Final Jeopardy: Math Men

The Final Jeopardy question (11/15/2012) in the category “Math Men” was:

In 1880 he wrote “We draw two circles, and make them include or exclude or intersect one another.”

Today three ladies are vying for a spot in the Teachers Tournament final two matches that will take place next Monday and Tuesday. They are: Kate Wilson from Montgomery, AL; Marcia Edmundson, from Chesterfield, VA; and Marion Penning, from Baltimore, MD.

Marion found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Quick History.” She was in second place with $2,000, $600 behind Kate. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

In German it was called “Heiliges Romisches Reich.”

Marion finished in the lead with $5,600. Kate was second with $4,200 and Marcia was last with $2,000.

Marion found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Essay.” She had the lead with $11,600, only $200 more than Kate, now in second place after recovering $3,200 from the judges’ decision to accept an answer previously judged wrong.* Marion bet $2,000 but had no idea so she was WRONG.

His essay “On the Decay of the Art of Lying” was “read at a meeting of the Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford.”

Kate found the last Daily Double in “Samurai,” a video category brought to us by the National Geographic Society. She had the lead now with $15,800, $6,200 more than Marion in second place. She bet $2,000, and she was RIGHT.

Tsubas are sword guards. They protected the hand in battle. As you can see, they were decorated with different symbols, including this one, the flower long associated with Japan’s Imperial House.

Kate finished in the lead with $17,800. Marion was next with $9,600 and Marcia was in third place with $8,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Mathematician John Venn was born August 4, 1834 in Hull, England. A fellow of Caius College, Cambridge (1857), he developed George Boole’s symbolic logic, and in his Logic of Chance (1866) worked on the frequency theory of probability. He is best known for Venn diagrams, pictorially representing the relations between sets.” ( John Venn)

Marcia bet it all and doubled her score to $16,800.

Marion added $9,000, finishing with $18,600.

Kate bet $1,401, enough to nail that finalist spot.

*The clue in “Get ‘Real'” was “To redistribute” and the answer had to have the word “real” in it. Kate replied “What is realign” but they were looking for “reallocate,” which was the answer Marion gave after Kate was told she was wrong. But it was just one of those ones you knew were coming back because the word ‘real’ is in “realign” and its meaning indisputably involves redistribution.

Yesterday, Wild Card winner Michael Farabaugh became a finalist and Kate was a Wild Card winner. So we have two Wild Card winners in the finals, but that won’t happen tomorrow because all the Wild Card winners have already competed.

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