Final Jeopardy: Place Names

The Final Jeopardy question (11/26/2012) in the category “Place Names” was:

Built in 1911, this Wisconsin home was named for a Welsh bard associated with King Arthur.

New champ, Jack Ayres, won Friday’s game with a total of $28,201. He is back today to take on two new competitors: Lucas Peterson, originally from Oak Park, IL and Beth Youngers, from Rochester, MN.

Lucas found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Chicago the Beautiful” before the first commercial break. It was a video with the clue being read by First Lady Michelle Obama. Lucas was in the lead with $3,400, $2,800 more than Jake in second place. He made a lot of that money in this category and decided to try to double it and he was RIGHT.

Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” & Picasso’s “Mother & Child” are highlights of this museum’s amazing collection.

Lucas finished in the lead with $11,200. Jake was second with $5,200 and Beth was last with $3,000.

Jake found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Black’s Law Dictionary Definitions.” He was in second place with $12,000, $6,000 behind Lucas in the lead. Just as Chicago was in Lucas’ wheelhouse, this category was in law student Jake’s. He bet $8,000. and he was RIGHT.

A defamatory assertion expressed in a transitory form, especially speech.

Beth found the last Daily Double in “The Great Pretenders.” She was in third place with $8,200, $11,400 less than Jake’s lead. Alex Trebek goaded her to do a Daily Double, natch. She chose to risk most, but not all, with an $8,000 bet, and she was RIGHT.

In the early 1600s, 3 pretenders to Russia’s throne claimed to be Dmitry Ivanovich, son of this man.

Jake finished in the lead with $19,600. Beth was next with $17,400 and Lucas was in third place with $16,800.

None of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The most personal look at (Frank Lloyd) Wright can be found by visiting Spring Green where Wright began building his home, Taliesin, a Welsh term meaning “Shining Brow,” in 1911.” (Wright in Wisconsin: Talieson)

“Taliesin, literally, the “Radiant Brow,” was an early bard who may have lived a little later than the traditional Arthurian period, but was nonetheless drawn into the Arthurian saga.” (Celtic Twilight: Talieson)

Lucas wrote down “Merlin’s House.” He lost his $2,900. He finished with $13,900.

Beth wrote down “Llewellyn.” This time she did go for it all and she finished with zero.

Jake wrote down “Alan-A-Dale.” He lost his $15,201 bet and ended up with $4,399.

So actor Lucas Peterson is the new Jeopardy! champ and, in the words of The Terminator, he’ll be back.

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3 Responses

  1. anon says:

    Always come here when I miss an episode

  2. McFeisty says:

    He married and built a house in Oak Park in 1889, at the age of 22. Was actually born in Wisconsin and grew up there (with a few years in Massachusetts in the middle of that). I don’t know many that consider themselves ‘from’ somewhere they moved to once well into adulthood, although Oak Park seems to claim him as being ‘from’ there.

  3. okJenni says:

    Isn’t Frank Lloyd Wright from Oak Park, IL? Very funny that Lucas is from his hometown and got it wrong