Final Jeopardy: American Icons

The Final Jeopardy question (12/4/2012) in the category “American Icons” was:

He has a Medal of Freedom, a Pulitzer Citation & membership in the Rock & Roll & Minnesota Music Halls of Fame.

4-day champ Jason Shore has racked up $85,200 in winnings so far. Let’s see how he fares against these two new players today: Bryan Shilowich, from Cambridge, MA and Jennifer North, from Jersey City, NJ.

Jason found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “It’s Reigning Men.” He was in the lead with $1,800, $400 more than Jennifer in second place. He made it a true Daily Double, thought it was Italy and that was WRONG.

Hercule Grimaldi, Honoré Grimaldi. show

Bryan finished in the lead with $4,600. Jason was second with $4,400 and Jennifer was last with $3,800.

Jason found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Nuclear Energy.” He was in the lead with $7,200 now, $2,600 more than Bryan in second place. Still feeling bold, he bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

The U.S. leads the world in operating nuclear reactors with 104, followed by this European country with 58. show

Jason found the last Daily Double in “Supreme Court Justices.” He had the lead with $14,200, only $2,200 ahead of Jennifer in second place. Nobody was doing that well in this category, so he only risked $2,000, and he was RIGHT.

After World War I this Justice headed a delegation of American Zionists to a conference in London. show

Jason finished in the lead with $17,000. Jennifer was next with $13,000 and Bryan was in third place with $4,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Bob Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and his home state’s Music Hall of Fame in 1991.

In 2008, Dylan was awarded a special Pulitzer Citation “for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.

In a press release on April 26, 2012, the White House announced that Bob Dylan would be one of 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year: “One of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, Dylan released his first album in 1962. Known for his rich and poetic lyrics, his work had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s… ” (The White House: Office of the Press Secretary)

Bryan thought it was Eric Clapton, who is from England and in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream. He lost his $4,590 bet and wound up with $10.00.

Jennifer thought it was Prince, who is in the Rock and Roll and Minnesota Halls of Fame, but no Pulitzer or Medal of Freedom. That cost her $3,800 and she finished with $9,200.

Jason also wrote down Prince. He bet $10,000 so Jennifer’s low bet strategy paid off quite well — she is the new Jeopardy! champion.

Jason’s haul from his 4-day reign puts him in our Tournament of Champions Top 12 List, at No. 7 today.

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2 Responses

  1. jeopardy says:

    I know that watching the show, I learned I want to marry Jennifer North!

  2. caelisara says:

    Friggin’ younglings. Sigh.