Final Jeopardy: Political Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (7/23/2012) in the category “Political Literature” was:

The key message to this title figure in an Italian work is “It is far safer to be feared than loved.”

New champ, Andy Baggarly won $15,600 on Friday. Today he’ll try to break the current string of one-day champs. He’s up against these two players: Liz Frost from Issaquah, WA and Kate Mosesso from Chicago, IL.

Kate found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Numerical Novel by Character.” She was in second place with $2,000, $3,800 less than Andy who was in the lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Andy finished in the lead with $7,200. Kate was second with $4,400 and Liz was right behind her with $4,200.

Liz found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Official Languages.” She had just taken over the lead and had $11,400, $600 more than Andy in second place. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Andy found the last Daily Double in “Sculpture.” He had regained the lead and had $16,000, $4,200 more than Liz in second place. He bet $2,000, and he was RIGHT.

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Andy finished in the lead with $18,800. Liz was next with $12,200 and Kate was in third place with $9,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Niccolo Machiavelli explains why it is better to be feared than loved: “…men have less scruple in offending one who makes himself loved than one who makes himself feared.” He goes on to add that the Prince should still take care to avoid incurring too much hatred while going about making himself feared. Download the The Prince from Google Books (free ebook).

Kate wrote down “Casanova.” That cost her everything and she finished with zero.

Liz got it and bet $8,000, finishing with $20,200.

Andy also got it and bet $5,601 so he ended up with $24,401. He broke the one-day champion trend and his two-day total is $40,001. Not a bad payday by any means!

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