Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Books

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (2/9/2018) in the category “20th Century Books” was:

An “ineffable quality”, this 3-word title includes “the ability to go up in a hurtling piece of machinery” day after day.

New champ Marty Cunningham won $18,900 yesterday. In Game 2, he goes up against these two players: Alison Sahner, from Pittsburgh, PA; and Carlos Garcia, from Los Angeles, CA.

Round 1 Categories: 20th Century Facts – Recent TV Roles – Meals – Shakespeare, & I Quote – Crime – Pun-ishment

Alison found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Shakespeare & I Quote” under the $800 clue, with just one $600 clue in the same category after it. She was in the lead with $4,000, $200 more than Marty and Carlos, tied in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

“His horse is slain, and all on foot he fights” show

Alison finished in the lead with $6,000. Carlos was second with $4,400 and Marty was last with $3,800.

Round 2 Categories: “Alt” Left – Island Nations – Bass-o-matic – You Stay Classical, Music – The National Inventors Hall of Famer – Movie Title Math

Marty found the first Daily Double in “Island Nations” under the $1,600 clue on the 4th pick. He was in the lead with $6,200 now, $1,400 more than Alison in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This island nation is 500 miles northwest of Scotland. show

Marty found the last Daily Double in “Inventors Hall of Famer” under the $1,200 clue on the 15th pick. He was in the lead with $13,000 but gained $2,400 on a reversal (see below). That gave him a $10,200 lead over Alison in second place. He bet $4,000, and he was RIGHT.

“Inventor of The Checkered Game of Life, (he) ushered in a new age of parlor games. show

Marty finished in the lead with a runaway $26,600. Alison was next with $6,800 and Carlos was in third place with $3,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book is about early research with experimental rocket-powered, high-speed aircraft, its test pilots, the NASA space program and astronauts. It was inspired by a 1972 Rolling Stone assignment, leading him to publish a 4-part series on astronauts’ “Post-Orbital Remorse.” Wolfe’s interest in the topic “grew out of some ordinary curiosity,” he says in the book’s foreword, “What is it, I wondered, that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman candle…and wait for someone to light the fuse?” The book inspired a 1983 movie with the same name starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn and Ed Harris.

The quotes in the clue come from the second chapter (same name as the book), describing how in military flight school, “men were not rated by their outward rank… No, herein, the world was divided into those who had it and those who did not.” Click here to continue with the “hurtling piece of machinery” part in the preview on Google Books.

Carlos wrote down “Cold as Ice”. He lost his $3,500 bet, leaving him $100.

Alison was going for “Brave New World” but only got the first 2 words in. She lost $1,000, dropping her down to $5,800.

Marty got it right. He bet $3,600 so he won this game with $30,200. Nice! His 2-day total is $49,100.

Final Jeopardy (2/9/2018) Marty Cunningham, Carlos Garcia, Alison Sahner

Reversal: “ALT” LEFT ($1200) This type of painted screen seen here was made for a Ghent cathedral – They were going for “altarpiece.” Marty’s “altar screen” got the nod from the judges. Carlos’ “triptych altar” didn’t.

A triple stumper from each round:

RECENT TV ROLES ($1000) He went from “Deadwood” to “American Gods”, where he plays Mr. Wednesday

MOVIE TITLE MATH ($1600) “Gone in ___ Seconds” plus “Assault on Precinct ____”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “The U.S. Senate”

During his Senate service, which lasted from 1973 to January 2009, this man cast 12,810 votes.. show

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6 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    VJ, Thank you very much. Appreciated. and all the photos and videos that are taken on the trip will be posted on facebook and youtube upon my return. So I hope you are ready to see them by March 5th. Its a great trip.

  2. Lou says:

    Congrats to Marty on his second win. A month ago, we had three people with back to back streak of wins for the start of 2018. Do you think we could see it again this month, VJ? A few days ago we had a few small one or two day winners but I hope Marty can keep winning. Plus, what are your favorite Tom Wolfe Books?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I don’t know, I don’t even start thinking about a player’s streak til after their 4th game. I don’t have a favorite Tom Wolfe book.

      If anyone wants to read a funny article about where the phrase “the right stuff” originated, check out this one in the New York Times

      LINK: 8 more clues from this match

      • Richard Corliss says:

        I think his first novel was “The last voyage, the longest, the best” to “Look Homeward, Angel”.

      • Lou says:

        Since I am heading to China for the next three weeks, I might miss out on the next few weeks of jeopardy, but if you would VJ, please keep me informed if Marty wins again on this site once I get to my destination, thanks. Plus if I can find wifi it would be at a relative’s house so I will look forward to hearing from you then. Thank you very much.

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