Final Jeopardy: Authors

The Final Jeopardy question (7/10/2013) in the category “Authors” was:

He quit pursuing a Ph.D in 1926 to pursue drawing, but you might say he gave himself the degree anyway.

7-day champ Ben Ingram has won $157,733 so far and with that amount, he is now No. 10 in Jeopardy’s all-time Hall of Fame. Can he go higher? Well, first, he’s going to have to beat these two new players: Beth Morgan from Palo Alto, CA; and Stacie Larson from Orlando, FL.

Ben found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Flanders” very quickly. He was in the lead with $600. Nobody else had any money yet. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Great painters from Flanders include this man, whose work is seen here. show

Ben finished in the lead with $6,400. Beth was second with $4,200 and Stacie was last with $3,000.

Ben found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “City Parks.” He was the lead with $8,400, $4,200 ahead of Beth in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

You can see the 1905 Wright Flyer III in a park in this Ohio city. show

Ben found the last Daily Double in “It’s Extinct!” In the lead with $14,800, he was $5,800 ahead of Beth in second place. He bet $2,000 and came up with “pectodon.” That was WRONG.

From the shape of the protrusions on its molars, this prehistoric mammal had a name meaning “breast tooth.” show

Ben finished in the lead with $14,000. Beth was next with $9,400 and Stacie was in third place with $5,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Dr. Seuss was not a doctor. Ted Geisel did consider pursuing a Ph.D. in English: After graduating from Dartmouth, he went to Oxford, where he studied literature from 1925 to 1926. I use the term “studied” loosely. Though his Oxford notebooks include some notes on the lectures, they reveal a much greater propensity for doodling.” ( Biography)

Stacie bet $4,250 and finished with $9,250.

Beth bet $9,399, finishing with $18,799.

Ben bet $4,801 so he won the match with $18,801 today. His 8-day total is now $176,534 and he has also moved up to No. 9 in the all-time Hall of Fame.

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