Final Jeopardy: Cartoon Characters

The Final Jeopardy question (6/21/2013) in the category “Cartoon Characters” was:

She first appeared in 1930’s “Dizzy Dishes” along with singing cats in flapper outfits.

4-day champ Andrew Moore is a definite for the next TOC with winnings of $107,402 so far. Today his competitors are: Judy Cole from Concord, MA; and Ben Christenson from Chicago, IL.

Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The 1970s” before the first break. He was in the lead with $6,600, $5,200 more than Ben in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

This National Liberation Front overthrew Nicaragua’s Somoza regime. show

Andrew finished in the lead with $12,800. Ben was second with $3,000 and Judy was last with $2,000.

Andrew found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “King of the Hill.” He now had the lead with $17,200, $7,800 more than Judy in second place. He bet $3,000 and said Juan Carlos II but that was WRONG.

Pico Del Teide in the Canary Islands, since 1975. show

Andrew found the last Daily Double in “Asian Religion.” He now had $20,600, a $9,600 lead over Judy in second place. He bet $1,000, and he was RIGHT.

In a lopsided and unusual arrangement, Banteay Srei’s northern sanctuary was dedicated to Vishnu, while the central and southern sanctuaries were dedicated to this Hindu deity, the destroyer. show

Andrew couldn’t quite get that runaway this time around. He finished in the lead with $23,200, and Judy was next with $11,800. Ben was in third place with $8,600.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Although Clara Bow is often given as being the model for Boop, she actually began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane. The character was originally created as an anthropomorphic French poodle. Max Fleischer finalized Betty Boop as a human character in 1932, in the cartoon Any Rags. Her floppy poodle ears became hoop earrings, and her black poodle nose became a girl’s button-like nose. Betty Boop appeared as a supporting character in 10 cartoons as a flapper girl with more heart than brains. In individual cartoons, she was called “Nancy Lee” or “Nan McGrew” – derived from the 1930 Helen Kane film Dangerous Nan McGrew – usually serving as a girlfriend to studio star, Bimbo.” (wikipedia)

Ben bet $2,000 and finished with $10,600.

Judy bet $11,600, finishing with $23,400.

Andrew bet $401 so he won this match with $23,601, and his 5-day total is now $131,003, just about $8,000 behind Drew Horwood on the TOC list.

What a week for Andrew, making over $26,000 a day. Kudos to Judy for that valiant try. It was the first time anyone finished ahead of Andrew, even if only about a minute!

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2 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    @johnblahuta. I was shocked as well. But I thought if not sure of the number, the better strategy would be to leave it off entirely and then guess if Alex says “be more specific.” I know what you mean about this weakness in foreign history and current events. I know that they do not spend much time on these topics in high schools, at any rate. Heck, I had 2 high school graduates telling me they didn’t even know who Aaron Burr is, and that’s American history!! So it is largely up to the parents to talk about world topics and leaders. Anyway, I’m American and I do know it could be a long time before there is a Juan Carlos II, since Juan Carlos’ only son’s name is Felipe. :-)

  2. john blahuta says:

    as smart as Andrew is, I was a little shocked when he did not get juan carlos. there was/is only one king in spain after franco! maybe because I am from Europe it sounded easier to me. but I do get the impression that FOREIGN history and geography are a weakness in America in general. probably living in a / the super country makes you care less for others, even on a subconscious level??? I have seen that pattern in extremely smart and educated people of all walks of life???