Final Jeopardy: Hymns

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/25/2015), in the category “Hymns” was:

A Christian hymn and a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical.

2x champ Choyon Manjrekar has won $42,700 so far. He starts off the week against these two players: Amy Berg, from San Diego, CA; and Michael Buss, from Tiburon, CA

Round 1: Choyon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Dostoyevsky” under the $400 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $1,200, $1,000 more than Michael in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

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Choyon finished in the lead with $5,600. Michael was second with $4,600 and Amy was last with $2,200.

Round 2: Choyon found the first Daily Double in “Presidents & Secretaries of State” under the $1,600 clue. He was now in second place with $4,400, $1,000 less than Michael’s lead. He bet $2,000 and thought it was Nixon. That was WRONG.

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Choyon found the last Daily Double in “___ of the ___” under the $1,200 clue. In third place with $4,400, he was again $1,000 behind Michael’s lead. He bet $2,400 and he was RIGHT.

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Choyon managed to get another runaway, finishing with $14,000. Michael and Amy were tied at $6,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Christian hymn of this name was written in 1763 hymn by the Reverend Augustus Montague Toplady. The Jewish hymn, which is sung at Hanukkah, is a translation of the Jewish liturgical poem “Ma’oz Tzur.” For articles on the hymns, the musical and other instances, see wikipedia’s Rock of Ages disambiguation page.

Amy didn’t have an answer. She lost $6,599 and finished with $1.00.

Michael just had a question mark. He made the same bet as Amy and finished with $1.00.

Choyon wrote down “Kinky Boots” much to Trebek’s amusement. “Yes, indeed,” he joked, “whenever people go to temple or to church, they sing “Kinky Boots”! Choyon didn’t bet anything once again so he remained at the already winning total of $14,000. His 3-day total is $56,700.

That makes 4 Choyon opponents who finished with $1.00. If this keeps up, we may have to start calling it the Curse of Choyon.

Choyon talked about his hobby of collecting clothes for his cats during the chat. Alex Trebek made enemies of cat-lovers and feline fashion with obnoxious remarks.

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13 Responses

  1. Eric S says:

    I believe Choyon now qualifies for the T.O.C.

  2. doris s says:

    So much for 2 and 3 solves…..
    Didn’t want to go in with zero again.
    Not even a GUESS at a Christian hymn and NO knowledge about other religions. Hanukkah is not exactly a minor holiday.

    • doris s says:

      And again, like Thursday last week, all 3 DDs for Choyon.This time he got only 2 right. 1.600 net gain. Overall low scores though…

  3. VJ says:

    I think this was the $1,200 clue in Presidents & Secretaries of States:

    The second president under whom William Seward held the post

    I thought it would have made a better DD since there was only one answer. (none of them got it anyway – Choyon said Grant, Amy said Lincoln and Michael didn’t buzz in)

  4. VJ says:

    Sorry I didn’t have the image today but my computer didn’t record the show for some reason, probably the shaky weather affected my antenna. But I guess I was lucky I even got to see Jeopardy — they cut into Wheel of Fortune with a tornado warning right when the bonus round was about to start!

  5. aaaa says:

    At the end of the show, MIchael’s scoreboard flashed $2K and Amy’s $1K

  6. aaaa says:

    Michael should get second place because he had more cash than Amy at the end of the first round.

  7. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    Since Amy and Michael were tied before FJ and after FJ, who wins second place?