Final Jeopardy: Composers

The Final Jeopardy question (7/6/2016) in the category “Composers” was:

Brought to our attention by a 1984 film, this Italian had success with the 1780s operas “Tarare” & “Les Danaides”.

New champ TJ Bateman won $5,199 yesterday in one of those matches where no one got FJ. Today he may make out better, or he may not if these two players are on their toes: Emily Hillard, from Evansville, IN; and Matt Hoffer-Hawlik, from Boston, MA.

Round 1 Categories: Canadian Prime Ministers – My Name Is Symbolic – 3-letter Words With 2 Vowels – Literary Groups & Movements – Hit The Gym – Get Into Shapes

Matt found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Groups” under the $400 clue with 4 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $7,000, $2,800 more than Matt in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

It was once called the “New Negro Movement” show

Matt finished in the lead with $15,000. TJ was second with $4,200 and Emily was last with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: Death In Venice – Botany – Traveling Along The 40th Parallel N. – Taxonomic Film List – Novel Vocabulary – “L” On Wheels

TJ found the first Daily Double in “Botany” under the $800 clue on the 14th pick. In second place with $8,600, he had $6,400 less than Matt’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

In the early 19th century, Scottish botanist Robert Brown showed how grains of this could be used to classify plants. show

5 clues later, Matt found the last Daily Double in “40th Parallel N.” under the $1,200 clue. He was in the lead with $17,000 now, $2,600 ahead of TJ in second place. He bet $6,000 and he was RIGHT.

If you want to stand on the 40th parallel in this capital, go to Ataturk Forest Farm & Zoo; you’ll be pretty close. show

Matt finished in the lead with $22,600. TJ was next with $14,800 and Emily was in third place with $4,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


F. Murray Abraham picked up a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Antonio Salieri in “Amadeus” (1984). In this scene, Salieri is planning to kill Mozart. In “The feud that never was,” Erica Jeal writes: The success of the film has done more than anything to promote the image of Salieri as malefactor, even though the play on which it is based rests on the fact that he wasn’t actually a murderer.” She concludes with a hope that he can be remembered for his best works, rather than a “cinematic villain.”

Learn more about Salieri’s works on AllMusic where Robert Cummings writes: “Salieri was the dominant figure in Parisian opera from the mid to late 1780s. Tarare (1787), generally considered his finest achievement in the genre, is a masterpiece.”

Emily got it right. She doubled down and finished with $8,000.

TJ came up with Paganini. He lost his $10,000 bet, finishing with $4,800.

Matt also got it right. He bet $7,001, winning the match with $29,601. Nice going! He will return tomorrow as the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy: TJ Bateman, Matt Hoffer-Hawlik and Emily Hillard (7-6-16)

Here are 2 clues from the “Taxonomic Film List” that eluded the players:

($1600) In a 2008 title, Indiana Jones had to deal with this royal realm

($2000) It’s father vs. daughter in the courtroom as Gene Hackman tilts with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in this legal thriller

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Constitutional Monarchies”

The constitution of this country allows the monarch to abdicate, which has happened in 1948, 1980 and 2013. show

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7 Responses

  1. Myron M. says:

    A search of the J-Archive brings up only 1 substantial clue about Salieri that doesn’t allude to Mozart the rival or Amadeus the play, this Final Jeopardy clue from 2005:

    COMPOSERS: He moved to Vienna in 1766; in 1778 he presented his native Italy with the first opera staged at La Scala

  2. Cece says:

    Matt killed it in the 1st round but then TJ made a nice comeback on the DJ round. I was so rooting for him. Emily didn’t look like she was having a good time.

    Matt appeared annoyed with himself for not betting more on his second DD. But he still ‘danced’ himself to victory.

    FJ— the clue was characterized by 3 different people on Cotd as well written, cluttered and interesting. I say, all of the above, more or less. Happily, none of the contestants took the bait (if that’s what it was).

  3. aaaa says:

    Matt and Emily are the name of Alex’s two kids.

  4. Mathwiz100 says:

    Well I’ll give Eric credit for predicting the number of correct FJs.

    Paganini is Italian, but he was not born until 1782, and I doubt that he made a piece at an age of less than 10 (though Paganini is also a musical genius).

    I just hope that at least one more really strong player qualifies before the deadline, though. The past few winners have not overly impressed me.

    • VJ says:

      Well, they may do the same thing that they did last year when the players were eligible to be in the ToC for part of this season.

      Did anyone notice that pink was a response to two clues in this match? One in Symbolic Names (yeah, a capital P) and the other in Botany

      10 more clues from the match are over here

  5. Myron M. says:

    Taxonomic Film List is a clever category title.