Final Jeopardy: Phrase Origins

The Final Jeopardy question (9/27/2012) in the category “Phrase Origins” was:

On Feb. 22, 1918, Warren Harding said it is good to drink “at the fountains of wisdom inherited from” this alliterative group.

Another Jeopardy! day, another new champ and today our new champ is Mike Malaier. His winnings so far total $8,100. Today he takes on two ladies: Katie Clair, from Broad Brook, CT and  Erica Mines, originally from Washington, D.C.

Erica found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Californians.” She was in the lead with $3,200, $1,000 more than Katie in second place. She bet $800 but was WRONG because she was totally stumped for a reply.

Yo! (as in Yosemite) this bro established a gnarly Photography Dept. at the Cali School of Fine Arts in 1946.

Erica finished in the lead with $4,200. Katie was second with $3,400 and Mike was in the hole with negative $400.

Katie found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “‘Y’s Up.” She was now in the lead with $7,000, $1,200 more than Erica in second place. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

The Saffron Scourge is an old name for this infectious disease.

Erica found the last Daily Double in “American Poets & Poetry.” She now had a commanding lead of $17,000, $7,700 more than Katie in second place. She bet $2,000 but, once again, did not know so that was WRONG.

Title vessel referred to in the line, “Oh, better that her shattered hulk should sink beneath the wave.”

Erica finished in the lead with $15,000. Katie was next with $8,500. Mike finished $2,800 in the red so he was out of the game at this point.

ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Although the phrase (founding fathers) has the feel of an early Americanism, it is of twentieth-century origin…. Earliest use of the phrase in the Oxford English Dictionary is in the title of a 1914 book by K.B. Umbriet: Founding Fathers: Men Who Shaped Our Tradition..”

Katie couldn’t come up with a reply so she lost her $7,000 bet. She finished with $1,500.

Erica got it right and bet $3,000, bringing her total up to $18,000 and making her the new Jeopardy! champ. Great show, Erica!

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