Final Jeopardy: British Literary Characters

The Final Jeopardy question (7/7/2016) in the category “British Literary Characters” was:

In an 1887 novel this narrator’s old wartime injury is in his shoulder; in an 1890 novel by the same author, it’s in his leg.

New champ Matt Hoffer-Hawlik won $29,601 yesterday. Today he takes on these two players: Bonnie Megel, from Grinnell, IA; and Neil Sondov, from Greenville, SC.

Round 1 Categories: All Hail The Creator – Food & Drink Holidays – 19th Century People – Good & Bad Investments – The Write Stuff – Post Haste

Neil found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Food & Drink Holidays” under the $400 clue with 9 clues left after it. He was in third place at negative $1,000. Bonnie was in the lead with $4,200. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

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Bonnie finished in the lead with $6,200. Matt was second with $2,000 and Neil was last with $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: Happy History – And I Quote – European Lakes & Rivers – Punny & Not-Punny Definitions – – Giants – Jets

Matt found the first Daily Double in “European Lakes & Rivers” under the $1,200 clue on the 6th pick of the round. In second place with $4,000, he had $5,000 less than Bonnie’s lead. He bet it all and he was RIGHT.

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Bonnie found the last Daily Double in “And I Quote” under the $1,600 clue exactly mid-round. She was in the lead with $14,200 now, $5,400 more than Matt in second place. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.

At the Scopes trial, he said of his agnosticism, “I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure.” show

Bonnie finished in the lead with $19,400. Matt was next with $15,600 and Neil was in third place with $3,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On Sherlockian.Net’s Canonical Cruxes page, there’s a list of contradictions in A. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. Watson’s wound is addressed first: “Watson mentioned his wound from a Jezail bullet, received during the fatal battle of Maiwand, in three of the stories. In A Study in Scarlet, he told us that he was wounded in the shoulder, ‘grazing the subclavian artery’. In The Sign of the Four, he stated that his wounded leg hurt. And finally, in ‘The Noble Bachelor’, he said that the Jezail bullet ‘in one of his limbs’ bothered him.”

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Neil thought it was Sherlock Holmes. He bet and lost it all.

Matt thought the same as Neil. He lost his $4,801 bet, leaving him with $10,799.

Bonnie got it right. She added a hefty $12,000 to win this match with $31,400. “Nicely done, nicely done,” Alex Trebek said. We’ll say! Bonnie will be back tomorrow as the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy: Matt Hoffer-Hawlik, Neil Sondov and Bonnie Megel (7-7-16)

Two triple stumpers from the match:

19TH CENTURY PEOPLE ($200) The worse speller of a famous duo, in November 1805 he wrote in his journal, “Ocian in view! O! the joy”

GIANTS ($1200) Nicknamed “The Freak”, this long-haired pitcher helped the San Francisco Giants win 3 World Series

Each player had a near miss with a clue:

Neil just managed to get in the year on this $400 “Happy History” clue: Venezuela declared independence on this date, 35 years & 1 day after ours.

Bonnie almost forgot to give the Pope’s name on this $1200 “And I Quote” clue: In 2013 he said of contraception & related topics, “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

Matt apparently did phrase his response in question for this $1,200 “Jets” clue: This company’s 787 has a 70-yard wingspan & cruises at Mach .82.” (At least closed caption had it). Alex didn’t hear it and said “Pardon?” Matt just said the one-word answer. At the same time Alex said “no,” Matt reiterated “What is.”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “In the Dictionary”

This adjective can mean “delicate”, “heavenly” or, in chemistry, “related to C4H10O”. show

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8 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    Another 1 day champ? Weird, this is nothing new. When are we going to see a 4 or 5 time champ? its a disappointment to see just one day champs since Hunter appler’s 6 time win.

  2. EricS says:

    Free slurpees? Is this still a thing?

  3. jacob ska says:

    Weird!!! I’ve just about had it with these Jeopardy contestants.

    Tom, you’ve got company here.

  4. Mathwiz100 says:

    Wow. Never thought that two people would fall for the Sherlock Holmes Trap. But we did get another 1-day champ, though that’s not new… just disappointing.

    “John” Watson… no one ever remembers the first name.

    • VJ says:

      10 more clues from the match are over here now.

      For a while there, I thought there was gonna be a runaway, just not with the person I predicted. Bonnie was doing very well but Matt managed to bring his score up respectably.

      Matt’s stab at the hausfrau clue was an LOL moment.

      “John H. Watson” The page I linked to in the recap says some folks use the H to explain why his wife called him “James” in one book. I know… weird :) And speaking of his wife, the last time we saw a Dr. Watson clue was on 4/16/2016 in A LITERARY MARY ($400) In the Sherlock Holmes tale “A Scandal in Bohemia”, this man has settled into married life with Mary Morstan