Final Jeopardy: Poets

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (9/22/2017) in the category “Poets” was:

In an 1855 poem he wrote, “I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven”

3x champ Betsy Knudson has now won $61,402. In the last game of the week, she is up against: Ivan Plis, from Washington, D.C.; and Lauren Cusitello, from San Diego, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Time for a Drink – Animals With Beastly Names – Kiddy Lit – Omar’s Comin’! – 4-Syllable Words – I’m No Quitter

Lauren found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Kiddy Lit” under the $600 clue on the 10th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $2,600, $1,600 more than Betsy in second place. She bet $1,400 and thought it was “Rumpelstiltskin.” That was WRONG.

In 2000 Robin McKinley retold this classic fairy tale in “Spindle’s End” show

Ivan finished in the lead with $6,800. Betsy was second with $4,800 and Lauren was last with $3,200.

Round 2 Categories: Belly Up to the Zanzibar – Investing – A Joint Effort – That’s Entertainment – “Geo” Party – I’m No Acquitter

Ivan found the first Daily Double in “Zanzibar” under the $1,600 clue, with 3 clues left after it, including the other DD. He was in the lead with $15,200 now, $2,800 more than Lauren in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Many Zanzibar residents have Mideastern roots, practice Islam & call themselves Shirazi, after a city in this country. show

Betsy got the last Daily Double in “A Joint Effort” under the $2,000 clue, the last clue of the round. In third place with $4,800, she had $13,400 less than Ivan’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and took a guess with the hip. That was WRONG.

Glenohumeral is the medical name for this joint with greater range than any other in humans. show

Ivan finished in the lead with $18,200. Lauren was next with $14,400 and Betsy was out of the game at this point.

BOTH contestants left to play got Final Jeopardy! right.


The line comes from Section 6 of “Leaves of Grass.” A child asks the simple question: “What is the grass?” The poet “realizes that, the more we think about what the grass truly is, the less we know. Maybe, in the way it manages to grow everywhere out of the soil (which is always composted death), the grass is the “flag of my disposition,” the very sign of the poet’s optimism….” (University of Iowa: Whitman Web)

Lauren bet $4,000. That brought her up to $18,400.

Ivan bet $5,000 and won the match with $23,200. He is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (9/22/2017) Betsy Knudson, Lauren Cusitello, Ivan Plis

2 triple stumpers from Double Jeopardy!

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT ($2000) This standup comic & “Ride Along” star said, “Lying ruined my marriage… that a lie. I cheated.”

I’M NO ACQUITTER ($1200) In 1883, Judge Isaac Parker sentenced this female outlaw & her husband Sam to the Federal pen for horse stealing

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “European Cities”

National Geographic says the site of this city Is “the largest wetland in the Mediterranean” show

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9 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    “I celebrate myself, and sing myself”, so the clue writers don’t have to!


  2. Lou says:

    Betsy should have bet only 3000 in order to stay in the game and not bet it all on the daily double, but she played valiantly. Also, congrats to the two remaining contestants on getting walt whitman. I remember this answer was used in a similar game in 2015 when Scott Lord first appeared in july at that time despite no one else getting final jeopardy. Also, Vj, you took literature back in high school right? Do you know which poems from walt whitman you liked?

    • VJ says:

      I’ve been a poetry lover all my life, Lou, though I’ve never been a Walt Whitman fan. My grandfather recited poems he knew by heart and read them to me from the time I could talk. By age 5, I could recite Robert Louis Stevenson poems by heart myself. I like story poems the best.

      LINK: 7 more clues from this match

      • Lou says:

        Really? That is so amazing. You have such a natural talent at poems, and like you I have a natural talent at remembering and reciting poems by heart. To me I think this is a special gift we have been given at a young age or something, don;t you agree VJ? Also, the first two weeks of september has been seen with a minor leader curse, but let’s hope Ivan can make a week of wins next week.

        • VJ says:

          yeah, I think maybe it runs in families. With my son, it was songs. He just knew so many songs by heart by age 5, other kids would ask him to sing. My little granddaughter is only 2.5, and she is always going around singing. Even though it’s baby talk, you can recognize the melody and she even makes up her own versions. lol

  3. Richard Corliss says:

    I have an idea, why don’t you make the picture smaller for two contestants left next time we have a two player final jeopardy?