope for a four or five time winner at the start of 2018. Plus, has anyone ever pledged donations to the latter day saints? Plus, have you ever volunteered in a charitable organization in the past VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, look at it the other way — if there was a 4x or better champ every week, there would be a lot of disappointment over who made it into the ToC and who didn’t. As for donations, I don’t know anything about where the Mormon church gets theirs. Personally, I follow the “don’t let your right hand know what your left is doing” principle and keep that information private.

  6. Dalton Higbee says:

    Was not expecting such a long Final response here.

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