Final Jeopardy: In the Newspaper

The Final Jeopardy question (6/17/2013) in the category “In the Newspaper” was:

Her pen name honored a wise old woman from the Old Testament & a 19th century U.S. President.

New champ, Eric Maitland won $28,401 in Friday’s match. Today he competes for a second win against: Renee Hennessee from Palm Desert, CA; and Andrew Moore from Buford, GA.

Renee found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Talk About the Weather.” She was in third place with $800, $3,400 less than Andrew in the lead. She bet the $1,000 allowance, and pulled out a last minute guess, and she was RIGHT.

T.S. Eliot wrote, “under the brown” one of these “of a winter dawn, a crowd flowed over London Bridge.” show

Andrew finished in the lead with $4,400. Eric was second with $4,000 and Renee was last with $2,000.

Andrew found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Geometry.” He now had the lead with $5,200, $1,200 more than Eric in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

All points on the surface of this geometric solid are equidistant from its center. show

Eric found the last Daily Double in “The High Middle Ages.” He was in second place with $9,200, $8,000 behind Andrew’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1054, the “Great Schism” divided the power of the Catholic Church between these 2 cities, in East & West. show

Andrew finished in the lead with $19,200. Eric was next with $15,600 and Renee was in third place with $5,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


When Pauline Esther Phillips decided to follow her twin sister Esther Pauline Lederer, aka Ann Landers, into the advice column field, as a pen name, she chose the first name Abigail after the prophetess in the Book of Samuel, and the last name Van Buren, after the 8th President of the United States. Because of the latter choice, some readers thought Dear Abby was a descendant of Martin Van Buren, but she set them straight in this letter, revealing her own fascination with the American presidents. After a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease, Pauline Phillips died on 1/16/2013. Her daughter, Jeanne Phillips had been writing the column for years during her mother’s illness and continues to do so.

Renee started writing down what looked like the beginning of “Ruth.” She lost her $2,000 bet and finished with $3,200.

Eric wrote down “Ruth Lincoln.” and joked she was very well known. That cost him $4,000 and he finished with $11,600.

Andrew got it right and bet $12,001 so he won the match with an impressive $31,201. Andrew Moore is the first new Jeopardy! champ this week. Excellent job!

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