Final Jeopardy: British Royalty

The Final Jeopardy question (3/12/2014), in the category “British Royalty” was:

He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales.

Current champ Arthur Chu is now up to $297,200 in winnings from 11 games, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he will get very close to or exceed Dave Madden’s 19-game streak; unless, that is, one of these players puts him out of business today: Diana Peloquin, from Ann Arbor, MI; and Julie Hornick, from Summerville, SC.

Round 1: Diana found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Inspired Characters” under the $400 clue. She was in the lead with $1,400, $600 ahead of Arthur in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

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Diana finished in the lead with $6,200. Julie was second with $5,400 and Arthur was last with $4,800.

Round 2: Diana found the first Daily Double in “Medical Problems” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $7,800, $1,600 less than Julie’s lead. She bet $3,500 and she was RIGHT, after being able to make a slight correction in her answer.*

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Arthur found the last Daily Double in “Philosophy” under the $1,600 clue. In second place now with $7,600, he had $3,700 less than Diana’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was “egoism”. That was WRONG.

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Diana finished in the lead with $12,100. Julie was next with $7,800 and Arthur was in third place with $4,800.

Upon returning from the break, Arthur’s score was upped to $6,400 when he was awarded credit for his response to this clue in “New Entertainment Awards?”: “We’re not sure if Mr. Gilliam or Mr. Jones inspired this award for British comedy troupe members.” Arthur was judged wrong for answering “the Montys.” Julie got it right with “the Terrys.” The judges ruled that since the Terrys were both members of the Monty Python troupe, it was acceptable. He was still in third place.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


When Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry American socialite, Wallis Simpson, his brother Albert, succeeded him as George VI. Edward was the Prince of Wales (as first born son of George V) before becoming King and Albert was the Duke of York. More info: (House of Windsor)

Arthur thought it was George II. He bet and lost it all.

Julie thought it was George V. She lost $5,100, finishing with $2,700.

Diana got the right George and added $3,600. So she won the match with $15,700 and will go down in the annals of Jeopardy! history as the gal who stopped the ChuChu Train.

Kudos to both ladies for a well-played game and we would have said that even if Arthur had managed to catch up and win because neither of them let Arthur’s playing style rattle them.

2 years ago: Only ONE player got this FJ in Fictional Women:

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12 Responses

  1. Nomi says:

    Though I never saw Arthur Chu play, I began to hate him as much as other fikklefame users just by reading their comments. Not being able to watch Jeopardy live because I’m not able to afford high cable costs, fikklefame is the only way I stay in touch with my favorite quiz show–thanks again, ff, for the quick and incisive updates.

    But yeah, as I was saying, I rejoiced too when I read today that Arthur lost and lost it as well today. I meant to write this earlier, but his strategy to let the second place person tie with him wasn’t magnanimity on his part. I read a book by a ’90s champion who said he did it because he had already beaten the guy on the buzzer once quite handily, could do it again, and would have only one unknown entity in the next game.

    I love fikklefame, and I love its knowledgeable users too and their comments. And I hate the smug arrogant pompous Chu (though I never saw him play, but the picture painted of him in the comments here was enough for me to visualize and loathe him :) ).

    • vj says:

      Nomi, I don’t understand why you can’t get Jeopardy! without cable? I don’t watch it on cable myself – I got the Mygica USB QAM HDTV Tuner (about $28) from Amazon and it worked so I could watch it on my computer without cable. The antenna that it came with wasn’t too strong though, so I also got an RCA Indoor Amplified TV Antenna (about $23). Saved me a lot of dough. I haven’t tried it but I imagine if I just hooked that RCA antenna up to a TV, it might pull in the local channels.

      FYI, if you did want to see of any Chu’s episodes, somebody uploaded them all on youtube under an account named Arthur Chu (although it is not Chu himself).

      I hope you can get your local channels and I hope you still visit FF. :-)

      • Nomi says:

        Thanks VJ. I will check this product out, and also Chu’s games on youtube, as you have pointed out. Yes, FF is a favorite and I will always visit.

        • Tom Clark says:

          If you’re sensitive to sociopathic behavior and have a tendency towards high blood pressure, I recommend NOT watching the Chu games on YouTube.

          What was the last straw for me was him throwing those dirty looks over at the people who rang in before he did. I hope if he does that on the ToC episodes, at least one of his competitors says, “You do that ONE more time, I’m socking you in the face!”

          And his obvious lie as to why he did that just put the frosting on his rancid cake.

  2. Tom Clark says:

    Now that I’m through throwing confetti, doing cartwheels of joy and singing “Happy Days Are Here Again,” I can take the time to comment here.

    I must be psychic. I had appointments today and came home at the time Jeopardy had been on for about 20 minutes. Something told me to put it on …

    I came in about halfway into Double Jeopardy and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the scores.

    Chu not only lost, he lost embarrassingly. It’s poetic justice that he lost his “true Daily Double” by uttering the word “egoism”! ROFLMAO.

    He would have lost anyway, but how could he not know the FJ today? That was an easy one. But it was beautiful to see that zero on his scoreboard.

    The problem now is that I’m afraid others will begin using the Chu strategy. But few others will have his off-putting personality.

    One thing it proves, forever: Parts of his strategy are double-edged swords. Yes, it’s wonderful to get those Daily Doubles and make them “true” Daily Doubles. There’s one fly in the ointment, though: You better know the answer! When you don’t, you go down in embarrassing flames, as Poor Arthur did today.

    Bye, Art. Don’t slam the door too loudly on your way out.

    • jacobska says:

      But he didn’t go quietly. He banged his fist on the podium. Didn’t anyone notice? Diana used his strategy against him. She jumped around the board and got 2 DD. Arthur only got one DD. He was livid.

      • vj says:

        Yah, I noticed it. He banged his fist on the podium before Alex actually said his FJ answer was wrong but I guess he knew it was wrong by Alex saying “his older brother had been prince before him but did something really weird.” (highly unusual no doubt but abdicate so he could marry the woman he loved? not weird).

        Arthur went on twitter and said that Diana had been an alternate who had seen all his games, for the record.

        For the record, his flubs on FJ and the one DD he was able to get are all on him.

  3. Chuck says:

    Or don’t care about British royalty. There is a reason we kicked their pompous butts out. Royalty. What a waste of money. A sham.

    • Tom Clark says:

      I couldn’t possibly agree with you more. It’s embarrassing that such a thing as “royalty” has survived into the 21st Century.

      The whole concept that some people are “better” or “more deserving” than others, just by birth, should have been thrown in the garbage can of history a very long time ago.

      If left to their own abilities or talents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles probably couldn’t even be greeters at Walmart.

    • john blahuta says:

      english monarchy exists since about 885 a.d., so over 500 years before america was even DISCOVERED. BRITISH royalty came into existence 1707, a good seventy years before the u.s.
      to call english/british royalty a sham is a little arrogant and maybe ignorant, but certainly an extreme pov. how much do you know about english/british history since the ninth century?

      and if you would hold a referendum today, at least 80% would vote for the monarchy in the u.k. to continue.
      and what WAS the reason “we” kicked them out? you are just dismissing over 11 hundred years of history? if not for the english there would be no u.s.a. as we know it today….

  4. john blahuta says:

    @ Tom Clark

    i hope you taped the show……

  5. john blahuta says:

    well well well……
    so much for arthur chu.
    i am surprised though that only one contestant got it right, since george VI was never prince of wales because edward VIII abdicated because of his intention to marry wally simpson, an AMERICAN socialite. i would have thought that this fact was making it a clue not solely connected to the u.k.
    how soon we forget……..or never learned?