Final Jeopardy: Children’s Books

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/4/2017) in the category “Children’s Books” was:

For this series of picture books that started in 1987, each crowd scene takes about 8 weeks to illustrate.

2x champ Lisa Kristina won $36,100 last week. In her 3rd game, she takes on these two players: Kyle Becker, from Nashville, TN; and Alice Pelletier, from Brooklyn, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Literature Across America – Etiquette – The NFLer’s Main Position – Disney Princess Names – Weather Idioms – Health & Medici

Alice found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Disney Princess Names” under the $1,000 clue, with 11 clues left after it. She was in second place with $2,600, $1,800 less than Lisa’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

From the Latin for “dawn”, just like a Roman goddess. show

Alice finished in the lead with $5,200. Lisa was second with $5,000 and Kyle was last with $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: Countries by First Letter – Otherwise Famous Painters – Aviation – Pop Culture Double Talk – QE II’s PMs – Drop the Mic

Kyle found the first Daily Double in “Countries by First Letter” under the $800 clue on the 2nd pick. He was in third place with $1,800 now, $3,400 less than Alice’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Crossing Iberia, you see P.S.A. for Portugal & these 2 nations. show

Kyle found the last Daily Double in “Aviation” under the $1,200 clue, with only 3 clues left after it. In the lead with $15,400, he had $6,200 more than Alice in second place. He bet $3,000 and took a guess with Glenn. That was WRONG.

The day before flying at Mach 1 in 1947, he broke 2 ribs when he fell off a horse. show

Kyle finished in the lead with $12,400. Alice was next with $9,200 and Lisa was in third place with $7,800.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The series that became known as “Where’s Waldo?” in the USA, started out as “Where’s Wally?” in the UK in 1987, to phenomenal success. Everyone loves a challenge and finding the character with the red-and-white striped shirt, matching hat and spectacles became almost an obsession. In the USA, the character’s name was changed to Waldo because “Wally” reminded John G. Keller (then VP of Little, Brown & Company) of Wallis Simpson. Other countries chose their own names: he’s Willy in South Africa, Holger in Denmark and Valdas in Lithuania.

According to 14 Facts About Where’s Waldo? on Mental Floss, it takes creator Martin Handford around 8 weeks to finish each scene, which includes “anywhere from 300 to 500 characters, all meticulously drawn by Handford to the same scale as they appear in the book.”

Lisa bet it all and doubled her score to $15,600.

Alice added $8,500 to her score to finish with $17,700.

Kyle bet $6,001 bet so he won the match with $18,401 and he is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (12/4/2017) Lisa Kristina, Alice Pelletier, Kyle Becker

A triple stumper from each round:

LITERATURE ACROSS AMERICA ($1000) This Southern California author has been especially successful with his Los Angeles based quartet that includes “L.A. Confidential” & “The Black Dahlia”

POP CULTURE DOUBLE TALK ($2000) Theodore Bikel played the Soviet captain who runs his submarine aground off New England in this 1960s comedy film

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “U.S. Legislation”

The website for this ’60s Act says, “first look to see if the information you are interested in is already publicly available” show

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5 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    VJ, would you be able to tell me what one of the clues was in the Health and Medici category, the one where the answer was “gout”? Thanks!

    • VJ says:

      Here it is, Rhonda — ($400) Several Medici were diagnosed with this, actually a variety of joint problems; it gave one the nickname “Il Gottoso” Lisa answered it.

      @Lou, I never got into Waldo. I left him to people with better eyesight than me.

      LINK: 8 more clues from this match

  2. Lou says:

    Congrats to all on the triple solve. Where’s also is my favorite book next to Oliver twist. Also VJ, which of the where is waldo series of books did you like the most?

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    Have you ever got stung by a bee?

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