Final Jeopardy: National Songs

The Final Jeopardy question (11/12/2012) in the category “National Songs” was:

First publicly performed in 1745, this song sometimes has its pronouns changed.

We’re watching the 4th quarter-final game of the Teachers Tournament today and our players are: Brenton Montie from South Lyon, MI; Marcia Edmundson, from Chesterfield, VA; and  Tina Baybay-Bykov, from Orlando, FL.

Marcia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” She was in the lead with $1,800, $400 more than Brenton in second place. She bet $500, guessed it was “adieu” and that was WRONG.

It’s the last word spoken by Richard III.

Marcia finished in the lead with $5,100. Brenton was second with $3,400 and Tina was last with $2,000.

Marcia found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Two’s Day.” She now had the lead with $10,700, $4,700 more than Tina in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT, much to her surprise.

83, odd; 937, odd… I guess 2 really is the only even one of these.

Brenton found the last Daily Double in “Weak End.” He was in third place with $7,000, $8,100 behind Marcia’s lead. He bet $3,000, and he was RIGHT.

Slate called the last scene of this 2007 Oscar winner based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel “a tacked on chunk of meaning.”

Brenton finished in the lead with $17,200. Marcia was next with $15,100 and Tina was in third place with $6,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“In September 1745 the ‘Young Pretender’ to the British Throne, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, defeated the army of King George II at Prestonpans, near Edinburgh. In a fit of patriotic fervour after news of Prestonpans had reached London, the leader of the band at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, arranged ‘God Save The King’ for performance after a play. It was a tremendous success and was repeated nightly.” It came to be know as the National Anthem at the beginning of the 19th century. (British Monarchy Website: National Anthem)

Americans call the tune “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” with the lyrics written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831.

Tina wrote down something about America. That cost her $5,000 and she finished with $1,000.

Marcia got it right, adding $5,000 to finishing with $20,100.

Brenton also got it and he bet $4,000. So he finished with $21,200 and Brenton is now a semi-finalist.

Alex said we’ll find out tomorrow if Marcia got a wild card spot, but we don’t really have to wait till then, do we? As a matter of fact, she’s first in line right now and if anyone gets knocked off the list tomorrow, it won’t be Marcia.

Teachers Tournament Semi-Finalists:
Marion Penning $26,801
Brenton Montie $21,200
Colby Burnett $20,001
John Hines $8,399

Wild Card Contenders:
Marcia Edmundson $20,100
Michael Farabaugh $18,000
Diana North $10,000
Terry Parker $6,799

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