Final Jeopardy: Famous Teachers

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/9/2017) in the category “Famous Teachers” was:

W.J. Bryan gave the keynote speech at this man’s high school graduation in 1919; 6 years later their paths would cross again.

In QF #2 of the 2017 Teachers Tournament, the players are: Sara Holub from Green Bay, WI; Mary Parker, from Rogers, AR; and Eduardo Sevilla, from Vienna, VA.

Alex opened the show with a message for anyone who would like to thank a teacher or vote for your favorite teacher proposal, and pointed us to, set up by Farmers Insurance, as the place to give teachers their richly deserved props.

Round 1 Categories: Genius. – Educational Films – First Names in the Dictionary – Foreign Geographic Terms – Small Enough to Fit – On a Postage Stamp

Mary found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Small Enough to Fit” under the $800 clue, with 11 clues still to go after it. She was in a tie for the lead with Sara. They both had $2,800, $2,000 more than Eduardo. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Clothes for dolls in this line include Kaya’s Deerskin outfit & Addy’s Sunday Best. show

Mary finished in the lead with $6,600. Sara was second with $4,600 and Eduardo was last with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: People on the Page – South America – Included & Excluded – December 2016 – “Field” Trip – I’m Going to Have to Confiscate That

Sara found the first Daily Double in “People on the Page” under the $800 clue on the 11th pick. She was in second place with $5,800 at this point, $1,600 less than Mary’s lead. She bet $2,000 and took a shot with Captain Kidd. That was WRONG.

This sea captain “with a crucifixion in his face” seeks revenge, but not on a person. show

Eduardo found the last Daily Double in “South America” under the $2,000 clue, with only 6 clues left after it. In second place with $9,000, he had $8,000 less than Mary’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

Before he zinged around por la revolucion, he was born in Rosario, Argentina, which has a-12 foot statue of him. show

Mary finished in the lead with $22,200. Eduardo was next with $13,800 and Sara was in third place with $9,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The City of Salem, Illinois has a page on its website with a reprint of a June 11, 1925 news item from the Salem Republican about Scope’s indictment for teaching evolution in Dayton, TN. It was on the front page and recalls William Jennings Bryan (one of the prosecutors at the famous trial) delivering the address to the Salem High School Class of 1919 that included Scopes. They also have a page on Bryan who was born in Salem. On it, you will find several items about Bryan that have turned up in Jeopardy! clues.

Sara got it right. Her $5,000 bet brought her up to $14,400.

Eduardo thought it was Clarence Darrow. He lost his $1,795 bet, leaving him with $12,005.

Mary started out with Darrow, but after the first 3 letters, switched to the correct response. She added $4,450 to her score and won the second semi-final spot with $26,650.

Final Jeopardy (5/9/2017) Sara Holub, Mary Parker, Eduardo Sevilla

A triple stumper from each round:

EDUCATIONAL FILMS ($400) In this 2017 comedy a chaotic day at Roosevelt High includes the title punchout between Ice Cube & Charlie Day

PEOPLE ON THE PAGE ($2000) In a Hemingway story, this title character’s “Short Happy Life” is over when he’s shot by his wife during a safari

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Business”

These 2 American businessmen are seen here in early 20th century photos. show

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4 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    Zeke Sevilla, the winner of the 1987 Seniors tournament, was also from Vienna, VA. WOnder if Eduardo is related to him?

  2. Lou says:

    The scopes monkey trial for teaching evolution eventually got John scopes.arrested in south Carolina. This was eventually censored and was not taught.

    Great job by all players.though I hope Eduardo gets that how long did scopes spend time in.prison, VJ?

    • VJ says:

      No time, Lou. He got fined $100, and the case was later overturned. Also, it was in Dayton,Tennessee. One of the clues in the list I linked to in the recap was

      BORN & DIED ($2000) A statesman born March 19, 1860 in Salem, Illinois; died July 26, 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee

      Nobody got it and Alex told the players that Dayton was the important part of the clue. So when we see Dayton, we’re supposed to see Scopes, Darrow and Bryan. But only if it’s Tennessee.

      If it’s Ohio, think Jonathan Dayton, the youngest signer of the Constitution (who was actually from New Jersey)

  3. VJ says:

    I was having quite a time getting this up today. The internet was going in and out. Doesn’t happen that much so I guess I can’t complain too much but it’s frustrating all the same.

    It was cool that they had a Postage Stamp category today when this was the Quote of the Day: Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. ~ Josh Billings

    LINK: 11 more clues from this match, including the “Confiscate” category