Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Poetry

The Final Jeopardy question (6/15/2015), in the category “19th Century Poetry” was:

He rhymed the title character of one of his best-known poems with “drew on,” “threw on” and “ruin”.

3x champ Darren Harris-Fain is back for a 4th game after winning $63,000 last week. His opponents today are: Brennan Bushee, from Malden, MA; and Amy Merrick, from Chicago, IL.

Round 1: Darren found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Novels by Couple” under the $800 clue. He was in third place with $1,800, $2,000 less than Brennan’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Hazel Grace & Augustus Waters. show

Brennan finished in the lead with $8,600. Darren was second with $4,200 and Amy was last with $3,200.

Round 2: Darren found the first Daily Double in “Movie Title Possessives” under the $800 clue. He was in second place with $5,000, $4,000 less than Darren’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This 1993 film set during WWII was nominated for 12 Oscars. show

Amy found the last Daily Double in “Lives of the Scientists” under the $2,000 clue. In third place with $5,600, she had $4,600 less than Darren’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

From 1947 to 1952 he was Chairman of the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic Energy Commission. show

Brennan finished in the lead with $19,000. Amy was next with $13,600 and Darren was in third place with $13,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Referring to a rerun of the first quarterfinal match of the 2011 Teen Tournament, Joe Linker writes on his blog: “On Jeopardy last night Alex Trebek, the natty host of the popular game show in which three contestants vie for cash by buzzing first then questioning correctly to a given answer, pronounced Don Juan, “Don Joo-on,” quickly clarifying (no doubt so the phone didn’t ring off the hook) that the Joo-on pronunciation was correct in the context of the answer, which referred to the poem “Don Juan” by the English poet Lord Byron. Wikipedia provides the following detailed support for Alex’s argument: “In Castilian Spanish, Don Juan is pronounced [doŋˈxwan]. The usual English pronunciation is /ˌdɒnˈwɑːn/, with two syllables and a silent ‘J’. However, in Byron’s epic poem it rhymes with ruin and true one, indicating that it was intended to have the trisyllabic spelling pronunciation /ˌdɒnˈdʒuːən/. This would have been characteristic of his English literary predecessors who often deliberately imposed partisan English pronunciations on Spanish names, such as Don Quixote /ˌdɒnˈkwɪksət/.’”

Another rhyme Byron employed throughout Don Juan is “new one”.

Darren bet $12,500 and finished with $25,500.

Amy bet $12,401. She finished with $26,001.

Brennan bet $8,201 so he won the match with $27,201 and he is the new Jeopardy! champ.

FJ Results: 6-15-15

Brennan Bushee is an operations analyst. During the chat, he talked about how he lost his pants during a high school hockey game when he ran out of tape to hold them up and didn’t have his suspenders handy either.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Food & Drink”

A sign of a trend, in 2010 this product passed Pepsi to move into the No. 2 spot in U.S. soft drink popularity. show

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6 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    Well, I expected Darren to win the game, not Amy or Brennan. I got tiny tears in my eyes.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Wow! What a good game and a nice way to begin the week with a triple solve.

    Good going Brennan. Nice 3-day showing Darren.

    • VJ says:

      That was a good game and it was really cool that they all got FJ!

      Well, we are under a tropical storm watch here and they are saying that we might lose power tomorrow. I’m scheduling Spoiler Talk now (hopefully, they will update the clue) but if you don’t hear from me on there tomorrow, no power will be why!

      • rhonda says:

        Hope you and your family are safe, VJ and that your power stays on.

      • jacob ska says:

        That’s terrible to hear vj. Hope things settle down with the weather.

      • VJ says:

        Thanks, everyone, I’m hoping it’s not bad enough to knock out the power or preempt Jeopardy! (the last one’s probably too much to ask)