Final Jeopardy: Shakespeare’s Characters

The Final Jeopardy question (4/8/2015), in the category “Shakespeare’s Characters” was:

One of the bard’s few plays with children on stage is this one with 2 brothers who last appear alive in Act III, Scene I.

Current champ, Kerry Greene now has 5 games to her credit and has won $126,598. Today she takes on these two players: Kaya Chua, from Chula Vista, CA; and Travis Miscia, from Jersey City, NJ

Round 1: Kaya found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “1995 Best-Sellers” under the $600 clue before the first break. She was dominating the board and was in the lead with $3,800, $3,400 more than Travis in second place. She bet it all and she was RIGHT.

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Kaya finished in the lead with $12,600. Kerry was second with $4,000 and Travis was last with $1,000.

Round 2: Travis found the first Daily Double in “World History” under the $1,200 clue. He was in third place with $2,600, $10,400 less than Kaya’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Kaya found the last Daily Double in “NBA Teams in Español” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $19,800, she had $5,800 more than Kerry in second place. She bet $12,000 but could not get the answer in fast enough so she was WRONG.

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Kerry finished in the lead with $16,400. Kaya was next with $9,400 and Travis was in third place with $4,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Prince Edward and his little brother the Duke of York (often referred to as “the princes”) are the young sons of King Edward IV and Queen Elizabeth. Unfortunately for them, they’re also the nephews of Richard III. Prince Edward (not to be confused with Lady Anne’s first husband, Prince Edward) is the rightful heir to the throne, which makes him a major threat to his uncle Richard, who wants to be king. These two little guys are witty and precocious – especially Edward. He knows it’s a bad idea for him to stay at the Tower of London before his coronation . . . Still, Prince Edward is just a little kid, so he’s no match for his uncle.” (Shmoop: Richard III – The Young Princes)

Travis wrote down “King Lear.” He bet everything but $1.00 so he finished with $1.00.

Kaya came up with “Macbeth.” She bet everything and finished with nothing.

Kerry got it right. She bet $3,600 so she won this match with an even $20,000. Her 6-day total is $146,598.

FJ Results: 4-8-15

During the chat, Kerry and Alex talked about traveling some more and trying out the wines of different lands.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “World Cities”

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31 Responses

  1. Alan says:

    I don’t know if this will be considered disrespectful. I was taken aback by Miss Chua’s aggressive and menacing personality, both in body language and curtness. Anyone who purposely goes to the bank to obtain $2 bills to present to people for everyday expenses is Controlling.

    • VJ says:

      I don’t think it’s disrespectful though I don’t know if I would call the $2 bills thing controlling. It was introduced as something she does as an “ice-breaker” though I don’t know why you need to break the ice with salespeople. LOL. To me, it seemed more like a way to stand out from your run-of-the mill customers (like me) who don’t carry cash anymore and pay with a card

  2. Lex Bloom says:

    Kaya learned the hard way – you just don’t win by being a bully. Arthur Chu learned way too late, in the Tournament of Champions, when he finished in third place. For what it’s worth, the controversial maneuver these players employ is called The Forrest Bounce (re: Chuck Forrest), designed to keep other players at bay.

  3. jacob ska says:

    The bouncing around the board to find a DD baffles me and I have been watching Jeopardy since the days of Art Fleming. It appears that it never occurs to the contestants who do this that they just might NOT know the correct response.

    I do not want to hear that this is a strategy. It is not. Imo it’s like going to Las Vegas and gambling. When you hit a DD and wager (sorry…BET) $12000 you are implying you are 100% certain of a correct response.

    Have any of the players, of late, learned anything from the cool and calm composure of Kerry? Stop flooding the gas pedal and play like a true professional with patience. Have any of the contestants read the story about the tortoise and the hare? Or do they think their outcome will be different?

    Alex Trebek has periodically said to the players over the years if they start at the top with the easier clues they build their confidence in a category as they work their way down. Some don’t listen to his advice and pay dearly by ending up with a big fat zero at the end of the game and a $1000 consolation prize of which Uncle Sam will get his cut. Weird!

    Congrats to Kerry for a well-played game again.

  4. Nullifidian says:

    Kaya’s outsized DD bet was absolutely irresponsible, given that she had already tried and failed to answer a question in the same category. I was amazed how they managed to miss three of those clues between them, even if one of them was a DD. I know nothing about the NBA, but I do know enough Spanish to translate the names. You’d think that out of three of them, at least one would be confident in one or the other.

    Also surprised that “Trafalgar” was a triple-stumper. It obviously surprised the people making the questions too, since that was on the easier side of the board. (By the way, Roy Adkins’ book Nelson’s Trafalgar is really excellent.)

