Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Books

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/30/2012) in the category “20th Century Books” was:

“A Cry of Children” and “Nightmare Island” were proposed titles for this novel.

Keith Whitener is now a 4-day champ with winnings of $87,998. His opponents today are: Robert Herzfeld, from Benton, AR and Dana Sellke, from Westerville, OH.

Robert found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Types of Aircraft.” He was in second place with $1,600, $1,800 less than Keith in the lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Webster’s Dictionary from 1806 defined an aeronaut as “an aerial sailor in” one of these. show

Robert finished in the lead with $5,800. Keith was second with $5,600 and Dana was last with $1,600.

Keith found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Olde England.” He was in the lead with $8,000 now, $2,200 more than Robert because he had answered every clue in the category correctly so far. Remembering yesterday’s tragedies (he lost $9,000 on 2 Daily Doubles), he only ventured a $1,000 bet. That was good because he didn’t know. He guessed it was the Duke of Scotland and that was WRONG.

This title was re-created in 1301 when Edward I gave it to his son who was born in Caernarfon. show

Keith found the last Daily Double in “U.S. Bodies of Water.” He was now in second place with $7,800, $1,200 behind Robert in the lead. He put up $3,000 this time, and he was RIGHT. (It was a no brainer for him, because the answer is the state he originally comes from.)

Pamlico Sound, the largest lagoon on the East Coast, is located on the eastern shore of this state. show

Keith finished in the lead with a runaway $11,200. Robert was next with $5,000 and Dana was in third place with $2,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“”…even after Golding and Monteith had agreed upon a text, they were at odds over the title. Strangers From Within, as it was then called, didn’t exactly trip off the tongue. What should replace it? Golding had a few ideas, each of them worse than the previous: A Cry of Children? Nightmare Island? To Find an Island? Desperately, Monteith went back to The Tempest, trying to find a title about an island there. But it was eventually his colleague at Faber, Alan Pringle, who suggested Lord of the Flies. The idea was an immediate hit.” (Nabokov’s Butterfly: And Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books)

Dana bet it all and finished with $4,000.

Robert bet $555, finishing with $5,555.

Keith bet $1,199, winning his 5th game with $12,399. His 5-day total is $100,397.

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