Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 23, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, March 23, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: The word that gave us “picaresque” may also have inspired the name of this clever valet featured in a 1786 opera

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Stephanie Garrone-Shufran, a teacher from Woburn, Massachusetts
Robin Devereux, an art dealer from Durham, North Carolina
Kevin Shrum, a retired adjunct professor from Fort Collins, Colorado (2-day total: $33,500)


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Who is Figaro?


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Figaro, of course, is the title character of Mozart’s 1786 opera The Marriage of Figaro, in which he is the valet to Count Almaviva.

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6 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 23, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Robin $14,000
    Kevin $12,200
    Stephanie $9,400

    Final results:
    Stephanie $9,400 + $8,000 = $17,400 (1-day total: $17,400)
    Kevin $12,200 – $6,601 = $5,599 (What is ?)
    Robin $14,000 – $10,401 = $3,599 (What is Picard?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Stephanie $7,400
    Kevin $3,400
    Robin $1,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) ON THE BALLOT $800 (26th pick)
    Kevin 3400 -2000 (Stephanie 7400 Robin 2400)

    2) ARCHITECTURE & BUILDING $1600 (4th pick)
    Robin 3000 +3000 (Stephanie 7400 Kevin 4600)
    3) WHERE IS IT? $1200 (18th pick)
    Kevin 11400 -2000 (Robin 11600 Stephanie 6200)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $0

    Game Stats:
    Stephanie $9,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    Kevin $16,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
    Robin $12,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $9,400
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

    Kevin Shrum, final stats:
    67 correct
    7 incorrect
    1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
    2/3 in Final Jeopardy
    38.10% in first on buzzer (64/168)
    Average Coryat: $15,333

    Stephanie Garrone-Shufran, stats to date:
    16 correct
    2 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
    Average Coryat: $9,400

    Stephanie Garrone-Shufran, to win:
    2 games: 30.72%
    3: 9.44%
    4: 2.90%
    5: 0.89%
    6: 0.27%
    Avg. streak: 1.443 games.
    Avg Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $28,107

    With a projected 81 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:

    An average of 2.9584 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3286).
    An average of 4.5799 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6209).

    An early cutoff took place 12.112% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Tim Kutz qualified 64.848% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 23.186% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 4.920% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.858% of the time.


    • This is the first regular-play game since February 10 (and the first game overall since February 22) in which we saw all 61 clues.
  2. Maurine Gutowski | March 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm |

    CBS has Michgan vs. Oregon instead of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy tonight, but they’ll show Thursday and Friday shows on Sat. 3 to 5 a.m. I got Figaro right because years ago a college I was teaching at in Oregon put on the show in ENGLISH and it was incredibly funny. I am conflicted about tonight’s game because I now live in Michigan (37+ years).

  3. How could you not come up with Figaro given the word “picaresque” as its possible inspiration? You’d have to be a total blockhead! Only three correct responses in the Finals through Thursday.

    • Actually, I knew what they were going for, but my thought was, “They’re trying to trick us — that’s not how Figaro got his name!”

      I learned in a long-ago music appreciation class that Figaro came from “Fils Caron,” the boyhood nickname of Beaumarchas, the writer who invented the character.

      I actually discussed it with the producers after the show. They acknowledged that the “Fils Caron” hypothesis is a recognized possibility, but so is the “Picaro” derivation. They pointed out that the clue said “might have been” instead of “was,” so it implied more than one possibility.

      So, I should have written down Figaro even though I didn’t think it was right.

      Sometimes, a little knowledge turns out to be a little too much knowledge….

      • I was being sarcastic, Kevin. I definitely missed that class 😐 My guess was Picayune. Seein’s how I’m almost 60, I like to see older, if I may be so bold, contestants do well. I was disappointed to see you go.

        • Thanks for the kind comment. I’m pretty sure I was the only contestant in the green room that day to have been born while the Trumans were living in the White House, so I’m happy to have represented the more … seasoned members of the Jeopardy! audience.

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