Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Plays

The Final Jeopardy question (12/7/2012) in the category “20th Century Plays” was:

This 1962 play takes place beginning at 2 a.m. in the living room of a house on a New England college campus.

Yesterday, Noah Rachels claimed the Jeopardy! crown with a win of $15,099. Today, he will attempt to break the string of one-day champions. To do that, he’ll have to defeat these two new players: 
Josh Frumkin, from Germantown, MD and Rebecca Neese, from Rosemead, CA.

Rebecca found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Bible Books by Story” before the first commercial break. She was in 3rd place with $400, $2,000 behind Josh in the lead. She bet $1,000, said Genesis (which was the answer to the previous clue and she gave it), and that was WRONG.

3 friends are thrown into a fiery furnace.

Josh finished in the lead with $8,800. Noah was second with $5,000 and Rebecca was last with $400.

Josh found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Behind Bars.” He had $10,800, $5,800 more than Noah in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

It was closed in 1963 because it was too costly to operate; 1 million gallons of water were shipped to the island each week.

Noah found the last Daily Double in “Science Grab Bag.” He was in second place with $5,400, $11,200 behind Josh’s lead. He bet $2,000, but couldn’t come up with anything so he was WRONG.

Teflon is an example of this type of compound that contains only the elements F & C.

Josh finished in the lead with a runaway $18,600. Noah was next with $5,000 and Rebecca was in third place with $800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right. (Much to our amazement*)


Edward Albee’s 1962 play originally ran on Broadway, at the Billy Rose Theatre, from October 13, 1962 through May 16, 1964. Total performances: 664. Original actors: Uta Hagen (Martha), Arthur Hill (George), Melinda Dillon (Honey) and George Grizzard (Nick). (Internet Broadway Database)

The 1966 film version starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sandy Dennis and George Segal.

Rebecca wrote down “Death of a Salesman,” a 1949 play by Arthur Miller. The title character, Willy Loman, lives in Brooklyn. She lost half her dough on that and finished with $400.00.

Noah wrote down the same thing as Rebecca only he bet way more — $4,993 so he finished in third place with $7.00.

Josh didn’t write down anything at all. He lost $1,400 but won the game with $17,200 and he will return on Monday (but you knew that at the end of Double Jeopardy!)

*Sometimes I like to take a guess which contestants will get the Final Jeopardy! right, and this time I thought Rebecca would know it, but after it came up that Josh was a film buff in the chit chat segment, I thought maybe he would too. Ah, well, no film buff should miss this movie — it’s one of Liz Taylor’s best roles for which she won her second Best Actress Oscar. The college campus was the giveaway for me — George was an associate history professor. ~ VJ

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