Final Jeopardy: Great Novels

The Final Jeopardy question (4/26/2013) in the category “Great Novels” was:

A preface to this novel called it “rustic all through… moorish, and wild, and knotty as the root of heath”.

New champ George McAleese won $27,201 yesterday . Today he takes on these two players: Jody Carlson from Fairfax, VA; and John Leavy from Austin, TX.

John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “European Lit.” He was in second place with $2,000, $1,000 behind George in the lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Yannis Ritso’s poetry collection “O Epitafios” was symbolically burned at the foot of this hill. show

John finished in the lead with $5,200. George was second with $5,000 and Jody was last with $4,600.

Jody found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Native American Tribes.” She was in the lead with $13,400, $2,000 more than George in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Code talkers using the language of this Southwestern tribe were involved in every U.S. Marine assault in the Pacific 1942-45. show

George found the last Daily Double in “Caves.” He was now in the lead with $15,000, $400 more than Jody in second place. He bet $3,000, and he was RIGHT.

The Republic of Georgia’s Krubera Cave in this mountain system is the world’s deepest at 7,188 feet. show

That was the last question on the board so George finished in the lead with $18,000. Jody was next with $14,600 and John was in third place with $12,000.

As you may have expected, ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


With moors and heath to go on, and “Wuthering Heights” having a main character named Heathcliff, it sure seemed like a no-brainer. The preface (to the book’s second edition) was written by Emily Bronte’s sister, Charlotte, author of “Jane Eyre“. She refers to her sister as Ellis Bell the name under which Emily initially published “Wuthering Heights”.

John bet $11,000. He finished with $23,000.

Jody bet $10,000, finishing with $24,600.

George bet $11,201 so he won his second game with $29,201 and broke the one-day champion string. His 2-day total is $56,402.

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2 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. of course it doesn’t hurt to be lucky AND good. or he was very confident as far as caves are concerned. but you are right, it WAS an unnecessary risk.on the other hand over 56 k are nothing to sneeze at. either a gambler at heart or just too excited to realize what he was doing….we shall see!

  2. aaaa says:

    George had a $400 lead on the last clue of DJ!, the second DD, and should have wagered less than $400 to guarantee the lead going into FJ!. He got the DD right and FJ! so he didn’t cost himself his second game by his DD wager.