Classic Songs (12-20-22) – Fickle Fame

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (12/20/2022) in the category “Classic Songs” was:

The shouts of excited children at a 1946 holiday parade are said to have inspired this perennial favourite

3x champs Ray Lalonde, a scenic artist from Toronto, Ontario Canada, has won $84,800 so far. In Game 4, his challengers are: Kim Aagaard, a project manager from Washington, DC; spirit Jason Radalina professor from Johnstown, NY.

Round 1 Categories: From the President’s Memoirs – The Butterfly Effect – What a Steal! – Sports Franchises’ Previous Homes – Contractions – Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge

Ray found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “From the President’s Memoirs” under the $800 clue with 1 clue left after it. He was in the lead with $5,000, $2,400 more than Kim in second place. Ray bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

“I ordered our men to open fire on the Spaniards in the trenches” show

WHO IS TEDDY ROOSEVELT?

Ray finished in the lead with $6,000. Kim was second with $4,400 and Jason was last with $800. All clues were shown.

Round 2 Categories: Mythology – South America the Beautiful – Planet Features – Recast for TV – Words with Greek Letters – “OO”, Sorry

Kim found the first Daily Double in “Mythology” under the $2,000 on the 8th pick of the round. She was in second place with $6,000, $2,800 less than Ray’s lead. Kim bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Typhon, a monster with 100 heads, was the father of these 2 monsters: a 9-headed water snake & a 3-headed hellhound show

WHAT ARE THE HYDRA & CERBERUS?

Ray got the last Daily Double in “Planet Features” under the $1,200 clue with 3 clues left after it. In the lead with $14,800, he had $400 more than Kim in second place. Ray bet $4,500 and he was RIGHT.

Like the sun, Jupiter is composed primarily of these 2 elements show

WHAT ARE HYDROGEN AND HELIUM?

Ray finished in the lead with $20,100. Kim was in second place with $14,800 and Jason was last with $10,800. All clues were shown.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS “HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS”?

In the 1940s and ’50s, Gene Autry aka “The Singing Cowboy” made a number of holiday tunes famous. They included “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman” and the one he wrote “Here Comes Santa Claus”. According to Don Cusic’s “Gene Autry: His Life and Career”, Autry got the idea for “Here Comes Santa Claus” while riding his horse down Santa Claus Lane as grand marshal in the annual Hollywood Christmas parade. The children on the sidewalk began shouting “Here comes Santa Claus” when they saw him coming up behind Autry. The lyrics of the song, as outlined by Autry, were given to Oakley Haldeman, who composed the melody. During the 1947 Christmas season, “Here Comes Santa Claus” was a smash hit, selling over 2 million copies.



Jason went with “Jingle Bells”, a tune written in 1857. He lost $10,000 and finished with $800.

Kim thought it was “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”, written in 1945. She lost her $5,000 bet and finished with $9,800.

Ray went with “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”. Ken said Ray came closest and Ray said he knew it “now.” It wasn’t a case of better late than never– Ray lost $9,600 but he finished with $10,500. That was enough to win this game. Ray’s 4-day total is $95,300. Whew! Close call there, Ray!

Reversal: MYTHOLOGY ($800) Euterpe, muse of music, was very fond of playing what’s called the double this – Ken rejected Jason’s “double aulus” response in favor of “double flute.” The judges gave Jason’s response the thumbs up and he gained $1,600.

2 triple stumpers from FROM THE PRESIDENT’S MEMOIRS:

($200) “During the 4 1/2 years of my presidency I had never been able to establish a close relationship with Bobby Kennedy”

($400) “On the first intelligence of Forrest’s raid I telegraphed Sherman to send all his cavalry against him”

More clues on Page 2

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Magazines”

This magazine had the same person on its cover since its founding 20 years ago until it chose Breonna Taylor as its Sept. 2020 cover show

WHAT IS O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE? (just “O” was acceptable)

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