Final Jeopardy: The Rosetta Stone

The Final Jeopardy question (2/13/2013) in the category “The Rosetta Stone” was:

Champollion’s deciphering the 1st symbol as “sun” led to translating the name of this leader — there were 11 of them.

One Tournament ends and another begins: Today is the first quarter-final match of the 2013 Tournament of Champions. Today’s champs are: Paul Nelson originally from Iowa City, Iowa; Jason Shore, from Plano, TX and Stephanie Jass, from Highland, MI.

“Steamroller” Stephanie was a 7x champ with winnings of $147,570, Jason was a 4x champ with $85,200 and Paul was a 5x champ with $54,900. Let’s see what happens today.

Jason found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Olympic Host Cities.” He was in second place with $1,000, $2,200 behind Stephanie’s lead. He bet it all and he was RIGHT.

Most of its more than 14 million people are ethnically Han. show

Stephanie finished in the lead with $5,800. Jason was second with $3,600 and Paul was last with $2,000.

Jason found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Presidential Acquisitions.” He now held the lead with $14,400, $5,800 more than Stephanie in second place. He bet $1,000, thought it was William McKinley and that was WRONG.

The Alaska purchase. show

Paul found the last Daily Double in “From Zorba the Greek.” He was in second place with $8,800, $4,200 behind both Stephanie and Jason, who were tied for the lead. He bet $5,000, and he was RIGHT.

“Behind each woman rises the austere, sacred and mysterious face of” this goddess. show

Paul finished in the lead with $15,800. Stephanie and Jason had $13,000 each.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Anyone who has studied ancient Egypt will be familiar with Jean Francois Champollion. He was, after all, credited with deciphering hieroglyphics from the Rosetta Stone and thus giving scholars the key to understanding hieroglyphics. For this effort along, he is frequently referred to as the Father of Egyptology, for he provided the foundation that scholars would need in order to truly understand the ancient Egyptians. Even though he suffered a stroke, dying at the age of forty-one, he himself added to our knowledge of this grand, ancient civilization by translating any number of Egyptian texts prior to his death.” (Tour

Stephanie bet nothing so she finished with $13,000.

Jason bet $1,000. He finished with $14,000.

Paul also bet nothing so he won the match with $15,800.

What can we say? “Gee whiz” is all that comes to mind, right after “What were they thinking?”

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