Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Poets

The Final Jeopardy question (3/1/2016) in the category “20th Century Poets” was:

It was said “his accent which started out as pure American Middle West” became “quite British U”

2x champ David Bradley has won $55,000 in his two games. In his third appearance, he takes on these two players: Rachel Zoch, from Deer Park, TX; and Titi Ala’ilima, originally from Philadelphia, PA.

Round 1 Categories: California Pro Sports Teams – Narrow Bodies of Water – Children’s Literature – It’s the Berries – Colleges & Universities – This is… J to Y!

Titi found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Narrow Bodies of Water” under the $800 clue not long after the chat. He was in third place with no money. David was in the lead with $3,000. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

Of these 11 long & narrow lakes in West-Central New York, Canadice is the smallest & highest in elevation.  show

David finished in the lead with $4,200. Rachel was second with $3,400 and Titi was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: Founders – Backing Bands – Engineering Feats – Your Idioms Confuse Me – European History – Animals in Danger

Titi found the first Daily Double in “Engineering Feats” under the $2,000 clue on the very first pick of the round. The scores were the same as above. He bet the $2,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

Confederation Bridge, connecting New Brunswick with this island, is the world’s longest over ice-covered waters. show

Rachel found the last Daily Double in “Founders” under the $2,000 clue. She was in the lead with $9,400 now, $3,200 more than Titi in second place. She bet $1,500 and thought it was the Writers Guild. That was WRONG.

Roger Baldwin, co-founder of this “union”, was its director when its clients included John Scopes & James Joyce. show

Titi finished in the lead with $12,400. Rachel was next with $10,700 and David was in third place with $8,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right. Gasp!


It was said in the poet’s NY Times obituary published on January 5, 1965: “Eliot’s dress was a model of the London man of business. He wore a bowler and often carried a tightly rolled umbrella. His accent which started out as pure American Middle West did undergo changes, becoming over the years quite British U. The U was complete and unfeigned. ‘I am,’ he said stoutly, ‘an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.'” (NYT)

Click here for some of the differences between British U and non-U.

David thought it was Carl Sandburg. He bet and lost it all.

Rachel had the same response. She lost her $6,000 bet and was left with $4,700.

Titi didn’t have a response. He lost $9,001. That left him with $3,399 and made Rachel Zoch the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy! Results for March 1, 2016

The players missed two of clues in the “California Pro Sports Team” category in the first round. For $800, they didn’t recognize this logo (without the legend of course). They were also stumped by the $1,000 clue: “In 1968 a “Heidi” TV special cut off the final minute of their epic comeback win over the Jets.” Titi thought it was the 49ers and David tried the Rams.

Twitter Shoutout to @allysencallery: Yesterday, Alex said “Good for you” to one player. Today it was two!

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Borders”

Twice as long as Hadrian’s Wall, Offa’s Dyke was the traditional border between these 2 lands. show

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24 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    How can contestants appear on Jeopardy and know the names of the most obscure rock groups and not know the name of the most famous NBA team Last year and this year? Guess what story appeared on the front page of the New York Times yesterday? Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

    VJ, please link one of the myriad video clips appearing on the Internet today showing the Golden State Warriors triple stumper.

  2. Cece says:

    J! was preempted in my area for Stupid Tuesday. Imbeciles!

    • VJ says:

      I hope they don’t put this game on tomorrow night for you like they did that other time. :(

      I was disappointed that David lost, of course, but I do think Rachel played the best and deserved the win.

    • Cece says:

      OK, just read the recap, looks like Titi found both DD’s too early. what happened to David.? And the TS in FJ was the wrong kind…

      • VJ says:

        He just wasn’t fast enough on the buzzer, sort of like yesterday, only he didn’t get the chance to recover today. His only chance of winning would have been to bet very little.

        My son said something to the effect that maybe poetry isn’t his thing, but I said, first of all, Eliot was a lot more than a poet and secondly, David was confident enough in his knowledge of poets to bet it all. Tsk tsk.

      • VJ says:

        LOL – I get it now :) Duh!

    • jacob ska says:

      @Cece, I was preempted also on ABC, but thanks to my 7:30 syndicated channel I saw the show. Trust me be glad you were spared the agony of watching this game. See my comments below to Eric.

      • Cece says:

        @Jacob, I’ll take your word for it and hope, like VJ mentioned above, that they don’t show this game tomorrow in my area. I think David should have worn his bow tie, lol.

        @VJ, my strange comment before about FJ was a poorly worded bad pun— TS…TS Eliot…omg it’s so bad! :):)

  3. JEOPARDY says:

    No jeopardy for the west coast……

  4. Lou says:

    How could David have missed this final jeopardy clue on TS Eliot? He is a writer and he should have known this by now. Honestly, the phrase British U shouldn’t have thrown him off track

    • VJ says:

      I thought for sure that he’d get it and even said so earlier on Spoiler Talk (before the game). Actually I thought they would all get it. Rachel is a writer too, btw.

      Check out this mock interview of T.S. Eliot on youtube where “the interviewer” says: Right off the bat, I’d like to ask you about your English upbringing….

      It’s kinda funny :)

    • William Weyser says:

      Lou, just because you have a good clue that might be in your wheelhouse, doesn’t always mean that you’re gonna get it right. David Bradley was introduced as an author, but he missed this Final Jeopardy! clue about T.S. Eliot. See, that’s an example of what the lights can do to smart people’s brains.

  5. jacob ska says:

    @Eric, you won’t believe what was a triple stumper on Jeopardy tonight. The logo of the Golden State Warriors.

  6. jacob ska says:

    What? Do I really want to watch this game tonight. The name Scopes is commensurate with the ACLU. TS Eliot Was a gift. Don’t know how all contestants missed this one.

    Several contestants on Jeopardy in the past have stated that they read the New York Times every day to help prepare for their appearance on the show. Imho, it’s logical to think that if there is a partnership between Jeopardy and the New York Times that several clues on the show would come from that newspaper.

    • jacob ska says:

      I thought the Scopes Trial was well known. But, I guess not.

    • VJ says:

      I was just speechless. I meant to mention in the recap that Alex read the “quite British U” part in a faux British accent and then added “for upper class.” I simply cannot fathom why they would think Carl Sandburg would adopt an upper class British accent.

  7. Dalton Higbee says:

    I’m glad that the Titi idiot lost.