Final Jeopardy: Famous Englishmen

The Final Jeopardy question (5/8/2013) in the category “Famous Englishmen” was:

On the eve of his 200th birthday in 2009, the Church of England offered him an apology for “misunderstanding you.”

Competing today, in the 3rd quarter-final match of the 2013 Jeopardy! College Championship Tournament, are:Trevor Walker, an MIT sophomore from Miami Shores, FL.; Taylor Roth a Baylor junior from Plano, TX; and Paige Radtke, a sophomore at the Univ. of Colorado at Boulder from Fort Collins, CO.

Taylor found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Yes, They Will.” She was in second place with $1,800, $1,000 behind Trevor and Paige who were tied for the lead. She bet $800 and she was RIGHT.

His 1821 Will, written on St. Helena, stipulated that his ashes be scattered “on the banks of the Seine.” show

Taylor finished in the lead with $3,600. Trevor was second with $3,000 and Paige was last with $1,800.

Paige found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Transportation.” She was still in third place with $1,800, $3,200 behind Trevor in the lead. She bet $800 and she was RIGHT.

You can see Mt. Fuji in the background as one of these, with a ballistic name, speeds by. show

Trevor found the last Daily Double in “The First Milennium.” He had the lead with $9,000 now, $3,400 more than Taylor in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Pliny the Younger wrote that fumes from its eruption probably killed his uncle “by blocking his windpipe.” show

Trevor finished in the lead with $13,800. Taylor was next with $6,000 and Paige was in third place with $3,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. To mark his 200th birthday in 2009, Rev. Malcolm Brown wrote on The Church of England website about the Church’s reaction to Darwin’s evolution theory: “The Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still.” The page has apparently been taken down, but it is referenced on Scientific America in this article: Better Late Than Never

Paige wrote down Newton. His 200th birthday was on Christmas Day 1842. She lost her $2,201 bet and finished with $1,599.

Taylor thought it was Sir Thomas More who was 531 in 2009. She lost her $5,999 bet and wound up with a dollar.

Trevor wrote down (Oscar) Wilde. His 159th birthday is coming up on October 16th. That cost Trevor $1,799 but he still won the game with $12,001.

Here’s a recap of winners and wild card scores so far:

Semi-Finalists (in money order):
Hannah Schoenhard … $26,000
Jim Coury ……………… $20,001
Trevor Walker ………… $12,001

Wild Card Spots (so far):
Kristen Jolley ………… $19,000
Julia Sprangers ……… $16,400
Daniel Donohue …….. $14,000
Jed Silver ……………… $9,999

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