Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Inventions

The Final Jeopardy question (12/17/2012) in the category “19th Century Inventions” was:

Thoreau noted in 1854, it “resounds at every post. It is a harp with one string–the first strain from the American lyre.

3-day champ Alistair Bell is back once again. He’s racked up $56,800 so far. Can one of these new opponents take over the crown? — Theresa Anderson, from Valrico, FL and Susan Jann, from Bristol, PA.

Alistair found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Math Fun.” before the first commercial break, but he wasn’t hurting for betting money. He was in the lead with $2,400, $2,200 more than Theresa in second place. He bet $1,600, said it was “the union” and that was WRONG.

The Venn Diagram here contains 3 sets, A, B and C but there’s another set that includes all possible things that’s called this.

Susan finished in the lead with $6,600. Alistair was second with $3,600 and Theresa was last with $2,400.

Alistair found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “New Jersey.” He was in second place with $5,600, $1,400 less than Susan’s lead. He bet $1,600 and he was RIGHT.

Nike redesigned the NFL uniforms for 2012, with the biggest revamp for this team that’s closest to Nike headquarters.

Susan found the last Daily Double in “George, Uhhh.” She was in second place with $14,200, $600 less than Alistair who was now in the lead. She bet $2,000, and she was RIGHT.

You know, he was a 1901 VMI grad, spearheaded the big European recovery program 46 years later.

Susan finished in the lead with $17,800. Alistair was next with $15,600 and Theresa was in third place with $6,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The clue comes from Henry David Thoreau’s journal. The 1854 entry is titled: “Feb. 14 — Down Railroad.” Thoreau made the observation right after noting that it looked like rain, and right before he began to write about nuthatches and titmice. (The Writings of Henry David Thoreau)

Theresa wrote down “telegram” but she didn’t bet anything so she finished with $6,000.

Alistair picked the cotton gin. He didn’t bet anything either so he finished with $15,600.

Susan got it right and she bet $5,000 so she became our new Jeopardy! champ with $22,800. Great game!

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2 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Your welcome. The link actually goes to the journal — a free download on google books.

  2. Global Squatter says:

    After watching this episode, I was trying to find the source of this clue. Thanks for your detailed answer on this Final Jeopardy! Now I have to find HDT’s Journal and read it.