Final Jeopardy: 19th Century British Authors

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/29/2017) in the category “19th Century British Authors” was:

Cliffs Notes says a book by this man “was the work of a mathematician and logician who wrote as both a humorist and as a limerist”

2x champ Jon Groubert won $40,991 last week. In Game 3, his challengers are: Megan Clair, from Houston, TX; and Emily Hollins, from Hancock, MD.

Round 1 Categories: What’s That Planet? – TV Funny Guys – The Classics – A Rocky Category – Oranges – The New “Black”

Jon found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Classics” under the $800 clue on the 15th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $3,600, $600 more than Megan in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Charles Dickens used material from an abandoned autobiography for this 1850 novel which he wrote in the first person . show

Jon finished in the lead with $9,000. Megan was second with $7,400 and Emily was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: Finger-Snapping Tunes – Idiomatic Pairs – Painters of Motion – States’ Largest Lakes – Logo Animals – Arlington National Cemetery

Jon found the first Daily Double in “Arlington National Cemetery” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues still to go after it. He was in the lead with $13,800 at this point, $3,600 more than Megan in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Robert F. Kennedy wanted JFK buried under a simple wooden cross. That was overruled. But when he died, Robert, a WWII veteran of this same service as his brother Jack, got the humble monument he desired. show

Jon found the last Daily Double in “States’ Largest Lakes” under the $2,000 clue. It was the very last one. In the lead with $27,200, he had $15,800 more than Megan in second place. It looked good– he already answered every clue in this category correctly. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Lake Sam Rayburn. show

Jon finished in the lead with $32,200, his second runaway. Megan was next with $11,400 and Emily was in third place with $5,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The phrase in the clue is in Cliffs Notes “On Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the work that gave Lewis Carroll everlasting fame and inspired untold numbers of derivative works. In the 20th century, an interest in Carroll’s scholarly works developed. In “Lewis Carroll as a Probabilist and Mathematician,” E. Seneta analyzed his methods in “72 Pillow Problems” (1893) and concluded that Carroll’s contributions were important, but were largely ignored due to “their unusual format and manner of presentation.”

On, Alexander Bogomolny analyzed Carroll’s 1886 book “The Game of Logic.” He even included some Java applets.

Emily thought it was Oscar Wilde. She bet and lost it all.

Megan picked Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). She didn’t bet anything so she remained at $11,400.

Jon got it right. He bet $3,000 and won this match with $35,200. That gave him a 3-day total of $76,191.

Final Jeopardy (5/29/2017) Jon Groubert, Emily Hollins, Megan Clair

Two triple stumpers from the match:

TV FUNNY GUYS ($600) The 1933 musical “Moonlight and Pretzels” featured William Frawley who would later gain fame as this neighbor of Lucy

THE CLASSICS ($1000) Hopefully, he was content with “The Winter of Our Discontent”– it helped him win a 1962 Nobel prize

2 years ago: Only ONE of the two players left in FJ got this one in “Sports Rules”

The Syracuse owner created this in 1954 and it may have helped his team succeed the Lakers as champs the next year. show

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7 Responses

  1. Brian Phan says:

    I was trying to get Megan Clair was on auditions to the show will earn a spot for champion to win a lot of money, Maggie Speak said. It was on the news.

  2. TaiwanBill says:

    I think the only other choice besides Dodgson in the 19th Century would have been Edward Lear (1812-1888), the nonsense verse guy and artist, but he wasn’t at Oxford nor a mathematician. Has there ever been a question on Edward Lear? I never used Cliff Notes for the simple reason they didn’t exist when I went to school. Yes, sometimes we actually had to read the book(!) How soon we have forgotten who Fred Mertz was. On the other hand, we had 3 teachers last week who couldn’t identify Lake Huron(?) Eleven years ago I stayed overnight at Parry Sound on Georgian Bay, and the next day visited the Stephen Leacock Home and Museum in Orillia on Old Brewery Bay. I love those names.

    • VJ says:

      @Taiwan Bill, there was an Edward Lear clue in the 3/31/2017 match that was worth $400 in the category European Artists. ” Although best known for his nonsense poems, such as “The Jumblies”, he was an accomplished landscape painter”

      Lear was born the same year as Charles Dickens and Robert Browning. Lear and Browning were both born in May.

  3. Lou says:

    Excellent play by Jon and I still hope he will get into the toc if he wins tomorrow. he could get closer to Hunter appler’s lead since he is also an attorney. I would love to see those two face off later on. Alice in Wonderland had a disney movie based on the book.Wasn’t there a live action movie of alice in wonderland and a tv series called Adventures in Wonderland?

    • VJ says:

      Wouldn’t it be cool if FJ was about the legal system tomorrow? Or at least a category. LOL!!

      LINK: 10 more clues from the match

  4. VJ says:

    Well, looks like I was too optimistic on FJ, but congrats to Jon on getting it and his big win today. Well done in astronomy and lakes, and he also nailed some good ones in art and that rebound in Arlington.

    Still, despite his early lead, Megan was keeping up pretty good there till Jon saddled up and rode off with the game :)

    Here’s the old FJ from 4/10/2013 — His works include “Sylvie and Bruno,” “Phantasmagoria and Other Poems” & “Algebraic Formulae and Rules”. The category was 19th Century Authors so they didn’t narrow it down to Britain that time and it produced one response of Jules Verne. Oscar Wilde and Lord Byron were the other 2.

  5. aaaa says:

    Jon’s wager on the second DD in DJ! would have kept the game from being a lock if he was wrong. He got the clue right and got FJ! when the other two players didn’t so it didn’t matter in the end, 41/61 here. THey completed the full DJ! board despite the players not saving the all-video category for last. Many times not saving such a category for last means all 30 clues in the round do not get played. The category not being in the first round helped to get all 61 clues seen on this episode.