Final Jeopardy: Notable Names

The Final Jeopardy question (6/4/2013) in the category “Notable Names” was:

In August 2012 the Telegraph of London ran the headline “Paralympics 2012: He “opens ceremony with a ‘Big Bang'”.

New champ, J. Tarter-Fox started the week strong, winning $33,300. Today he will try to keep the momentum going as he contends with these two players: David Moore from Nashville, TN; and Rachel Gordon from Washington, DC.

David found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “History,” the last clue in the category and 5th clue chosen. He was in the lead with $1,200, $400 more than J in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

He redesigned more than 50 of the 87 churches lost in London’s Great Fire. show

J finished in the lead with $9,000. David was second with $4,000 and Rachel was last with $1,800.

David found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Flavor of the Month.” He had $5,200 in second place, $4,600 behind J’s lead. Despite Trebek’s encouragement to bet big, he modestly bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

The most infamous event of 44 B.C. occurred on this day. show

J found the last Daily Double in “Newspapers.” He was in second place with $20,200, $200 behind David’s lead. He made a far more modest bet of $200 because he didn’t feel confident about the category and he said the “Wall Street Times.” Trebek called him WRONG before he could get the correct answer out, even though there was time. (Don’t you hate when that happens??!!)

The “ticker” was announced in the Feb. 26, 1897 issue of this publication. show

David finished in the lead with $21,600. J was next with $20,000 and Rachel was in third place with $6,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The article, written by Jim White and published on Aug. 29, 2012, is still online: “The first voice we heard was a familiar one. Booming out of the Olympic Stadium loudspeakers came the oddly ethereal, American-accented tones of Britain’s greatest living scientist….” (The Telegraph)

Rachel got it right and bet $1,200. She finished with $7,400.

J wrote down what Trebek said looked like “Elton John” (a/k/a The Rocket Man). He bet $19,999 and finished with $1.

David wrote down David Cameron, the UK’s Prime Minister. He bet $18,401 so he ended up in second place with $3,199.

“What a finish,” Alex said, and indeed it was. J and David had quite the tight contest going on there but it worked against them in the end and in Rachel Gordon’s favor. Congrats, Rachel. $7,400 for half an hour’s work is nothing to sneeze at either!

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1 Response

  1. john blahuta says:

    c’est la vie! you play a terrific game but blow fj and “the last shall be first”….tough, but congrats anyway!!