19th Century Literature (4-8-22) – Fickle Fame

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (4/8/2022) in the category “19th Century Literature” was:

The Strand Union workhouse, whose rules prohibited second helpings of food, inspired a setting in this 1838 novel

3x champ Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto Ontario, has now won $$ 80,400. In Game 4, her competitors are: Tom Nucum, a real estate agent from Baltimore, MD; and Abigail Davisa college administrator from Clarksville, GA.

Round 1 Categories: Television – Multiple Meanings – Potpourri – Pulitzer-Winning Characters – Bean There – Done That

Abigail found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Pulitzer-Winning Characters” under the $ 800 clue, with just one clue left after it. She was in second place with $ 1,600, $ 4,800 less than Mattea’s lead. She went for a true Daily Double even though the $ 600 clue had just stumped everyone. Abigail thought it was “Biloxi Blues” but that was WRONG.

Aaronow & Moss, real estate salesmen (1984) show


Mattea finished in the lead with $ 7,400. Tom was second with $ 200 and Abigail was last with zero. All clues were shown.

Round 2 Categories: Ain’t No Century like the 17th Century – What Kind of Place Is This? – Norse Mythology – Writing – It’s a Living – R&B Music – “Em” power

Mattea found the first Daily Double in “What Kind of Place is This” under the $ 1,200 clue on the 8th pick. According to Mayim, Mattea had “a commanding lead.” I’ll say… She had $ 12,200, $ 12,000 more than Tom in second place. Mattea said she wanted to hold on to that commanding lead at this point and conservatively bet $ 2,000. That turned out to be a good thing because her Peoria guess was WRONG.

Smaller than it sounds, this Illinois place was designated “Home of Superman” in 1972. show


Tom got the last Daily Double in “Writing” under the $ 1,600 clue, with 8 clues left after it. In second place with $ 3,000, he had $ 14,000 less than Mattea’s lead. Tom bet it all and took a shot at it with pain. That was WRONG.

Screenwriters, you could do worse than to follow script guru Syd Field’s checkpoint No. 4– “All drama is” this type of struggle. show


Mattea finished in the lead with a runaway $ 22,200. Abigail was next with $ 3,600 and Tom was in third place with $ 400. All clues were shown.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


You may never have read Dicken’s 1838 classic about the poor orphan named Oliver Twist, but you are most likely familiar with some of the details. “Please, sir, I want some more”, Oliver’s pitiful plea for more gruel to Bumble the beadle, may be high on that list, if not at the top.

The Strand Union workhouse is said to have been quite an inspiration to Dickens as he lived close to it on two separate occasions, the last time when he was writing “Oliver Twist”. The building was in the news several years ago when it was going to be converted into luxury flats. Ham & High has an amusing article on the issue, where they say that you might have to “pick a pocket or two” if you want to live there.

Tom bet $ 100.00 and finished with $ 500.00.

Abigail bet $ 2,500 and finished with $ 6,100

Mattea bet $ 2,000 and won today’s Jeopardy! game with $ 24,200. Her 4-day total is $ 104,600. As Mayim said, Mattea is well-positioned for a possible spot in the Tournament of Champions. Actually, with $ 115,100, Jackie Kelly is still the top 4-day winner. We’re going to have to wait until Monday to find out if Mattea takes that important leap and wins 5 games. Ken Jennings will be returning on Monday so it’s TTFN to Mayim, to the relief of some and the chagrin of others.

A triple stumper from each round:

PULITZER-WINNING CHARACTERS ($ 600) Scoop Rosenbaum & Heidi Holland (1989)

WHAT KIND OF PLACE IS THIS? ($ 800) Faulkner titled a novel after this type of little town such as Pottersville, New York

More clues on Page 2

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Historic Americans”

In 1904 this Hungarian-born newspaper publisher wrote, “Our republic and its press will rise or fall together” show



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