Final Jeopardy: Historic Telegrams

The Final Jeopardy question (7/18/2013) in the category “Historic Telegrams” was:

In May 1945 Churchill cabled Truman that this “is drawn down upon their front. We do not know what is going on behind.”

New champ Kerri McCoy won $10,600 yesterday while defeating a 4-day champion. Today she tries for a second win against these new players: Berek Marcus from Northborough, MA; and Matthew Mahan from Hooksett, NH.

Matthew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Business Histories.” He was in second place with $3,800, $2,800 less than Berek’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1916, Pullman Brown was chosen as the color of this company’s vehicles. show

Berek finished in the lead with $6,800. Matthew was second with $6,400 and Kerri was last with $4,400.

Kerri found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Medical Histories.” She was still in third place with $5,200, $2,400 less than Berek’s lead. She bet $2,000 and thought it was amnesia. That was WRONG.

In 1896 physician Pringle Morgan described this condition as “word blindness”. show

Kerri found the last Daily Double in “A Cross to Bear.” She was in third place with $5,600, $6,000 behind Berek’s lead. She bet $2,000 again, and this time she was RIGHT.

One of the crosses in the Union Jack is the saltire, the X-shaped cross of this saint. show

Berek finished in the lead with $17,600. Matthew was next with $12,000 and Kerri was in third place with $10,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“…first usage of “iron curtain” perhaps should be attributed to British author Arthur Machen (1863-1947), who used the term in his 1895 novel “The Three Impostors”… The first recorded application of the term to Communist Russia is from Vasily Rozanov’s 1918 polemic The Apocalypse of Our Times and it is possible that Churchill read it there when the book’s English translation was published in 1920.” (wikipedia)

Kerri didn’t write anything down. She lost $4,000 and finished with $6,000.

Matthew got it right and bet $10,000. He finished with $22,000.

Berek also got it and he bet $7,599. So he won the game with $25,199. And once again, we have a new champ. Great job, Berek!

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