Final Jeopardy: Book Titles

The Final Jeopardy question (6/16/2016) in the category “Book Titles” was:

A Pulitzer winner in 1947 & Best Picture Oscar winner in 1949, its title is also a line from Lewis Carroll.

6x champ Hunter Appler is now up to $145,603 in winnings. In his 7th game, he is up against: Liz Haigney Lynch, from Montclair, NJ; and Jim Coder, from Bellefonte, PA.

Round 1 Categories: If You Watch The Movie Backwards… – Time for French – Tool Kit – Indoors – Book ’em – Dino

Jim found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Dino” under the $600 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $3,000, $1,800 more than Liz in second place. He bet $1,400 and he was RIGHT.

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Liz finished in the lead with $6,000. Jim was second with $5,800 and Hunter was last with $4,400.

Round 2 Categories: The Wine Seller – American History – Hispanic Singers – OED “Me” – Whose What? – Three Cheers for the Red, White

Hunter found the first Daily Double in “Red, White” under the $1,200 clue on the 6th pick of the round. In third place with $5,200, he had $1,200 less than Jim’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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5 clues later, Liz found the last Daily Double in “American History” under the $1,600 clue. She was in second place with $7,600 now, $2,200 less than Hunter’s lead. She bet $3,500 and she was RIGHT.

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Liz finished in the lead with $18,700. Hunter was next with $16,400 and Jim was in third place with $9,800. After the commercial break Hunter was credited with $4,000 for this $2,000 clue in “Whose What?” that was originally judged wrong: “This first of the 7 parts of ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ had to be published at author Marcel Proust’s expense.” Hunter gave the French title: “Du côté de chez Swann” and got the English title out apparently after time ran out. Then Liz picked it up. Hunter was given credit for the French title.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Robert Penn Warren’s novel “All The King’s Men” was published in 1946 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947. A 1949 film adaption starring Broderick Crawford won 3 Oscars, including Best Picture. The book has also been adapted for the stage and radio. As is often noted, the title comes from the “Humpty Dumpty” nursery rhyme (which was in Lewis Carroll’s 1897 novel “Through the Looking Glass”) and was also said to be based on the life of Huey P. Long. In a 2014 article in The Guardian, Robert McCrum says that was something the author took issue with. It probably didn’t help that Long’s motto was “Every man a king.”

More Jeopardy! clues on this and other 1949 films: All the King’s Men: 1949 Best Picture

Jim wrote down “The Third Man.” He lost his $6,399 bet and finished with $3,401.

Liz got it right. She bet $9,800. That brought her up to $28,500.

Hunter wrote down Cats! but put Cheshire in parentheses before it to give it some Lewis Carroll flavor. He didn’t bet anything so he remained at $20,400.

Final Jeopardy Results for Thursday, June 16, 2016

A triple stumper from each round:

BOOK ‘EM ($800) Decluttering expert Marie Kondo wrote the bestseller “the Life-Changing Magic of” doing this

HISPANIC SINGERS ($2000) “Siembra” by Willie Colon & this Panamanian actor, singer & politician is one of the bestselling salsa albums of all time.

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

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28 Responses

  1. Jasper says:

    So is nobody else going to criticize hunter for not betting?

  2. VJ says:

    I just fixed a mistake I had on the category the clue that was reversed was in. It was in the “Whose What?” category, not “Book ’em”

  3. Cece says:

    OK, I’m not gonna b— , just say that J! is playing later on in my area tonight.

    As they say, ‘a day for the hunter, a day for the prey.’ Hunter had a great run, won a lot of dough and we’ll see him in the TOC.

    • VJ says:

      Bummer, Cece, but if they are playing it later, then that means they don’t play it in the regular game’s time slot the next day anymore, right? That’s a plus :)

      I put up 11 clues from this match over here

      • Cece says:

        Yes, that’s definitely a plus when they play the game later, instead of the next day. We don’t usually watch it when it’s later, but we have that option.

  4. Damien Castle says:

    Hamlet won best Picture in 1949

    • Steerforth says:

      The clue should have read, “Best Picture Oscar winner in 1950.” We will be hearing about it tonight.

