Final Jeopardy: Historic Names

The Final Jeopardy question (7/21/2015), in the category “Historic Names” was:

In 1909 this Oxford student surveyed crusader castles in the Mideast; a few years later he returned for less peaceful activities.

New champ Scott Lord won $29,001 in yesterday’s match. Today he takes on these two players: Jake Smith, from Memphis, TN; and Eliza Thompson, from Brooklyn, NY

Round 1: Jake found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Lighthouses” under the $600 clue. He was in second place with $5,000, $600 less than Eliza’s lead. There was only one more clue left on the board. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

All U.S. lighthouses come under the jurisdiction of this branch of the armed services. show

Jake finished in the lead with $8,000. Eliza was second with $5,800 and Scott was last with $1,600.

Round 2: Jake found the first Daily Double in “Sophocles, Euripedes & Aeschylus” under the $1,000 clue. After running the previous clues in the category, he was now in the lead with $12,400, $6,600 more than Eliza in second place. He bet $1,000 and thought it was Antigone. That was WRONG.

In Sophocles’ play about her, revenge is on the mind of this daughter of Agamemnon. show

Jake found the last Daily Double in “Peninsulas” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $21,400 now, he had $13,800 more than Scott in second place. Alex joked about making it a true Daily Double, but Jake was only inclined to bet $1,000. He was RIGHT and said he wished he had made it a true Daily Double right before he gave the correct response.

The southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo is on this peninsula. show

Jake finished in the lead with $22,800 but it was not a runaway. Scott had done some catching up and was in second place with $13,200. Eliza was in third place with $6,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Between 1909 and 1914 T. E. Lawrence travelled and worked in the Middle East. As a young Oxford-educated archaeologist who had learned to speak Arabic, he seemed set for a career in archaeology, travel and writing. Of these, writing was perhaps his strongest ambition. Then, in August 1914, the Great War broke out…. In November 1914 Lawrence was posted to the Cairo Intelligence Department. He arrived in mid-December and stayed throughout 1915 and much of 1916, working on maps and trying to interpret inadequate – and often conflicting – reports of Turkish activity.” (T.E. Lawrence Studies)

Eliza though it was Rommel. She bet and lost it all.

Scott got it right. He bet it all and finished with $26,400.

Jake came up with Churchill. He lost $3,500 and finished with $19,300. That gave Scott his second win and a 2-day total of $55.401. Good work, Scott!

FJ Results: 7-21-15

During the chat, Scott fondly remembered his father’s hobby of making marionettes and what fun he and his brothers had, getting involved as puppeteers.

2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “3-Named People”

Born in what’s now Maine in 1807, he’s honored with a bust in a special section of Westminster Abbey. show

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9 Responses

  1. Greg Hallidy says:


  2. Greg Hallidy says:

    What was the category the champ ate up at the end to get back in?

    • VJ says:

      It was Princely Nicknames. Scott had $7,600 when

      Eliza picked the $2000 clue and Scott answered it – This 16th century Dutch scholar & author “Praise of Folly” was known as the “Prince of Humanists”

      Scott then picked $1600 – This 19th c. actor known as the “Prince of Players” was the brother of a presidential assassin. Scott gave the last name but was correct when asked to be more specific.

      Scott went to $1200 – “Cowboy Philosopher” & “Prince of Wit & Wisdom” were nicknames of this 1930s humorist.

      Scott went to $800 – Youthful thievery earned this “White Fang” author the nickname “Prince of the Oyster Pirates”

      The last $400 clue was picked by Scott and answered by Jake: A 1994 biography of this 19th century showman was titled “Prince of Humbugs”

  3. William Weyser says:

    That’s the exact same Final Jeopardy! response, on January 12th, 2015 and in John Schultz’s 3rd game, that no one got right, and you’ll notice that had Jake gotten it right, he would have lost to Scott by $100. You don’t want to do that!

    • Cece says:

      I’m glad you pointed out Jake’s wager. Now I don’t feel so bad about his losing after a wonderful performance. What’s up with that bet?

      Congrats, Scott for catching up and winning the game.

  4. jacob ska says:

    Congrats vj on your correct prediction.

    Wow! What a game.

    Congratulations Scott! Gutsy move.

    • VJ says:

      Thanks, Jacob.

      Yes, that sure was something. Nevermind the TDD jokes, Jake should have bet to put the game away with the last DD. smh

      But good for Scott for catching up after that and getting FJ right.