Final Jeopardy: 20th Century English Nobility

The Final Jeopardy question (7/27/2016) in the category “20th Century English Nobility” was:

In Africa on Nov. 26, 1922, he anxiously asked Howard Carter, “Can you see anything?”

6x champ Pranjal Vachaspati didn’t have a runaway yesterday but he did bring his winnings up to $137,088. Today he competes against these two players: Barbra Resnick, from Altamonte Springs, FL; and Zlatan Hodzic, originally from San Jose, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Baseball – Fruit Stand – 5-Letter Musical Instruments – Time’s Person of the Year – England, Scotland or Wales – Ways of Being

Pranjal found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Musical Instruments” under the $600 clue on the 8th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $2,200, $1,400 ahead of both Zlatan and Barbra. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

“Pipedreams” is a public radio program devoted to this keyboard instrument. show

Pranjal finished in the lead with $8,600. Barbra was second with $4,800 and Zlatan was last with $2,400.

Round 2 Categories: Daniel Boone was a Man – Money Matters – Comedy Tonight – Literary Sisters – Beastly Appendages – Kick Out the “Jam”s

Barbra found the first Daily Double in “Literary Sisters” under the $1,600 clue on the 11th pick. In the lead with $11,200, she had $3,000 more than Pranjal in second place. She bet $4,000 and took a guess with “The Sound and the Fury.” That was WRONG.

Suellen & Carreen O’Hara are a flighty pair of sisters in this novel. show

3 clues later, Pranjal found the last Daily Double in “Money Matters” under the $1,600 clue. He had the lead again with $9,800, $600 more than Barbra in second place. He bet $4,600 and he was RIGHT.

It’s the basic monetary unit of Gibraltar. show

Pranjal finished in the lead with $13,200. Barbra was next with $10,800 and Zlatan was in third place with $4,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHO IS LORD CARNARVON – George (E.S.M.) Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon?

In his diary, Howard Carter described the moment when he opened the door to Tutankhamun’s tomb on “the most wonderful day” that he ever lived through: “I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’ it was all I could do to get out the words, ‘Yes, wonderful things.'” More at Eyewitness to History

Lord Carnarvon’s death the following April gave rise to the King Tut Curse. George (R.O.M.) Herbert, the current Lord Carnarvon and great-grandson of the 5th Earl, was present at the 90th anniversary of the tomb’s opening (see the video).

Zlatan wrote down George VI. That cost him $4,799, everything but one dollar.

Barbra came up with Livingstone. She only lost $2,401 bet and had $8,399 left.

Pranjal thought it was George V. He lost his $8,401 bet so he ended up in second place with $4,799. So that makes Barbra Resnick the new Jeopardy! champ. Congrats, Barbra. Great game!

Final Jeopardy: Pranjal Vachaspati, Zlatan Hodzic and Barbra Resnick (7-27-16)

Two triple stumpers:

LITERARY SISTERS ($800) In books by Beverly Cleary, Ramona’s older sister is Beatrice, nicknamed this

KICK OUT THE “JAM”S ($1600) The first part of the name of these Krazy Klassic Komic “Kids” is an old word for hangover

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Great Moments in 19th Century Science”

Matthias Schleiden found plants are made up of these; at dinner he told Theodor Schwann who said, hey, so are animals. show

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26 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    VJ, I counted 6 wrong responses for Pranjal. Am I correct? Barbra had only 2 wrong.

    • VJ says:

      I came up with 6 for Pranjal and the 2 for Barbra included her DD so idk if I missed another one.

      Pranjal’s misses cost him $6800 and Barbra lost $6000 on hers – $4K on the DD and $2K on the gibbon.

  2. Mudai says:

    Episode won’t be on in my area, sucks that the convention impacts Jeopardy on the West. Any one know where it can be viewed?

    • VJ says:

      Try your local station’s website, facebook or twitter to see if they left a message on what time they will run the episode. Sorry, I don’t have any other suggestions. All of us hate getting preempted so we feel your pain. :(

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Yes, preemption is unfortunate… speaking of which, and I’m not sure which parts of the country this affects, but the Olympics start Aug. 5, so that might be a problem for anyone wanting to watch the re-runs.

    • SG says:

      I have my DVR set to record Jeopardy!
      When something (like the convention) preempts it; they show it in the middle of the night and my DVR is smart enough to find it and record it.

