Final Jeopardy: Authors

The Final Jeopardy question (4/15/2013) in the category “Authors” was:

In hiding when his life was threatened, Salman Rushie paid tribute to Conrad & Chekhov by using this pseudonym.

New champ, Matt Eichenbaum won $25,497 in Friday’s game. He’s back today to vie for another win against these two players: Tim Kleiman, from New York, NY and Lisa Byatt, from Amherst, NH.

Matt found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Blood Work.” He was in second place with $2,600, $1,400 behind Lisa’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

A chant in this 1954 book goes “kill the pig, cut her throat, spill her blood.” show

Matt finished in the lead with $6,000. Lisa was second with $4,200 and Tim was last with $2,000.

Tim found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “European Geography.” He was in third place with $3,200, 50% of Matt’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Albania. That was WRONG.

About 100 of this country’s 485 acres were reclaimed from the Mediterranean Sea within the past 20 years. show

Matt found the last Daily Double in “Historic Women.” He was now in the lead with $10,800, $2,200 more than Lisa in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

In June 1984 she ordered an army attack on a Sikh shrine at Amritsar that killed hundreds. show

Matt finished in the lead with $15,200. Lisa was next with $13,800 and Tim was in third place with $8,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“India-born author Salman Rushdie says he chose the alias ‘Joseph Anton’ during his years in hiding in the wake of an Iranian ‘fatwa’ as he was advised against using an Indian name…. He said since he could not have his country of origin in his name, he turned to his own country of literature.” (The Indian Express: Rushdie_)

Tim wrote down “Lord Jim.” He bet $4,000 so he finished with $4,000.

Lisa got it right and bet $13,000. She finished with $26,800.

Matt wrote down “Lord Jim” too! It’s among Joseph Conrad’s most famous works, but what did they think it had to do with Anton Chekhov?

Matt bet $13,001 so he landed in third place with $2,199, and Lisa Byatt will be returning as the new Jeopardy! champ tomorrow.

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