Final Jeopardy: Artists & Authors

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (9/11/2017) in the category “Artists & Authors” was:

In 1929 Georgia O’Keeffe painted the tree in New Mexico under which this British-born author used to write.

2x champ Shadi Peterman is back for the Season 34 debut. We last saw her on July 28th when she brought her winnings up to $18,000. Her opponents today are: Andrew Clyne, from Hoboken, NJ; and Laura Kelsay, from Grand Island, NE.

Round 1 Categories: Rejected Greeting Cards – Name Her Sport – Self-Help Books – Back in Black – Highway to Hell – “A-C”/”D-C”

Shadi found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Highway to Hell” under the $400 clue on the 5th pick of the round. She was in a second place tie with Laura. They both had $400, $200 less than Andrew’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and guessed Arizona. That was WRONG.

This state’s Highway 67 will get you a nice view of Devils Head Mountain in Pike National Forest. show

Laura finished in the lead with $8,200. Andrew was second with $2,400 and Shadi was last with $1,800.

Round 2 Categories: Architecture – Comedy Tonight! – Nicknames – History of Science – Spanish Words & Phrases – It Happened in Europe

Shadi found the first Daily Double in “Architecture” under the $1200 clue, with a baker’s dozen remaining after it. She was in second place with $7,400 at this point, $2,400 less than Laura’s lead. She bet $3,000 and took a guess with snails. That was close but WRONG.

As seen here, vermiculated masonry features wandering grooves that resemble tracks of these creatures.
Jeopardy Daily Double in Architecture (9-11-2017)

Laura found the last Daily Double in “Nicknames” under the $1,200 clue, with 8 clues left after it. In the lead with $12,200, she had $7,400 more than Shadi in second place. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

A gaudy, glittering metallic substance is in this nickname for the L.A. movie industry. show

Laura finished in the lead with a runaway $16,400. Andrew was next with $6,400 and Shadi was in third place with $5,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Georgia O’Keeffe’s painted “The Lawrence Tree” in 1929 at Kiowa Ranch, now known as the D.H. Lawrence Ranch. According to a Univ. of New Mexico 2014 news item, Lawrence “spent most mornings under the towering pine, writing from a simple carpenter’s bench. In 1929, five years after Lawrence’s final visit to New Mexico, O’Keeffe came to Taos. She spent several weeks at the ranch and painted the pine tree. Lying on the same weathered bench, she would follow the course of the trunk, up into the branches and far into the twinkling night sky.”

O’Keeffe’s painting is also mentioned on the D.H. Lawrence Ranch FAQs page

Shadi wrote down Lewis. That only cost her $1,000 and she had $4,600 left.

Andrew didn’t have a response. He bet and lost it all.

Laura came up with Stein. She lost $2,000 but won the game with the $14,400 she still had. Laura Kelsay is the first Jeopardy! champ of Season 34.

Final Jeopardy (9/11/2017) Shadi Peterman, Laura Kelsay, Andrew Clyne

A triple stumper from each round

SELF-HELP BOOKS ($800) One purpose of this evangelical leader’s “The Purpose Driven Life” is to answer the question “What am I here for?”

COMEDY TONIGHT! ($1600) He asked, “Do you think that God gets stoned once in a while? Look at a platypus. I think so.”

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “American Poems”

The title of this poem that begins the 1916 book “Mountain Interval” was inspired by long country walks. show

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6 Responses

  1. Richard Corliss says:

    Well, we’re off to a great start, aren’t we, Laura?

  2. Lou says:

    I remember DH Lawrence, the author that wrote Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. My favorite romance novels. And Laura did pretty well for the start of season 34 since she is a strong contender for the tournament of champions later on. And it’s good to see you starting a new season off a recap, VJ. Thanks for sharing. Also what is your favorite novel by DH Lawrence?

    • VJ says:

      idk, Susan, it is a famous painting. idk if adding Taos to the clue would have been a help, but I thought it was nice to have such a completely different clue about D.H. Lawrence.

      That Alexander Pope clue was REALLY arcane and imo there’s no way anyone could have known it. I have read a lot of Pope’s works and a lot about him and never heard of him being called The Swan of Thames, though he did call someone else that in The Dunciad.

      LINK: I have 7 more triple stumpers up, including that Pope clue and I did find a link to a list of “nicknames and sobriquets” that was published in 1877. Another supposed nickname the author has on the list is “A Little Liar.” Highly doubtful. lol.

      • Susan Ikenberry says:

        Somehow I recognized Pope– not remembering now how I knew. The final q was imho too complicated.. A lot to think of in a short time.

    • VJ says:

      Lady Chatterley is my favorite, Lou. Nice to see you back.

  3. Susan Ikenberry says:

    Is it me? Or was that final DH Lawrence Q really arcane?

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