Final Jeopardy: Disney Songs

The Final Jeopardy question (5/24/2013) in the category “Disney Songs” was:

This 1964 song was inspired when one of the writer’s sons took the oral polio vaccine.

The 4th new champ this week is Mike Lewis who won $35,000. Today he takes his shot for a second win against these two players: Chris Long from Thousand Oaks, CA; and Catherine Radford from Charlestown, MA.

Mike got the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “We’ll Need the ‘Rent’,” the very last clue on the board. He was in second place with $5,400, $800 behind Mike’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Often an adjective, it’s also a noun meaning a country at war. show

Mike finished in the lead with $8,400. Chris was second with $6,200 and Catherine was last with $2,200.

Mike found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “‘N’-39.” In the lead with $9,600, he now had $3,400 more than Mike in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

This country’s civil war ended with the surrender of the Republican government. show

Chris found the last Daily Double in “B1, B2….” He was in second place with $12,200, $2,400 behind Mike’s lead. He bet $3,500 and could only think of ‘chlorophyll.’ That was WRONG.

This common name for B9 is from the Latin word for ‘leaves’, since it’s found in green, leafy vegetables. show

Mike finished in the lead with $19,800. Chris was next with $13,900 and Catherine was in third place with $10,600.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right — no surprise at all.


Brothers Robert (Bob) and Richard (Dick) Sherman, wrote many songs for Disney, the most famous of which is probably “It’s a Small World (After All).” Bob Sherman once related how the Sabin Oral Vaccine (administered via sugar cube) was behind the popular “Mary Poppins” track: “… 40 years earlier they were asked to replace a ballad which Julie Andrews had rejected. After two weeks they were still looking when his eight-year-old son came home from school. I said, ‘How was school?’ He said, ‘Fine. We had our vaccine today.’ I said, ‘Oh, did it hurt?’ ‘Oh no, they just put a drop of medicine on a lump of sugar.’ The next day I said, ‘Dick, what do you think about a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down?’ The next day they sang it to Walt Disney who was just down the hall in the animation building. He said, ‘Yeah, that’ll work, finish it up.'” (The Arts Desk: A Spoonful of Sugar…)

Catherine bet $10,000 and finished with $20,600.

Chris bet $8,000 finishing with $21,900.

Mike bet $8,000 so he broke the string of one-day champion, winning the game with $27,800. In just 2 days, Mike Lewis has a total of $62,800 in winnings. That’s fantastic!

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2 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    I didn’t even notice that yesterday that if Chris had bet it all, he would have been co-champ, but I was wondering why Mike didn’t bet 10K like he did the day before.

    Maybe he wanted a rematch with Chris???

    Anyhow, when the clue is that easy, how can you not regret not betting a lot more, if not all?

  2. john blahuta says:

    …and again: chris threw away being a co-champion by not betting it all, especially since he did not obviously made a specific “guard” wager. he’ll bite himself….well, c’est la vie!
    have a happy memorial day weekend everybody and let’s remember those who wagered ALL and lost…….but then they did not really wager, but sacrificed.

    aloha from maui!!