Final Jeopardy: Literary Characters

The Final Jeopardy question (3/9/2015), in the category “Literary Characters” was:

The first story in which he appeared began, “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at 3 in the morning.”

New champ Rachael Sims won $21,500 in Friday’s game. In her second appearance, she is up against these two players: Jen Jabailey Blackburn, from Northhampton, MA; and Mike Ewing, from Austin, TX.

Round 1: Rachael found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “March Madness” under the $600 clue, the third pick of the round. She had correctly answered the first two so she was the only one with any money — $600. Rather than go for the $1,000 allowance, she made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

In March of 2001 this space station was intentionally deorbited & crashed into the Pacific Ocean. show

Rachael and Mike finished in a tie for the lead with $4,600 each. Jen wasn’t far behind at all with $3,600.

Round 2: Jen found the first Daily Double in “There Be 3 ‘B’s” under the $800 clue on the second pick of this round. Still in third place, she had $4,000, $600 less than Rachael and Mike. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.

Deeply religious area of the South & Midwest. show

Mike found the last Daily Double in “What a Country” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $8,200, he had $1,000 more than Jen in second place. He bet $2,200 and he was RIGHT.

This city-state’s entire military consists of Swiss soldiers. show

Mike finished in the lead with $14,400. Jen was next with $11,200 and Rachael was in third place with $9,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“That’s the opening line of the book, our entrance into Bond’s world, and from that opening line we can take something away to use ourselves. Scent, smoke and sweat. How often do we go through our day, our very lives even, without appreciating the sensory experiences of it all? I mean not only smelling the roses along the way, but also being familiar with the steaming piles of excrement we are occasionally offered on our journey to day’s end.” (The Bond Brain – Casino Royale)

Rachael came up with Don Corleone. She bet and lost it all.

Jen got it right. Her $8,500 bet brought her up to $19,700.

Mike wrote down “P. Marlowe” and that cost him $6,400 bet. He wound up with $8,000 and that made Jen the new Jeopardy! champ.

FJ Results: 3-9-15

Jen is an academic assistant and also a poet whose poem “For Gene Kelly” was selected for the 2014 edition of “Best New Poets.” This is the second time in recent history that a poet was on the show (and won). Alex asked Jen if you can make a career from poetry, similar to his question to Andy Axel on 2/16/15. You get the impression that Alex wanted to be a poet back in the day but was told “You’ll starve.” Jen told him that you can make a dream career of poetry.

Also, there was an entire poetry category today called “The Final Four” where they gave the last 4 words of 5 poems and the players had to name the poet. Here’s how they did:

$200 – “The mome raths outgrabe” (Mike)
$400 – “made all the difference” (Jen)
$600 – “have crost the bar” (Rachael)
$800 – “death, thou shalt die” (Jen)
$1000 – “O’Leary in the grave” (Rachael)

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

This king was the first of Henry VIII’s many fathers-in-law. show

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4 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    i knew it, except TWO screwed it up instead of just one….the fj and each dd clue were teenager material.
    and why would mike play for a tie, risking a tie breaker question? if he is wrong in fj he would probably lose anyway (and did),unless there is a ts (and there almost was). so why not risk the extra dollar??? but he had to figure somebody will have the right answer, and at least jen did, avoiding a total the extra $ was basically mandatory if he wanted to avoid a tie breaker,but mike was wrong anyway, so “no harm, no foul” as alex like to say… it should have been three correct answers, but…i guess the fj clues are STILL too difficult. or fj IS jinxed.unbelievable.jacob would be sticking to the ceiling by now…did he say how long he will stay in ca? i thought it was only for the oscar weekend. maybe he is monitoring the weather reports from the east coast and stays put till spring?

    • john blahuta says:

      would have been a little ironic had mike gotten the 3 b dd !

    • VJ says:

      @John, no, Jacob didn’t say how how long he was staying in CA. Hopefully, he is well and just taking a break from the game and/or internet.

  2. VJ says:

    For the curious, I got the first lines from the other answers:

    The Godfather: “Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonor her.”

    The Big Sleep: “It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.”