Final Jeopardy: Americana

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

A bo’sun whistle was once a prize in boxes of this alliterative product introduced in 1963.

New champ, Jonathan Van Balen won $12,201 yesterday, and is back today to take on these two players: Lauren Hopkins Karcz from Atlanta, GA; and Greg Draves from New York, NY.

Jonathan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Body Quotes.” He was in the lead with $6,800, $3,800 more than Lauren in second place. He bet $1,200 and came up with “The Wizard of Oz.” That was WRONG.

This 1897 work includes the line “A great nose indicates a great man.” show

Jonathan finished in the lead with $7,200. Lauren was second with $4,800 and Greg was last with $3,200.

It took a while but Lauren found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “African-American Authors.” She was in second place with $10,800, $2,000 behind Greg’s lead. She bet $3,000 and thought it was Ella Fitzgerald. That was WRONG.

Kristin Hunter took the title for her novel “God Bless the Child” from this singer. show

Lauren found the last Daily Double in “Political Jargon.” At $9,400 now, she was still in second place, $3,400 behind Greg’s lead. This time she risked $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

A state like Texas whose composition is less than 50% Caucasian is said to be this alliterative oxymoronic term. show

Greg finished in the lead with $14,400. Lauren was next with $11,400 and Jonathan was in third place with $6,800.

After the commercial break, Greg was awarded a win on the very last clue ($1,600) they did. In “Science in Sports,” the clue said: “A curveball curves because this is unequal on different sides where the ball’s surface meets the air.” Greg and Jonathan both got dinged for saying “wind resistance” and “centrifugal force” respectively. They were looking for “pressure” but came back and accepted “wind resistance.” Greg now had $17,600 going into FJ!

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Cap’n Crunch was created in 1963 by flavorist Pamela Low, who created the ubiquitous yellow puffs from a brown sugar and butter concoction that her grandmother served over rice. Several successful variants were rolled out over the years, including Peanut Butter Crunch, Choco Crunch, and NewsFeed’s personal favorite, the elusive and wild Crunch Berry.” (Phew: Despite Reports, Cap’n Crunch Is Here to Stay

Jonathan wrote down Cracker Jack (first produced in 1896). He crossed it out and wrote down the right response. That added $5,783 to his score so he finished with $12,583.

Lauren put down Cracker Jack and didn’t cross it out. She lost $7,000, finishing with $4,400.

Greg also got it right and bet $5,200, so he is the new Jeopardy! champ with a winning total of $22,800.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You’ll notice that had Greg Draves missed, he would dropped to $12,400, and lost to Jonathan Van Balen by $183.