Final Jeopardy: Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/7/2017) in the category “Time Magazine’s Person of the Year” was:

Since “Man of the Year” became “Person of the Year” in 1999, only 1 individual woman has won: this European for 2015.

3x champ Kyle Becker brought his winnings up to $43,601 yesterday. Now going for his 4th win, he’s up against these two players: Joe Gaspard, from Brooklyn, NY; and Katia Noll, from Milford, CT.

Round 1 Categories: Animals in Competition – The 19th Century – The State University in… – Literary Characters – They’re in the Band – Parts of Speech

Kyle found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The 19th Century” under the $800 clue, with one clue left after it. He was in the lead with $5,000, $2,300 more than Katia in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1859, he became the only U.S. state governor who had previously been a foreign head of state. show

Kyle finished in the lead with $8,000. Katia was second with $2,200 and Joe was last with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: Deserts – The Pulitzer Prize for Biography – “I” Love Opera – New to the OED – I’m Amen-able to That – Speech of Parts

Katia found the first Daily Double in “Deserts” under the $1,200 clue on the 9th pick. She was in second place with $5,400 at this point, $3,000 behind Kyle’s lead. She bet $1,400 and thought it was the Sahara. That was WRONG.

The southern portion of the Namib Desert merges with this much larger desert to the northeast. show

Joe found the last Daily Double in “Pulitzer Prize for Biography” under the $1,200 clue, with 7 clues left after it. In third place with $3,000, he had $9,400 less than Kyle’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Joseph Lash won for a dual biography of this presidential couple. show

Kyle finished in the lead with $14,400. Katia was next with $9,600 and Joe was in third place with $4,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Prior to changing to “Person of the Year” in 1999, Time Magazine had several individual women on its cover as “Woman of the Year”: Wallis Warfield Simpson (1936), Queen Elizabeth II (1952) and Corazon Aquino (1986). After the change, Angela Merkel became the first female “Person of the Year” on Time’s cover, featuring Colin Davidson’s oil painting of the German chancellor.

For a complete list of covers, see wikipedia, which incredibly is more up to date than Time’s list!

Joe bet $3,999 bringing him up to $7,999.

Katia bet $9,599. She finished with $19,199.

Kyle bet $5,801 so he won with $20,201 today, giving him a 4-day total of $63,802. Looks like he’ll be off to New Zealand in style soon and can visit all those places that we filled in on the Thursday Sporcle quiz this morning.

Final Jeopardy (12/7/2017) Kyle Becker, Katia Noll, Joe Gaspard

A triple stumper from each round:

LITERARY CHARACTERS ($1000) In a Moliere play this title character poses as a pious man but is really an impostor & crook

THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY ($1600) Samuel Eliot Morrison won a 1960 Pulitzer for his bio of this reformed slaver & 18th c. American naval hero

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Literary Britain”

After her death in 1943, the farmland and cottages of this author and animal lover were bequeathed to the National Trust. show

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9 Responses

  1. Shawnna says:

    Did anyone notice the clue about Sandra Bullock gave the wrong name of the young man? His name is Michael not Tony

    • VJ says:

      @Shawna, she was talking to Michael about Tony. Here’s the clue — “Tony here is your quarterback, all right? You protect his blind side. When you look at him, you think of me”

      She wasn’t addressing him as Tony. That would be — Tony (comma) here is your quarterback…

  2. Louis says:

    Great play by all the players and I’m glad there was a triple solve. My prediction for a four time champion in Kyle Becker came true. If he wins tomorrow then we have our first five time champion. I remember last December Tim Aten ran a streak of wins so I hope Kyle can get to his total, don’t you agree VJ? Also who was the previous chancellor of Germany before Merkel took over?

    • VJ says:

      There were a lot of unsolved clues in these last 3 games so idk if I would say they were great. At times, it seems like Kyle can just let his challengers do themselves in. I guess they don’t play the Battle Hymn of the Republic much anymore, but anyway, Howe’s daughters wrote that Pulitzer prize-winning biography.

      Gerhard Schröder was chancellor before Merkel.

      LINK: 12 more clues from the match

      • Louis says:

        I noticed, the topics in the last three games were hard but still I noticed none of the contestants are music fans since onerepublic didn’t.come to katia. That band had songs like secret, apologize, all the right moves and I did it all. That’s my favorite band. Furthermore, I think Seth and Austin s run had challengers shooting themselves in the foot when they played in 2016 and 2017 so it’s no surprise there. In the previous game, I was hoping one of the contestants would tie with Kyle and we would have a co champion right VJ?

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    Kyle may qualify for the next Tournament of Champions.

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