American Composers (10/27/22) – Fikkle Fame

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (10/27/2022) in the “American Composers” category was:

He turned to opera with the 1903 work “Guest of Honor”, probably inspired by Booker T. Washington’s dinner at the White House.

In the third semi-final of the 2022 Second Chance Tournament, the competitors are: Rowan districta graphic caller, writer and editor from Chicago, IL; Jack Weller, an orig. from San Diego, California; and Sadie Goldberger, a performer from Columbia, MD. (Links lead to each player’s semi-final.)

Round 1 Categories: Another Title Shot – The Animal Kingdom – Bring Me a Souvenir! – Words & Phrases: Immediately! – Which Cabinet Department? – Radcliffe College

Rowan has found the Jeopardy! Daily Double round in “Animal Kingdom” under $800 on the 6th round pick. Rowan was in the lead with $3,800, $2,800 more than Jack in second place. Rowan bet $4,000 and was RIGHT.

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Rowan finished top with $11,800. Jack was in second place with $2,400. Sadie was last with $0. All clues have been shown.

Round 2 Categories: Octoberfest – The Second Chapter – Lakes and Rivers – 3 consonants in a row – Learned Leagues – Daniel Radcliffe Collage

Rowan found the first Daily Double in “Second Chapters” under $800 on the round’s third pick. Rowan was in the lead with $13,000 now, $10,600 more than Jack in second place. Rowan bet $8,000 and guessed “James and the Giant Peach”. It was FALSE.

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In the next pick, Rowan landed on the latest Daily Double in “Lakes & Rivers” below $2,000. Still in the lead with $5,000, Rowan was $2,600 more than Jack in second place. Rowan bet it all and was RIGHT this time.

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Rowan finished in the lead with a runaway of $30,000. Jack was in second place with $6,400 and Sadie was last with $4,400. All clues have been shown.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In October 1901, about a month after becoming president following McKinley’s assassination, Teddy Roosevelt became the first president to invite a person of color to dinner at the White House, and famed educator Booker T. Washington became the first person of color to I accept. This event that breaks down barriers is believed to have inspired the American composer Scott Joplin (1868-1917) to compose “A Guest of Honor”, presented as “the only real Rag Time Opera ever produced”. Check The blog of to find out how Joplin’s production collapsed due to theft and how the opera’s score disappeared, never to resurface.

Joplin primarily composed ragtime music and was known as the “King of Ragtime”. His fame waned after his death, but he was back in the public eye in the 1970s when another opera “Treemonisha” premiered in Atlanta in 1972. In 1973, Joplin’s “The Artist” sparked a ragtime revival when it was featured in “The Sting” (1973), starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival takes place annually in Sedalia, Missouri, where Joplin taught piano and worked for many years.

Sadie got it right. Ken joked that she only wrote the last name this time. She bet $400 and finished with $6,400.

Jack thought it was Gershwin, which probably requires a first name when true. Since Joplin was the correct answer, it cost Jack $3,000. He landed in third place with $3,400.

Rowan was also right, standing with the $30,000. Tomorrow the tournament will end. Today’s scores will be added to the players’ final scores tomorrow to determine the winner, who will move on to the 2022 Tournament of Champions. Right now, no one can deny that Rowan has a huge advantage, but Ken reminded us that great returns can occur. Yes, they can and they have. We’ll never forget Buzzy walks into his second final match with zero and winning the entire Tournament of Champions in 2017.

Final Jeopardy (10/27/2022) Rowan Ward, Jack Weller, Sadie Goldberger

A triple stumper from each round:

BRING ME A SOUVENIR! ($800) From Greece, a chain of komboloi, or theseused not for religious reasons but to relax and fight stress

THE SECOND CHAPTER ($1600) An emperor’s soldiers provide “An exact inventory of what we found on the body of the mountain man”

More clues on page 2

2 years ago: ALL players have this FJ in “Art of the 20th Century”

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