Final Jeopardy: 20th Century Music

The Final Jeopardy question (7/3/2013) in the category “20th Century Music” was:

European Music has “3Bs”; 20th C. American Music’s “3Cs” were John Cage, Elliott Carter & this composer/conductor.

2-day champ Ben Ingram has won $42,030 so far. A good game today could put him on the TOC list. His competition today will come from these two players: Linda Vestrand from Youngstown, OH; and Hunter Sandison from Los Angeles, CA.

Ben found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “A Connecticut Yankee” on his first pick — the $600 clue. No one had a penny but since he was able to bet the $1,000 allowance, he did and he was RIGHT.

This patriot began his one life in Coventry, Connecticut on June 6, 1755. show

Hunter finished in the lead with $6,800. Ben was second with $4,000 and Linda was last with $1,400.

Ben found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “An ‘F’ in History.” Still in second place, he now had $5,600, $2,800 less than Hunter’s lead. He bet $5,000 and guessed “Juarez.” That was WRONG.

His 2000 election as President of Mexico ended 71 years of uninterrupted control by the PRI party. show

Hunter found the last Daily Double in “Bottom Feeders.” In the lead with $10,800, he was $5,400 ahead of Ben in second place. He bet $3,000 and thought it was “coral.” That was WRONG.

This animal has no head, arms or internal organs & belongs to the phylum porifera, meaning ‘pore-bearer’. show

Hunter finished in the lead with $15,800. Ben was next with $10,200 and Linda was in third place with $3,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Aaron Copland was one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century. By incorporating popular forms of American music such as jazz and folk into his compositions, he created pieces both exceptional and innovative. As a spokesman for the advancement of indigenous American music, Copland made great strides in liberating it from European influence.” ( American Masters)

Linda didn’t write anything down so she lost her $3,399 bet. She finished with $1.

Ben got it right and bet $1,000 to finish with $11,200.

Hunter wrote down “Carlson.” He lost his $4,600 bet and finished with $11,200 which put him in a tie with Ben.

Ben and Hunter will both return tomorrow. Ben’s 3-day total is $53,230.

Random Observation: It was rather funny how the “F” in History category sounded like “effen history.” Ben might have felt that way about it at the moment he lost that $5K!

The last tie we can find was on Jan. 10, 2013 when it was really overshadowed by a big debate over verdict and voir dire. The FJ category was “Legal Terms.”

Wishing a Happy Fourth of July to all those celebrating it.

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3 Responses

  1. Tom Clark says:

    What would have normally happened was that Ben would bet it all, potentially winding up with $20,400. Hunter with $15,800 would bet $4,601, to win by $1.

    But it seemed to play out like this:

    Ben was betting that Hunter would miss it, winding up with $11,199. So he only bet $1,000, so he’d win by $1. (Which is odd, because if you’re betting you’ll get it right, you might as well go all the way with it, to win more money. But whatever.)

    It worked out just as Ben planned, with the exception that Hunter only bet $4,600, and not $4,601.

    Why did he do that? It might be he thought they’d both get the correct answer, Ben having bet it all, and thus they’d tie and tomorrow he’d face someone again who he knew he could beat (or tie).

    And sure enough, they did tie, but not the way Hunter thought they would.

  2. aaaa says:

    And Ben didn’t remember the category on the history DD. I was 29/30 in the first round, must have not been too hard :)

  3. john blahuta says:

    funny, how this tie happened. usually it’s the one in second betting everything and the leader willing to acknowledge a good competitor by letting him have the same amount…. ah well, i guess ben and hunter are both happy!! you can put up quite a bbq with over 11K (minus taxes, that is…)