Deeper Into Jeopardy! XXIX: The Civil War – Final Jeopardy!

Author’s note: for Halloween, please read this post in a vampire voice. Thank you.

Spooky Jeopardy! category: THE CIVIL WAR (29-11-2010)

Spooky FJ! Clue: These 2 cities in the Southeast & Southwest were the only 2 Confederate state capitals not captured by Union forces

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The spooky gist: I suppose it makes sense that the capitals of the westernmost and southernmost states would avoid capture by the North.  Continue reading

Deeper into Jeopardy! XXIX: A Confederacy of Dunces – $1200

Jeopardy! category: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES (13-10-2014)

$1200 Video Daily Double! clue: Union soldiers found Robert E. Lee’s handwritten plans wrapped around three cigars & lying in a field east of Sharpsburg, Maryland, four days before this bloody 1862 battle

virginia map

Correct response

The gist: It’s one of the most important pieces of mail-not-delivered in history.  Continue reading

Deeper into Jeopardy! XXIX: A Confederacy of Dunces – $400

Jeopardy! giveth and Jeopardy! taketh away. I was very excited to write about ARCHAEOLOGY, a category in last Friday’s game and major in university… but the contestants were too slow and neglected to pick the $1200 clue before end-of-round. Too bad. Instead, we’ll do a topic I don’t know much about (but am in the process of learning), all about the dumb-dumbs that tried to run that little breakaway state southwest of South Carolina: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES. Plus, the category’s title is taken from one of my all-time favourite books which actually has nothing to do with the Civil War aside from taking place in Louisiana.

Oh, and by the way, for this installment we’ll be going back to a two-week, M-W-F posting schedule, with an appropriate Final Jeopardy! clue on Halloween. I’m starting a new day job tomorrow, and I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to write these with that going on as well.

Jeopardy! category: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES (13-10-2014)

$400 clue: Historians have criticized Jefferson Davis for defending this capital with troops needed elsewhere

Correct response

The gist: It was briefly a national capital, yes, but never technically a state capital, since Virginia is one of the U.S.’s four commonwealths.  Continue reading

Deeper into Jeopardy! XXVIII: Linguistics – $1600

Jeopardy! category: LINGUISTICS (9-10-2014)

$1600 clue: “Ecotourism” is an example of this type of -ism recently created & added to the popular lexicon

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The gist: Some recent examples from the folks at Cambridge Dictionaries Online: “spoonula” (a spoon/spatula hybrid), “normcore” (fashion trend focused on bland clothing), “doxxing” (publishing personal information about an individual online).  Continue reading