Final Jeopardy: Famous Women

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The Final Jeopardy question (2/15/2013) in the category “Famous Women” was:

Her 1886 obituary in a Mass. paper said, “Very few in the village, except among the older inhabitants, knew” her “personally.”

It’s Match 3 in the Tournament of Champions. Monica Thieu, who won $100,000 in the College Tournament, is competing today against two champs from the regular games: David Gard, a 4X champ ($84,700); and Jason Keller, a 9X champ ($213,900).

Regular Jeopardy! viewers know that Jason is a formidable player to be up against, and it won’t be much of a surprise if he wins the semi-finalist spot or the whole tournament for that matter. Jason Keller knows stuff — a lotta stuff.

Monica found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Genetics.” She was in second place with $1,800, 2,800 less than Jason’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double. She thought it was wheat, but that was WRONG.

In 1986, the U.S. issued the first patent on a plant produced through genetic engineering, a hybrid of this grain. show

Jason finished in the lead with $8,800. David was second with $2,400 and Monica was last with $1,400.

David found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Lakes.” He now held the lead with $10,000, $6,000 more than David in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

To create this lake in the 1960s, historical ruins such as Abu Simbel were moved to higher ground. show

Jason found the last Daily Double in “American History.” Still in the lead, but even more big time, he now had $17,600, $14,600 more than Monica in second place. He bet $5,400, and he was RIGHT.

In a 1779 battle in the North Sea, he captured the Serapis, a British man-of-war. show

Jason finished in the lead with $28,200. Monica, who managed to rack up $9,800, was next. David was in third place with $2,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHO IS EMILY DICKINSON?

“Often caricatured in popular culture as a white-clad recluse who poured out morbid verse in the sanctuary of her bedroom, Emily Dickinson was a serious artist whose intellectual curiosity and emotional intensity are revealed in concise and compelling poems that capture a range of human experiences.” (Emily Dickinson Museum)

David didn’t write anything down. He lost his $2,300 bet and finished with $100.

Monica got it right and bet $1,200. She finished with $11,000.

Jason also got it right, but as you probably expected, he didn’t bet anything because, with $28,200, he didn’t need to. He is our third semi-finalist, joining yesterday’s winner, Colby Burnett ($16,400); and Wednesday’s winner, Paul Nelson ($15,800).

Have a great weekend, then tune back in for the last two quarter-final matches coming up next week.

Wild Card Contenders:
Jason Shore: $14,000
Stephanie Jass: $13,000
David Menchaca: $11,600
Monica Thieu: $11,000

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