Final Jeopardy: Opera
The Final Jeopardy question (5/28/2014), in the category “Opera” was:
In a bit of foreshadowing, the title character’s dad has committed suicide before the action in this 1904 opera.
17x champ Julia Collins is now up to $372,700 in winnings. She is 2 games away from a tie with Dave Madden’s record, and 3 to beat it and maybe beat his winnings, too. But she’s not going to get there if one of these players is on their toes: Maggie Davis, from Indianapolis, IN; and Manuel Bermudez, originally from Modesto, CA.
Round 1: Julia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Pin the Tale on the Donkey” under the $600 clue. She was in the lead with $5,000, $200 more than Manuel in second place. She bet $1,200 and said it was Don Quixote. That was WRONG.
Not quite Rocinante, the mount used by this character is a brown donkey. show
Manuel finished in the lead with $4,000. Julia was second with $3,800 and Maggie was last with $2,400.
Round 2: Manuel found the first Daily Double in “Newer Words & Phrases” under the $1,200 clue. He was in second place with $6,400, $5,800 less than Julia’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.
Get in touch with this, defined by Random House as “the juvenile aspect of a person’s psyche.” show
Julia found the last Daily Double in “Los Alamos National Laboratory” under the $2,000 clue. It was the second to last clue. In the lead with $16,600, she had $7,200 more than Manuel in second place. She bet $2,300 and she was RIGHT.
The Lab’s 3-D visualization theater uses 33 digital projectors to study complex physical systems; for example, the asteroid impact that created the Chicxulub crater on this peninsula, leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs. show
That gave Julia the lock but there was one more clue for $2,000 on the board. Nobody rang in and Julia finished with $18,900, not a killer runaway like the last 2 games but unbeatable all the same (notice how Alex Trebek doesn’t say a word about it). Manuel was second with $9,400 and Maggie was in third place with $800. And here’s what that looked like:
TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
In Act I of Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera, “Madama Butterfly,” Cio-Cio San shows her few possessions to soon-to-be husband, Pinkerton. One is a sheath with a dagger belonging to her father. The marriage broker Goro explains to Pinkerton that Butterfly’s father committed suicide with it at the Mikado’s command. In Act III, Butterfly commits suicide with the same weapon.” (Sarasota Opera: Synopsis of Madama Butterfly)
Other 20th century operas with suicidal heroines: Tosca, Turandot, Suor Angelica (Puccini), Katja Kabanova (Janacek), The Rape of Lucretia (Britten); and Cleopatra does herself in twice (1914 (Massenet), 1966 (Barber).
Maggie wrote down Manon (who died but not by suicide in Puccini’s 1893 opera “Manon Lescaut”). She bet nothing so she lost nothing and remained at $800.
Manuel got it right. He bet $5,000 and finished with $14,400.
Julia also got it right. She didn’t bet anything either. So she won the match with $18,900. Her 18-day total is $391,600.
2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Presidential Resting Places”
Only 3 sites have the remains of 2 Presidents: 1 at Quincy, Mass., 1 at Arlington and 1 in this state capital. show