Final Jeopardy: Philosophy

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (2/6/2018) in the category “Philosophy” was:

Despite the title, in this Plato work, Socrates says, “I shall never alter my ways, not even if I have to die many times”

New champ Sean Udicious won $20,000 yesterday. In his second game, he is up against these two players: Quin Lewellen, from Albuquerque, NM; and Nabila Yusaf, from New York, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Celebrating Mister Rogers – Medicine – Shooting “BB”s
– Memorials – Pewter – Graphics

Quin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Graphics” under the $600 clue, with 10 clues to go after it. He was in second place with $2,800, $600 less than Sean’s lead. He bet $1,000 but had no response so he was WRONG.

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Sean finished in the lead with $6,800. Nabila was second with $2,200 and Quin was last with $1,600.

Round 2 Categories: Pirates! – Port-map-teau – Women in Government – More Than One Life to Live – Brit Speak – Entertaine”D”

Nabila found the first Daily Double in “Pirates!” under the $1,600 clue on the 4th pick. She was in second place with $3,400 now, $3,800 less than Sean’s lead. She bet $2,400 and she was RIGHT.

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Quin found the last Daily Double in “Entertaine’D'” under the $800 clue, on the 11th pick. In third place with $6,000, he had $3,200 less than Sean’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Sean finished in the lead with $16,400. Quin was next with $11,000 and Nabila was in third place with $9,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Plato’s “Apology” is an account of Socrates’ defense at trial that famously led to a hemlock cocktail. One of the first things you learn is that the Greek word “apologia” does not mean the same thing as our English word “apology.” It means “explanation” or “defense.” If you want to get a sense of how the meaning shifted to imply regret, check out the Etymology Dictionary.

As for Socrates, he was charged with not believing in the same gods as the citizens of Athens, inventing his own gods and corrupting the youth with his teachings. Socrates was kind of a wise guy at his trial. Why he acted that way, when his life was on the line, continues to be a subject of much debate. Read more about it at Famous

Nabila wrote down “Republic.” She lost her $7,001 bet and finished with $2,399.

Quin didn’t have a response. He lost $5,401, leaving him with $5,599.

Sean went with “The Cave,” an allegory from “Republic.” He lost $5,601 but still had $10,799, today’s top score. That gives Sean a 2-day total of $30,799.

Final Jeopardy (2/6/2018) Sean Udicious, Nabila Yusaf, Quin Lewellen

A triple stumper from each round:

PEWTER ($400) Pewter was often used to create these tea holders that sound at home on the golf course

MORE THAN ONE LIFE TO LIVE ($2000) Many historical figures from earth come back on this watery title world thanks to Philip Jose Farmer

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “World Literature”

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5 Responses

  1. Nullifidian says:

    I’m surprised that nobody got the Final Jeopardy. Though it seems inevitable that if I think it’s easy, only one person will get the FJ at most, and often nobody will get it. “The Apology” was one of the very few non-fiction works that I had to read in high school English class. (We also read “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” as part of the background to “The Crucible” and “The Scarlet Letter” and we had a segment in 10th grade that involved reading religious/philosophy texts from around the world, but that’s about it.)

  2. TaiwanBill says:

    I forgot all about the “Apologia”. I once received in college an “A” in philosophy because I said something that the professor liked. I forget what it was, which is good, because I don’t think I knew what I was talking about.

  3. aaaa says:

    Quin would have won the game with a wager of $200 or less as it was a 2/3 game. The first round board at least would have been completed had they saved the Mister Rogers category, or at least one clue of it, for last, as they like to get all five clues in video categories revealed.

  4. Lou says:

    I was hoping for a triple solve today, VJ. I thought these guys knew about philosophy and Plato. Were you surprised that no one knew the answer? Also Vj, have you taken any philosophy courses and studied bout Nietzsche, Plato, or Socrates perhaps for a major? Quin was up and down here but still Sean was glad to bet only half of his amount but I want to see him get final jeopardy right tomorrow.

    • VJ says:

      No, Lou, I thought at least 2 would get it. I have read some of Nietzsche’s stuff and the Apology. I’ve also read that the Apology had a profound effect on great leaders like MLK and Gandhi, so I figure I must be missing something 😮

      Alex brought up that Sean didn’t get yesterday’s FJ in the beginning of the show and at the end, he said 2 days in a row no one got FJ. Let’s see if that’s enough or if he finds it necessary to take another dig at Sean in tomorrow’s intro.

      I’m guessing that Alex said they had a contestant from SeaTac a few weeks ago, when we saw Ryan just last week, because of the postponed tournament.

      LINK: 11 more clues from the match

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