Final Jeopardy: Novels

The Final Jeopardy question (7/1/2013) in the category “Novels” was:

This 1934 novel was partly written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul; the room is now a memorial to the author.

New champ Sonrisa Cooper won $4,400 last Friday, in a game where no one knew the FJ! answer but she managed to keep the most money. Today she is up against these two players: Jacob Laux from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; and Ben Ingram from Florence, SC.

Ben found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double before the first commercial break in “Vertical Landmarks.” He was in the lead with $2,200, $1,600 more than Sonrisa in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

The 2 towers of this bridge completed in 1937 are 746 feet high & 4,200 feet apart; that’s about 4/5 of a mile. show

Ben finished in the lead with $8,000. Sonrisa was second with $5,800 and Jacob was last with $1,800.

Ben found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Next in Order.” He was in the lead with $15,600, $7,000 ahead of Sonrisa in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

Next in order on the periodic table: boron, carbon, nitrogen… show

Jacob found the last Daily Double in “Family Planning.” In third place with $3,400, he was $15,200 behind Ben’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and guessed Al Gore. That was WRONG.

Relatives in this family include a Vice President, a West Virginia Senator & an Arkansas Governor. show

Ben finished in the lead with a runaway $20,600. Sonrisa was next with $8,600 and Jacob was in third place with $2,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Hotel Pera Palace “was an elegant hangout for famous faces of the early 20th century including King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Agatha Christie, Greta Garbo and Alfred Hitchcock. More recently Hollywood star Ben Affleck was spotted sipping drinks in the hotel’s Orient bar, the same spot where Ernest Hemingway used to knock back whiskies in a former, more glamorous age…. Most famous perhaps for being the hotel in which Agatha Christie wrote ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ tourists can visit and even book to stay in her room – number 411 – where one of her typewriters is still prominently displayed.” (Pera Palace: Istanbul’s hot-spot hotel)

Jacob wrote down “Room with a View,” a 1908 novel. He bet everything again and finished with $0.

Sonrisa got it right. She bet $4,000 to finish with $12,600.

Ben got it right, too. He bet $29 so he won the match with $20,629. Alex Trebek asked if that was his age. “I wish,” Ben laughed. Tune in tomorrow to see if the one-day champion trend will be over.

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