Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 8, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, December 8, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: PRINTING

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: The 3 major Western typefaces are Gothic, Roman & this one first used in an entire book in 1501 for a work by Virgil

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Anton Deljaj, a residential manager from Bronx, New York
Stephanie Snyder, a program manager from Silver Spring, Maryland
Tim Aten, an editor from Vermilion, Ohio (4-day total: $71,300)

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What is italic?


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When it comes to typefaces, most people nowadays consider “italic” to be the slanted-right oblique form of a certain font. A true italic typeface, though, is a stylized cursive font based on calligraphy.

The first complete work in an italic font was by Aldus Manutius’ Aldine Press, an edition of Virgil dedicated to Italy in 1501. He had used italic type a year earlier in the frontispiece of the letters of Catherine of Siena.

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7 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 8, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | December 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm |

    Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
    Tim $13,000
    Anton $9,000
    Stephanie $3,000

    Final Results:
    Stephanie $3,000 – $600 = $2,400 (What is Helvetica?)
    Anton $9,000 – $2,999 = $6,001 (What is Times New Roman?)
    Tim $13,000 – $5,001 = $7,999 (What is Ionian?) (5-day total: $79,299)

    Scores after the opening round:
    Tim $3,600
    Anton $2,600
    Stephanie $2,600

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) ANATOMICAL ETYMOLOGY $1000 (20th pick)
    Anton 2200 +800 (Stephanie 3400 Tim 1600)

    2) HISTORIC AMERICA $1200 (7th pick)
    Tim 4400 +1000 (Stephanie 4200 Anton 3000)
    3) PHILOSOPHY $1200 (28th pick, $3,600 left on board)
    Tim 14600 -1600 (Anton 9000 Stephanie 3000)

    Unplayed clues:
    DJ! round: None!

    Game Stats:
    Tim $14,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer
    Anton $9,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer
    Stephanie $3,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer

    Tim Aten, stats to date:
    92 correct
    8 incorrect
    4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
    3/5 in Final Jeopardy
    30.07% in first on buzzer (83/276)
    Average Coryat: $12,240

    Tim Aten, to win:
    6 games: 37.36%
    7: 13.95%
    8: 5.21%
    9: 1.95%
    10: 0.73%
    Avg. streak: 5.596 games.

  2. Charles Province | December 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm |

    Italics is NOT, I repeat, NOT a Font. It is a stylized version of a font. Your question and answer for tonight is wrong.

    • Andy Saunders | December 8, 2016 at 10:42 pm |


      1) This is a fan site. The question and answer are not mine. This site is not affiliated with Jeopardy Productions, Inc.
      2) You are also incorrect. The clue said “typeface”, not “font”. If you read the extra information I provided, that while in 2016, the term “italic” is used to describe the stylized text given as an example here, the term “italic” originated in the Aldus Manutius-created typeface c.1500, as used in the printing of the 1501 work of Virgil. And that is what was what tonight’s Final Jeopardy! was asking about.

  3. Vince Gargiulo | December 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm |

    I agree with Charles. Italics in not a font, it is font attribute, such as bold. If Jeopardy wanted to refer to the Virgil work more accurately, they should have called it cursive. Sorry, but on this one, I think they got it wrong.

    • Andy Saunders | December 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm |


      The word “font” was not used in the clue. Thus, using it in this context introduces confusion.

      Around 1500, Aldus Manutius gave the typeface that he used in that publication of Virgil a name.

      He did not name the typeface “cursive”.

      He named the typeface “Italic”.

      Thus, Jeopardy! used the proper term that Aldus Manutius gave it.

  4. I have to agree that the final answer was unfairly phrased. While the detail about a typeface named “Italic” being used for the 1501 Virgil book is correct, the lead-in is extremely misleading. I can’t find any source describing “three major Western typefaces” of “Gothic, Roman, and Italic”. Perhaps they meant “first three”? But that’s not what they said. And today, while “Roman” is still a class of typefaces, “Italic” is not a “major Western typeface”.

    • Andy Saunders | December 12, 2016 at 8:05 am |

      Britannica has:


      It has already been said that there have been but three major type families in the history of Western printing: (1) black letter, commonly and not quite rightly called Gothic by the English; (2) roman, in Germany still called by its historical name of Antiqua; and (3) italic. All had their origin in the scripts of the calligraphers whose work printing came ultimately to replace.

      In light of this information: the official editorial position of The Jeopardy! Fan is that there are zero phrasing issues with this Final Jeopardy! clue and that while it was a difficult clue, it was fairly phrased.

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