Final Jeopardy: Phrase Origins

The Final Jeopardy question (2/22/2016) in the category “Phrase Origins” was:

Widely parodied today, this 5-word phrase originally appeared on motivational posters in England during WWII.

3x champ Tim Kutz won $82,599 last week. He’s back to go for a fourth win and possibly exceed $100K. His challengers today are: Joshua Parr, from Montreal, Que, Canada; and Maria Santonato, from Chicago, IL.

Round 1 Categories: The Image Awards – Real Estate – Pin the Star on the Constellation – Same First & Last Letter – Third – Ferguson

Joshua found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Third” under the $400 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $1,800, $400 more than Tim in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Kaaba. That was WRONG.

It’s the third-holiest city for Muslims. show

Tim finished in the lead with $5,200. Joshua was second with $3,800 and Maria was last with $600. After the commercial, Maria was awarded $1,200 for a response previously called incorrect so she started Round 2 with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: Let’s Have Desert – TV Pets – Labor – British Fiction – The American Revolution Era – What’s the “Pass” Word?

Tim found the first Daily Double in “British Fiction” under the $1,600 clue. There were 11 clues left after it. In the lead with $17,600, he had $9,800 more than Joshua in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

This 1886 work says “With every day… I thus drew… nearer to that truth… that man is not truly one, but truly two.” show

Maria found the last Daily Double in “Labor” under the $1,600 clue. There were 8 clues left after it. She was in third place with $2,600 now, $16,000 behind Tim’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Among the other things made by members of this Michigan-based union are boats & jet engines. show

Tim finished in the lead with $23,400, not quite a runaway. Joshua was next with $12,200 and Maria was in third place with $6,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ was coined by the shadow Ministry of Information (MOI) at some point between 27 June and 6 July 1939. It was produced as part of a series of three posters that would be issued in the event of war (the others read ‘Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution; Will Bring Us Victory’ and ‘Freedom is in Peril; Defend it with all Your Might’). The ‘Keep Calm’ design was never officially issued and only a very small number of originals have survived to the present day.” (Gov.UK: The Compromise Behind the Slogan)

Maria bet $5,801 and finished with $12,201.

Joshua doubled his score to $24,400.

Tim bet $1,001 bet, just enough to make it to $24,401 and win. His 4-day total is $107,000.

Final Jeopardy Results for February 22, 2016

No one got this $2,000 clue in British Fiction after Maria tried “Northhanger Abbey”: “In a Jane Austen novel, Fanny Price is adopted into the family of her rich uncle, who lives on this title estate.”

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “19th Century People”

Frederick Douglass said this man’s “zeal in the cause of my race was far greater than mine.” show

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8 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    What an inspiring story Tim had tonight. Go Tim!

  2. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    Could someone give me an example of how this phrase is parodied today? Thanks.

    • VJ says:

      Keep Calm and (something else) takeoffs are all over the place on t-shirts and posters and what-not these days, Marilyn.

      Check out some examples on Cafepress and Zazzle. You can add your own finish to the saying on products where it says (Your text)

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    Tim is going to win five tomorrow! Tim is going to win five tomorrow!
    I really really really want a five-day champion right now!

    • Richard Corliss says:

      Easy for you to say, you’re so addicted to people winning 5 times especially more than 5 wins.

    • SG says:

      Whether or not he gets the illusive 5th win, I believe he is currently at the top of the ToC leader board; but I do hope he continues…