Final Jeopardy: Plays

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The Final Jeopardy question (11/7/2012) in the category “Plays” was:

Referring to its 2 acts, an Irish critic described it as “a play in which nothing happens, twice.”

On Day 1 of the Teachers Tournament, we welcome these three teachers, one of whom will get an A in quarter-finals: Colby Burnett from Chicago, IL; Michael Farabaugh, from Charlottesville, VA and Diana North, from Rockville, SC.

Colby found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “U.S. Geography” on the third pick. He was the one who answered the first two right, so he was the only one with any money. That was $600. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

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Colby finished in the lead with $8,000. Diana was second with $4,200 and Michael was last with $3,200.

Michael found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Composers.” He was in third place with $4,800, half of Colby’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Colby found the last Daily Double in “The 1980s, Quick!” He was in second place with $10,400, $4,000 less than Michael’s lead. He bet $2,200, and he was RIGHT.

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Colby finished in the lead with $19,800. Michael was next with $14,000 and Diana was in third place with $13,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS “WAITING FOR GODOT”?

Apparently, this is par for the course for the playwright: “… (Samuel) Beckett’s theatre refuses to satiate any appetite for classical theatre. ‘Act Without Words,’ a play whose very title directly addresses the way in which it resists what some might think of as traditional theatre, is but one example. The play ‘Not I,’ for its part, challenges our expectations of character by featuring a mouth engaged in a monologue addressed to a ‘listener,’ who… is nothing but a silhouette. In ‘Waiting for Godot,’ it is our yen for coherence and meaningful action in theatre that is denied, for, as Vivian Mercier has remarked, it is… a play in which ‘nothing happens… twice.'” (Repetition, Difference, and Knowlege… by Sarah Gendron)

Diana wrote down “Waitin for Godot” but she left off the ‘g’ in ‘Waiting.’ She lost her $3,800 bet, finishing with $10,000.

Michael got it right. He bet $4,000, finishing with $18,000.

Colby also got it and added $201 to his score so he is the one who will advance to the semi-finals.

Snagging one of the Wild Card spots is looking purty good for Michael and Diana, and with 4 available Wild Card spots, that will still hold true tomorrow at least.

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4 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    I remembered who it was — Joel Pool. By the May 23rd game this year, I mentioned at the end that he was becoming famous for leaving out the verb in his Final Jeopardy answers. He is a 6x champ. We’ll see if he does it in the Tournament of Champions.

  2. Dave in Indy says:

    Agree with Michele – Colby did not put it in a true form of a question since he left out the “is” but if what VJ says is true, he is “okay” but not in my book;)

    As far as “misspellings” that is like adding an s to a word, waiting and waitin are pronounced differently.

  3. VJ says:

    I was surprised myself because I thought that they don’t penalize for misspellings — only if it changes the word to another word entirely. Leaving off the G didn’t change it to another word entirely.

    As for Colby, leaving out the verb didn’t make his answer wrong. I remember another player who did that, although the name escapes me at the moment. I’ll put a link to it if I remember his name.

    Ironic that it was a teacher — even if she wouldn’t mark a student wrong for that, she would certainly red pencil it. LOL

  4. Michele says:

    Colby should’ve been disqualified also. He wrote “What Waiting for Godot” he did not put the word “is” in there. How was that allowed?