Final Jeopardy: Authors

The Final Jeopardy question (2/20/2014), in the category “Authors” was:

On his death in 1862 a Mass. paper said: “No man ever lived closer to nature or reported it more eloquently.

The 2014 College Championship Finals have arrived at last: Kevin Shen, a junior (Univ. California, Berkeley), Tucker Pope, a Texas A&M junior, and Terry O’Shea, a Princeton sophomore, will be with us today and tomorrow, but only one of them will be bringing home $100K.

Terry found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Female Fantasy Characters” under the $1,000 clue. She was in the lead with $2,800, $1,600 more than Kevin and Tucker tied in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

King Arthur’s half-sister Morgaine is the main character in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The Mists of” here. show

Terry finished in the lead with $5,600. Tucker caught up very nicely by running Celebrities’ Middle Names. He finished second with $5,000. Kevin was in last place with $2,200.

Tucker found the first Daily Double in “Ages & Ages” under the $1,600 clue. He was in second place with $5,400, half of Terry’s lead. He bet $2,400 but drew a blank so he was WRONG.

An 1870s novel about greed & corruption gave us the name of this “age”. show

Tucker found the last Daily Double in “Social Life” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $4,200, he had $7,000 less than Terry’s lead. He bet $2,200, and he was RIGHT.

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Terry finished in the lead with $13,200. Kevin was next with $10,600 and Tucker was in third place with $10,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Henry Thoreau is best known as the author of “Walden,” universally acknowledged to be one of the great books of American literature, and of “Civil Disobedience,” one of the most influential essays in the worldwide democratic tradition. Thoreau’s name has become almost synonymous with two themes, the love of nature and uncompromising ethical values. (Concord Museum: Thoreau Collection)

Tucker got it and bet $4,400. He finished with $14,800.

Kevin thought it was (Ralph Waldo) Emerson, who lived 20 years more than Thoreau and wrote his eulogy. Kevin finished with $8,765.

Terry also got it and bet $6,600. She finished with $19,800.

The contestants will have these amounts added to their scores to determine the winner tomorrow.

Pet Peeve: What is it with Jeopardy’s preoccupation with Henry David Thoreau? We don’t keep track of the regular clues so we can’t speak to that, but it sure seems like this dude shows up in Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy more than any other 19th century writer. On 10/3/13, he was the answer to a Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round in the category “Influential Writing.” On 6/7/13, he was the Final Jeopardy answer in a similar category to today’s: “American Writers.” On 4/17/13, he came up in a Double Jeopardy round Daily Double in “Books that Changed America.” The cluewriters even consulted Thoreau’s diaries to cook up a Final Jeopardy clue in 19th Century Inventions on 12/17/12!

Remember this one? Final Jeopardy from Day 1 of last year’s College Championship Finals: Anniversaries

In 2011 Elizabeth II marked the 400th anniversary of this, assembled by 47 translators in Oxford, London & Cambridge.. show

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3 Responses

  1. Elliott Björklund says:

    Terry is a babe. She got dis in the bag!

  2. john blahuta says:

    well, my pick is in the lead after day one. but that has absolutely nothing to say. tucker is only 5 K back and how often did we see a complete reversal on day 2. but if she plays a solid game tomorrow, she WILL be the one to beat.
    interestingly, 2 dds AND fj were literature related…..

    • vj says:

      well, at least she showed some guts on the DD betting. Of course, it’s more risky in the second round and if you take a hit, like Tucker did the first time in Round 2, it makes you gunshy. He didn’t look too happy to get that second one, but fortunately it turned out to be a no-brainer.