Final Jeopardy: Beatles Songs

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/20/2016) in the category “Beatles Songs” was:

Later a book title, the 2-word title of this 1968 song is a British name for a spiral slide seen at fairgrounds.

New champ Sally Neumann won $10,900 yesterday. Today her competition comes from: Laurie MacDougall, from Medford, MA; and Ben Foley, from New Orleans, LA.

Round 1 Categories: Take Me Out of the Ball Game – Organizations – Scientific & Medical Abbrev. – Words with Friends – The Disaster of the Century – The 5 W’s

Laurie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Scientific & Medical Abbrev.” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,000, $800 more than Ben in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Abbreviated TM, it separates the outer ear from the middle ear.  show

Ben finished in the lead with $5,200. Laurie was second with $4,800 and Sally was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: Famous Elephants – Memory – Countries with Short Coastlines – As Easy As C-D-E – Books & Authors – Big Screen Character Mashups

Ben found the first Daily Double in “Short Coastlines” under the $1,200 clue on the 8th pick of the round. He had answered 6 of the first 7 clues right and was in the lead with $10,400, $5,600 more than Laurie in second place. He bet $5,000 and thought it was Malta. That was WRONG.

This principality has only about 2.5 miles of coast on the Mediterranean Sea. show

Laurie found the last Daily Double in “Books & Authors” 4 picks later under the $800 clue. She was in second place with $5,200 now, $2,200 less than Ben’s lead. She bet $2,500 and she was RIGHT.

Hemingway’s 1936 Esquire essay “On the Blue Water” formed the basis for this 1952 story. show

Laurie finished in the lead with $13,700. Ben was next with $13,400 and Sally was in third place with $1,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The top entry for this track from “The White Album” on Songfacts says it came about because “Paul McCartney wanted to write the ‘loudest, nastiest, sweatiest rock number we could’ after reading a Pete Townshend interview describing a Who track (possibly “I Can See For Miles”) as ‘The most raucous rock ‘n’ roll, the dirtiest thing they’d ever done.’…”

In a Time interview, Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi explained that he titled his book on the case “Helter-Skelter” because he believed Manson thought the term meant a race war that the Beatles were in favor of. Even though it was one of the phrases scrawled in blood at one of the crime scenes, Manson denied that theory (per Songfacts), saying “that doesn’t even make insane sense.”

Sally wrote down “Yellow Submarine.” She didn’t bet anything today so she remained at $1,800.

Ben had the same response. That got him a “boo hiss” from Alex and it cost him $9,000. He was left with $4,400.

Laurie got it right. She bet $13,000 so she won the match with a hefty $26,700 and she is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy! results for Tuesday, June 2, 2016

A triple stumper from each round:

THE DISASTER OF THE CENTURY ($800) The destruction of Pompei

FAMOUS ELEPHANTS ($1600) In the late 19th century a circus elephant named for this bare-knuckle champ boxed with a glove on his trunk.

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “2004”

Watching the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the head of this Govt. Agency kept saying, “My day is going to” be lousy “tomorrow.” show

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17 Responses

  1. William Weyser says:

    You’ll notice that had Ben wagered everything and got it right, he would have won by $100. Laurie, you cannot miscalculate the math like that, but it wouldn’t have mattered because Ben left $4,400 on the table. We’ll see what Laurie does tomorrow, on my mom’s 59th birthday.

  2. Lou says:

    Laurie’s voice sounds very much like Kerry Greene but still congrats to her on the FJ. What year was the song Helter Skelter from?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou — 1968. It was in the clue. . Funny, I was telling my son earlier that them putting the year of the song in the clue wouldn’t be much help to people who weren’t born yet.

      Yellow Submarine was from 1966

  3. rhonda says:

    Laurie’s speech pattern at the end of her sentences reminded me a bit of the lady who won a number of games several months ago, although Laurie’s pattern isn’t nearly as pronounced.

    • jacob ska says:

      @Rhonda, she reminded me of Kerry & her speech. I like her. Ben was very smart & his coryat score was high. What did him in was the incorrect $5000 DD wager & the missed fj. Were you surprised at the Gore Vidal miss?

      When they showed the words of the song from CATS I started singing. lol

      • VJ says:

        @Jacob I wasn’t too surprised about Vidal — no one knew him when he was the FJ answer back in April 2013 either. Poor Gore is not as famous as Alex thinks anymore

        LOL. I was singing that too :)

      • rhonda says:

        You know, Jacob, you’re right, she does sounds a lot like Kerry Green in her speech, thanks for pointing that out. I like her, too. The Gore Vidal miss didn’t really surprise me, though. I am with VJ on that one.

    • graham says:

      That lady’s name was Laura Ashby. You are right, it is not so pronounced but it is definitely there.

  4. Thought this FJ would be an easy triple-get!

  5. Mathwiz100 says:

    For more on what makes a slide known as a helter skelter: wikipedia’s article

    • jacob ska says:

      Thank you Mathwiz100. I have no idea how discussion got off topic from the CotD dealing with the helter skelter which is found in British fairgrounds. I thought the logical sequence was to be helter skelter> Beatles song> book. I thought a pic of the helter skelter would be in the recap.

      VJ, how did the emphasis shift to discussion of Manson?

      • VJ says:

        idk, I guess I wasn’t thinking about that part of the clue at all after we talked about the book title earlier. Then the InsIde Edition story kept me thinking about that case.

        I went with that video because the category is Beatles Songs. The ride is mentioned on the Songfacts page and also in Bugliosi’s Q&A, but yes, Mathwiz100, thanks for that link to show what the ride looks like. :) :)

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Thanks for the acknowledgement… always glad to help.

  6. VJ says:

    Also meant to say that right after the match, they had a segment on Inside Edition about Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra. She is doing what she can to block the parole of Leslie Van Houten, one of the convicted murderers in the Manson cult

    • From all reports LVH has been a model prisoner well-liked by virtually all and remorseful for her very youthful role in those awful events of 1969. Plus she has been in prison almost five decades, compared to the itself quite lengthy sentence of 20 years the sole perpetrator of the bombing and shooting deaths of 77 people in Norway received several years ago.

  7. VJ says:

    I just fixed the part about Sally’s bet. Today was the only day she bet zero.

    Here’s a link to some more clues from the match.