Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 4, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, January 4, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: CLASSIC MOVIE ROLES

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: A letter to the director that said, “Dear Sir, I am fat & wear spectacles” got a young actor a role in this 1963 film

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Megan Soto, a student services supervisor from San Diego, California
Rich Betz, a teacher from Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Amanda Berofsky, a quality assurance analyst from Waterford, Michigan (1-day total: $5,999)


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What is Lord of the Flies?


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After hearing the correct response, it is plainly obvious that the quote and character refers to Piggy (played by Hugh Edwards in the film).

The 1963 version of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, directed by Peter Brook, certainly received critical acclaim. The boys cast were not professional, had generally not read the novel, and scripting was minimal. Brook filmed by explaining what he wanted the actors to do, who then generally improvised. It apparently worked surprisingly well, at least in the critic’s eyes. It has a 100% critic approval score on Rotten Tomatoes (though the audience rates it at just 63%.)

My thoughts: There are clearly no physical flaws in the clue itself that would necessitate my personally judging this clue as flawed. Whether you as a viewer thinks the category typing was misleading is certainly your prerogative, as I myself did not consider “Lord of the Flies” in my list of classics, but that is also not the standard upon which flaws are judged from an official standpoint (in other words, I’d say the fault here lands upon me the viewer and not the show).

I also think “1960s British Film Roles” might have been a better category name than “Classic Film Roles” and might certainly have removed all debate without compromising things at all.

I’m sure I’ll get lots of people leaving comments on this one today, for sure!

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11 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 4, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Amanda $14,000
    Megan $9,000
    Rich $1,000

    Final results:
    Rich $1,000 – $800 = $200 (What is Hey Benny!)
    Megan $9,000 – $1,000 = $8,000 (What is)
    Amanda $14,000 – $4,001 = $9,999 (What is West Side Story?) (2-day total: $15,998)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Megan $5,400
    Rich $3,000
    Amanda $1,700

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) HISTORIC OBJECTS $600 (29th pick)
    Amanda 4200 -2500 (Megan 5400 Rich 3000)

    2) 19th CENTURY NOVEL CHARACTERS $2000 (21st pick)
    Amanda 11700 -1700 (Megan 9000 Rich 1000)
    3) Unrevealed!

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: HISTORIC OBJECTS $400
    DJ! round: EARLY HUMANOIDS $800, $1200, $1600, $2000

    Game Stats:
    Amanda $18,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 41.51% in first on buzzer
    Megan $9,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.30% in first on buzzer
    Rich $1,000 Coryat, 6 correct, 2 incorrect, 13.21% in first on buzzer

    Amanda Berofsky, current stats:
    36 correct
    7 incorrect
    1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,200)
    0/2 in Final Jeopardy
    32.41% in first on buzzer (35/108)
    Average Coryat: $12,800

    Amanda Berofsky, to win:
    3 games: 41.74%
    4: 17.43%
    5: 7.27%
    6: 3.04%
    7: 1.27%
    Avg. streak: 2.717 games.

    Thanks to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.

  2. I actually feel bad for Megan. As we all know, that $1,000 wager would have worked out well for her had she gotten it right, and Amanda missed, which she did, Megan would have won by $1. Man, this seems to be another hard week so far.

    • Andy Saunders | January 4, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Reply

      Well, I hate to say this, but the reversal in Double Jeopardy may well have cost Megan the win today. I have to think that, given her bet of $1,000 in Final, that she would have had the presence of mind to bet the $1,400 or less as dictated by the $9,800-to-$14,000 situation.

      That said, she did not give the full title and the judges were very correct in their reversal.

  3. I actually have a question and am not sure where to find an answer, which is how I happened to come across your blog. There was a question in yesterday’s show where the response was Gangsta’s Paradise. Unfortunately I was walking by a TV and did not get to hear the question. Does anyone know what it was, or how I can find out that information? Thanks!

  4. Hi, Andy — I agree with your basic premise about the FJ clue and category. Assigning a film to the “classic” category is pretty subjective; there is no defined definition. I’m not sure that a compilation of “classic” lists would have that film listed as a consensus classic. Narrowing the category to “British films” as you suggest might have been helpful, but even that would probably not have helped me!

    • oops — meant “defined criteria,” not “defined definition.” Sorry about the reiterated repetitive redundancy.

      • Andy Saunders | January 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm | Reply

        Well, I’m not sure it would have helped me either, but my reaction would have been a simple facepalm for missing the obvious “fat + spectacles” TOM and not a “wait, what, that’s a classic film?”

    • Scott William | January 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Reply

      Are non-British young actors likely to begin a letter with “Dear Sir”? Maybe the clue designers felt that detail would be of crucial guidance.

      • Andy Saunders | January 5, 2017 at 5:22 pm | Reply

        Well, that letter wording certainly directed me to Britain, but I got too hung up on Classic and went for Lawrence of Arabia.

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