Final Jeopardy: Classic Hit Songs

The Final Jeopardy question (4/30/2013) in the category “Classic Hit Songs” was:

In 1962, Chatham County, Georgia gave this name to a body of water flowing past Johnny Mercer’s childhood home.

New champ Larry Krajewski won $21,600 yesterday, after totally dominating the Double Jeopardy! round. Today he takes on these two players: Kinu Panda from San Antonio, TX and David Enslee from Avenel, NJ.

Larry found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “They Were Right.” He was in third place with $1,800, $2,800 behind David’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Ponying up $15 million to buy 828,000 square miles from this country was pretty shrewd of Jefferson. show

David finished in the lead with $5,000. Larry was second with $3,000 and Kinu was last with $2,600.

Larry found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Canadian Provincial Newspapers.” He was doing his Double Jeopardy! thing again and was in the lead with $13,000, $4,000 more than David in second place. He bet $4.000 and he was RIGHT.

The Inverness Oran. show

Kinu found the last Daily Double in “Colleges & Universities.” He had $4,200, $10,800 less than Larry’s lead. He bet $3,000, guessed Yale and that was WRONG.

This Ivy League University was founded by the most successful printer of his day. show

Larry finished in the lead with another runaway — $18,600. David was next with $8,200 and Kinu was in third place with $2,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS MOON RIVER?

Here is the coolest video with facts and pictures about Johnny Mercer and Moon River in Savannah, accompanied by Sean Driscoll playing the tune on his guitar. (The music was composed by Henry Mancini). And here is some other interesting info: “When the Georgia General Assembly asked Mercer to compose a new state song, he drew on Stephen Vincent Benét’s epic poem John Brown’s Body for inspiration. Although his contribution lost out to “Georgia on My Mind,” written by his former collaborator Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, Mercer’s lyric recalled the rural greatness of the Empire State. Later, Georgia’s politicians distinguished Mercer when they renamed the Back River—which flowed past Bethesda down to his house on Burnside Island—the Moon River.” (New Georgia Encyclopedia)

And in case you ever wondered what a “huckleberry friend” is, Johnny Mercer said (in a biography) that it was a reference to a childhood friend he used to pick huckleberries with him down by a river near his Georgia home.

Kinu got it right and bet $6.00. He finished with $2,006.

David thought it was the Swanee. That cost him $27.00 and he finished with $8,173.

Larry thought it was the Savannah. He lost $2,000 but still won the game with $16,600. His 2-day total is $38,200.

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