Final Jeopardy: 19th Century British Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (7/10/2015), in the category “19th Century British Literature” was:

“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel” is spoken to this title character by his creation.

New champ, Kathy Riley won $8,401 in yesterday’s match. Today she takes on these two players: H.B. Taylor, from McKinney, TX; and Rob Seidenwurm, from San Diego, CA.

Round 1: Kathy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Official State Mottoes” under the $800 clue. She was in third place with $2,000, $4,400 less than Rob’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Michigan’s motto mentions this type of land area. show

Rob finished in the lead with $9,000. H.B. was second with $5,400 and Kathy was last with $3,600.

Round 2: Kathy found the first Daily Double in “Historic Objects” under the $1,600 clue. She was in third place with $5,200, $3,000 less than Rob’s lead. She bet $2,000 and guessed El Wadi. That was WRONG.

The stone that unlocked the language of the Pharaohs was discovered in 1799 just outside this village. show

Rob found the last Daily Double in “Time For Your Formula” under the $800 clue. In the lead with $11,400, he had $3,200 more than H.B. in second place. He bet $3,700 and guessed “Weston carbon.” That was WRONG.

You know the drill– WC is this carbide. show

H.B. finished in the lead with $12,600. Kathy was next with $11,600 and Rob was in third place with $7,700.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In Chapter 10 of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s 1818 novel, the monster gives quite a speech to Victor Frankenstein about why he is so wretched and miserable and the quote in the clue is just a small part of it. The monster really lays it on thick: “I am thy creature, and I will be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king, if thou wilt also perform thy part, the which thou owest me. Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other, and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due. Remember that I am thy creature . . . whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. I was benevolent and good — misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous.”

Rob got in a “Paradise Lost” frame of mind and wrote down Milton. What he lost was his $2,371 bet. He finished with $5,329.

Kathy had a portion of the right answer, but not enough Stein to be acceptable. that cost her $3,801 and she finished with $7,799.

H.B. got it right. His $10,601 bet gave him $23,201, today’s winning total. Congrats to H.B. We will see him again on Monday.

FJ Results: 7-10-15

H.B. is a collaboration solution specialist. During the chat, he said he was a member of a long-standing slow pitch softball team. He plays first base.

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

This 1871 opera is set in Memphis & Thebes, & along the banks of the Nile. show

You may also like...

17 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    That Stephen Austin clue. LOL. Can’t believe it was a triple stumper. As Trebek said, “if it’s not Houston, it’s Austin.”

    Wonder if we’ll find out what H.B. stands for on Monday. I predict that the H doesn’t stand for Hieronymus.

    • Cece says:

      Oh man — it’s a good thing Kathy would have lost anyway due to her wager. It would really have been a bummer if she lost because she didn’t complete the word.
      I think it was a good game today by all 3 players, and Kathy had a shot at winning again.

      Yeah, that Austin thing was weird. Even I got it.

  2. Dalton Higbee says:

    Well, I didn’t expect H.B. to win. Before the game, Rob and Kathy were most likely my two favorites to win the game.

  3. jacob ska says:

    No correct predictions today.

    Congrats to H. B. the new champ. Kathy did great today. She held her own.

    • Eric S says:

      Hey, I said Milton (maybe too late for you to see), but yeah, I almost got there (amended). Of course, I really thought all would get there.

      • Cece says:

        I just read the CotD page and Eric said 1 wrong. So that’s 2 correct. I think for this board it should count — even though Kathy didn’t finish writing it , she gave the correct answer.

        • Eric S says:

          Awww. Thanks Cece! That credit, though, would have more asterisks than Barry Bonds.

        • VJ says:

          But Kathy’s answer was unacceptable so it was 2 wrong and besides, Eric’s “prediction” was 3 right.

          Lots of times I have had second thoughts about my prediction but I think if you want to add stuff after your prediction, then it becomes speculation. The players only get 30 seconds to answer. That’s what I try to give myself to make a prediction. I’m not exactly timing myself though so I wouldn’t say it’s a perfect 30 seconds but about that.

        • Cece says:

          I don’t get the reference, but I just looked him up and now know he was a baseball player. :)

        • Cece says:

          OK, Eric, stop posting right after you wake up!

        • Eric S says:

          Cece: sorry, I often write to amuse Mark, but I don’t even know if he reads these. I have to go man-crush since you dropped the boyfriend bomb, VJ is immune to my charms and Jacob is taken.

        • Eric S says:

          VJ: I am confused by your application of the 30 seconds. I don’t credit my guess at the correct response unless it’s under 22seconds (I assume 7 seconds to write the response and I don’t start until after I have seen the category), but I fail to understand the correlation to the prediction (although I usually go in about 5 seconds).
          I completely concur that the streak is dead, though. I was happy that I nailed the Milton, as I hadn’t made a best alternative speculation.
          hahaha: all in fun I hope!

        • VJ says:

          idk, Eric. I guess there is no correlation between 30 seconds to answer and making the prediction in 30 seconds, that’s just what I try to do myself. As I said, it doesn’t always work out anyhow.

          I don’t understand your 22 seconds myself. The players know the category title before they make their bets. Then Alex reads them the clue, then gives them 30 seconds. Some players start writing immediately.

        • Eric S says:

          VJ, I think my explanation was muddled: I look at the category (while weighing its subjective probability) and think about it for about a minute, then give myself 22 seconds to read the clue and solve. I figure the answer would take about 7 seconds total whether started at the beginning or end.
          I think we are a quirky bunch.

      • Cece says:

        Eric, LMAO and SMH at the same time! You’re a riot!

  4. Carson Guy Sowers says:

    Kathy did better! I like improvement.