Final Jeopardy: Fictional Characters

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  1. Kevin S. says:

    VJ — glad you pointed out the several alternate theories as to the origin of “Figaro.” The “Fils Caron” hypothesis is the one I learned about in a music appreciation class 45-ish years ago, so my thought when the clue was revealed was, “They’re being tricky — that’s not how Figaro got his name.” I spent my time trying to think of a companion valet in the opera, and drew a blank.

    I corresponded with the producers after the show, and they pointed out the clue read “may have inspired,” not “did inspire,” thus implying that there are several possibilities.

    I should have written down “Figaro” just to avoid leaving a blank but didn’t, so kudos to Stephanie for committing to the answer. She and Robin were great competitors and fun opponents. It was nice being able to spend a day with all of the contestants for the week!

    • jacob ska says:

      @Kevin, you performed great on the show and made those of us who are retired from academia proud. Many academicians have tried and faltered on their first appearance. Your breadth of knowledge and speed on the buzzer were exemplary. Kudos to you for your repeat victories.

    • VJ says:

      Hi Kevin, I’m happy that you knew about “fils Caron” but sad at the same time that it impeded your thought process in that Final. I really enjoyed your games. Some of us folks, myself included, are in your same generation and I loved it when you got the clues most young’uns wouldn’t have known. One that springs to mind right now is when they showed the star of “Police Woman.” I said, “Kevin’s got that!” Nice to know you had a great time and got paid well for your knowledge :)

      P.S. I don’t know if you saw this link I put on the Spoiler Talk about the jodhpurs, suggesting that we might have seen Jackie Kennedy in them.

      • Kevin S. says:

        Thanks, VJ, glad to represent the boomer generation even though thumb reflexes may be slowing down. I was almost sorry to have rung in on the “Charlie’s Angels” clue in one of the episodes, since I don’t know whether or not to be ashamed I actually knew of the show…….

  2. KJ says:

    I wonder if “The Barber of Seville” would have been acceptable. Not as the title of the Opera but the character.

    • VJ says:

      @KJ, I doubt they would have accepted it. Everyone knows who that is, yes, but they wanted the character’s name, not occupation. Actually, they told you his occupation in the opera part of the play — valet. If they went with the other opera and said he was a barber, it would have been a cinch, right?

      • Kevin S. says:

        VJ, have to agree with your assessment. In the 1786 opera specified, he wasn’t a barber, so that answer wouldn’t have matched the clue.

  3. jared says:

    VJ, on your google books link, it says the critic’s name last name was Charles, not Chasles

    • VJ says:

      It does, jared. I guess when they scanned that book, it somehow got “corrected” to Charles but his name really was Chasles. (That’s why I didn’t quote the passage)

  4. Louis J says:

    This answer reminded me of the bugs bunny cartoon based on that opera the barber of Seville where bugs bunny gives a hair cut to Elmer fudd. Do you remember the title of that cartoon VJ where bugs bunny was the barber?

    • VJ says:

      Yes, Lou, and I thought of the cartoon myself. So funny– The Rabbit of Seville. Even funnier, either it was still on my mind, or because I am all stuffed up from the pollen around here, when my daughter asked me where the cat was, I accidentally said “It wan away” and they were calling me Elmer Fudd. LOL!

      LINK: 10 more clues from the match