Final Jeopardy: Nonfiction

The Final Jeopardy question (10/11/2012) in the category “Nonfiction” was:

In an 1854 work, this title body of water was compared with the proportions of Loch Fyne.

3-day champ Stephanie Jass returned once again to try to add some more to her $66,770 winnings. She’ll get some competition today from: Hilary Hultman-Lee, from Sterling, VA and Tom Conn, from St. Anne, IL.

Tom found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “You’ve Been Schooled!” He was in the lead with $2,800, twice as much as Stephanie in second place. He bet $600, thought it was ‘technical,’ but that was WRONG.

From the Greek for “many skills,’ it an engineering school that teaches industrial arts & applied sciences.

Stephanie finished in the lead with $5,600. Hilary was second with $4,800 and Tom was last with $2,800.

Stephanie found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Alliterative Americans.” She was doing quite well in this category and had jumped into a big lead with $12,000, $5,200 more than Hilary in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Among the holdings in his financial empire were an aircraft company, RKO pictures & lots of stock in TWA.

Two clues later, Stephanie found the last Daily Double in “1920s Best Sellers.” She now had $16,800, $10,000 more than Hilary. She bet $2,000, and she was RIGHT.

“Revolt in the Desert”, about his exploits in Arabia, was a nonfiction bestseller in 1927.

Stephanie finished in the lead with $24,400, but she did not have a runaway today. Hilary finished in second place with $12,400. Tom was in third place with $4,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In his book, “Walden, or, Life in the Woods” author Henry David Thoreau compares Walden Pond to Loch Fyne in the Chapter “The Pond in Winter,” making this observation: “if, using the shortest diameter of Loch Fyne, we apply these proportions to Walden, which, as we have seen, appears already in a vertical section only like a shallow plate, it will appear four times as shallow.” (Walden (Google Books))

Tom wrote down the Firth of Forth but he bet nothing so he remained at $4,000.

Hilary wrote down Lake Victoria. That cost her $12,201 and she finished with $199.

Stephanie wrote down Loch Lomond. She only bet $1,000 so she won her 4th victory with $23,400, and her total rose to $90,170.

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