Final Jeopardy: The Oscars

The Final Jeopardy question (3/31/2016) in the category “The Oscars” was:

Since 1998 this actress has received 7 Oscar nominations, the most earned after age 60 by any performer.

2x champ Todd Giese is now up to $52,402 in winnings. Today he takes on these two players: Laura Mogul, from Port Washington, NY; and Fariha Ali, from Wellesley, MA.

Round 1 Categories: First Names – Hydrology – Country Rhyme Time – Middle S – National Statuary Hall – The College / Athlete

Laura found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Statuary Hall” under the $600 clue before the first break. She was in the lead with $2,800, twice as much as Fariha in second place. She bet $1,400 and she was RIGHT.

A statue of this governor & assassination victim stands solid for Louisiana.  show

Laura finished in the lead with $8,600. Fariha was second with $3,200 and Todd was last with $2,600.

Round 2 Categories: I Love a Symphony – Pup Quiz – The Wine Cellar – Odd Words – Victor – Hugo Award-Winning Novels

Todd found the first Daily Double in “The Wine Cellar” under the $2,000 clue with 10 clues left after it. In second place with $9,400, he had $2,000 less than Laura’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Read by Jimmy at UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture: “A treasure of the Special Collections Room is a 1934 vintage from Château Latour, 1 of the 4 Châteaux that in 1855 received first growth status in this French region.” show

Laura found the last Daily Double in “I Love a Symphony” under the $1.200 clue. There were 4 clues left after it. She was in second place with $11,000 now, $1,600 less than Todd’s lead. She bet $2,000 and left out a word so she was WRONG.

Fitting 4-word subtitle of the Dvorak symphony that Neil Armstrong listened to on his trip to the moon. show

Todd and Laura finished in a tie with $11,000 each. Fariha was right behind them with $10,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Dame Judi Dench (born 12/9/1934) got her first Oscar nomination for her performance as Queen Victoria in “Mrs. Brown” (1997). In 1999, she won the Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in “Shakespeare in Love.” Since then, the diminutive dame (only 5’1″) has racked up another supporting actress nomination and 4 leading role nominations. Judi Dench Awards on IMDB

Fariha had Meryl Streep. She lost her $9,798 bet and finished with $602.

Laura wrote down “Katherine Hepburn” She bet and lost it all.

Todd got it right. His $11,000 bet brought him up to $22,000 and a 3-day total of $74,402. Three cheers for Todd!

Final Jeopardy Results for Thursday, March 31, 2016

These two triple stumpers were in the “Pup Quiz” category:
($1600) This boy reporter & adventurer created by Herge has a dog named Snowy
($2000) Brad Anderson created this comic strip canine back in 1954.

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “19th Century Politics”

In 1884, George Pillsbury became mayor of this city. show

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7 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    I agree, I didn’t want to see Todd defeated this early because we wanted him to keep on going. Laura did play a great game although final jeopardy didn’t work out in her favor but that’s okay. This year’s toc list seems to be short since we had two 4 time winners one in January and one in February and if we get Todd as a toc participant then I believe in April we can have some stronger players hopefully.

  2. William Weyser says:

    I know what you guys are probably thinking. Had Laura gotten final right as well, we would have seen that tie-breaker that we’ve all be waiting to see, but alas, it didn’t work out for her, but it worked out very well for Todd, and he gets the 4th spot in my 7th version of the TOC, joining Chris Becker, Tim Kutz and Philip Tiu, the man who holds the record the most amount of money to bet on a Daily Double.

  3. jacob ska says:

    Judi Dench is more recently known for starring in “As Time Goes By” on PBS a BBC comedy series for almost 10 years.

    • jacob ska says:

      She is so versatile and her range reaches across so many media.

      • Lou says:

        Judi Dench was the best in Pride and Prejudice and as the voice of M in James Bond movies. I wonder if Todd will have another win tomorrow just like Cathy Hardee did back in 2014?

        • VJ says:

          Well, we can hope Todd wins a fourth game. I was kinda glad this game didn’t end in a tie-breaker because I thought Laura was faster on the buzzer and he would have lost.

          Not that I would have begrudged Laura the win — she was a really good player. Just didn’t want to see Todd go down at 2 games.