Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Books

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/10/2017) in the category “20th Century Books” was:

“I felt his spurs in my side and I heard his battle cry” is a line from this 1982 book that became a stage sensation & later a movie.

In QF #3 of the 2017 Teachers Tournament, the players are: David Clemmons from Fort Worth, TX; Stephanie Mitchell, from Effingham, IL; and Cody Vest, from Fayetteville, AR.

Round 1 Categories: Literary Instruction – Saving Up – The Prez Sez – Hit The Gym – Types Of Streets – TV Dinners

Stephanie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Instruction” under the $1,000 clue on the 6th pick of the round. She was in second place with $1,000, $200 less than Cody’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

In a 1944 book this teacher says, “I know no one in Bangkok at all.” show

Stephanie finished in the lead with $5,200. David was second with $4,800 and Cody was last with $1,600.

Round 2 Categories: Archipelago-go – Signs & Symbols – Composers – Rhymes With Duck – General Science – Friends Of Dorothy

David found the first Daily Double in “Composers” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. He was in a tie with Stephanie for the lead. They both had $5,200 at this point, $4,400 more than Cody. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This colorful Johann Strauss Jr. composition made its debut in Vienna in February 1867. show

Cody found the last Daily Double in “Signs & Symbols” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. Between DDs, he got the last 4 clues in “Friends of Dorothy” category and was now in second place with $8,400, $1,200 less than David’s lead. He bet $2,000 and took a guess with hammer. That was WRONG.

The company that makes this tool trademarked its cross and shield symbol in 1909. show

David and Cody finished in a tie for the lead with $10,400 each. Stephanie was next with $8,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


A children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, “War Horse” is recommended for grades 5-8. It tells the story of Joey, a horse that was sold to the Army in World War I, and his previous owner, Albert. “War Horse” was published in 1982 in the UK, and was adapted to the stage by Nick Stafford in 2007. It was then made into a 2011 film, directed by Steven Spielberg.

What happened after the line in the clue? Check out this preview on Google Books.

Stephanie wrote down Seabiscuit. She lost her $4,000 bet and finished with $4,800.

Cody came up with Equus. He lost $3,600 and had $6,800 left.

David got it right. He only bet $400, so his final score was $10,800. Wow! He would have won with that bet even if he didn’t get it right.

Final Jeopardy (5/10/2017) David Clemmons, Stephanie Mitchell, Cody Vest

The 4 Wild Card spots are still up for grabs:

$26,650 Mary Parker
$15,800 Gail Ansheles
$10,800 David Clemmons
$14,400 Sara Holub
$12,005 Eduardo Sevilla
$8,400 Graham Toben
$6,800 Cody Vest

A triple stumper from each round

TV DINNERS ($600) Law enforcement issues come up at the Reagan family Sunday dinners in many episodes of this CBS drama

COMPOSERS ($800) While Hans Von Bulow conducted “Tristan und Isolde”, his wife Cosima conducted an affair with this man, its composer

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

In March 2012 this director tweeted “just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. hitting bottom never felt so good.” show

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11 Responses

  1. Richard Corliss says:

    There was a replay of David’s reaction at the end of his quarter final game.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    Oh, no! Stephanie Mitchell was my favorite to win the Teachers Tournament.

  3. Becci Boyd says:

    Does anybody know the website that shows the whole daily Jeopardy board? I stumbled on it a while ago but haven’t been able to find t again. All I can remember is the board has a black background? Thanks for any help.

    • McFeisty says:

      I check regularly, but it doesn’t have a black background. May suit your needs, however.

      • Becci Boyd says:

        That’s it. I thought the background was black? Thanks very much all of you. Although I can’t figure out why I didn’t find it when I googled?

    • VJ says:

      @Becci — Do you mean J-Archive? On here, there’s always a link to it on the Hometown Howdies post. Here’s one to get you there now.

  4. VJ says:

    On that $2K Composers clue, they also had a $2K clue about Cosima last month. It’s in the stumpers on the 4-3-17 recap. The category was Liszt — she was one of his daughters.

    LINK: 9 more clues from the match.

  5. Myron M. says:

    I liked that “Literary Instruction” DD, even though I missed it. That would have made a good FJ.

    • VJ says:

      I agree that it would have made a good FJ, Myron. I messed up and gave the book title! Glad that didn’t happen to Stephanie

  6. Richard Corliss says:

    I hope all girls will be next Thursday and Friday.