Final Jeopardy: Shakespeare Characters

The Final Jeopardy question (2/23/2017) in the category “Shakespeare Characters” was:

About himself he says, “Since the heavens have shap’d my body so, let hell make crook’d my mind to answer it”.

Today is Round 1 of the 2-part 2017 College Championship finale. Lilly Chin, a senior at M.I.T.; Gary Tse, a U.S. Naval Academy freshman; and Viraj Mehta, a Stanford junior, will compete today and tomorrow for the $100,000 grand prize.

As always, their final scores today will be added to their final scores tomorrow to determine the winner. Second place gets $50,000 and third place gets $25,000.

Round 1 Categories: You Kids Today! – Speed Reading – Business – TV Reality Check – 19th Century America – My “Ba-e”

Lilly found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “19th Century America” under the $600 clue, with 11 clues left after it. She was in third place with $400, $3,200 less than Viraj’s lead. She bet the $1,000 allowance and she was RIGHT.

On January 8, 1863 ground was broken in Sacramento for this; ground was broken for it in Omaha 11 months later. show

Viraj finished in the lead with $4,400. Gary was second with $3,400 and Lilly was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: StubHub Subcultures – Strait Talk – Who’s Who in the Bible – Organizations – Quite a Vocabulary – In That Head

Viraj found the first Daily Double in “Strait Talk” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues to go after it. He was in third place with $7,600 at this point, $2,600 less than Gary’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT. It sure looked like he wished he’d bet more.

Amchitka Pass lies between the Rat Islands & the Andreanof Islands in this Alaskan archipelago. show

4 clues later, Lilly found the last Daily Double in “Organizations” under the $800 clue. In the lead with $13,200, she had $1,000 more than Gary in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

The Scopes trial was a famous test case for this group that champions free speech. show

Lilly finished in the lead with $16,400. Gary was next with $12,600 and Viraj was in third place with $11,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right. (Richard III was accepted)


In Act 5, Scene 6 of Henry VI, Part 3, Gloucester pays King Henry a visit in the Tower. After the King tells him what a cursed day it was when Gloucester was born, he stabs King Henry, and proceeds to expound upon his deformities. He was born with teeth to signify that he “should snarl and bite and play the dog.” That part starts around 0:48 in the video, and the lines in the clue are right after it. Gloucester later became King. Shakespeare continued the story in his play, “Richard III,” but in this one, he was listed in the dramatis personae as “Richard, afterwards Duke of Gloucester.” Sometimes it’s spelled “Gloster.”

Viraj thought it was Iago. He lost his $2,718 bet and finished with $8,482.

Gary got it right with Richard III. He bet a big $12,345, bringing him up to $24,945.

Lilly had Richard III, too. She bet $4,000 so her score for today was $20,400.

Final Jeopardy (2/23/2017) Lilly Chin, Gary Tse, Viraj Mehta

A triple stumper from each round:

TV REALITY CHECK ($1000) “You are evicted” is the elimination catchphrase on this reality TV show

QUITE A VOCABULARY ($400) Vocation means a job; this word, 1 letter longer, means a hobby

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Foreign Leaders”

On Feb. 25, 1956, he gave a speech “on the personality cult and its consequences”, seen as an attack on his predecessor. show

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6 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    Viraj almost certainly would or at least should have known the American History DD if he got it, as his college is named for Leland Stanford, who was president of Southern and Union Pacific Railroads in the 1860s. The golden spike from that railroad is at Stanford U., as per a 1995 FInal J! clue

  2. Lou says:

    Iago is from the play Othello but not a bad guess. Gary played brilliantly but I hope Lilly can catch up to him tomorrow to determine the winner. Good luck to these guys tomorrow

  3. VJ says:

    Looks like it’s going to be super-competitive tomorrow. Good for Lilly catching up and finishing in the lead, but good for Gary that his big bet in FJ worked out. Tough break for Viraj though.

    LINK: 12 more clues from this match

    • Richard Corliss says:

      IDK, VJ, but remember, whenever contestants bounce on the board it’s gonna make it really tough for their opponents to catch up to them. Remember that from now on. 3(

    • EricS says:

      But a good wager by Viraj though. He stayed in it with a small bet on a weak (for him) category.
      Gary just followed the example of Ben I