Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Literary Introductions

The Final Jeopardy question (1/17/2013) in the category “19th Century Literary Introductions” was:

Title character who’s “clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere.”

New champ Joan Blinn won $17,000 yesterday, dethroning a 5-day champ. Today she is up against these two players: Diva Bole, from Elkton, MD and Helen Juvonen, from Toronto, ON, Canada.

Diva found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “DVD Special Features.” She was in third place with $1,200, $4,600 behind Helen’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double but had no idea so she was WRONG.

“The Rising,” “Comrades” & “Revolution Parts 1 & 2” are special features of this Warren Beatty film.

Joan finished in the lead with $7,000. Helen was second with $6,600 and Diva was last with no money at all.

Diva found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “The Renaissance.” She was in third place with $1,600, $10,200 less than Joan’s lead. She bet the whole $2,000 allowance, thought it was a lyre and that was WRONG.

Artisans who produced this stringed pear-shaped instrument included Frei & Unverdorben.

Joan found the last Daily Double in “Mauritania & Morocco.” She was in second place with $17,400, $1,600 less than Helen’s lead. She bet $3,000. and she was RIGHT.

After Morocco allegedly aided a failed coup, Mauritania gravitated toward this third country that borders both.

Helen finished in the lead with $21,000. Joan was next with $20,400 and Diva was in third place with $3,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


in Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel, “Dracula,” Peter Hawkins dispatches his employee, Jonathan Harker, to Transylvania to meet their mysterious client. Dracula may not have been colorful, but he was at least cordial. He greeted Harker with these words: “Welcome to my house. Enter freely and of your own free will!” Dracula (free Kindle download)

Diva wrote down the “Vicar of” (Wakefield), an 18th century novel by Oliver Goldsmith. She immediately knew her train of thought was wrong when Alex imitated Dracula. Diva didn’t bet anything though so she still had $3,600.

If you watched yesterday, you know literature is Joan’s wheelhouse and yes, she got it right. She bet a whopping $20,000 and finished with $40,400.

Helen was no slouch in literature either today. She also got it right. Her bet was a bit smaller than Joan’s at $19,801, but it was more than enough to surpass Joan and to become the new champ with a winning total of $40,801.

Congrats to Helen. Great game, ladies!

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