    Happy to see Kerry as the champ once again. Of course, anyone who expresses her love for my home town, San Diego, has my support. :-)

    • john blahuta says:

      surprised me too, though cape st.vincent would have been another option ( admiral jervis, who became lord st. vincent because of that victory in 1797. nelson was also taking part in that battle).

  5. Cece says:

    Wow, Kerry did it again — congrats!

    Kaya was a very strong player but her risky bet on the DD didn’t pay. I guess luck was on Kerry’s side again.

    • VJ says:

      I know — when I saw those scores at the end of the first round, I was like, man, HOW is Kerry going to win?? Kaya will have to take a BIG dive on a DD. And Kaya was not missing a beat till the clue before the last DD. So when she got that last DD, I didn’t think she’d bet big and I had to replay it to make sure my ears were not deceiving me. And I had to turn the sound off so the cc would come on so I could see that she really said nuggets.

      • Cece says:

        Right, I knew Kerry had to win today (HH spoiler yesterday) so, like you, I knew it had to be a DD to do Kaya in — and I knew she was gonna go BIG; I was like, don’t do it Kaya! Oh, well…

    • john blahuta says:

      probably the rabbit’s foot in her pocket….i wonder when her luck will run out. coming from behind 3 times because the leader missed fj,not the one behind her and kaya missing that dd by a hair. otherwise kaya would have had a runaway.
      as smart kerry is i can’t reallyu root for her. to me she comes across often as snobbish and arrogant in the way she answers. she reacts often like “how do you dare to ask me such a simple question? OF COURSE i know the answer”. just my personal impression. even though she has every reason to be somewhat arrogant it is not classy. sorry, all you kerry fans. but i hope she will find somebody soon who will put her into her place.

      • jacob ska says:

        @john, you call $12000 a hair? That’s what Kaya lost in the DD miss. Btw, she HAD a runaway and then threw it away.

      • VJ says:

        Does it make any difference if Kaya bet $12K or $12… She didn’t get FJ.

        @john, in recent weeks, btw, you were all down on whatever champs won despite missing FJ. Now we have a champ that has answered all her FJs right and that’s not good enough either. LOL.

  6. Johanna Lapp says:

    I believe Titus Andronicus might also satisfy this clue. In act 3 scene 1, Titus appeals the death sentence for his two sons as they are led offstage.

    Quintus and Martius are slain offstage (their severed heads appear later).

    They are not underage, but they are the offspring of the protagonist.

    Am I wrong here? What did I miss?

    • VJ says:

      I agree esp since that was my response, too :):)

    • Tom Clark says:

      “Not underage” = “not children.”

      • VJ says:

        True, Tom, but Lucius (Titus’ grandson) is underage in T.A. and there is also a baby.

        The clue only specifies the appearance of the brothers who do not appear alive again in the scene that is mentioned.

        • Cece says:

          I’m not sure about this, but didn’t Lucius appear on Scene II (as opposed to Scene I as referenced in the clue)?

        • VJ says:

          But that’s the point, Cece — that’s why T.A. can fit. In the cluewriters’ cutesy mislead (at least the way I read this clue), they did not specify that the children ARE the brothers in Act 3 Scene 1 — they did not even specify that the children are on stage in that scene — just “this one [play name] with 2 brothers who last appear alive in Act III, Scene I.”

        • Cece says:

          Got you! I read the clue again — the children had to appear on stage, the brothers had to last appear alive in Act III, Scene I. So, even though little Lucius appears on Scene II, the cute writers didn’t specify in which scene they had to appear, or I’m losing my freaking mind, uff! (Long day today.)

        • VJ says:

          no, you’re not losing your mind. LOL. The way it’s worded, the children can appear onstage anytime in the play and are not necessarily the two brothers.

  7. Mastergamer says:

    I think Kaya had made a risky bet in the NBA category daily double and thought it would work in her favor though, but sadly, it didn’t. But congrats to Kerry once again.

    • William Weyser says:

      At last, we have our 1st 6-time champion a.k.a mega champion since Julia Collins.

      • Mastergamer says:

        Don’t forget, Sandie Baker from Eastpointe, Michigan was also a six time champion in 2014 of last year with big winnings as well since Kerry had a strong patient composure like Sandie did.

        • jacob ska says:

          You’re right. Forgot about her. She was a really calm player. Nothing ruffled her feathers.

  8. Dalton Higbee says:

    I don’t like Kaya Chua be very smarter today despite the miss of a $12,000 daily double wager.

  9. Carson Guy Sowers says:

    My playing at my house was okay, I got the first Daily Double wrong, and that’s it. My score going into FJ! was $12300.

  10. McGushin says:

    Kaya, Kaya, Kaya………thankfully there is only one Arthur Chu(a).

  11. Jeb says:

    Kaya Chua thought she was going to be the next Arthur Chu with her overly aggressive playing style. It did not work out well for her and Jeopardy purists are not sorry to see her go.