Bluegrass Jeopardy




Title of the document

December 5, 2020 Update:

FINAL JEOPARDY TIE BREAKER

CATEGORY

“Famous Kentuckians”

George and Andy face off with $12,000 each to wager on coming up with the correct Question.


December 4, 2020 Update:

FINAL JEOPARDY ANSWER

“19th Century New York Roots of Bluegrass”

This New York native, born before the Civil War, created a brand integral to the creation and growth of bluegrass music, and his surname/brand remains vitally important in 21st century bluegrass.


December 3, 2020 Update:

George, Andy and Todd, here is your FINAL JEOPARDY category. Submit part or all of your $6000 in points to Lynn Lipton as your wager. Carefully consider your wagering strategy!!

FINAL JEOPARDY CATEGORY

19th Century New York Roots of Bluegrass

Once your wagers have been submitted, the FINAL JEOPARDY Answer will be revealed so that you can then submit the Question.


December 2, 2020 Update:

The “Questions” from the following finalists are printed below in the Comments.

All 3 below won $6000 each in “points”. Tied. They got every Question correct.
Todd Evans
George Nasca
Andy Bing

The Next Step: The Final Jeopardy
Hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday; we sure did here in the Catskills.

We have a three-way tie at $6000 each to play Final Jeopardy. Lynn will post all of their “questions” to the clues provided by Fred Robbins. Good job all three, but CLEARLY those clues were too easy. Being as they were designed for non-bluegrassers from the general population.

All three Finalists will soon learn my choice for Final Jeopardy category. Based on that alone, each must wager some or all of his $6000 on being able to provide the correct question.

Now in terms of Final Jeopardy strategy, there are at least 2 ways to finesse your wager. If the category seems “hard”, you might speculate that the question will be “easy” and bet a lot, to win. Or, if the category seems “easy” you might speculate the answer will be “hard”, and bet a small amount to lose the least vs. your competitors. Or you can just trust yourself and bet big whatever the clue might turn out to be. It’s up to each player.


ORIGINAL POST

Thanks to Fred Robbins’ we have views of 6 real Jeopardy answers collected over the few years.

You reply with the questions (stated in the form of a question!) and we’ll total up your score in $$. Next Friday Dick Bowden will post a Final Jeopardy, on which you can bet some or all of your winnings. The contestant with the most $$$ will receive the grand prize — the review copy of the brand new CD by Rock Hearts, recently reviewed in our newsletter! You provide your own Jeopardy 30 second timer music.

For extra credit, look for a minor error in one of these answers and please take note of Andy Bing’s comment below before you answer the questions.





For $1,600 (Below)

For $2,000 (Below)

16 Responses

  • 1. What is Kentucky?
    2. What is bluegrass?
    3. What is the five string banjo?
    4. What is bluegrass?
    5. What is Boston?
    6. Who are the Blue Grass Boys?

  • The next newsletter will report the correct questions and the $$ scores of all contestants, and the Final Jeopardy answer for contestants to wager on.

  • Answer 5 mentioning Northeastern and Berklee College is worth $1600.

    Answer 6 mentioning the “Boys” who helped Bill Monroe is worth $2000.

    Good luck, and remember you MUST reply in the form of a question!!!

  • 1- What is Kentucky
    2- What is Bluegrass (Bill Monroe, not Del McCory)
    3- What is a Banjo
    4- What is Bluegrass Music
    5- What is Boston
    6- Who are the Bluegrass Boys

  • What is Kentucky ?
    What is Bluegrass music ?
    What is the banjo ?
    What is Bluegrass ?
    What is Boston ?
    Who are The Blue Grass Boys ?
    The minor error may possibly be in the Del McCoury question insofar as he’s still alive and the “was” implies he has passed.

  • All right! Great crop of reponses so far. Still time for more folks to reply before you get all distracted with Thanksgiving Day. Lord knows bluegrass trivia is more important, but, hey, it is what it is!

    You can reply in the website, or you can email Lynn. Whatever works for you.

    There’s $6000 in “points” available from the 6 real Jeopardy answer clues. When all entries are in and Lynn closes this phase, watch for my Final Jeopardy clue. Yes, I’M writing the Final Jeopardy. All contestants will be told their score and invited to wager some or all of it on their Final Jeopardy question. And remember IT MUST BE STATED IN THE FORM OF A QUESTION!!!!!! We’re cutting some folks a little slack on their first round of replies because this is a new experience. But on Final Jeopardy, if you state it as an “answer” instead of a “question”, you will LOSE.

    You know my trivia can be deep catalog historical, or quite modern and general. So consider well how much you want to wager!! There’s such a thing as wagering to win, and wagering to lose, in Jeopardy. All you will know in advance about my Final Jeopardy clue is the category. From the category alone you’re going to have to ponder on what kind of an answer I’m going to give you, and what your chances will be of getting the correct question. The highest final score will get the new Rock Hearts CD that I reviewed.

    In the meanwhile, keep those questions coming in!!

  • Hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday; we sure did here in the Catskills.

    We have a three-way tie at $6000 each to play Final Jeopardy. Lynn will post all of their “questions” to the clues provided by Fred Robbins. Good job all three, but CLEARLY those clues were too easy. Being as they were designed for non-bluegrassers from the general population.

    All three Finalists will soon learn my choice for Final Jeopardy category. Based on that alone, each must wager some or all of his $6000 on being able to provide the correct question.

    Now in terms of Final Jeopardy strategy, there are at least 2 ways to finesse your wager. If the category seems “hard”, you might speculate that the question will be “easy” and bet a lot, to win. Or, if the category seems “easy” you might speculate the answer will be “hard”, and bet a small amount to lose the least vs. your competitors. Or you can just trust yourself and bet big whatever the clue might turn out to be. It’s up to each player.

  • For those of you who know something about Jeopardy but aren’t deeply into it, Jeopardy clues are usually constructed to contain TWO clues to the Question. Plus of course the Category provides sort of a clue.

    For instance in the final Answer in the blue screen above, the Category is “Blue Man Group” which is the first, very general clue. The Answer clues mention “Boys” in quotes, and Kentucky is mentioned linked with Bill Monroe and a new genre of music. So there are actually FOUR clues within the answer, to guide the player back to the Question “What is Bluegrass?” It’s a very generous Answer clue, intended for the general population, not bluegrass lovers!

    The Final Jeopardy Category and Answer clue(s) will be arranged similarly.

  • Well well well! The correct question was indeed “Who is Orville Gibson?” Born in Chateauguay NY (WAY up on the Canadian border, near the Gibson Brothers’ home!). He formed the Gibson Guitar & Mandolin Co. in 1894 but sold it to investors within a few years and bowed out. What a legacy he has left.

    So, sadly, Todd gave an incorrect Question in “Who is Stephen Foster?” and he bet $1001, so he ends up at $4,999, but no prize. Thanks for playing!!

    Andy and George each bet everything, so each doubled their score with the correct Question “Who is Orville Gibson?” They each now have $12,000.

    We’re going to have a tie breaker Final Jeopardy for George and Andy. I’ll ask Lynn to start a brand new post for this so you don’t have to scroll down all the way to keep current. George and Andy, consider well how you wager some or all of your $12,000 on this Final Jeopardy Tie Breaker Category.

    Orville Gibson

    Famous Kentuckians

    Once George and Andy reply to Lynn with their wagers, we’ll reveal the Final Jeopardy Tie Breaker clue.

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