Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 3, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Opera) for Wednesday, January 3, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 83):

This character’s famed entrance aria actually introduces him as a handyman, repeats his name & adds “la-la-la-la-las”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Michael Shockley, a pro sports executive from Seattle, Washington
Michael Shockley on Jeopardy!
Steph Bundy, a summer camp director from Oak Park, California
Steph Bundy on Jeopardy!
Saralee Etter, a writer from Pataskala, Ohio (1-day total: $8,000)
Saralee Etter on Jeopardy!

Saralee Etter is currently the writer of three romance novels: Lydia’s Christmas Charade, Her Very Major Christmas, and A Limited Engagement.


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Correct response: Who is Figaro?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Figaro’s entrance aria in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, “Largo al factotum”, sees Figaro introduce himself as the city’s top-quality handyman (“Largo al factotum della citta”). Of course, the repeated “Figaro” closer to the end of the aria is well-known in popular culture.

Here’s a performance of the aria:

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Steph $18,200
Michael $9,400
Saralee $600

Tonight’s results:
Saralee $600 + $0 = $600
Michael $9,400 – $9,400 = $0 (Who is Gepetto?)
Steph $18,200 + $601 = $18,801 (1-day total: $18,801)

Steph Bundy, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 3, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Steph $5,800
Michael $2,600
Saralee $600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) Unplayed!
2) NOVELS WITHIN NOVELS $800 (19th pick)
Steph 6200 +2500 (Michael 7400 Saralee 600)
3) CHIEF JUSTICES $800 (27th pick) ($4800 left on the board)
Steph 16300 +700 (Michael 9400 Saralee 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 45

Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE MEDITERRANEAN $800 & $1000, PALEOLITHIC $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: CHIEF JUSTICES $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $7,200

Game Stats:
Steph $16,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 3 incorrect, 44.23% in first on buzzer
Saralee $600 Coryat, 8 correct, 5 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer
Michael $9,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.85% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $26,600
Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200

Saralee Etter, final stats:
30 correct, 11 incorrect
33.65% in first on buzzer (35/104)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Steph Bundy, stats to date:
26 correct, 3 incorrect
44.23% in first on buzzer (23/52)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Steph Bundy, to win:
2 games: 59.13%
3: 34.96%
4: 20.67%
5: 12.22%
6: 7.23%
Avg. streak: 2.447 games.
*(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 3, 2018"

  1. john blahuta | January 3, 2018 at 10:16 am |

    Italian,opera….. Figaro appears in 2 operas (Barber of Seville (Rossini), Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)).I’ll be optimistic and say ONE correct, though it would not surprise me should we get another triple whiff. “Handyman” is a little throw off.In Italy you call a barber “barbiere”, but “figaro” is as well used and understood if you ask for a hair cut.
    Unless a contestant today is a fan of classical music, especially operas, we will most likely see 2 blanks. (maybe even 3, I can’t think of another “handyman” in an opera, unless you want to call a “Meistersinger (Master-Singer of Nuremberg) a “handyman”?

    • Mark Barrett | January 3, 2018 at 11:26 am |

      When I saw the category I figured the pro sports executive was in trouble and he proved me right by guessing Gepetto. An opera guy with a repeated name. Even I was able to figure it out, so not really an 0 for 3 type clue. Of course I have the hindsight of having already watched it.

      • john blahuta | January 3, 2018 at 3:22 pm |

        Well, I am pleasantly surprised with 2, but the one day champ streak continues…

        • john blahuta | January 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm |

          Not only that, but also the streak of clues left on the board continues- and I am not just talking one. The $ amounts left lately could very well have changed the entire game(s).Especially when a DD is affected. There have been players, known to bet big early on to open a gap. This is not fair to any contestant. S/he might miss a chance to create or prevent a runaway etc when it happens in DJ which is just a question of time to happen, unless they cut maybe a couple of commercials or speed up the “interview segment”?

          • The interviews are already short enough. Any shorter and it would be Alex walking up to them and saying “John from Modesto, California” and walking away. What do you suggest he do, ask them their favorite colors?

            Saralee made me laugh when she guessed on the celebrity ages of death at 26 years old, after being led to the number 27.

  2. Steph really knew her popular culture related questions.

  3. I can’t believe I watched the whole thing. Pretty dang good. Reminded me of a time a professor in college made the class go watch a live symphony. We were clapping between movements. The looks we got from the more cultured among us—priceless! Glad I went, though 🙂

  4. john blahuta | January 4, 2018 at 4:00 am |


    Feel free to come up with other time saving solutions. Or would you rather leave 3,5,6 clues (including a possible DD in DJ)on the board? Any suggestions you have, please feel free to share them!

    • John:

      I really think your recency bias is coming forward. This season has been much better than the last 5 for completing boards (the boards have been completed 8-10% more often this season over last.)

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