Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Europe

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (4/21/2017) in the category “19th Century Europe” was:

Published in L’Aurore on January 13, 1898, it caused its author to be convicted of libel.

New champ Nilanka Seneviratne won $7,601 yesterday. Today he is up against these two players: Meghan Phillips, from Lancaster, PA; and David Rigsby, from Lancaster, PA.

Round 1 Categories: U.S. Herstory – Literature – Alma Maters – Crossword Clues “D” – Schwarzenegger – It’s Not a Tuber!

David found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “U.S. Herstory” under the $1,000 clue on the 15th pick of the round. He was in second place with $2,600, $1,000 less than Meghan’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This 1972 numerical clause was later renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act. show

David finished in the lead with $8,200. Meghan was second with $6,600 and Nilanka was last with $2,600.

Round 2 Categories: Broke English – Ballet – Animals on the Map – 1990s No. 1 Albums – The Ancient World – It’s All Sam-antics

Meghan found the first Daily Double in “Ancient World” under the $2,000 clue on the 10th pick. She was in a tie with David. They both had $9,400 at this point, $1,200 more than Nilanka. She bet $2,000 and guessed Israel. That was WRONG.

Nineveh was a huge city of this land, which if the first 2 letters were removed, would spell a current Mideast country. show

Nilanka found the last Daily Double in “Ballet” under the $1,200 clue, with only 2 clues in the same category left after it. In the lead with $12,200, he had $2,000 more than David in second place. He bet a conservative $100 and guessed Nureyev. That was WRONG.

In 1967 this dancer was just 19 when he became a soloist at the Kirov Ballet of Leningrad. show

Nilanka finished in the lead with $12,100. David was next with $10,200 and Meghan was in third place with $5,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Émile Zola became involved in the Dreyfus Affair a couple of years after Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason in Dec. 1894 and imprisoned in 1895. Zola began a campaign in “Le Figaro” in Nov 1897 to aid Dreyfus, leading up to his famous “J’accuse… !” letter being published in “L’Aurore.” He accused the military of conspiring to frame Dreyfus and the handwriting experts who testified at trial of fraud. Zola was convicted of libel and forced to flee to England for a time to avoid imprisonment. Zola lived to see Dreyfus win a retrial and a pardon, but not his eventual exoneration. Read a full Chronology of the Dreyfus Affair here.

Zola’s connection to the Dreyfus Affair is quite possibly more famous than his many novels. Ones that do turn up in occasional Jeopardy! clues are “Nana,” “Thérèse Raquin” and “Germinal.”

Meghan wrote down “Dangerous Liasons.” She lost her $5,001 bet, leaving her with $399.

David thought it was “Madame Bovary.” He only bet $2,000 so he had $8,200 left.

Nilanka had the Dreyfus Affair. That cost him $8,301. He finished with $3,799 and David is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (4/21/2017) Nilanka Seneviratne, David Rigsby, Meghan Phillips

Two triple stumpers from Double Jeopardy!

BALLET ($1600) Critic Edwin Denby said this 1942 Agnes de Mille ballet established the genre of “American local-colour ballet”

IT’S ALL SAM-ANTICS ($1600) This Texan’s 17-year tenure as a Speaker of the House was the longest in history

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Actors”

Ironically, in the summer of 1955, he gave an interview about the dangers of racing on highways. show

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9 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    I haven’t seen a Jeopardy! tweet from Melissa McCarthy.

  2. Lou says:

    I don’t remember much of J Accuse, but does it sound like the word jacuzzi or something, VJ? This is the second time in a row that a contestant had bet too much and costing himself the match. Its been like six weeks now since Rob Luguori won his 4 games back in March, we need a multi game champion before April ends, don’t you agree VJ?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, yes, it does sound like jacuzzi without the “zi” at the end :)

      We can think of Nilanka as “in between attorneys.” He beat an attorney with a low bet, then he got beat by another attorney’s low bet.

      Yes a multi-game champ would be nice before the end of the season, nevermind April! Let’s not forget, two weeks of next month will be devoted to the teachers. But we can still hope!

  3. mimsy says:

    @vj, this recap is “ZO LAudable” ;)

    (I saw what you did there in today’s Spoiler Talk)

  4. jacob ska says:

    Trebek answered my question about the fj clue. Would the French or English response be accepted by providing both versions of the title after the contestants’ responses were revealed.

    @VJ, thanks for English title on the book cover above.

    • VJ says:

      @Jacob, remember that time they first rejected and came back and accepted the French title on the Proust work? I’d say they pretty much have to accept either/or now

  5. VJ says:

    @Rhonda, I had to put that $1600 Ballet clue in the recap to commemorate the day my daughter joined the “I Hate the Way Trebek Says Genre” club. LOL!

    • rhonda says:

      LOL, VJ!!!!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one! I can’t believe you remembered my saying that!