Final Jeopardy: Familiar Phrases

The Final Jeopardy question (10/2/2012) in the category “Familiar Phrases” was:

OED’s earliest citation of this 5-word phrase is “Now, Monsieur Poirot, you would without doubt like to visit” this place.

Our new champ, Joanna Mang, moved up from third place to win $24,600 yesterday. Today she’ll be competing with these two players: Sara Lehmann, from Albuquerque, NM and  Daniel Pasquini-Salazar, from Chicago, IL.

Joanna found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Political Terms” before the first commercial break. She just got in the lead with $600, because Daniel blew the previous question and he now had $400 in second place. She bet $600, guessed it was “a sunrise President” and that was WRONG, but it would have been wrong even if it was right because she did not phrase it in the form of a question.

While scrambling eggs for her kids, Congresswoman Pat Schroeder got the idea of calling Reagan this “President”.

Sara finished in the lead with $5,000. Joanna was second with $2,800 and Daniel was last with $1,800.

Sara found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Alphabetically First.” She had $9,000 and was in the lead big time with $7,000 more than her nearest competitor, Joanna. She bet a very serious $5,000 and she was RIGHT.

Of permanent U.N. security council members.

Sara immediately found the last Daily Double in “My Son the Artist” on her next choice. So she now had $14,000, $12,000 more than Joanna. She bet another $5,000, and she was RIGHT.

This German artist studed under his father, The Elder, & later became court painter to Henry VIII.

Sara finished with a runaway $29,800. Joanna was next with $7,200 and Daniel was in third place with $2,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The quote comes from Chapter 5 (Mrs. Renauld’s Story) of Agatha Christie’s 1923 novel “The Murder on the Links.” As Alex Trebek pointed out, it is also the title of Chapter 6.

Daniel wrote down “What is the bathroom?” That was very funny. He lost everything but a dollar, which didn’t much matter at this point.

Joanna got it right and doubled her money. She finished with $14,400. That pretty much assured her second place unless Sara had a moment of temporary insanity when writing down her bet.

Sara wrote down what looked like a quick attempt at “I have no idea.” She didn’t have a moment of temporary insanity, but she did make her favorite wager – $5,000, which served her well in this game. But even though she lost that amount this time, she still won the game with a highly respectable $24,800.

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