Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Nonfiction

The Final Jeopardy question (6/9/2016) in the category “19th Century Nonfiction” was:

A 2014 bestseller, in 1853 it was called “more extraordinary” than “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” because “it is only a simple unvarnished tale.”

New champ Hunter Appler won $24,801 yesterday. Today he takes on these two players: Mark Adams, from Johnstown, PA; and Peggy Szymeczek, from Gilbert, AZ.

Round 1 Categories: Punny Literary Titles – Take a Letter – Minor Roles, Major Motion Picture – “Bee” Mine – Beverly Hills – A Jason

Hunter found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Take a Letter” under the $600 clue on the 10th pick of the round. In second place with $1,200, he had $200 less than Mark’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

In 1430 she wrote a letter of support to the town of Reims saying that if it was under siege, “I will be with you shortly.” show

Hunter finished in the lead with $10,000. Mark was second with $3,400 and Peggy was last with $3,200.

Round 2 Categories: Stocks – British History – 11-letter Words – Cowboy Songs – Astronomy – World “G”eography

Peggy found the first Daily Double in “‘G’eography” under the $600 clue on the 4th pick. In second place with $5,200, she had $5,600 less than Hunter’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, lies on this island that gained notoriety in World War II. show

Mark found the last Daily Double in “Astronomy” under the $1,600 clue. He was in third place with $5,000 now, $15,800 less than Hunter’s lead. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” he said and made it a true Daily Double. He was RIGHT.

The elevation above the horizon of this star in Ursa Minor is equal to the observer’s latitude. show

Hunter finished in the lead with a runaway $20,000. Mark was next with $9,200 and Peggy was in third place with $4,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Along with several other 1853 reviews, this appears under the heading “Truth Stranger than Fiction” in William Maxwell Wood’s 1853 book “A Shoulder to the Wheel of Progress.” It is on Google Books: “Next to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the extraordinary Narrative of Solomon Northup is the most remarkable book that was ever issued from the American Press. Indeed, it is even a more extraordinary work than that, because it is only a simple, unvarnished tale of the experience of an American freeman of the “blessings” of slavery while Mrs Stowe’s Uncle Tom is only an ingenious and powerfully wrought Novel, intended to illustrate what Solomon saw and experienced– southern slavery in its various phases.”

The book’s website has an excerpt from this particular review and other contemporary and historic reviews.

Peggy didn’t have a response. She lost her half her score and finished with $2,200.

Mark thought it was Tom Sawyer. That cost him $42.00. He had $9,158 left.

Hunter came up with Quincy Winston. He lost $200 and had $19,800 left to give him a 2-day total of $44,601.

Final Jeopardy Results for Thursday, June 9, 2016

Forgetting the category: Hunter answered “Salzburg” to this $2000 “G”EOGRAPHY clue: For its vibrant creative scene, this 2nd-largest Austrian city has been designated a “City of Design” by UNESCO

This was the last clue chosen in Double Jeopardy! Hunter did not have a runaway when Mark chose it, but he did after Mark answered Roy Rogers (his theme song was “Happy Trails”): COWBOY SONGS ($1200) In 1939 this movie cowboy recorded “Back in the Saddle Again”, a song that later became the theme of his TV series.

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Current Television.”

George Romero declined to direct a few episodes of this series, calling it “basically… just a soap opera.” show

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10 Responses

  1. Doreen says:

    Does anyone know what the clue was for the answer, “What is Beefcake” under the category “Bee” Mine??

  2. Cece says:

    Say it ain’t so—this FJ was a triple stumper? WTH?

    I liked this game, though. And Mark’s bowtie. Now his Tom Sawyer response, hmm…I don’t know what to make of that.

  3. VJ says:

    My FJ dice roll came up snake eyes today. LOL. I could hardly believe it.

    The Punny Literary Titles were cute. I have that whole category and some more triple stumpers up over here

  4. Tom Clark says:

    “Tom Sawyer” non-fiction? Or is this another example of the infamous “forgetting the category” problem?