Final Jeopardy: Alliterative Americans

The Final Jeopardy question (6/24/2016) in the category “Alliterative Americans” was:

In 1932 he & several San Francisco colleagues formed Group f/64 to promote greater realism in their art.

Current champ Laurie MacDougall has a 3-day haul of $78,000 now. While Laurie’s fans root for her 4th win, these guys want to take her down: Peyton Brown, from Chicago, IL; and Harris Stutman, from Huntington Beach, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Edible Expressions – The Conscience Fund – Fitness & Exercise – Huge Tracts “O” Land – Later In The Shakespeare Speech – Connect 4

Harris found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Huge Tracts “O” Land” under the $800 clue, with 3 clues remaining after it. He was in the lead with $4,000, $1,200 more than Laurie in second place. He bet $1,000 but did not know so he was WRONG.

The Musgrave mountain range is in this region that by some definitions, covers 80% of a continent.  show

Laurie finished in the lead with $3,800. Peyton was second with $3,600 and Harris was last with $3,000.

Round 2 Categories: Business Magazines – Places that Became Words – The Crusades – Double “A” – Xenon – Worrier Princess

Peyton found the first Daily Double in “The Crusades” under the $1,600 clue. A dozen clues were still on the board after it. In third place with $3,200, he had $8,200 less than Laurie’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and took a guess with Saint Francis. That was WRONG.

This future Catholic saint “dogged” Europe in the mid-1140s with powerful sermons encouraging a new crusade. show

4 clues later, Harris found the last Daily Double in “Places that Became Words” under the $1,600 clue. He was in second place with $11,000 now, just $400 behind Laurie’s lead. He bet $2,000 and came up with kiwi. That was WRONG.

A Moroccan seaport on the Strait of Gibraltar lends its name to this citrus fruit. show

Harris finished in the lead with $14,600. Laurie was next with $11,400 and Peyton was in third place with $800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“On November 15, 1932, at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, eleven photographers announced themselves as Group f/64: Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Paul Edwards, Preston Holder, Consuelo Kanaga, Alma Lavenson, Sonya Noskowiak, Henry Swift, Willard Van Dyke, Brett Weston, and Edward Weston… The name referred to the smallest aperture available in large-format view cameras at the time and it signaled the group’s conviction that photographs should celebrate rather than disguise the medium’s unrivaled capacity to present the world ‘as it is.'” (Met Museum: Group f/64)

Also see An In-Depth History of Group f.64 (NY Times 12/11/2014), an article about the Group f.64 book shown above, written by Mary Street Alinder, who worked with Ansel Adams during the last years of his life.

Peyton wrote down Jasper Johns. He lost his $799 bet and had a dollar left.

Laurie drew a blank on this one. She lost $4,900 and finished with $6,500.

Harris got it right. His $8,400 bet brought him up to a winning total of $23,000 and made him the new Jeopardy! champ. Good job! (and nice recovery from the DD loss.)

Jeopardy featuring Laurie MacDougall, Harris Stutman and Peyton Brown (6-24-16)

FITNESS & EXERCISE ($800) This workout regiment that has trademarked “Sport of Fitness” calls its gyms “boxes”

THE CRUSADES ($2000) In 1291, this city of Israel’s northern coast became the last Crusader state to fall to the Muslims

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

The Pharmaceutical Journal praised her 1920 first novel, saying it dealt “with poisons in a knowledgeable way.” show

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10 Responses

  1. C says:

    @Jj _ good point. I thought I was the only one scratching my head.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Btw, I hate they didn’t finish the “Business Magazines” category.

    • VJ says:

      Awww it was only the $400 clue. Good for Peyton for getting the Entrepreneur one though and still being there for FJ.

  3. jacob ska says:

    Congrats vj & mathwiz100 on your separate predictions. As Alex stated f/64 should have led the contestants to photography. My brother has a Canon & always talks about its f/32 aperture lens. San Francisco also helped me in the clue.

    Almost every year someone gives somebody in my family an Ansel Adams wall calendar. No way of avoiding his b/w photos of nature especially Yosemite.

  4. Jj says:

    Alliterative means consonants…not vowels. This was a very bad final jeopardy question…very misleading.

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Well, “Assonant Americans” doesn’t quite have the same sound to it, you know what I mean?

    • VJ says:

      According to the rules of alliteration on, Ansel Adams works because “both stressed syllables start with a vowel.” The example they give in Rule No. 3 doesn’t even begin with the same vowels (“ultimate evil”).

      There are scholarly articles out there on the topic but I don’t suppose anyone wants to read something with a bunch of examples from Middle Age poetry. :D

  5. VJ says:

    Thanks Mathwiz. You were right on half your prediction so be sure to give yourself one thumbs up too :)

    Here is a link to 10 clues from this game. (I got a kick out of that Conscience Fund category so I put those clues in.)

  6. Mathwiz100 says:

    Good call on the “1 for 3 on FJ”, VJ.
    The FJ did not seem as well-written to me because it was one where you either knew the answer or you didn’t (after all, how many alliterative american artists from the 1930’s are there?). I’d argue that the Daily Double about “Places that Became Words” would have made a better FJ, however.
    To Peyton’s credit, Jasper Johns is also an alliterative american artist, but he did not make his first paintings until 1955.