Final Jeopardy: Reference Books

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/6/2017) in the category “Reference Books” was:

This manual resulted from a military engineer’s attendance at an unruly 1860s church meeting.

2x champ Kyle Becker has now won $30,400. In his 3rd game, his challengers are: Eric Dravler, from Lenoir, NC; and Lindsay Norsworthy, from Linthicum Heights, MD.

Round 1 Categories: They Made the Cabinet – National Days – Put a “Lid” on It – The Eye – Of the Tiger – You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar

Kyle found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Eye” under the $1,000 clue on the 12th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,000, $2,000 more than Eric in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Sometimes when we get older, this part of the retina “degenerates” & causes blurriness in our field of vision. show

Kyle finished in the lead with $6,400. Eric was second with $4,800 and Lindsay was last with $3,000.

Round 2 Categories: Alfred Hitchcock Resents – It’s Hyphenated – For It Is a Fact – Authors at War – “L” on the Map – Victim of Gravity

Lindsay found the first Daily Double in “It’s Hyphenated” under the $800 clue on the 2nd pick. She was in third place with $3,400 now, $3,000 behind Kyle’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Venerable Bede said they were descendants of 3 different Germanic peoples– the Jutes & the 2 in their name. show

Eric found the last Daily Double in “Victim of Gravity” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. In second place with $4,400, he had $6,000 less than Kyle’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

A 2017 Vogue story said Susan Sarandon’s dress had this type of “neckline” show

Kyle finished in the lead with $13,200. Lindsay and Eric were tied in second place with $6,600 each, exactly half of Kyle’s score!

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Henry Martyn Robert graduated 4th in West Point’s class of 1857. Primarily engaged in river and harbor improvements, he eventually became Chief Engineer of the Army. The Univ. of Houston has a page honoring Henry Robert for his work in Galveston after the 1900 flood. “But Robert’s greatest engineering achievement was made much earlier — in 1876,” author John H. Lienhard says, “And it began when he’d attended an out-of-control church meeting in Massachusetts in 1863. He came away vowing he would know parliamentary procedure before he attended another meeting. But he found little written on the subject and no general agreement as to how to run meetings…. So Robert went to work. With highly-honed logic and an engineer’s appreciation of structure, he created an extremely robust set of procedural rules that would serve every kind of deliberative gathering.” Also see Robert’s Rules of Order’s official website.

Jeopardy! devoted a whole category to Robert’s Rules of Order in the first round of the May 30, 2001 game.

Eric thought it was “The Army Field Manual.” He bet and lost it all.

Lindsay wrote down “The Military Code of Conduct.” She bet the farm, too.

Kyle got it right. He only bet $1.00, winning the game with $13,201. His 3-day total is $43,601.

Final Jeopardy (12/6/2017) Kyle Becker, Lindsay Norsworthy, Eric Dravler

A triple stumper from each round:

NATIONAL DAYS ($1000) Because of the label tucked into the character’s hat band, National Mad Hatter Day is on this date

AUTHORS AT WAR ($2000) Having served in Britain’s RAF may have helped Arthur Hailey write this bestselling 1968 thriller

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Dog Breeds”

This small breed is named for a member of the 17th century House of Stuart. show

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8 Responses

  1. Jacob Ska says:

    These contestants were really afraid of the Alfred Hitchcock category I thought to myself. Then when they went to it I saw why they left it last. Surprising to me especially with Eric given his apparent age. As Trebek stated they weren’t Hitchcock fans it seems.

    • VJ says:

      Too bad they didn’t get to the top clue, as it was likely well-known even to non-Hitchcock fans.

      I would like to know how in the world they expected anyone to know that egg yolk clue. It could have been wine, lemonade, beer — anything — unless you happened to have seen that somewhere.

  2. VJ says:

    Kyle had some great buzzer mojo going on there in the first round. The second round kinda went downhill imo.

    LINK: 12 more clues from the round.

    @Dalton, Kyle obviously wanted to win.

    @Lou, the book is about how to properly run meetings.

  3. Louis says:

    This was a very interesting final jeopardy category, although I was thinking that the rule of order was similar to that medal the wwi fighter pilots won, what do you think, VJ? Does the military cross, iron cross and the order of the military cross ring a bell here? I think these could be what the rule of order means here, right?

    Also I had a feeling that Kyle would bet small to win. He has inherited Seth Wilson’s playing style and a bit from Arthur.

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    VJ, when will we have our first tiebreaker ever in regular play? It was supposed to happen today. Did Kyle forget?

    • William Weyser says:

      No, Dalton. Kyle did not forget.

      • Dalton Higbee says:

        This game reminds me of December 10, 2014, when during Final Jeopardy!, defending champion Peter McGillicuddy wagered a $1 more to cover his two opponents, when the challengers (Mindy Miner and Travis Darling) tied for $13,500 going into Final Jeopardy!, while Peter had $15,200. All three missed Final Jeopardy!, with Mindy and Travis wagering it all, and Peter winning with only $3,399 to win his second game.

        So the tiebreaker drought (since November 24, 2014, when co-champ rules were retired) continues!

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    Wow, going into Final Jeopardy! today it was not a runaway game.

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