Deeper Into Jeopardy! XXII: Wise Guys – $400

Scientists, artists, authors, politicians, philosophers – all the sorts of occupations the Jeopardy! writers love to ask about it, the result of how history has been taught for the last 500 or so years. So for this installment we’ll take a look at the cleverly(?)-named sixth category in Double Jeopardy! from July 2: Wise Guys.

Jeopardy! category: WISE GUYS (02-07-2014)

$400 clue: This ancient Chinese thinker said, “the superior man does not, even for…a single meal, act contrary to virtue”

Correct response

The gist: Probably best known as the butt of old-timey racist jokes, as one of the most prominent founts of philosophical, political, and religious thought in China for the last 2500 years he is probably among the most influential people in history.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XXI: Opera Characters – Final Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! category: OPERA CHARACTERS (06-07-2012)

Clue: In a play subtitle, she’s called “the Chinese Sphinx”; in a later opera her suitor calls her “Principessa di Morte”

Correct response

The gist: More than just a big hunk of rock in Egypt, the Sphinx of Greek myth was known for asking riddles and devouring anyone who was unable to answer correctly.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XXI: Opera Characters – $2000

Jeopardy! category: OPERA CHARACTERS (13-06-2014)

$1600 clue: Despite his wife’s pleas not to do so, this prince attacks the Polovtsi, a Tartar tribe, & is promptly captured

Correct response

The gist: In the year 1185, long before the Russian Czars, the army of the pre-Russian polity Putyvl is readying for battle against the Cumans, who have fled westward away from the Mongol invasions.  Continue reading