Final Jeopardy: Writers

The Final Jeopardy question (2/14/2017) in the category “Writers” was:

A New Orleans literary festival in his honor includes various panels, a walking tour & a Stanley & Stella shouting contest.

Here are the players in QF No. 2 of the 2017 College Championship: Jennifer Katz, a sophomore at Macalester College; Viraj Mehta, a junior at Stanford; and Hannah Whisnant, a junior at the U.S.Military Academy, West Point.

Alex Trebek started out by wishing his wife, Jean, a Happy Valentine’s Day, mentioning that they have been married for 27 years.

Round 1 Categories: Studying Abroad – Sci-fi Books – The Classic Marquee Ingredient – “Fr” – Gotta Cram – Time to Pull an All-Nighter

Viraj found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Sci-Fi Books” under the $600 clue on the 4th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $1,000 and the only one with any money. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Dubbed “wildly inaccurate”, it “supplanted the Great Encyclopedia Galatica as the … repository of all knowledge.” show

Viraj finished in the lead with $8,200. Hannah was second with $4,400 and Jennifer was last with $3,800.

Round 2 Categories: All Kinds of TV – Classical Music – 10-Letter Words – Six Feet Under – A History Lesson – Get a Job!

Jennifer found the first Daily Double in “10-Letter Words” under the $1,200 clue on the 15th pick. She was in third place with $7,000 at this point, $7,200 behind Viraj’s lead. She bet $2,500 and blurted out “anagram.” That was WRONG. (She quickly corrected her mistake but it was too late.)

“Madam, I’m Adam” is a famous one. show

Hannah found the last Daily Double in “A History Lesson” under the $2,000 clue, with only 3 clues left after it. In second place with $12,000, she had $10,200 less than Viraj’s lead. She bet $3,000 and thought it was Germany. That was WRONG. She didn’t answer in question form either.

In 1910 Louis Botha became this country’s first prime minister, a post he held until 1919. show

Viraj ran away with this match, finishing with $23,000. Hannah was next with $7,000 and Jennifer was in third place with $6,100.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival is named after the world-famous playwright who made New Orleans his home during one of the most creative periods” Get more information on the 31st annual festival that will be held From March 22-March 26, 2017 from New Orleans Online.

Jennifer got it right. Her $6,000 bet brought her up to $12,100.

Hannah wrote down “Miller.” She lost her $6,999 bet and was left with $1.00.

Viraj came up with “Toole.” He didn’t bet anything because, well, he didn’t have to. He was already the second semi-finalist.

Final Jeopardy (2/14/2017) Jennifer Katz, Viraj Mehta, Hannah Whisnant

A triple stumper from each round:

SCI-FI BOOKS ($1000) Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need is Kill” was “reborn” in 2014 as this Tom Cruise flick

ALL KINDS OF TV ($2000) MeTV has a pairing of Matlock & this other TV attorney, first name Perry

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “California Cities”

A park, elementary school and medical pavilion named for Herbert Hoover are found in this 2-word California city. show

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10 Responses

  1. aaaa says: and have been down for more than 24 hours at this point.

  2. Lou says:

    I guess Hannah isn’t really much of a fan of Tennessee Williams but still though VJ do you still remember what the title of the tv series having Perry mason as the character

    • VJ says:

      Yes, Lou, it was “Perry Mason.” (LOL!) I used to like to watch that show. First of all, I always liked Raymond Burr in whatever he was in, but on that show, I especially liked when he put the pressure on the culprit on the stand in the courtroom and if the person couldn’t take it any more, s/he would jump out of the chair and holler “All right, I did it!” idk why, but to me that was very funny. I’m quite sure I’ve seen more “Perry Mason” episodes than Andy Griffith in “Matlock.”

      LINK: 10 clues from this match.

  3. rhonda says:

    I’m so surprised that only 1 person got Tennessee Williams.
    And they never heard of Perry Mason!

    • VJ says:

      After that GWTW thing last week, I can’t say I’m that surprised. :)

      I really don’t find it surprising that young people don’t watch shows that are in black and white. But anyhow, “Perry Mason” is currently No. 8 on Ranker’s list of Best Legal Dramas of All Time. Perry got more votes than “Better Call Saul”

    • jacob ska says:

      Rhonda, in hindsight I don’t think Viraj or Hannah may have been interested in taking courses in school that focused on literature. Furthermore, it might be a generation gap. The contestants, especially Viraj, seemed comfortable with the “Sci-Fi” category. I wasn’t familiar with one thing in that category.

      Jennifer was lucky in fj because that was her college major. Tonight’s game has shown that I need to factor in some different variables when making College Week predictions.

      • rhonda says:

        Jacob, I just assumed that they were familiar with Tennessee Williams from high school. I remember having to read The Glass Menagerie, of course that was in the early 70’s. I am sure required reading is quite different these days, but still, you’d think Tennessee Williams would at least be discussed at some point.. And I also assumed that they were familiar with Marlon Brando’s classic role as Stanley. I didn’t know one thing in the Sci Fi category either, I’d never heard of any of those books.

      • VJ says:

        Viraj, at any rate, connected New Orleans with John Kennedy Toole.

        Remember that last DoaS FJ? Loren answered Tennessee Williams when it was Arthur Miller, the reverse of this match.