Deeper Into Jeopardy! XI: Historical Titles – $400

Some low-scoring games this week. I’m willing to chalk that up to some relatively tough FJ! clues – this thread, for example. at the J!Board (the unofficial Jeopardy! internet forum) shows just how many different answers, most of which were perfectly plausible (except in that all but one are wrong, of course), there were for Wednesday’s Final, for example. For the record, I said dates (highlight to see) pretty confidently, but ended up just as wrong as the others. Anyway, I quite enjoyed the category we’re looking at this week, Historical Titles – pithy clues, a variety of historical periods, and some relatively unfamiliar names. Let’s take a look!

Jeopardy! category: HISTORICAL TITLES (25-04-2014)

$400 clue: Wilhelm I, 1871-1888

Correct response

The gist: Wilhelm I was just the third-to-last to hold the title (he was followed by Frederick III and Wilhelm II), although it stretched back more than 1100 years and, etymologically, another 800 or so. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! X: Miscellaneous – $600

Jeopardy! category: MISCELLANEOUS (17-04-2014)

$600 clue: The star of 7 James Bond films, he started smoking by age 9 & once worked as a coffin polisher

Correct response

The gist: There have been 25 James Bond films (23 by Eon Productions) released beginning with Dr. No in 1962, starring seven different actors. Two of those actors are tied for the most portrayals. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! X: Miscellaneous – $400

Just a bit of news today – I’m going to try putting the picture off to the right side of the page with sections “The clue” and “In Jeopardy!:” hanging to the left of it – I didn’t like how much space it created between the first and second text sections. Let me know what you think!

Jeopardy! category: MISCELLANEOUS (17-04-2014)

$400 clue: During a return visit to the U.S. by this Frenchman in 1825, he gave president John Quincy Adams an alligator as a pet

Correct response

The gist: Although Adams wasn’t the only president to keep an alligator in the White House (Herbert Hoover’s younger son Allan had two), his was certainly accompanied by the most pomp and circumstance, having been not just a curiousity but a gift from a renowned Revolutionary hero. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! X: Miscellaneous – $200

It’s the tenth week of Deeper into Jeopardy!, an arbitrary, short-term anniversary, but a good feeling nonetheless. So far, the categories we’ve looked at have generally been of the pretty straightforward type, covering one “topic,” broadly speaking, without jumping too much between academic fields. But as any fan knows, the Jeopardy! writers love to play with what makes a category, and one of the classic ways they do so is through their “hodgepodge” and “potpourri” categories. So this week, we’ll look at Monday’s “Miscellaneous,” which ranges from sea creatures to Scotsmen. Maybe we’ll do a “miscellaneous” category every tenth week? Who knows. This is still in the exploratory phase.

Jeopardy! category: MISCELLANEOUS (17-04-2014)

$200 clue: She’s the first woman mentioned in the Bible, but her name only appears twice in all of Genesis

Correct response

The gist: Naturally she’s the first woman mentioned in the Bible – according to that source’s creation story, there weren’t any before her.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! IX: Native Americans – $2000

Jeopardy! category: THE LAST CENTURY (03-04-2014)

$2000 clue: Taza, son of this chief, tried to honor his father’s peace agreement with the Army but couldn’t unite all the Apache bands

Correct response

The gist: It was after the Battle of Apache Pass in 1862, the first pitched battle that the Apache fought against the U.S. Army and the first time they encountered American howitzers, that a tenuous peace was signed after over a year of hostilities. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! IX: Native Americans – $1600

Jeopardy! category: THE LAST CENTURY (03-04-2014)

$1600 clue: This Ottawa chief’s “drive” to capture Fort Detroit in 1763 might have been successful if he hadn’t been betrayed

Correct response

The gist: There aren’t too many people in history who have their very own wars named for them. All I can think of, besides this clue’s response, are Mithridates VI (a king of Pontus who fought three wars against Rome) and the Napoleonic Wars.* Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! IX: Native Americans – $1200

Jeopardy! category: THE LAST CENTURY (03-04-2014)

$1200 clue: This people’s Old Oraibi pueblo in Arizona, settled around 1150, may be the USA’s oldest continuously inhabited village

Correct response

The gist: Old Oraibi, Arizona, though not only located in Navajo County but also found within the Navajo Nation, is not, as Arthur Chu thought, a Navajo settlement. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! IX: Native Americans – $800

Jeopardy! category: THE LAST CENTURY (03-04-2014)

$800 clue: Originally meaning a shaman or medicine man, it now refers to a Native American council or meeting

Correct response

The gist: English, being a language that’s seen much of its development take place in North America, has been the beneficiary of many loanwords coming from Native American languages, many of which have all but lost their pedigree outside of etymology books – see, for example, moose, toboggan, and squash (the food, not the verb or the sport). Continue reading