Final Jeopardy: Mythological Names

The Final Jeopardy question (2/6/2017) in the category “Mythological Names” was:

With depths of up to 30,000′, ocean trenches make up a zone named for this brother of Poseidon & his domain.

6x champ Lisa Schlitt has won $139,100 so far. As we start the week, it’s Game 7 for Lisa and Game 1 for these two players: Matt Kellison, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Jill Rausch, from Phoenix, AZ.

Round 1 Categories: Familiar Acting Faces – A Rude Awakening – A Fictional Death – Foreign Exchange – “Mis”Quotes – Renting a Car

Jill found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “A Fictional Death” under the $1,000 clue on the 5th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,400, $1,000 more than Matt in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

In 1991 John Updike won his second Pulitzer for this aptly titled final novel about Harry Angstrom. show

Jill finished in the lead with $6,000. Matt was second with $4,600 and Lisa was last with $3,800.

Round 2 Categories: Broadway Shows in Latin – Venice – Alliterative 2-Word Terms – Classical Music – Hard “G” – The National Museum of African American History

Lisa found the first Daily Double in “Broadway Shows in Latin” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues still to go after it. She was in a second place tie with Matt. They both had $9,800 at this point, $600 less than Jill’s lead. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.

“Mea Domina Bella” show

Lisa found the last Daily Double in “Classical Music” under the $1,200 clue. Only 4 clues were left after it. In the lead with $13,400, she had $3,000 more than Jill in second place. She bet $400 but had no guess so she was WRONG.

Gustav Holst finished this work by writing “Mercury” in 1916. show

The $2K clue in “Classical Music” was the last one they got to. Jill snagged it and that put her in the lead with $13,200. Lisa was next with $13,000 and Matt was in third place with $9,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Alan Jamieson hooks us up today with his article on The Conversation, “10 things you never knew about the ocean’s deepest places.” It’s all about the hadal zone. Here’s part of No. 1: “The term ‘hadal’ comes from ‘Hades,’ which refers both to the Greek kingdom of the Underworld and the god of the Underworld himself, Hades (brother of Zeus and Poseidon). The term can also mean the “abode of the dead”. In modern times, Hades is seen as evil, but in mythology he was often portrayed as unreasonably ‘stringent’ rather than actively malicious.”

Matt wrote down Marianas, the god of spaghetti sauce. Just kidding. It’s actually the name of the deepest trench. He bet and lost it all.

Lisa came up with Pelagus. She also bet it all and finished at zero.

Jill had Tantalus. (They’re making me hungry!) She only bet $399, so she won the game with the $12,801 she held on to. Jill Rausch is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (2/6/2017) Lisa Schlitt, Jill Rausch, Matt Kellison

Here are the 4 other clues from “Broadway Shows in Latin.” The last 2 were triple stumpers.

($400) “Homo Musicus”

($800) “Feles”

($1600) “Quadragesimus Secundus Vicus”

($2000) “Caligae Torquentes”

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

After his death, he was given full military honors in Greece before his body was returned home for burial at his baronial seat. show

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13 Responses

  1. Louis j says:

    Great play Lisa although we will see you in the tournament of champions. Also VJ I remember learning about Hades since reading about the Odyssey by homer. How much do you know about Pelagus and Tantalus and what are their roles as Greek gods?

    • VJ says:

      not much, Lou. I don’t know if Pelagus is even a Greek god. Tantalus, it says here, was the son of Zeus so that would make him the nephew of Hades and Poseidon. I know the word tantalize is based on his story

  2. jacob ska says:

    Great winning streak Lisa. See you in the TOC.

    In the category “African American History” I was surprised Malcolm X was valued at $2000. I may be wrong but don’t most people recognize his photos? An easy $2000 imo. The contestants had no problem with the category. Very easy clues.

  3. rhonda says:

    I guess they were too young to know what saddle shoes look like.

  4. Fred Light says:

    Li$a was a great winner. We’ll see you in the future.

  5. VJ says:

    Well, I wished Lisa would have bet more on her Broadway Daily Double, but in the end I don’t think it mattered, because whenever she had close competition, she liked to bet it all, amiright?

    LINK: 9 more clues from the match, including the 4 other Fictional Death clues

  6. EricS says:

    Unfortunately, a strong finishing run by Lisa is what did her in. In this case, second was the better position to be in. Yet another example of how the player in second should not bet it all.

  7. Richard Corliss says:

    We’ll see you later in the Tournament of Champions, Lisa.