Final Jeopardy: Classic Novels

The Final Jeopardy question (5/31/2013) in the category “Classic Novels.” was:

“In his will, this title guy tells his niece Antonia she should marry a guy who knows not “about… chivalry.”

2-day champ Sam Hopkins has a 2-day total of $31,601. He’s trying for a third win today.
Today he takes on these two players: Kirk Nelson from Seattle, WA; and Benjamin Recchie from Chicago, IL.

Sam found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Vietnam War” right off the bat. With only 2 clues uncovered, he had $400 and Kirk had $200. Of course, he could bet $1,000. He did and he was RIGHT.

Only a small part of Hanoi’s infamous Hoa La prison remains standing today; during the war, inmates such as John McCain gave it this ironic nickname, reflecting a lack of hospitality they found there. show

Sam finished in the lead with $6,400. Benjamin was second with $3,800 and Kirk was last with $1,800.

Sam found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Smaller Than Tulsa.” He had $10,000, $2,200 more than Kirk in second place. He bet $5,000 and thought it was Crete. That was WRONG.

In 1530, the Holy Roman emperor gave it to the order of St. John of Jerusalem as a base against the Turks. show

Kirk found the last Daily Double in “Berries.” He was in first place now with $9,800, $4,000 more than Sam in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

This berry is known as Framboos by the Dutch. show

Kirk finished in the lead with $18,200. Sam and Benjamin were in a tie for second place with $9,000 each.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Here is the entire passage: “‘Item, it is my wish that if Antonia Quixana, my niece, desires to marry, she shall marry a man of whom it shall be first of all ascertained by information taken that he does not know what books of chivalry are; and if it should be proved that he does,) and if, in spite of this, my niece insists upon marrying him, and does marry him, then that she shall forfeit the whole of what I have left her, which my executors shall devote to works of charity as they please.” (Google Books)

Benjamin wrote down “Ivanhoe” (who had 2 women in love with him but no niece). He lost his $8,994 bet and finished with $6.

Sam got it right and bet $4,500. He finished with $13,500.

Kirk didn’t come up with anything but with no reason to bet anything, he didn’t. So he won the game with $18,200.

Kirk Nelson is the new Jeopardy! champ and will return on Monday.

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5 Responses

  1. john blahuta says:

    @VJ: Thanks for the answer. Sitting on Maui we are not that big on the N.Y.Times…. enjoy your posts very much though. Thanks and aloha!!!


  2. Sonny Boy says:

    You’re good at music, art and French categories too, mom

  3. VJ says:

    @johnblahuta. The NY Times publishes a clue of the day and most of the time, it is the FJ. If I can confirm that, I can put that up till I can get the game. So far I don’t think I’ve had a day where I couldn’t get the recap done for a preempted game sooner or later, though I guess that will happen someday, or who knows, I might get sick or something.

    This is not the only Jeopardy! recap online though. The Jeopardy! Fan is written by one of the former contestants and there’s also Game Show Kingdom.

    I mainly started mine because I like to know more info about the FJ! answer than just what it is. I do not always know the answer but when it is literature or poetry (esp 19th century), 9 times out of 10, I do.

  4. john blahuta says:

    @VJ: I was always curious: when j. is pre-empted in your area you always know the fj category and answer. how come????

  5. aaaa says:

    Game was 9000-9000-18200, with new champion Kirk winning in a lock. $5K DD loss by Sam worked in Kirk’s favor. Sam got FJ! right and might well have won if he’d gotten the last clue in DJ! instead of the second player. That made the game a lock. A Vietnam war clue crew category and a few incorrect reponses meant four clues didn’t get revealed in one round, all the clues revealed in round two.