Deeper Into Jeopardy! XXIV: Bestselling Authors – Final Jeopardy!

Just a bit of housekeeping: I’ll be away next week, so this blog will see a brief hiatus of indeterminate but hopefully not overly long length. Check back in a while for more trivia goodness, though!

Final Jeopardy! category: BESTSELLING AUTHORS (23-02-2003)

FJ! Clue: In 2000 this writer, with more than 100 million copies of novels in print, had a new species of dinosaur named for him

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The gist: He took a hallowed place among such personalities as Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, and numerous cast members from the film adaptation of his Jurassic ParkContinue reading

Deeper into Jeopardy! XXIV: Dinosaurs – $1600

Jeopardy! category: DINOSAURS (21-07-2014)

$1600 clue: Scientists classify dinosaurs by dividing them into two groups based on this body part. Some, like the T-Rex, had the lizard type, while the Stegosaurus had the bird type

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The gist: OK, this might get a little bit confusing. You know how modern birds are evolutionary descendants of dinosaurs?

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Deeper into Jeopardy! XXIV: Dinosaurs – $400

This week saw the end of the 2014 Teen Tournament, and congratulations to all its contestants, but extra congratulations to champion Jeff Xie! The end of this week also marks the end of Jeopardy!’s 30th season, which means the third thing it marks is the final official installment of Deeper into Jeopardy! for season 30 (but I’ll still be doing some things around here, so stay tuned). And I can honestly think of no better category to end on than the one I probably would have done best in as a Teen Tournament contestant – plus it has a nice evolutionary link with last week’s category on birds. So, we’ll wrap up the first 24 installments of this new blog series with none other than July 21’s Double Jeopardy! category, DINOSAURS!

Jeopardy! category: DINOSAURS (21-07-2014)

$400 clue: Iridium-rich sediment around the world led to the hypothesis that one of these caused dinosaur extinction

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The gist: At the north end of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the site of the impact that eventually killed off the (non-avian) dinosaurs. Continue reading