Final Jeopardy: Children’s Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (5/22/2015), in the category “Children’s Literature” was:

In a recent British poll, the 1926 book about this title character was named the favorite of children’s books of the past 150 years.

New champ Choyon Manjrekar won $23,800 in yesterday’s game. In the last game of the week, he is up against: Gordon Marx, from Somerville, MA; and Melissa Lake, from Reading, PA.

Round 1: Choyon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Patriot Act” under the $1,000 clue. He was in the lead with $7,200, $3,400 more than Gordon in second place. He bet $1,500 and thought it was the Minutemen. That was WRONG.

Dean Norris is Ben Franklin in the miniseries titled after this group of 1760s radicals. show

Choyon finished in the lead with $6,100. Gordon was second with $3,800 and Melissa was last with $3,200.

Round 2: Choyon found the first Daily Double in “Anagrams of Each Other” under the $1,200 clue. He was in the lead with $6,900, $2,300 more than Gordon in second place. He bet $2,400 and he was RIGHT.

A former Yugoslav Republic & a deadly contagious canine disease. show

Melissa found the last Daily Double in “World War I” under the $1,200 clue. In second place with $8,400, she had $10,500 less than Choyon’s lead. She bet $400 and thought it was Bosphorus. That was WRONG.

British General Sir Ian Hamilton’s amphibious assault on this peninsula in April of 1915 ended in a bloody 8-month stalemate.


Choyon finished first with a runaway $18,900. Melissa was next with $8,800 and Gordon was in third place with $4,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Winnie-the-Pooh has been named as the favourite children’s book of the past 150 years, in a poll of more than 2,000 adults. The first of the classic AA Milne books beat Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into second….” See the complete list on the BBC)

Gordon wrote down “the Little Prince.” His $4,599 bet left him with $1.00.

Melissa thought it was Peter Pan. That cost her everything but $1.00, too.

Choyon got it right. He didn’t bet a farthing since he had already won so he remained at $18,900. His 2-day total is $42,700.

FYI, neither the Little Prince or Peter Pan made the Top 10. Here is today’s results, showing that Melissa got the $2,000 second place prize.

During the chat, Choyon talked about his experiments with making his own pickles.

Two $2,000 triple stumpers:

WORLD WAR I – In early 1918 this French general was named Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces on the Western Front

GREEN BOOKS – Frank Chapman’s 1895 “Handbook of” these critters “of Eastern North America” is a must-have for any naturalist

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Classic Kids’ Stuff”:

This 1920s plaything still made today got its name in tribute to 2 famous men of the day: Marconi & Lindbergh. show

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10 Responses

  1. Eric S says:

    I realize that Melissa couldn’t have taken the lead with the third DD, but she should have at least aimed for half of Choyon’s lead. It didn’t matter in the end, but that is simply not the point.

    • Eric S says:

      I’m further baffled by the wagering in FJ, but that one I’ll strike up to irrelevant.

  2. doris s says:

    Not that it mattered anymore, but NOT getting Gallipoli? One of the most infamous battles in WWI,the british general,Hamilton , was replaced because of his incompetence. The Australians have a song about that battle:”And the band played Waltzing Matilda….” At least Melissa was in the right area.
    Congratulations to Choyon for his second win and to jacob for his correct prediction.

    • VJ says:

      Not that it would have helped Melissa but, coincidentally, they had this question on 500 Questions last night:

      A national holiday in both Australia and New Zealand, Anzac Day, commemorates what World War I battle in Turkey.

      The contestant ran out of time after giving these answers: The Battle of the Dardanelles, the Bosphorus, Instanbul and one other I didn’t catch

      • Cece says:

        I was hoping FJ would have something to do with The 7 Dwarfs — just for you, VJ. :)

      • doris s says:

        The Dardanelles should have been accepted,
        the battle was/is sometimes referred to as that, but the “official” name is “The Gallipoli Campaign ” I guess the soldiers called it something else, certainly not “campaign”…

      • Cece says:

        Yes, and I got G N’ R! :)

        BTW, I loved the “Pantsless Pooh Bear” article — funny!

  3. VJ says:

    Congrats, Jacob – only one got it, but not the one I thought!

    • jacob ska says:

      Thanks vj. Enjoy watching Choyon play. His enthusiasm and knowledge are fun to watch. The last two clues in the Anagrams category were killers for a 30-second solve. No wonder none of the contestants rang in.