Final Jeopardy: Quotable Painters

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/16/2015), in the category “Quotable Painters” was:

“A reviewer… wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.”

New champ Brennan Bushee won $27,201 yesterday. Today he takes on these two players: Batya Diamond, from Wilton, CT; and Raf Noboa y Rivera, from Astoria, NY.

Round 1: Raf found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Constellations” under the $600 clue before the first break. He was in third place with $1,600, $800 less than Batya’s lead. He bet $600 and he was RIGHT.

This constellation’s second brightest star, Shaula, is also known as “the Stinger”. show

Batya and Raf finished in the lead, tied at $5,000 each. Brennan was last with $4,400.

Round 2: Raf found the first Daily Double in “British History” under the $2,000 clue. He was in the lead with $9,400, $1,000 more than Brennan in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Capturing Jamaica in 1655 allowed the English to replace the beer on ships with this, which didn’t go bad. show

Brennan found the last Daily Double in “‘The’ Land is the Land” under the $1,200 clue. In second place with $11,600, he was $600 behind Raf’s lead. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Reflecting its precious resources, it was the colonial name for what’s now Ghana. show

Brennan finished in the lead with $21,800. Raf was next with $15,000 and Batya was in third place with $5,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Abstract art allows the viewer to decide what the artwork is about, on a very personal level. Pollock’s critic didn’t know where to begin in terms of how to understand abstract art. There is nothing to hold onto in terms of interpreting the painting, so you have to open up your intuition and see where the painting takes you. You have to engage with the painting, because it won’t tell you what it’s about.” (How to Understand Abstract Art)

Batya thought it was Dali. She lost her $2,400 bet and finished with $3,400.

Raf got it right after crossing out Picasso. He bet $7,500 and finished with $22,500.

Brennan also got it right. His $8,201 bet made today’s winning total a hefty $30,001. His 2-day total is $57,202.

FJ Results: 6-16-15

During the chat, Brennan talked about taking a course in jazz piano to fulfill the arts requirement in college. He said he didn’t do very well at first but eventually passed.

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “War Novels”

Appropriately, the sound of musketry & artillery is described as “a crimson roar” in this story. show

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4 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Congrats on the correct prediction, Jacob.

    And congrats to you too, Eric, on a correct wrong pick. Even if it got crossed out it counts :)

    • jacob ska says:

      @vj, thanks. Pollack’s work is a Jeopardy fav. Only June and his name has surfaced at least 3 times already. Cluewriters must really like his work. It’s on display in MoMA.

      There truly is no beginning or end in his art. Expressionism is fantastic.

      Congrats to Brennan a 2x champ with $57202. Awesome!

    • Eric S says:

      Thank you. Lol. I honestly thought the answer was Escher. Oh well, the Blackhawks won, so I am very happy!

      • Cece says:

        Ok, congrats on your Blackhawks victory, but: is the NBA finals over is all I wanna know. :) I hate when they show Jeopardy at 10:30pm because of the game. :):)

        BTW, the only reason I guessed Pollock in FJ was the mention of “any beginning or any end” in the clue. I never heard of the quote before.