Final Jeopardy: 19th Century Authors

The Final Jeopardy question (4/10/2013) in the category “19th Century Authors” was:

His works include “Sylvie and Bruno,” “Phantasmagoria and Other Poems” & “Algebraic Formulae and Rules”.

Today’s new champ Adam Holquist picked up a hefty $27,100 yesterday. Today he’ll be competing for a second win against these two players: Greg Haroutunian from Montvale, NJ; and Karla Stahl from Odessa, FL.

Karla found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Group On.” She was in second place with $2,400, $3,800 behind Adam’s lead. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

Medgar Evans was a field secretary for this group; his widow Myrlie Evers-Williams was the first woman to head it. show

Karla finished in the lead with $6,300. Adam was second with $5,800 and Greg was last with $400.

Greg found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double, a video in “Governors” on his second pick. He now had $800. Karla and Adam had the same scores they finished the first round with. He bet the $2,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

Before becoming governor, he served for two decades as the state senator from Harlem. show

Adam found the last Daily Double in “River Under the Bridge.” He was in the lead now with $8,200, $700 more than Karla in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT, of course. He’s from Pennsylvania! (We’re sure Greg knew it, too).

Beneath the Ben Franklin Bridge that links Philadelphia & Camden, New Jersey. show

Adam finished in the lead with $12,200. Greg was next with $7,600 and Karla was in third place with $6,700.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHO IS LEWIS CARROLL?

“While he is known today primarily as an author, Lewis Carroll, or rather Charles Dodgson, was also a brilliant scholar. He taught math and logic to undergraduates at Christ Church, Oxford, for many years, at the same time he was creating fanciful stories to entertain children. He carved a unique place for himself in his field when he combined his two areas of expertise, writing entertaining scenarios for challenging math and logic problems, or turning the concepts into games, to make the learning easier, more enjoyable, and more lasting….” (Lewis Carroll Society of North America: Math)

Karla thought it was Jules Verne and bet $6,698. That left her two bucks.

Greg thought it was Oscar Wilde and bet $7,598. That left him two bucks as well.

Adam thought it was Lord Byron. Since he only bet the amount needed to beat Julie if she bet it all and was right ($3,001), he finished with $9,199. Adam wins again and his 2-day total is $36,299.

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