  3. Lou says:

    Im surprised no one got the clue on Beverly Cleary’s Beezus and Ramona. I remember reading that book in grade school but they should know about it by now. Also congrats to Pranjal’s 6 game run since he has close to what Andrew Moore did have. Plus I don’t know if Barbra will continue her winnings tomorrow but we will see

    • rhonda says:

      And Beverly Cleary recently celebrated her 100th birday, there was a very nice PBS special about her several months ago. She is still going strong!

  4. Mathwiz100 says:

    “I think that watching Jeopardy is much more interesting than watching shot-put.” -Alex Trebek

  5. VJ says:

    It was quite a wild game. I was a bit shocked at Barbra missing her Literary Sisters DD but she’s a young’un and probably never saw the film, nevermind read the book. Jeopardy! might want to can future GWTW clues because it has been labeled racist. People who have never seen it may never want to.

    Here’s a link to 8 more clues from the match.

  6. jacob ska says:

    I guess none of the contestants are Downton Abbey fans. The Carnarvon family still lives in the Highclere Castle which serves as a backdrop for the series. Been their home since the 1600s per PBS. PBS talked about the connection between LC 5th & the King Tut discovery a few years ago in a special.

  7. Mathwiz100 says:

    Undergoing some minor surgery tomorrow, so in the case that I do not get a chance to make my prediction for Thursday… I expect Barbara to be a 1-day champ.

  8. Mathwiz100 says:

    Well I will be curious to see how Barbara went from trailing by $3,800 at the end of the first round to leading by $3,000 eleven clues later.

    The fact that Barbara lost $4,000 on a DD, Pranjal earned $6,800 from his DDs, everyone messed up on one of the hardest FJs this month, and then after all of this Barbara came out on top… what a wild episode.

    About the Wrong Answers: There is no “Lord Livingstone”, but there is a David Livingstone who explored Africa in the 19th century (Mr. Livingstone, I presume?)… not a bad guess. George V was a guess that I expected (he was the monarch of England in 1922), and it only makes sense that someone would say George VI, his successor, as well. Guess this was a “ToC level of difficulty” FJ after all.

    Once again, Pranjal found the DDs and used them to his advantage… but this time, it didn’t save him. And so, as I expected, Pranjal went down in 6… but he had a good reign, and I would have enjoyed watching him wrap out the season. In any case, Barbara may have won, but now she needs to redeem herself for the wrong DD and FJ… we’ll see if redemption comes tomorrow.

  9. jacob ska says:

    Mathwiz congrats on your 2 predictions.

    It appears the champ’s errors caught up with him.

    Good 6 game run Pranjal.

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Thanks, Jacob… I will be curious to see how many errors Pranjal makes tonight… in any case, only one truly mattered in the end.

      • VJ says:

        Yes congrats Mathwiz, nice going on the predictions.

        I hope to see your reaction to the $2K Beastly Appendages clue — why did everyone want to lose $2K?

        The other clue that blew my mind even more than the O’Hara DD and the one above was the $400 clue one in Money Matters. I mean sometimes Alex Trebek says things that I’m just like “what are you talking about?” I don’t see why he thought Pranjal was “closer” on that LOL!

        • Mathwiz100 says:

          Indeed, those three clues played out unusually.
          The O’Hara DD should have been easy, even if you haven’t read GWTW.
          I suppose that everyone risked the $2,000 because they thought the answer was obvious… which goes back to the classic trivia saying: “If you aren’t 100% sure, don’t risk it” …especially when you lose $2,000 for doing so.
          “Coin” is closer than “nickel”? …don’t even have a response for that.

          Again… wild episode.

        • rhonda says:

          I know, that was a strange remark about the coin being closer than the nickel, didn’t make any sense at all. I was very surprised that Barbra missed the GWTW clue, too.

        • VJ says:

          @Rhonda, yes, LOL, those of us of a certain age know that Careen was Ann Rutherford and Suellen was Evelyn Keyes. One of the standout parts in both the book and the movie for me was when Scarlett stole Suellen’s beau. I read the book first and I wanted Miss Ellen to take Suellen’s side. In the film, Mammy’s reaction when she saw Scarlett flirting with Frank Kennedy was just priceless.

        • rhonda says:

          That’s funny, VJ, I saw the movie first and then I read the book.
          Guess the Katzenjammer clue was for those of us of a certain age, too lol.

        • VJ says:

          It sure was (giggle)