Final Jeopardy: Classic Jazz Songs

The Final Jeopardy question (2/20/2013) in the category “Classic Jazz Songs” was:

The title of this 1959 instrumental is a synonym for “Time Out”, the album on which it first appeared.

Here is the first trio of semi-finalists in the 2013 Jeopardy Tournament of Champion: two Wild Card winners: Jason Shore and Kristin Morgan, and yesterday’s winner, Dave Leach, all from the South.

Dave found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literature: The End of the Line” before the first commercial break. He was in the lead with $1,200, $1,000 more than Kristin and Jason who were in a tie for second place. He bet it all and he was RIGHT.

“He bequeathed.. property, both here and in England. To little Pearl, the daughter of” her.

Kristin finished in the lead with $7,600. Dave was second with $6,600 and Jason was last with $1,400.

Kristin found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “It Happened in the 1200s.” She was in the lead with $11,200, $2,200 more Dave than in second place. She bet $4,800 and she was RIGHT.

This family gained sovereignty over Austria, beginning a dynasty that would last in Europe until 1918.

Dave found the last Daily Double in “Movies: The Line of the End.” He was in second place with $13,800, $4,200 less than Kristin in the lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

“I hope to see my friend & shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.”

Kristin finished in the lead with $18,000. Dave was next with $17,800 and Jason was in third place with $10,600.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Paul Desmond, who was Brubeck’s alto saxophonist, wrote this song. It’s called “Take Five” because it was written in an unusual 5/4 meter. It was one of the first Jazz songs with a time signature other than the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. Brubeck explained in a 1995 interview with Paul Zollo that he asked Desmond to try writing a song in 5/4…” (Songfacts)

The Urban Dictionary defines “take five” as an “age old colloquial way of saying relax, take it easy. Five means five minutes presumably” as well as “to take a short break.” They also mention the Dave Brubeck instrumental.

Jason bet $10,022. He finished with $20,622.

Dave intended to shut Jason out with his $3,401 bet and hope that Kristin was wrong. He finished with $21,201.

Kristin intended to shut Dave out and be right, which she was. She bet $17,601 and won the finalist spot with $35,601. Super!

Alex Trebek lauded her brave bet by recalling a line from Patton uttered by George C. Scott: “L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace,” which we didn’t hear him translate, at least on screen, so here it is: Audacity, audacity, always audacity.” We’re just surprised that Alex, with his extensive knowledge of all things fran├žais, credited it to the movie and not Napoleon.

Jason and Dave each get to go home with $10,000 and Kristin will be back on Monday to compete against the winners of the next two games.

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  1. sintflut17 says:

    just as a footnote: in austria and all of europe the hapsburg family is spelled HABSBURG, the original name. this comes from their original castle/fortress in today’s switzerland, the HABICHTSBURG = HAWK’S CASTLE. so when in europe don’t be surprised to find every inscription and reference made to the HABSBURG family.