Final Jeopardy: Nobel-Prize Winning Authors

The Final Jeopardy question (4/28/2014), in the category “Nobel-Prize Winning Authors” was:

Due to injuries suffered in 2 plane crashes in Africa, he was unable to accept his 1954 Nobel Prize in person.

5-day champ Julia Collins has now won $102,810 so far. Today she goes for a 6th win against these two players: Sarah Shody, from Toronto, Ontario, CA; and Bob Kochersberger, from Raleigh, NC.

If Julia wins this match, she will be the second lady to win 6 games this month. Sandie Baker won her 6th (and last) game on April 16th, becoming the third woman to win 6 games. So let’s see if Julia becomes the fourth.

Round 1: Julia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Reign” under the $1,000 clue. She was in a second place tie with Bob. They both had $2,000, $1,400 less than Sarah’s lead. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

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Bob finished in the lead with $5,000. Julia was second with $4,700 and Sarah was last with $4,000.

Round 2: Sarah found the first Daily Double in “German Cities” under the $1,200 clue. She was in the lead with $11,500, $4,300 ahead of Sarah in second place. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

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Bob found the last Daily Double in “A Polk” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $6,600, he had $10,000 less than Julia’s lead. He bet $3,000 and thought it was Canada. That was WRONG.

In his 1845 inaugural address, Polk mentioned annexing this republic & “her desire to come in to our union.” show

Julia finished in the lead with $19,000. Sarah was next with $10,800 and Bob was in third place with $4,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHO IS ERNEST HEMINGWAY? Hemingway won the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature for “The Old Man and the Sea.” He and his wife, Mary, were on safari in Africa, on an assignment from Look Magazine and were involved in two separate plane crashes in Uganda. In 2011, an auction was held for a personal letter from Ernest Hemingway to Kit Figgis, who helped care for the Hemingways in the aftermath of the accidents. In the letter, he details the injuries he sustained and tells Mrs. Figgis that he knows a dealer she can sell his letter to. (Booktryst: 17 March 1954 Hemingway Letter)

Bob came up with J.M. Coetzee, the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature winner, who was 14 in 1954. He lost his $2,400 bet and finished with $2,000.

Sarah got it right and bet $9,000. She finished with $19,800.

Julia also got it right. Her $3,000 bet gave her a winning total of $22,000. Her 6-day total is $124,810.

“The lady is on fire,” Alex said. Funny because we think Julia is one cool customer. Quite a few players have gotten the jump on her in the first round, but she doesn’t get a bit rattled and fearlessly forges ahead. Go, Julia!

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the Teen Tournament players got this FJ in “U.S. Government Agencies”.

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2 Responses

  1. Lois Schneider says:

    This program is fantastic and very creative and clever. The latest player is totally amazing and
    A true winner. I hope Julia continues to win.

    There are occasional times I answer a difficult question that was not answered. I learn a lot by watching this incredible program and it’s great host.

  2. john blahuta says:

    except for the first DD, all easy. FJ was for a teen tournament. still: congratulations again!