Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 7, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Opera) for Friday, December 7, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 65):

In Act I of this opera, a messenger says, “barbarous Ethiopians” have invaded & “are already marching on Thebes”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Nick Wawrykow, a graduate student from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nick Wawrykow on Jeopardy!
Staci Huffman, a certified public accountant from Nine Mile Falls, Washington
Staci Huffman on Jeopardy!
Dave Leffler, a retired police officer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (4-day total: $100,102)
Dave Leffler on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Aida?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Aida is a famous Giuseppe Verdi opera set in ancient Egypt. that opens as Aida, an Ethiopian princess, has been captured and enslaved by the Egyptians. Premiering in Cairo in 1871, it is one of the more well-known works in the operatic canon.

The Metropolitan Opera in New York often performs Aida; it runs this season until Mar. 7.

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

Scores going into Final:
Staci $16,000
Nick $14,600
Dave $10,600

Tonight’s results:
Dave $10,600 – $10,600 = $0 (What is Antony Antony & Cleopatra?)
Nick $14,600 + $6,601 = $21,201
Staci $16,000 + $13,201 = $29,201 (1-day total: $29,201)

Staci Huffman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 7, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dave $4,600
Staci $3,600
Nick $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ALL ABOUT AUTHORS $800 (7th pick)
Nick 600 -1000 (Staci 1200 Dave 0)
2) WHAT A COUNTR”E” $1600 (9th pick)
Staci 8000 +2000 (Dave 7000 Nick 3000)
3) AFTER THE CIVIL WAR $2000 (21st pick)
Nick 8200 +6000 (Staci 13600 Dave 11800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -2

Unplayed clues:
J! round: PRO WRESTLING $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000

Game Stats:
Staci $15,600 Coryat
Nick $11,600 Coryat
Dave $10,600 Coryat
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800

Game Stats:
Staci $15,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Nick $11,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Dave $10,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 3/4 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600

Dave Leffler, final stats:
105 correct, 14 incorrect
11/14 on rebound attempts
34.93% in first on buzzer (95/272)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,300)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000

Staci Huffman, stats to date:
21 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Staci Huffman, to win:
2 games: 52.60%
3: 27.66%
4: 14.55%
5: 7.65%
6: 4.03%
Avg. streak: 2.110 games.


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2 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 7, 2018"

  1. I almost had The Triumphal March played at my wedding. 😃

  2. I guess it’s another case of Friday burnout.

    I did a quick check of the names of the 4-time-or-more champs on the current Jeopardy! ToC board, and of the 11 regular play names on the list (including Dave Leffler), all but two seem to have lost on Friday, according to the j-archive website. Note that Ryan Fenster “lost” twice on Friday, first in February (his fifth game of the week) and then in July when he returned (his fourth game of the week).

    The exceptions were Rob Woman (Thursday) and Gilbert Collins (Wednesday). I’m not surprised that one’s physical (and mental) reflexes aren’t as sharp when you’re taping your fifth episode of the day. It makes you appreciate the few longer-lived champions of the show even more.

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