Final Jeopardy: World of Books

The Final Jeopardy question (9/21/2015) in the category “World of Books” was:

Mussolini considered this book written during the Renaissance “the statesman’s supreme guide.”

2x champ Natalie Lips won $36,400 last week. Her last game was a runaway. Today she is up against these two players: Gordon Reid, from Fort Worth, TX; and Sue Corbett, from Newport News, VA.

Round 1: Natalie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “A ‘Non’ Category” under the $1,000 clue. 6 clues were left after it. She had a big lead with $5,200, $4,000 more than Gordon in second place. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Natalie finished in the lead with $8,200. Sue was second with $2,400 and Gordon was last with $2,200.

Round 2: Natalie found the first Daily Double in “Red-Letter Day” under the $1,600 clue. It was the 4th pick and she was now in the lead with $10,600, $8,200 more than Sue in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought it was Patrick Henry. That was WRONG.

A British officer wrote that this man faced his September 22, 1776 execution in Manhattan with “great composure.” show

Natalie found the last Daily Double in “What a Cliché!” under the $1,600 clue, with only 2 clues remaining in the same category. It was a bit of déja vu with Natalie close to a runaway at $17,400. Gordon was in second place with $9,400. She bet $2,600 and she was RIGHT.

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Natalie finished in the lead with $20,000. Gordon foiled Natalie’s runaway by getting the $1,200 clue right before the buzzer went off. He now had $10,600. Sue was in third place with $3,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Few books have attracted such an influential readership as The Prince. Catherine de Medici and the Emperor Charles V professed their admiration for it. Louis XIV described it as his “favourite nightcap” and a copy was found in Napoleon’s coach at Waterloo. Bismarck and Napoleon III swore by it and, more recently, Hitler kept a copy by his bedside, where it was reportedly a constant inspiration.

Mussolini described The Prince as “the statesman’s supreme guide” although he was later to place it on the Fascist index of proscribed books.” (UK Telegraph: Machiavelli’s Dangerous Book for Men)

Sue wrote down “The Little Prince” and evidently didn’t have enough time to cross out “Little” after realizing her error at the last second. She lost her $1,200 bet and finished with $2,000.

Gordon got it right. His $10,548 bet brought him up to $21,148.

Natalie also got it right and bet $1,201 so she won the match with $21,201. Her 3-day total is $57,601.

FJ Results: 9-21-15

During the chat, Natalie told Alex Trebek about her short stint as a security guard at a local mall. The job was just not for her, she said, because she needed to rely upon an authoritative manner that she just doesn’t have.

2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Classic Films”

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3 Responses

  1. mike johnson says:

    Take your glasses off, Natalie. Let your hair down. [Playful toss of the hair]

  2. rhonda says:

    Oh, dear, glad that I decided not to make any predictions.

  3. VJ says:

    Oh, well, another prediction thwarted by a title mishap. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery might have said, mon dieu!