Final Jeopardy: U.S. Authors

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (2/1/2018) in the category “U.S. Authors” was:

In his 1958 essay “Essentials of Spontaneous Prose”, he compared a writing technique to a jazz musician’s style.

3x champ Ryan Fenster is up to $67,399 now. In Game 4, he takes on: Justin Earnshaw, from Cheyenne, WY; and Sara Helmers, from Washington, DC.

Round 1 Categories: Talkin’ Football – Literary Terms – “F” Stop – Introduction to Film – Geography 101 – Easy Course Load

Ryan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Terms” under the $1,000 clue on the 13th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,400, $2,000 more than Sara in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

3 types of conflict are man against man, man against himself & this title of an anthology with Hemingway & Heyerdahl show

Ryan finished in the lead with $8,200. Sara was second with $3,000 and Justin was last with $2,600.

Round 2 Categories: Black History Notables – Adjectives – TV Shows in Other Words – Totally Metal, Dude – Civil Law – Stag, You’re It

Sara found the first Daily Double in “Totally Metal, Dude” under the $1,600 clue, with 10 clues to go after it. She was in third place with $9,400 now, $2,800 behind Ryan’s lead. She bet $2,000 and took a shot with a Geiger counter. That was WRONG.

A beam of cesium is a prime component of this extremely accurate device; the first experimental one was built in 1949. show

Ryan found the last Daily Double in “TV Shows in Other Words” under the $1,600 clue. Just the $2,000 clue in the same category was left after it. All the scores changed on a reversal (see below). Ryan still had the lead but with $15,400 now, Justin had $12,200 and Sara had $6,600. Ryan bet $4,000 on the DD but couldn’t come up with a guess so he was WRONG, and lost double what he gained on the reversal.

“Homely Boop.”  show

Justin finished in the lead with $12,200. Ryan was next with $11,400 and Sara was in third place with $6,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In “What the Beats can teach us about writing,” David S. Wills says Jack Kerouac “is best known for his ‘spontaneous prose.’ Essentially, this meant writing quickly and almost unconsciously, without any call for editing…. [William S.] Burroughs had a similar concept, although he referred to it as ‘automatic writing’ and believed the words came from space, whereas Kerouac was instead writing from the heart without the interference of the brain.” You can read the essay (more like outline) here. (The video is shorter!)

Old Clue Ref: Before the reveal, Alex Trebek said “Somebody once commented on his best-seller, “that’s not writing, that’s typing.” That was Truman Capote and it’s been a clue 3 times, the last in 2014 (Writers Hatin’ on Writers).

Sara had F. Scott Fitzgerald, who died in 1940. She lost her $6,500 bet, leaving her with $100.

Ryan got it right. His “Keruac” spelling was okay. He bet $11,399, bringing him up to $22,799.

Justin wrote down Russell. He lost $11,000 and ended up with $1,200. Ryan Fenster is now a 4-day champ with $90,198.

Final Jeopardy (2/1/2018) Ryan Fenster, Sara Helmers, Justin Earnshaw

Reversal: ADJECTIVES ($2000) If you can’t pay certain fees, a court may declare you this synonym for needy
Justin: destitute; Ryan: penurous (penurious); Sara: impoverished
The judges decided destitute was as good as indigent.
Justin got $4K; Sara and Ryan got back $2K each

A triple stumper from each round:

INTRODUCTION TO FILM ($200) 1962: “Introducing Peter O’Toole”

TV SHOWS IN OTHER WORDS ($400) “3 Pairs of Tootsies Down Below”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “19th Century Books”

“Instinct,” “Hybridism” & “Geographical Distribution” are chapters in this book.. show

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6 Responses

  1. Stephanie says:

    I was really proud of myself for getting 2 of the football answers though the two I knew were because of other pop culture aspects (Landry because of King of the Hill and the $1000 question because of a crossword puzzle).

  2. johnstier says:

    great game tonite first time never saw a category not answered

    • VJ says:

      @john, coincidentally, I put up the clues from the last time that happened (at least, to my memory) on last Monday’s Spoiler Talk post and they are still there. It was 4/13/2016 and the category was Central American Capitals. Besides the category, one clue was a Daily Double, so it’s not exactly the same, but that was a miss, too.

  3. Louis says:

    Oh by the way VJ that football category was so funny, still it’s unbelievable that none of the contestants are football fans but Alex had some great jokes like if you guys get this one.I will die. LOL. Speaking of football, are you excited about the superbowl, VJ?

  4. Louis says:

    More reversals today, still Ryan knows what he is doing out there. But I can’t believe Justin bet big. Did he lose on purpose today and who was this Russell author, VJ? He is an English teacher so he should have gotten Kerouac. Congrats to Ryan on his fourth win and I can predict a streak going on for him. So far this month has been great so far for Gilbert Collins, Rachel Lindgren, and Ryan Fenster as he now joins the tournament of champions.

    • VJ says:

      idk who Justin was referring to, Lou. The only one I could think of was Bertrand Russell but he’s British. But, yeah, hooray for Ryan. Here’s hoping he wins his 5th game tomorrow.

      On those TV shows, I haven’t heard toes referred to as “tootsies” in a long long time! I call them “piggies” – wee wee wee. 😀

      On the Super Bowl, I don’t follow football, I just eat the food

      LINK: 11 more clues from the game

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