Final Jeopardy: Composers

The Final Jeopardy question (3/18/2015), in the category “Composers” was:

2 of the world’s greatest baroque composers, they were born within a month of each other in Germany in 1685 but never met.

5x champ Kristin Sausville is now up to winnings of $94,201. Today her opponents are: Andrea Keleher, from Denver, CO; and Daniel Watkins, from Fort Worth, TX.

Round 1: Kristin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double after the one-minute warning in “Bar Soap” under the $800 clue. There were 3 clues left after this that you knew were just not getting reached. She was in second place with $4,800, $400 less than Daniel’s lead. She bet $800 and she was RIGHT and that was the end of the round.

The first logo of this soap was a representation of a clock face. show

Kristin finished in the lead with $5,600. Dan was second with $5,200 and Andrea was last with $2,600.

Round 2: Kristin found the first Daily Double in “The Crimea” under the $1,200 clue. She was in the lead with $10,000, $2,000 more than Daniel in second place. She bet $1,800 and took a guess with Thatcher. That was WRONG.

It was British Secretary of War Sidney Herbert who sent this woman to the Crimea. show

Kristin found the last Daily Double in “Documents” under the $2,000 clue. In the lead with $10,600, she had $3,000 more than Daniel in second place. She bet $1,400 and came up with “understanding memorandum.” That was WRONG.

This 2-word term for freedom of action is used of a 1914 message from Germany to Austria about attacking Serbia. show

Andrea finished in the lead with $9,400. Kristin was next with $9,200 and Daniel was in third place with $6,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Since Bach [Mar 31] and Handel [Feb 23] were born the same year, 1685, I wondered if they’d ever met. In fact, they were born only about 80 miles apart — Bach in the small state of Thuringia, and Handel in nearby Saxony. Bach came out of a strong Protestant choral tradition. Handel’s father was a court surgeon, so Handel grew up listening to the fine music of the aristocracy. Each wore the lifelong stamp of his origins. . . . But they came close. In 1719 Bach’s work took him to Halle, where Handel was home on a visit. Bach learned of Handel’s visit and tried to look him up. Handel had, alas, left the day before. Bach made a second attempt to contact Handel ten years later, and that also failed to pan out. So the two greatest composers of their age worked at their art without meeting. Handel created some of the most festive baroque music and Bach some of the most introspective. ” The rest of this essay (Univ. of Houston: Engines of Our Ingenuity) relates Bach and Handel’s “closest connection”: using the same “quack doctor,” John Taylor, when they began to lose their eyesight.

Daniel got it right. He doubled his money and finished with $12,800.

Kristin had Bach and Brahms (born 5/7/1833). She lost her $3,601 bet and finished with $5,599.

Andrea also got it right. Her $9,205 bet brought her up to $18,605 and made her the new Jeopardy! champ.


Andrea is a medical records coder. During the chat, Alex wondered if a computer like Watson might take over her job. Andrea explained why her job is still very secure.

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

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10 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    How why Kristin Sausville would tie Justin Sausville’s number of wins? Huh! Maybe Kristin Sausville would be all way to the semifinals, evenly perhaps.

  2. yeahyman says:

    Bach and Handel are arguably the two most well known composers from the Baroque era

    even if one does not know the exact DOB of both composers it does not matter

  3. john blahuta says:

    so both predictions came true. we have a new champ and one player missed the second

    btw , herbert was secretary of war from 1859-1861….just off by roughly a century.

    kristin picked another j.b., johannes brahms. maybe because brahms, bach and beethoven were sometimes referred to as the ” 3 B” composers, although they worked in different eras. actually, no 2 of them were ever alive at the same time:
    bach: 1685-1750

    for carte blanche you needed to know just a little about european history/ww I.(or just french for that matter..)

    so 3 misses in 3 rather easy clues regarding europe and european history (crimean war, ww I which was primarily a european war, the u.s. entered when it was almost over (and because france talked the states into it) , and a complete wrong timeline in european composers. seems europe is kristin’s weak side.
    lack of basic math did colin in yesterday, europe did kristin in today. since she will be in the ToC, maybe she should beef up on the old world a little..??

    had she gotten the 2 dd clues right, she would have had 6.400 more and finished in the lead. she still would have lost because of brahms and since andrea got her bet right in the current situation, i guess she (andrea) would have won as well had she been second, adjusting her bet accordingly and since she got fj right.

  4. yeahyman says:

    brahms a baroque composer?


    deserved to lose

  5. Leena says:

    Sob sob. Kristin could have won. Nobody will get to six won’t they? WHY!?

    • Tom Clark says:

      Because she didn’t know much about classical music, that’s why.

      Putting Brahms in the Baroque is like saying Elvis Presley sang “Yankee Doodle” at the White House for President Thomas Jefferson. That’s how far off it is and strange it sounds for anyone who knows even the basic facts of classical music.

      • Eric S says:

        Let’s see Tom, one statement has two variables, the other three. One is within the correct century, the other is not even close. That simply does not seem like a fair comparison.

    • VJ says:

      Well, she had a good run and won a lot of dough. Just goes to show ya that it’s hard to cover every topic that may come up, even if you’ve been preparing a long time. Kristin did have a bunch of categories down, capitals, directors, flags, etc. and she did quite well. You’ll be seeing her again in the TOC.

      • john blahuta says:

        everybody loses at some point. even ken did.
        and i am almost 100% sure that his winning streak became boring, ratings dropped. so he had to lose.
        every child knows that FedEx is working 365/366 days a year. ken thought “you want me to lose, i’ll give you a REAL stupid answer” and wrote down FedEx when he KNEW imo that H & R Block was the right one. when you watch the tape of ken’s game, he smiles, tongue in cheek, just stopping short of thumbing his nose at jeopardy… call me paranoid, but there was NO WAY that he would give FedEx as a serious answer.that was SO outlandish that even ken had to restrain himself from laughing.
        just watch the tape!

        carte blanche is an international expression. and since germany and austria both speak german,it’s clear that the ok by germany to austria had to be either an internatinal phrase or in german, certainly not in english (“understanding memorandum)???
        memorandum of understanding would have been the correct phrasing, but between english speaking countries or countries that speak different languages. even “carte blanche” was kind of fancy by the kaiser…i guess diplomatic lingo? but germany and austria?? kristin had a real short there, as well as in fj. the lives of bach,beethoven and brahms NEVER even overlapped.
        if she concentrates a little on europe and european affairs she will be a serious force to be reckoned with in the ToC.good luck to her,she is one of only 3 five time winners so far and i doubt we will have many more.