Final Jeopardy: British Scientists

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The Final Jeopardy question (8/1/2012) in the category “British Scientists” was:

In 1859, a theory was born when he wrote “From so simple a beginning endless forms… have been, and are being, evolved.

It’s Day 3 of Kids Weeks and these are today’s kids: Partha Purushotham, from Palo Alto, CA; Julia Martinez, from Fairfax, VA and Andrew Grace, from Apex, NC.

Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double before the first commercial in “Landmarks.” He was in the lead with $1,000, $600 more than Julia in second place. Andrew wanted to wager $1,600 but he had to tone that down to $1,000 or less. He went with $800 and he was RIGHT.

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Julia finished in the lead with $5,200. Andrew was next with $4,600 and Partha was in the red to the tune of $400.

Julia found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “In the Dictionary.” She was in the lead with $14,800, $7,400 more than Andrew in second place. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Julia found the last Daily Double in “Up North.” She had $20,800, $13,400 more than Andrew in second place. She bet $5,000, and she was RIGHT.

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Julia finished in the lead with a runaway $25,800. Partha was in second place with $9,200 and Andrew was in third place with $7,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Here is the entire quote: “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

Darwin took quite a bit of flack for this statement in the original “Origin of Species,” so much so that by the sixth edition, the words “by the Creator” were inserted after “originally breathed.”

Andrew drew a blank. He lost $6,999 and finished with $401.

Partha, the Comeback Kid, got it right and added $9,000 to finish with $18,200. We’re impressed!

Soft-spoken little Julia, who played a heck of a game, also got it. She only bet $1,000 to make sure she was taking home the money either way, and she is taking home the money to the tune of $26,800.

Kids on a roll will continue tomorrow.

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