Final Jeopardy: Science

The Final Jeopardy question (5/3/2013) in the category “Science” was:

For a 1953 paper, Odile Crick drew the diagram showing the structure of this.

John Anneken is now a 2-day champ with winnings of $32,911. In the last match of the week, he is up against these two players: Jerald Lentini from Silver Spring, MD.; and Mark Reeves from Bowling Green, KY. 

Jerald found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Big ‘Board’.” He was in the lead with $1,400, $1,000 more than John in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

In the 1950s, the Brown family took on this Topeka organization in the Supreme Court. show

Jerald finished in the lead with $8,000. John was second with $5,000 and Mark was last with $2,800.

John found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “14-Letter Words.” He just got in the lead with $12,600, $600 more than Jerald, now in second place. He bet $4.000 and he was RIGHT.

Here’s Faust with this fellow in red, who’s one heck of a bargainer. show

Mark found the last Daily Double in “Seeking Asylums.” He was in third place with $11,600, $3,400 behind John’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Composer Bedrich Smetna died in an asylum in this world capital. show

John finished in the lead with $15,000. Mark was next with $13,600 and Jerald was in third place with $11,600.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Odile (Crick) later became widely known for the iconic drawing of the double-helical structure of DNA, which her husband co-discovered with James Watson in 1953. Her sketch became a reference for other scientists and is still considered a symbol of biochemical discovery.” (Salk Institute)

Jerald bet $11,000. He finished with $22,600.

Mark bet $12,000, finishing with $25,600.

John bet $12,201 so he won his third match with $27,201. His 3-day total is $60,112 but we won’t be seeing John again for a couple of weeks since we’ll all be watching the Jeopardy! College Tournament beginning on Monday.

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2 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    so not just my imagination, i think there were quite a few throughout the season. on the one hand i like a tight final, on the other you have to feel for somebody who racked up 28 K or more, gets fj right and then loses by ONE buck…..

  2. VJ says:

    @ john blahuta — guess it wasn’t your imagination. Alex opened the game saying “A lot of runaway games so far this week…” But this one was quite a bit tighter for the champ.