Final Jeopardy: Children’s Rhymes

The Final Jeopardy question (10/23/2012) in the category “Children’s Rhymes” was:

Oddly, this mammalian character with a rhyming name suffers from alopecia.

Today’s new champ is Betsy Chisolm who won $5,199 in yesterday’s game. If she wants to stay champ, she’ll have to whup these two new players: Martin Powell, from Bowie, MD and Susan Petracco, from Viera, FL.

Martin found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Hudson River.” He was in second place with $1,200, $3,600 less than Betsy in the lead. He bet it all and thought it was de Gama, who was Portuguese and actually died in 1524, so that was WRONG.

This Italian explorer reached the Hudson River in 1524, 85 years before Henry Hudson.

Betsy finished with $9,200, quite a lead over Susan, second place with $1,400 and Martin, who was in the hole for $600.

Susan found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Words in U.S. Capitals.” She was in second place with $4,200, $7,200 behind Betsy. She got every clue right in this category except the pesky ramen noodles in Sacramento. Susan bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

This Roman poet in Rhode Island’s.

Betsy found the last Daily Double in “The English Beat.” She had the lead with $13,400, $5,800 more than Susan in second place. She bet $2,000, but was off by one Henry so she was WRONG.

At the 1415 Battle of Agincourt, French Calvary charged across a muddy field and were cut down in waves by English archers, leading to an overwhelming victory for this King and his band of brothers.

Betsy finished in the lead with $18,600. Susan was next with $9,200 and Martin was in third place with $5,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Some people actually think of Fuzzy Wuzzy as a song, not a nursery rhyme. Whatever you think, alopecia is only one possible explanation for Fuzzy Wuzzy’s lack of hair. In the youtube shown, Jason Holman provides an entirely different reason in his “Ballad of Fuzzy Wuzzy.”

Martin didn’t even take a guess. He lost $3,400 and finished with $2,400.

Susan wrote down “Jack Sprat.” That cost $2,401 and she finished with $6,799.

Betsy got it right and added $2,200 to her score. She won the game with a total of $20,800, considerably more than yesterday. Her 2-day total is $25,999.

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1 Response

  1. Grover says:

    Why did Betsy risk any money over $199?

    She had the sure win, but instead risked it for a paltry extra amount.

    Sigh, sometimes the player’s strategy just baffles me. Like when down by a lot near the end of the game, when only winning a true daily double would put them in reach of catching the leader (who otherwise would have a run away win locked up) people don’t bet it all. Makes no sense