Final Jeopardy: European Authors

The Final Jeopardy question (11/19/2012) in the category “European Authors” was:

Amazon said this author who died in 2004 was the first to sell a million kindle e-books.

We’re about to get down to the real nitty-gritty in the 2012 Teachers Tournament today. Three finalists are competing for a grand prize of $100,000 and one of these players will take that home tomorrow: Michael Farabaugh a high school chemistry teacher; Colby Burnett, a high school world history teacher; and  Kate Wilson, a high school AT English teacher.

Colby found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “In 1867.” He was tied for the lead with Kate at $4,200, $1,400 more than Michael. Colby bet $1,000, being a bit gunshy after his last attempt to ‘Roger Craig it’ went awry, but this time he was RIGHT.

She wed a doomed physician suffering from alcoholism, perhaps contributing to her violent hatred of booze.

Colby finished in the lead with $6,600. Kate was second with $4,400 and Michael was last with $3,800.

Michael found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Geology.” He was now in second place with $6,600, $2,800 less than Colby’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Naturally, plenty of coal was formed in this geologic period, 360 million to 300 million B.C..

Michael found the last Daily Double in “Around the Mediterranean.” He was in the lead with $12,000, $3,800 more than Colby, who was in second place. He bet $3,000, and he was RIGHT.

Balzac described it as “a French island basking in the Italian sun.”

Michael finished in the lead with $13,000. Colby was next with $11,800 and Kate was in third place with $6,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On July 27, 2010, Amazon announced in a press release: “that Stieg Larsson, author of the internationally bestselling Millennium Trilogy, has become the first author to sell over 1 million Kindle books and is the first member of the new “Kindle Million Club.” The “Kindle Million Club” recognizes authors whose entire body of work has sold over 1 million copies in the Kindle Store” ( Press Releases)

Larsson died on November 9, 2004 from a heart attack at the age of 50.

Kate could not come up with a guess so she lost her $3,000 bet, leaving her with $3,000.

Colby wrote down “Chrichton.” (John) Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, etc.) died in 2008. Colby lost a modest $1,200, finishing with $10,600.

Michael wrote down J.K. Rowling, getting quite a laugh because she’s quite alive. He lost $3,000 so he ended up with $10,000.

The Teachers Tournament finalists will bring these scores with them for Part 2 tomorrow.

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