Final Jeopardy: Literary Title Places

The Final Jeopardy question (3/19/2013) in the category “Literary Title Places” was:

An 1831 novel says that Charlemagne laid the first stone of this title place, “Old Queen of our Cathedrals.”

2-day champ Rob Groves has amassed $41,701, or an impressive average of $20K a day, as Alex Trebek pointed out. Today he tries for another big win against these new contestants: Lars Medley, from Salt Lake City, UT and Lauren Girard, from Los Angeles, CA.

Lars found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Which U.S. Cabinet Department.” He was in third place with $2,600, $600 behind Rob’s lead. He bet $1,400 and thought it was the Department of Health & Human Services. That was WRONG.

The Food Safety & Inspection Service.

Rob finished in the lead with $6,200. Lauren was second with $3,400 and Lars was last with $800.

Rob found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Biblical Jealousy.” He still had the lead with $7,400, a $4,000 lead over Lauren in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

King Saul was displeased when the women of Israel praised this man’s battlefield prowess over his own.

Lauren found the last Daily Double in “Music Legends: Born & Died.” She now was in second place with $5,000, which was still $4,000 less than Rob’s lead. She bet $3,000, and she was RIGHT.

Born 1967 in Hoquiam Washington; died 1994 in Seattle.

Lauren finished in the lead with $14,400. Rob was next with $12,200 and Lars was in third place with $9,600.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Victor Hugo was 22 years old in 1831 when he published “Notre-Dame de Paris,” which is the French title of the book English speakers know as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The clue refers to two passages in the first Chapter of Book III, where Hugo voices his displeasure at renovations to the cathedral. In the first paragraph, it is pointed out that Charlemagne laid the first stone and Philip Augustus, the last king of the Franks, laid the last. In the second paragraph, Notre Dame is referred to as this “vieille reine de nos cathédrales,” translated variously as “aged queen” and “old queen of our cathedrals.” (Notre-Dame de Paris: Book III)

Lars bet $6,401 so he finished with $16,001.

Rob bet $7,001, bringing him up to $19,201.

Lauren bet $10,000 so she won the match with $24,400 and will return tomorrow as the new Jeopardy! champ.

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1 Response

  1. john blahuta says:

    if rob would not have just guarded againtst lars we would have had a tie.
    his stragety blew up in his face. he will probably bite himself now, from the moment laurens bet was revealed.