Final Jeopardy: Familiar Phrases
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (4/6/2017) in the category “Familiar Phrases” was:
Old circuses like “Gentry’s Equine & Canine Paradox” gave rise to this idiom referring to any elaborate presentation.
New champ Nora Rowaily won $23,600 yesterday. In her second game, her opponents are: Maresha Mead, from Alexandria, VA; and David Gatewood, from Knoxville, TN.
Round 1 Categories: Rhymes With a Beatle’s First Name – An Eco-Category – Puerto Rican History – Jessica – In the King James Bible – Hit the Gym
Nora found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “An Eco-Category” under the $1,000 clue with 7 clues left after it. She was in second place with $2,800, $3,000 less than Maresha’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.
From the Greek & Latin for “life” & “turning”, this word refers to the healthy mix of wildlife in a region. show
Nora finished in the lead with $7,600. Maresha was second with $5,800 and David was last with $3,400.
Round 2 Categories: Maritime Flags of Convenience – Awards & Honors – “E”asy Does It – Vaudeville – A Liberal Library – Comma Sympathizers
David found the first Daily Double in “Awards & Honors” under the $1,200 clue on the 12th pick. He was in the lead with $11,000 at this point, $600 more than Nora in second place. He bet $3,000 and thought it was the lotus. That was WRONG.
Japan’s highest order is the order of this flower. show
Nora found the last Daily Double in “Liberal Library” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues still to go after it. In second place with $9,200, she had $400 less than David’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.
“Wait! Don’t Move To” this country is the title of a book about liberal ideas “to Win Back America” show
Nora finished in the lead with $12,200. David was next with $11,600 and Maresha was in third place with $10,200.
TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
WHAT IS A DOG AND PONY SHOW?
World Wide Words looks into the evolution of the phrase from an actual event that can be tracked back to the 1880s: “The most famous was that run by “Professor” Gentry (actually four brothers), but many others existed, including those of Sipe & Dolman, the Harper Brothers, Stull & Miller, and the Norris Brothers. They were in truth small circuses… with no more than a band and a ringmaster in addition to the animal acts, which did consist only of dogs and ponies.” The phrase, they say, was still in use in that sense in the 1950s to describe circus sideshows where children were allowed to pet the animals. It wasn’t until the 1960s that “the term began to appear in print as a metaphor for some event that was more pizzazz than substance, like the tinsel and glitter of a circus ring.”
Maresha got it right. Her $10,198 bet brought her up to $20,398.
David also got it right after crossing out “horse” in favor of “dog.” He added $10,000, finishing with $21,600.
Nora had “horse and pony show.” Leaving it that way cost her $11,001 and she had $1,199 left. So David won and he is the new Jeopardy! champ.
Two $2,000 triple stumpers:
MARITIME FLAGS OF CONVENIENCE: The relative calm in this West African country after the fall of Charles Taylor has made it a popular F.O.C. nation once more
A LIBERAL LIBRARY: “The History of a Dangerous Idea” is the subtitle of a study of this policy of severely reducing govt. spending
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Reference Works”
Now in its fourth edition, the book with this title first appeared in 1918 as a 43-page guide for Cornell English students. show