  5. Damien Castle says:

    How come so sites say Hamlet won Best Picture in 1949?

    • VJ says:

      @Damien, it is true that the ceremony for 1948 films actually occurred in 1949, but as I was saying to Teri in the comment below, Jeopardy! tends to go with the year of the film.

      There’s a post on here for Hamlet (1948 Best Picture), and it has some Jeopardy! clues on that film if you want to check out how they worded some clues on that film

      • Steerforth says:

        Doesn’t matter. “All the King’s Men” won Best Picture in 1950.

        • ccb says:

          I agree. The clue just wasn’t worded right. The book was published in 1946 and won the Pulitzer in 1947. The film came out in 1949 and won the Oscar in 1950. The clue could have said “for 1949” instead of “in 1949”

        • VJ says:

          Ironically, there was a huge discussion on here last year on a clue that mentioned “this 1972 Best Picture Oscar winner”

          This probably won’t be the last time it happens either. LOL.

          @ccb, I agree the “for 1949” would have worked better.

          @Steerforth, I will be so astounded if we hear anything about it tonight.

        • ccb says:

          by the way, VJ, thanks for the movie post links with the extra clues. Enjoyable.

        • EricS says:

          Great flashback VJ! Great point about “for…” lol.

  6. Lou says:

    The Final Jeopardy was not a bad guess, but I think Humpty Dumpty is a mother goose rhyme that I used to read when I was a kid. Also Congrats to Hunter for winning 6 games.

    Also I was thinking, this year all the champions so far have been men. There hasn’t been a single women’s champion thus far since 2014 and 2015. I wonder what happened, VJ?

    • VJ says:

      Yes, Humpty Dumpty was around before it appeared in “Through the Looking Glass.” If someone asked me for the name of a book that came from a Lewis Carroll work, the first thing I would think of is “Cabbages and Kings” by O. Henry.

      As for women champs, I guess you mean 4x and up champs, Lou? There have been several 3x lady champs this season.

      • Lou says:

        I see but still though they were not on the tracker for the toc but we shall see who else will make it to that list this year. Cabbages and Kings was one of the songs in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sung by TweedleDee and TweedleDum. Speaking of which wasn’t humpty dumpty in a cartoon network movie? I am not sure if I remember it but he was pushed off a bridge in a scene but he was put back together at the end.

      • Perry says:

        I think it was extremely lame to refer to “all the king’s men” as “a line from Lewis Carroll.” To me, saying that something is “from” a book author connotes that the author created it, not just quoted it from another, extremely well-known source.

        • VJ says:

          @Perry, I thought about this some more yesterday but just can’t think of any reason why they put in the Lewis Carroll ref. Maybe they were just trying to come up with something more challenging. On the pre-game discussion, two of us thought they should have gone with nursery rhyme but one person actually got it from the reference.

          All the way back in 1984, they had this clue: 1949’s Best Picture, its title came from “Humpty Dumpty” (J-Archive link)

  7. Teri says:

    The question was incorrect. All the King’s Men did NOT win the 1949 Oscar for Best Picture. It won the 1950 Oscar.

    • VJ says:

      @Teri, the 1950 ceremony was for 1949 films and Jeopardy usually goes by the year of the film

  8. aaaa says:

    Even if they didn’t reverse the ruling on the Proust clue, it wouldn’t have mattered as Hunter didn’t get FJ!, and even if he did, inoptimal wagering would have cost him. But it did keep Jim from being able to win.

    • Cece says:

      Right. “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put [Hunter] together again.”

      Sorry…couldn’t resist. :)

  9. Mathwiz100 says:

    To Jim’s credit, “The Third Man” came out in 1949, so not a bad guess.

    • Tom Clark says:

      To show you how complicated things can be — “The Third Man” is a British film, and opened in the U.K. in 1949, but wasn’t released in the U.S. until 1950, so it wasn’t eligible for the 1949 Oscars. It received three nominations in the 1950 Oscars (given in 1951), winning one.

      • Mathwiz100 says:

        Thank you for clearing that up. I was wondering why I kept reading conflicting dates.