Final Jeopardy: Songs

The Final Jeopardy question (3/18/2013) in the category “Songs” was:

This U.S. ceremonial song was written in 1811 about the head of a Scottish clan, not an American leader.

We’re starting this week with a brand new champ Rob Groves who defeated a 9x champ on Friday and won $22,500. Today he competes against these two players: Joshua Simmons, from Little Rock, AR and Rayma Haas, from Seattle, WA.

Rob found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Pan Am.” He was in second place with $1,800, $200 behind Joshua’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Pan Am founder Juan Trippe called many of his planes these, evoking the fast but lavish sailing ships of the 1800s. show

Rob finished in the lead with $4,200. Joshua was second with $3,200 and Rayma was last with $2,400.

Rob found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “African Capitals.” He still had the lead with $4,600, and he still had exactly $1,000 more than Joshua in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Located about 1,000 miles south of Cairo, it rose on the site of an Egyptian army camp in 1821. show

Joshua found the last Daily Double in “All about Authors” He was in second place with $4,800 now, $2,200 behind Rob’s lead. He bet $2,000, misunderstood the clue and gave the name of the work, so that was WRONG.

A narrator in this French author’s multi-volume work says, “The materials of my work consisted of my own past.” show

Rayma finished in the lead with $11,600. Rob was next with $10,200 and Joshua was in third place with $9,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Library of Congress says:”‘Hail to the Chief’ sounds forth as the President of the United States arrives at any formal occasion. Who would guess that its origins lay in Sir Walter Scott’s poem, “The Lady of the Lake,” which narrates how a Scottish Highlands clan loses its heritage and land to an imperialist invader?”

The song has been said to be the last piece of music heard by Abraham Lincoln, having been played when he and Mrs. Lincoln entered Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865. It was also played for the entrances of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, “although he is believed to have preferred ‘Dixie’.”

Joshua couldn’t come up with a guess and that cost him $9,200. He finished with $200.

Rob got it right. He bet $9,001, so he finished with $19,201.

Rayma also got it right but only bet $600, so she ended up with $12,200.

So Rob Groves is now a 2-day champ with $41,701, and it’s looking real good for that car he’s got on his wishlist.

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