Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIII: An Eco-Category – $600

NOTE: My sincerest apologies for the brevity of this post – I am currently typing this in a pitch black room with about twenty minutes left on my laptop tethered to my phone’s wifi in the middle of a blackout.

Here’s how to read today’s clue: first, click the California Academy of Sciences link in the brackets to see where Jimmy was when he read the clue. The picture that the clue centres on can be seen below the text.

Jeopardy! category: AN ECO-CATEGORY (10-04-2014)

$600 clue: (Jimmy from the Clue Crew gives the clue from the roof of the California Academy of Sciences) The academy calls itself the world’s greenest museum. The 197,000 square-foot living roof is a sustainable tapestry of native California plants, including these state flowers

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Correct response

The gist: Beating out the Mariposa lily and the Matilija poppy (who needs ’em?), it became California’s state flower in 1903.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIII: An Eco-Category – $200

Back to regular play again this past week, now that the finalists for the Battle of the Decades. Going by my highly unscientific calculations, it’s been precisely “a while” since we did some science. So to remedy that, enjoy five pleasant, green, socially conscious clues with this week’s category, An Eco-Category.

Jeopardy! category: AN ECO-CATEGORY (10-04-2014)

$200 clue: The 100,000-acre Roscoe farm spreading over 4 Texas counties produces electricity from this source

Correct response

The gist: Texas, with its oil barons in ten-gallon hats and bolo ties and its conservative reputation, is probably not the first state that comes to mind when one thinks of alternative energy.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XII: 19th Century Art & Artists – $2000

Jeopardy! category: 19TH CENTURY ART & ARTISTS (02-04-2014)

$2000 clue: Between 1819 & 1825 this British landscape artist painted a series of six scenes on the River Stour

Correct response

The gist: In 1776, he was born in East Bergholt, a small village on the same river where he’d paint his most famous work 45 years later. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XII: 19th Century Art & Artists – $1600

Jeopardy! category: 19TH CENTURY ART & ARTISTS (02-04-2014)

$1600 clue: This artist who gained fame illustrating books by Owen Wister is seen here in a self-portrait on a horse

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The gist: He’s got a name that instantly conjures up the sherriffs, bandits, and gunfights of the Old West, but that’s more because of his famous first cousin Eliphalet with whom he shared a surname.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XII: 19th Century Art & Artists – $1200

Jeopardy! category: 19TH CENTURY ART & ARTISTS (02-04-2014)

$1200 clue: In 1826 Thomas Cole settled in Catskill, New York & started painting the works that launched this “school”

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The gist: Big changes were happening in the waterways of the American Northeast in the early 1800s. As settlements in upstate New York and the American Great Lakes grew it became more and more expensive to ship goods to and from there and the Eastern Seaboard, so in 1825, the Erie Canal was opened, linking Albany with Buffalo.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XII: 19th Century Art & Artists – $800

Jeopardy! category: 19TH CENTURY ART & ARTISTS (02-04-2014)

$800 clue: This Scandinavian’s paintings of human emotions in the 1890s included “Anxiety” & “Jealousy”

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The gist: Even if his paintings were often intensely emotional evocations of his personal demons and battles with mental health, he must have been doing something right – his best known work, “The Scream,” sold for 119.9 million dollars, making it the most expensive work sold at auction ever.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XII: 19th Century Art & Artists – $400

It’s been a while since we’ve taken a look at an art category. You can bet this one’ll be a toughie, a Double Jeopardy! category from the middle of the last installment of the qualifying rounds of the Battle of the Decades tournament, which saw such stalwarts as Colby Burnett, Roger Craig, and Ken Jennings return to the podiums. I have a feeling the tournament’s coming rounds will only be harder, so let’s get to it.

Jeopardy! category: 19TH CENTURY ART & ARTISTS (02-04-2014)

$400 clue: In his series of paintings, this artist concentrated on a single subject to show how the light changes depending on the time of day & the season; here is one of his 30 “Wheatstacks,” in this case, on a winter morning

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The gist: Near his home in Giverny, France, the artist devoted the better part of a year between the summer of 1890 and spring of 1891 to a series of studies of light and colour, and how they change between seasons, days, an hours.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XI: Historical Titles – $2000

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

$2000 clue: In the cabinet, Alphonso Taft, 1876-1877

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The gist: Better known, perhaps, as being the father of heaviest U.S. President William Howard Taft (1909-1913, try to remember that he served “[T]after” Roosevelt), Alphonso Taft had a storied political career of his own.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XI: Historical Titles – $1600

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

$1600 clue: Book of Common Prayer author Thomas Cranmer, 1533-1556

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The gist: If you’re looking to advance your career in the clergy, helping to get the go-ahead for King’s divorce is not at all a bad way to go about at it. The legal case for Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon, forbidden by the Catholic Church, was heavily researched and advised by Thomas Cranmore.  Continue reading