Final Jeopardy: U.S. Memorials

The Final Jeopardy question (2/27/2012) in the category “U.S. Memorials” was:

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time”, from Virgil’s “Aeneid”, is inscribed on a wall at this memorial.”

Today is the first of the two match finale of the 2012 Teachers Tournament. The three finalists, as you know if you have been following along, are: Patrick Quinn, Brooks Humphreys and Justin Hofstetter. In the commercial, Justin said: “I am going to school the competition,” so Justin is obviously bringing his A game today. Let’s see who else is.

Brooks found the Jeopardy! Daily Double under the $1,000 clue in “5 Flags Over Texas.” He had $1,600 and was in the lead, but it was pretty tight. Justin had $1,400 and Patrick had $1,200. Brooks made it a true Daily Double but he picked the largest city in Texas instead of the capital and that was WRONG.

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Justin finished in first place with $6,800. Patrick was second with $2,800 and Brooks had $1,000 at the end of the round.

In Double Jeopardy, Brooks got the first Daily Double in “Places in C.” He was in third place with $3,800, $3,000 less than Patrick, and $9,400 less than Justin. He bet $3,000 and this time, he was RIGHT.

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Justin got the last Daily Double in the category “Social Studies.” He almost had a runaway lead with $16,800. His nearest competitor, Brooks, had $8,800 and Patrick had $8,000. He bet $4,000 (we wouldn’t want to do it), and he couldn’t even venture a guess so he was WRONG. We would have said Tools and been wrong too.

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Patrick finished first in Double Jeopardy with $11,600. Justin was next with $11,200 and Brooks still had that $8,800.

Only ONE correct Daily Double today and, right before revealing the players’ answers, Alex told them the memorial is not in our nation’s capital. That information caused Justin to signify that he blew it. He was hardly alone. Brooks and Patrick got it wrong, too.


In Latin, it is “Nulla dies umquam memori vos eximet aevo.” The quotation is also inscribed on a Canadian monument in Ottowa — “The Valiants” — a monument commemorating fourteen key figures from the military history of that country.

It was not used without criticism for the National 9/11 Memorial. In a New York Times editorial, Caroline Alexander, author of The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War said:

“The impulse to turn to time-hallowed texts, like the classics or the Bible, is itself time-hallowed. In the face of powerful emotions, our own words may seem hollow and inadequate, while the confirmation that people in the past felt as we now feel holds solace. And the language of poets and great thinkers can be in itself ennobling. But not in this case. Anyone troubling to take even a cursory glance at the quotation’s context will find the choice offers neither instruction nor solace.” (Out of Context)

The contestants may very well be inclined to agree with Ms. Alexander, since they all thought the quotation would be connected to fallen military.

Brooks wrote down “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial” and bet $3,000, so he had $5,800 left to bring into tomorrow’s match.

Justin also thought it was the Vietnam Memorial. After his $6,401 bet was deducted, he was left with $4,799.

Patrick wrote down “What is the D-Day Memorial,” which is in Bedford, Va., the town that suffered the most casualties on June 6, 1944. That cost him $6,011 and he ended up with $5,589.

So nobody ended up with a significant lead and tomorrow, they will pretty much start off on a level playing field. Not quite from scratch like today, but really close.

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