Final Jeopardy: 20th Century People

The Final Jeopardy question (5/20/2013) in the category “20th Century People” was:

In a PS to an April 12, 1945 letter, he wrote, “This was dictated before the world fell in on me… what a blow it was. But– I must meet it.”

As exciting as the College Tournament was, isn’t it great to get back to the regular games? Current champ John Anneken from Cincinnati, OH , returns today. So far, he was won $60,112 in 3 games. Today he is up against these two players: Paul Curcio from Philadelphia, PA. and Robyn Nelson from Staten Island, NY.

John found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Religious Leaders” before the first break. He was the only one with any money — $800.00 — since he was the only one answering in this first-picked category so far. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

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John finished in the lead with $8,000. Paul was second with $5,600 and Robyn was last with $2,400.

Paul found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Chemistry.” He had the lead now with $8,400, $400 more than John. He bet $2,400 and he was RIGHT.

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John found the last Daily Double in “Classical Music.” He was in second place with $12,400, $11,600 less than Paul in the lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Paul finished in the lead with $24,000. John was next with $14,400 and Robyn was in third place with $6,000.

None of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right. And not only that — they all had the same answer!


Truman wrote the postscript by hand on a letter to his sister-in-law, Mary Frances Wallace (she was called May), after learning of FDR’s death and being sworn in as the new President of the United States. You can see the letter online and also learn more about Harry Truman’s Long Day on April 12, 1945.

Robyn wrote down “Hitler.” That cost her $2,201. She finished with $3,979.

John wrote down the same thing but it costs him a lot more — $14,398. He finished with $2.

Paul also thought it was the Fuehrer. He only bet $4,897 so he finished with $19,103 — and that makes Paul Curcio the new Jeopardy! champ!

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3 Responses

  1. Orko Erfystein says:

    I also answered Hitler, mostly because that’s always the best answer in any conversation!

  2. Geri says:

    Knew it right away — without even focusing on the date …only saw April and 1945 …I missed it being April 12th. Harry S. Truman is my favorite US President.

  3. VJ says:

    If you ask me, what threw them off was the category saying “20th Century People’ as opposed to “20th Century Presidents” (an FJ category from last week). I guessed Truman myself and left it at that, but thought I was probably wrong because of the category.