Final Jeopardy: European Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (6/20/2016) in the category “European Literature” was:

“Episodes” in this 1922 work include the Lotus Eaters & Ithaca.

Current champ Liz Haigney Lynch has 2 games and $49,600 to her credit. A third win can put her on track for the ToC but she’ll have to defeat today’s opponents: players: Sally Neumann, from Seattle, WA; and Joe Mulder, originally from Marshall, MN.

Round 1 Categories: Just Missed the Titanic – Official State Symbols – The Cinema of Bradley Cooper – Beastly Lit – “Go” Ahead – Make My Car

Liz found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Titanic” under the $400 clue on the 8th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $800, $200 more than Joe in second place. Forgoing the $1,000 allowance, she made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Offered free passage on the Titanic, this Italian chose a different ship but his invention saved 700 lives.  show

Joe finished in the lead with $9,400. Liz was second with $3,800 and Sally was last with $2,800.

Round 2 Categories: Isthmus Be Your Lucky Day – Fonts – The Billboard All-Time Hot 100 – 12-Letter Words – World Piece – In The ____ Of Battle

Sally found the first Daily Double in “Fonts” under the $1,600 clue on the 10th pick of this round. In third place with $4,800 she had $5,800 less than Joe’s lead. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

The name of this popular font is from the Latin for “runner”
Fonts Daily Double from June 20, 2016

Sally found the last Daily Double in “World Piece” under the $1,600 clue. There were 6 clues left after it. She was in the lead with $11,900 now, $500 ahead of Joe in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Earth’s atmosphere is about 1% of this alphabetically first noble gas. show

Joe got the last $2,000 clue in the “Billboard” category and that put him in the lead with $14,600. Sally was next with $13,900 and Liz was in third place with $5,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


From The Modernism Lab at Yale University: “‘Lotus-Eaters,’ the fifth episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses, was originally published as an installment in the July 1918 edition of “The Little Review,” a “little magazine” of the early 20th century in which the first thirteen episodes of the novel appeared in installments.” The article on “Ithaca” on the same site says it “is the penultimate chapter of Joyce’s Ulysses, located between ‘Eumaeus’ and Molly’s monologue in ‘Penelope’. According to Joyce’s letters, it is also the last chapter of the book to be completed, months after ‘Penelope’ (Letters, 52).” The novel was published in its entirety in 1922.

Episodes vs. chapters? See 18 Nameless Episodes of ‘Ulysses’: A New Key

Liz wrote down “The Golden Bough.” She lost $5,394 and had $6 left.

Sally had “The Satanic Verses” or a close-enough rendition if that had been it (we think). She only bet $3,000 and finished with $10,900.

Joe came the closest author-wise with “Dubliners.” He lost his $13,201 bet and landed in second place with $1,399. So a very ecstatic Sally Neumann is the new Jeopardy! champ.

During the chat, Sally revealed that Ken Jennings moderated one of her U-Dub quiz bowls. He gave her a signed memento that she brought with her that said “To Sally, hope to see you on ‘Jeopardy!'” So, now Ken can not just see her on the show, he can see her win! Congrats, Sally!

Final jeopardy Results for Monday, June 20, 2016

Two triple stumpers from the Double Jeopardy! Round (abbreviating the category names):

BATTLE ($1600) 1813 fight in which Tecumseh was killed near a river in Ontario, not Central London: Battle of the ______

BILLBOARD ($400) No. 74: “Just the Way You Are” — by him, not Billy Joel.

That last clue that gave Joe the lead was also in “Billboard” — At No. 83, “Play That” 1970s Wild Cherry hit, which began as an actual command from the drummer

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Broadway”

In 2013, this musical based on a movie became the first show to gross $1 billion on Broadway. show

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10 Responses

  1. Chad Hemstalk says:

    Anyone know ALL the answers that appeared in “Missed the Titanic” category please.

  2. David says:

    What was Liz’s answer for FJ? I know Sally started Satanic Verses and Joe said The Dubliners.

  3. VJ says:

    Rhonda pointed out this morning in Spoiler Talk that this would have been a great FJ on Bloomsday (June 16)

  4. Lou says:

    sally made a great bet. This is a great example of strategizing if a player is going to win a lot of dough. its always helpful to bet low if you do not know the answer to a final jeopardy question rather than risking it all. This is very similar to how buzzy cohen did when he had his run on jeopardy

    • EricS says:

      Great point overall. Actually, though, she bet at the top of her range. She correctly looked to do two things: pass the leader in case of an incorrect response or a zero bet on his part (in this case $701 or more) and shut out the opportunity of the third place bettor (in this case up to $3099).

  5. VJ says:

    The CotD didn’t have quotation marks around the word “episodes” but they were there on the show.

    Here a link to 11 clues from the match.

  6. Mathwiz100 says:

    Good Final Jeopardy… I was thinking along the lines of Odyssey, so…
    Interestingly enough, according to the J! Archives, almost half of all of the matches this season have resulted in all 3 players getting the question right, or all 3 players getting the question wrong.

  7. EricS says:

    Great bet by the Husky Sally! Again, another prime example of how the player in 2nd shouldn’t always bet it all.