Final Jeopardy: Historical Relatives

The Final Jeopardy question (3/12/2013) in the category “Historical Relatives” was:

This king was the first of Henry VIII’s many fathers-in-law.

5-day champ Drew Horwood now has winnings of $79,197. He’s been pretty lucky in games where no one got the last clue. Today his competition comes from: Barrett Evans, from Portland, OR and Tish Koch, from Long Beach, CA.

Tish found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Quotable Mark Twain.” She was in third place with $1,600, $6,200 behind Barrett in the lead. She made it a true Daily and guessed “the World’s Fair.” That was WRONG.

“I came in with” this “in 1835. it is coming against next year, and I expect to go out with it,” Twain said in 1909; he did.

Barrett finished in the lead with $8,000. Drew was second with $4,800 and Tish was in the hole with negative $600.

Drew found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Medals & Decorations.” He was in second place with $6,400, $4,600 less than Barrett in the lead. Drew bravely made it a true Daily Double, while we cringed because he had already took a dive on a couple of clues in the category. But we breathed easier when he was RIGHT.

The order of Giron Beach created by Fidel Castro, is named for an area along this bay.

Tish found the last Daily Double in “Italian Scientists.” In third place with $3,400, she had $9,400 less than Drew’s lead. She bet $400 and she was RIGHT.

Ascanio Sobrero created this liquid in the 1840s & realized he’d made an “explosive” discovery.

Drew finished in the lead with $22,400, not a runaway because Barrett was next with $14,400. Tish was last with $5,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Catalina of Aragon was Ferdinand II’s youngest child with Isabella I of Castile. She was known after her first marriage to Henry VIII’s brother, Arthur, as Catherine of Aragon, so Ferdinand was Arthur’s father-in-law first. After Arthur died, Henry got a papal dispensation and married her.

Interestingly, Ferdinand was also the father-in-law of Manuel I of Portugal twice. Manuel I married his daughter Isabella who died in childbirth. He later married her sister, Maria. Their son, John, succeeded his father to the throne of Portugal as John III.

Tish wrote down “Charles of Spain.” (John III of Portugal was his father-in-law, assuming she meant Charles I). She lost everything she had.

Barrett wrote down “I have no idea.” He also lost everything he had.

Drew got it right and bet $6,401. So he won today’s match with $28,801. That brought his 6-day total up to $107,998.

Did you notice that the $2,000 second place prize went to Barrett and the $1,000 went to Tish? Anybody know why?

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3 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    the rules that aaaa mentioned are still in place. hence barret=2nd, tish=3rd.

  2. john b. says:

    the explanation by aaaa is exactly right, those are still the rules.

  3. aaaa says:

    WHen two players are tied for runners-up at the end of FInal J!, the second place prize goes to the player who had more money at the end of DJ!, which Barrett did in this case. If both players were also tied at the end of DJ!, the player who had more money at the end of the first round would have gotten second place, as Alex explained early in Trebek J!’s run. Whether that’s still the case who knows.