Final Jeopardy: Authors’ Epitaphs

The Final Jeopardy question (3/3/2017) in the category “Authors’ Epitaphs” was:

His tombstone in a Hampshire churchyard reads, “Knight, Patriot, Physician & Man of Letters” & “22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930”

3x champ Rob Liguori has $58,601 and 2 runaways to his credit. In the last game of the week, he takes on these two players: Jeff Brown, from Broken Arrow, OK; and Trish Floyd, from Chicago, IL.

Alex Trebek opened the show lamenting this week’s string of finals with only 2 players left, so he gave the players this advice: “Don’t mess up. I want all 3 of you here at the end of the program.”

Round 1 Categories: The Dreaded Spelling Category – A Song of “You” – Presidential Homes – Something to Wear – American Authors – Best Day of My Life

Rob found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Presidential Homes” under the $600 clue on the 12th pick of the round. He was in a tie with Trish. They both had $1,200, $800 more than Jeff in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Considering himself to be a political outlaw, John Tyler named his plantation this for a wooded area in Nottinghamshire. show

Rob finished in the lead with $4,400. Trish was second with $3,600 and Jeff was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: Spy vs. Spy – 1960s Slang – Pritzker Architecture Prize Winners – Cultural “Lit”eracy – British Geography – Movie Before, TV After

Rob found the first Daily Double in “Spy vs. Spy” under the $2,000 clue, with 4 clues remaining after it and less than a minute to go. He was in the lead with $13,200 at this point, $8,400 more than Trish in second place. He bet $800 and he was RIGHT.

This “colorful” Secret Service chief & detective agency founder busted Confederate spy Rose Greenhow. show

We only got to see 2 more clues and the second Daily Double remained on the board in the “Architecture” category, but Alex thanked them for “heeding” his opening advice.

Rob finished in the lead with $14,000, his 3rd consecutive runaway. Jeff was next with $6,600 and Trish was in third place with $4,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Arthur Conan Doyle died in 1930 but he was not buried at Minstead [New Forest, Hampshire] until 1955. As he was a devoted Spiritualist, he was first buried in an upright position in the garden of his home at Crowborough in East Sussex. When the house was sold early in 1955 he and his wife were moved to Minstead. Conan Doyle’s interest in spiritualism was a mild embarrassment to the Church. Ever prepared to compromise, the Church of England agreed he could come to the churchyard – but buried his remains by the far boundary.” (

Arthur Conan Doyle: 19 Things You Didn’t Know

Trish didn’t have a response but didn’t bet anything. She remained at $4,800.

Jeff got it right. His $3,001 bet brought him up to $9,601.

Rob thought it was Fleming (Alexander, we presume). He didn’t bet anything either. “He doesn’t bet much when it’s a runaway,” Alex observed. Rob’s 4-day total is $72,601, and he will back with us again on Monday.

Final Jeopardy (3/3/2017) Rob Liguori, Trish Floyd, Jeff Brown

A triple stumper from each round:

BEST DAY OF MY LIFE ($1000) What an adrenaline rush! I zip lined 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River, across this regal Colorado Canyon

SPY VS. SPY ($800) In the 1940s & ’50s top British agent Harold Philby, nicknamed this after a Kipling title boy, was really a KGB mole

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Speeches”

Springsteen said David Sancious was “the only member of the group who ever actually lived” there. show

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13 Responses

  1. Kansas Mike says:

    In giving the clue about the Royal Gorge, Alex pronounced Arkansas River as “Arkansaw” River. That truly grates on the ears of anyone living north of the Mason-Dixon, and fails to meet Jeopardy’s highest goal: to educate.

    • Kevin says:

      Not sure how educational pronouncing differently would be. The river originates in the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, CO, and leaves the state in the SE corner at what is one of lowest elevations in Colorado. People who live in Colorado, including those who live in the Arkansas valley or along the river itself, pronounce it just like Alex did.

      I’m not sure sure that pronouncing Amarillo, Texas, in a clue about Texas panhandle cities would be educational if he pronounced it “ah-mah-REE-yo” while reading the clue, even though that might be the correct Spanish pronunciation.

      • VJ says:

        There’s an article on Mental Floss that delves into how the pronunciation of Arkansas came to differ from that of Kansas. At the end they say that the people of Kansas say the “arKANzis” River, and “arKANzis” City. LINK

        • rhonda says:

          I pronounce it like Alex did, too, didn’t know there was even another way to say it.

        • VJ says:

          @Rhonda, remember that Ray Charles song?

          Tell your momma, tell your pa
          I’m gonna send you back to Arkansas

          Anyhoo, I guess it just means that’s the way the river and city are pronounced in Kansas. I also think these articles should note that you *generally* don’t pronounce the final S in French. You do for some words. I call my son “mon fils” all the time.

        • rhonda says:

          It makes me think of our Houston Street in the Village, which is pronounced “Howston”. Many a time I’ve been asked by a tourist where “Uston” Street is lol.

  2. Lou says:

    Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who wrote Hound of the Baskervilles my favorite mystery Novel. Also when I watched the anime case closed jimmy.kudo used the conan name from sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s ironic that one contestant got it, isn’t it, VJ? Also I am betting rob has Seth Wilson’s playing style don’t you agree

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, idk if he plays like Seth. Rob’s got a bunch more games to win to catch up to Seth, but I just looked at Seth’s stats and Rob only needs one more runaway to match him on that. We’ll have to start calling him “Runaway Rob” if this streak continues. lol!

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    Still no correct responses by the leaders in regular play games on Fridays in 2017 yet. I hope next Friday!

  4. Myron M. says:

    “Rob thought it was Fleming (Alexander, we presume).”