Final Jeopardy: Novels

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/26/2017) in the category “Novels” was:

“A man can be destroyed but not defeated” is a line from this 1952 book, later a Spencer Tracy film.

4x champ Justin Vossler has won $92,800. Today may bring us another 5x champ or one of these two players could be our new champ: Kellie Packwood, from Austin, TX; and Seth Cope, from Savannah, GA.

Round 1 Categories: The Director’s Cut – Electricity – Who Wrote It? – N*P*R – English Muffins – Crooks & Nannies

Justin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Crooks & Nannies” under the $800 clue, with 4 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $6,800, $3,600 ahead of Seth in second place. He bet $1,500 and he was RIGHT.

Ironically a lawman is carrying the weapon that gave this gangster his nickname.
Crooks & Nannies Daily Double (Jeopardy! 7/26/2017)

Justin finished in the lead with $9,300. Seth was second with $5,600 and Kellie was last with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: Lucky 13th Century – Bee Words – Elections in Canada – A Tale of “New” Cities – Britannica Bylines – Lyrics From Broadway

Justin found the first Daily Double in “New Cities” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues left after it. He was in the lead with $14,500 at this point, $3,300 more than Seth in second place. He bet $2,500 and he was RIGHT.

Situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River, it was formally dedicated in 1931. show

Seth found the last Daily Double in “Lyrics from Broadway” under the $1,200 clue, with just 2 clues left after it. In second place with $14,800, he had $5,800 less than Justin’s lead. He bet $1,400 and didn’t have a response so he was WRONG.

“And God said, ‘Joe, people really need to know that the Bible isn’t two parts, there’s a part three.'” show

Justin finished in the lead with $20,600 but he benefited from a reversal (see below) after the break and that brought him up to $22,200. Seth was next with $13,400 and Kellie was in third place with $4,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


An 8/28/1952 New York Times review of this Ernest Hemingway work noted that galley proofs were published on that date in Life magazine, in advance of the novel’s publication: “Today you can buy ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ in Life for 20 cents. On Monday, Sept. 8, Scribners will publish it for $3.” Hemingway was very pleased with the arrangement: “… many people will read it who could not afford to buy it. That makes me much happier than to have a Nobel Prize.” The quote in today’s clue is in the review, which points out that “the old man is the very embodiment of dogged courage.” Spencer Tracy was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his work as The Old Man and the Narrator in the 1958 film version. It was one of his 3 Oscar nods in the 1950s. The other 2 were for “Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) and “Father of the Bride” (1950).

22 Essential Quotes from The Old Man and the Sea. (The quote is dead last!)

Kellie picked “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” a 1955 novel. She didn’t bet anything and remained at $4,400.

Seth tried “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit,” also published in ’55. He bet $13,000 so he finished with $400.

Justin went with “The Bridges at Toko-Ri,” a 1953 novel. He bet $5,000 this time around and won the game with the $17,000 he had left. His 5-day total is $110,000.

The male lead in the film versions of those novels were Matt Damon, Gregory Peck and William Holden, respectively. Spencer Tracy did not appear in any of them.

Final Jeopardy (7/26/2017) Justin Vossler, Seth Cope, Kellie Packwood

Reversal: BRITANNICA BYLINES ($800): Noted anarchist Prince Peter Alexeivitch Kropotkin wrote a 19th century entry on this capital – Justin’s response of St. Petersburg was initially rejected. Kellie got $800 with Moscow before they reversed in Justin’s favor.

A triple stumper from each round

WHO WROTE IT? ($1000) “Rumble Fish” and “That was Then, This is Now”

LYRICS FROM BROADWAY ($800) “Sad to say your dream is not the kind of dream I’d like to get, Pharoah has it in for you

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Women Authors”

This woman who passed away in 2015 wrote what is billed as Australia’s “Gone with the Wind” show

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7 Responses

  1. mimsy says:

    @VJ, did you get a chuckle out of the Quebecois response?

    • VJ says:

      Not really, mimsy. idk why Trebek let Seth struggle with it. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. Think of the name Francois– people will say “swa” at the end with or without the cedilla.

  2. Lou says:

    Let’s see if Justin can keep the streak going, he needs 13,500 dollars to tie with Alan Lin and another 16000 or so to get to Lisa Schlitt’s total. He has surpassed Tim Aten and Jon Eisenman. But how come none of the contestants knew the Old Man and the Sea? This is one of the most easiest final jeopardy ever. I know you saw a movie and read the book, VJ. Tell me if you have a favorite scene from this movie, please?

    • VJ says:

      One of these days, second place is gonna get FJ right and it’s gonna be adios Justin if he keeps betting this way.

      I’m not a big Spencer Tracy fan, Lou, although I did see that movie. I also saw a TV movie starring Anthony Quinn as the old man, and I am a big Anthony Quinn fan, so that one is my favorite. One scene that stuck with me is when the boy asks him how big the biggest fish he ever caught was.

      LINK: 12 more clues from the match

      • Lou says:

        I see, that was one of the best questions ever out there. Still though, I am betting that Justin is playing like Seth Wilson and Matt Jackson all of sudden since they missed a few final jeopardy questions and betting half their amounts. What was this method called again where contestants bet reasonable amounts when not answering final jeopardy right because like previous contestants Arthur Chu and Julia Collins, they at time bet some big amounts and still win the match,

      • Richard Corliss says:

        Not gonna happen.

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    Last 5 time champion of the season. Hopefully, the ToC Lineup is already set.

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