Final Jeopardy: Fiction

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The Final Jeopardy question (10/15/2012) in the category “Fiction” was:

A proposed title for this novel sounded too much like a Vegas heist movie, so the number in the title was doubled.

Current champ Stephanie Jass has a 5-day total of $98,970. She starts out this week taking on these two opponents: John Matthews, from McLean, VA, and Ricky Leiter, from New York, NY.

Stephanie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln,” a video featuring Alex Trebek at Ford’s Theater. She had an unbeatable lead with $9,200, $7,600 more than Ricky in second place. She bet $800 and she was RIGHT.

Illustrating the difference in memories, some people said that Booth shouted this Latin phrase right from here, center stage. Others said, “No, it was from the box.” Booth himself wrote that he spoke the words before shooting Lincoln. Perhaps he said these words more than once. show

Stephanie then lost $800 by not knowing the Secretary of State’s name in Lincoln’s cabinet, so she finished in the lead with $9,200, the same amount she had before getting the Daily Double. Ricky was second with $1,600 and John was last with $200.

Stephanie found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “‘Sin’-full.” She now had $11,200, $9,200 more than Ricky. She bet $2,000 this time, did not know and said “Sin City” jokingly. Of course, that was WRONG.

Astronomical term for a place in space where matter is infinitely dense. show

Stephanie found the last Daily Double in “City Founders.” She had $10,800, $6,200 more than John, who was now in second place. She bet $1,000 and, this time, she was RIGHT.

In 1939, John Sutter established this colony that became this state capital. show

Stephanie finished in the lead with $21,000, another shut-out. John was next with $2,200 and Ricky was in third place with $2,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS CATCH-22?

“… blockbuster novelist Leon Uris produced a novel entitled Mila 18… It was thought advisable that Heller, the first-time novelist, should be the one to blink. Heller said in an interview with Playboy in 1975: ‘I was heartbroken. I thought 18 was the only number.’ A long process of numerical agonising began in which the author and his editor… worked their way through the integers looking for the right formula. ‘Catch-11’ was one of the first suggestions, but was rejected because of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean’s Eleven …. ” (The Telegraph: A Classic by Any Other Night)

Ricky took a shot with 50/50 (which Alex thought said so/so) and bet it all. He finished with zero.

John got it right. He added $1,900 to his score and finished with $4,100.

Stephanie also got it right. She bet $4,000, bringing her up to $25,000 for today and a 6-day total of $123,970. That moves Stephanie up to 2nd place in the Tournament of Champions list. Only $89,930 needed to catch up to what 9x champ Jason Keller won!

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