Gwen beat Philip Tiu yesterday; how will she do today?
|Aurora Nibley, a tour guide from Valley Village, CA
||Steve Stoffle, a leadership trainer from Decatur, GA
||Gwen Niksic, a major account manager from Chicago, IL (1-day total: $14,000)
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: LITERARY DETECTIVES
Final Jeopardy! clue: His creator sometimes found him a “detestable, bombastic, tiresome little creature”
Who is Hercule Poirot? (Gwen and Aurora guessed Sherlock Holmes)
Steve 8800 + 8799 = 17599 (1-day total: $17,599)
Aurora 15600 – 8000 = 7600
Gwen 15800 – 15401 = 399
One of Christie’s later regrets was that Hercule Poirot began his literary life too mature: “the result is that my fictional detective is well over a hundred by now.” And it is no secret that character and author did not always see eye to eye.
“There are moments when I have felt: ‘Why-why-why did I ever invent this detestable, bombastic, tiresome little creature?’…. But now, I must confess it, Hercule Poirot has won. A reluctant affection has sprung up for him…” Agatha Christie’s introduction to the serialisation of Appointment With Death in the Daily Mail, 1938.
Christie grew tired of Poirot’s idiosyncrasies so much so that she wrote Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case in the 1940s. It was locked in a safe until 1974 when it was finally published, earning Poirot a well-deserved obituary in The New York Times; he is the only fictional character to have received such an honour.
(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)
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