Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 9, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Opera) for Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 173):

A 12-minute piece of music from this opera depicts alpine dawn, a storm & the calm, & ends in a section called a galop

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Judy Tymkiw, an 8th grade English teacher from Fortescue, New Jersey
Judy Tymkiw on Jeopardy!
Scott Montanaro, a high school history & psychology teacher from Portland, Oregon
Scott Montanaro on Jeopardy!
Mary Alice Korth, a 6th-12th grade choir teacher from Dowagiac, Michigan
Mary Alice Korth on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is William Tell?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The William Tell Overture is actually 12 minutes long, with the part that most people are familiar with being the galop at the end, the part known as “March of the Swiss Soldiers”. This is the part which famously featured as the theme to “The Lone Ranger”.

(Going on a bit of an aside, longtime readers of the site will know that there’s a bit of history — a classical mix-up if you will — between this opera and the founder of The Jeopardy! Fan.)

And, finally, because sometimes this just needs to be said: When you’re watching along at home, it’s okay if you keep your thoughts to yourself. There’s no need to mock or belittle anyone online. Jeopardy! fans can stand to be a great deal better in that regard.

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

Scores going into Final:
Scott $14,900
Mary Alice $12,000
Judy $7,600

Tonight’s results:
Final results:
Judy $7,600 + $7,600 = $15,200 (Automatic Semi-Finalist)
Mary Alice $12,000 – $10,000 = $2,000 (What is La W)
Scott $14,900 – $500 = $14,400 (What is the Magic Flute?)

Judy Tymkiw, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 9, 2018 episode.)

Wild Card standings:
Monday: Larry Martin, $18,100 ($20,600, $6,200)
Tuesday: Rachel Niegelberg, $14,400 ($10,400, $6,000)
Wednesday: Judy Tymkiw, $15,200 ($7,600, $1,200)
1) Scott Montanaro, $14,400 ($14,900, $3,200), 99.835% to advance
2) Claire Bishop, $13,800 ($14,400, $5,200), 96.265% to advance
3) Erika Eason, $5,600 ($11,200, $2,800), 13.598% to advance
4) Bob Julian, $2,400 ($8,200, $5,600), 0.218% to advance
5) Mary Alice Korth, $2,000 ($12,000, $2,800)
6) Lee DiGeorge, $0 ($5,200, $4,800)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Scott $3,200
Mary Alice $2,800
Judy $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) IN THE STATE MUSEUM $1000 (9th pick)
Mary Alice 1600 -1000 (Judy 800 Scott 200)
2) LITERATURE IN SPANISH $2000 (5th pick)
Scott 7200 +500 (Mary Alice 2400 Judy 1200)
3) POLITICAL TERMS $800 (25th pick)
Judy 2800 +2000 (Scott 11300 Mary Alice 10000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 16

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Judy $6,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
Scott $16,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
Mary Alice $13,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,800
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Judy Tymkiw, stats to date:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,400

Scott Montanaro, stats to date:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,400

Mary Alice Korth, stats to date:
17 correct, 3 incorrect
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 9, 2018"

  1. Scott William | May 9, 2018 at 10:27 am |

    “When you’re watching along at home, it’s okay if you keep your thoughts to yourself. There’s no need to mock or belittle anyone online. Jeopardy! fans can stand to be a great deal better in that regard.”

    What prompted this remark? Do you feel that recent comments on this site’s prior episode recaps have had inappropriate remarks? Or is rebuke directed at Jeopardy discussion in some other online forum? Fans can’t possibly adjust, without knowing what you are referring to.

    • It’s directed towards discussion in other forums (but, since this is where I have my largest platform, this is where I’m putting my opinions!)

      • Scott William | May 10, 2018 at 9:27 am |

        Certain internet cesspools are best avoided. Cleaning them up may not be possible. To a certain extent, you have already admitted the hopelessness of your mission, by posting the rebuke here, rather than in the pits of despair which your words are intended to reach.

    • Some posters on forums feel the need to belittle those who have a different opinion than theirs.

  2. I realize that the writers try to make all the quarterfinal Final Jeopardy clues have a “similar” difficulty, but this one was so much easier for ME than the past two days’ were. I guess the membership money to my local classical radio station over the years finally paid off! 🙂

    I remember the first time I heard the “other” parts of the William Tell overture years ago. Very different from the “Lone Ranger” part, but all very beautiful.

    • I remember an older Disney playing the entire 12 minutes and it started with Ferdinand the bull smelling flowers. I don’t think it was pre-Lone Ranger.

    • Richard Rolwing | May 9, 2018 at 10:04 pm |

      When I was in the process of broadening my classical music “experience,” for a while I would mistake the “Alpine dawn” opening of the William Tell overture (like you, art, it was a while before I even heard the opening of the overture, much less all the other music that comes before the famous “galop”) for “Morning Mood” from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite (I’m pretty sure of the two I became familiar with the latter earlier)–of course, that NEVER happens anymore:)

    • Exactly the opposite experience for me. I got Monday’s and Tuesday’s FJ instantly, and thought they both were almost too easy, while this one was a stumper.

  3. Kevin S. | May 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm |

    Andy, guess I haven’t been on the site long enough – you’ve generated curiosity about “a bit of history” between you and “ Tell”. Would you be willing to clarify?

    As another aside, that was a pretty silly category where that answer appeared — glad it’s not a common one.

    • If you ever look at/listen to the #JeopardyLivePanel credits, you’ll find someone other than myself credited as the founder of — Jeanie Kenkel, who was the contestant in the game I’ve pointed to who had the most difficulty with that “Classical Mix-Up” category, including, most notably, that Will.I.Am Tell clue.

  4. Harris Stutman | May 9, 2018 at 10:56 pm |

    Hi, Andy. In the list of ‘non-winners’ (aka wild cards), I think you’ve credited Scott with $400 too little.

  5. Well, I had to listen to the whole 12 minutes ( As Kathy mentioned, it seems like I’ve heard, what I’m guessing is, the storm and calm parts in a lot of old cartoons. Rossini, or Gioacchino as I like to call him, must’ve had a big fan at the Disney studios,,,

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