Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 4, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Quotes) for Monday, June 4, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 191):

In a 1789 letter, Benjamin Franklin relates the durability of the new Constitution to these 2 things

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Tommy Fagin/b>, an English teacher from Brooklyn, New York
Tommy Fagin on Jeopardy!
Leslie Manion, a bookseller from Vancouver, Washington
Leslie Manion on Jeopardy!
Ian Booth, a trade specialist from Washington, DC (1-day total: $23,201)
Ian Booth on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What are death and taxes?

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Benjamin Franklin is certainly one of the most quoted of the Colonial era; the specific quote in this 1789 letter was:

“Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes,”

Franklin died less than a year after this letter. The “nothing is certain except death and taxes” became a very well-known American proverb when his papers were published in 1817, many years after his death.

The National Constitution Center wrote a blog post on the anniversary of the quote in November of last year.

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

Scores going into Final:
Leslie $12,600
Tommy $12,000
Ian $11,000

Tonight’s results:
Ian $11,000 – $11,000 = $0 (What are the Pillars of At)
Tommy $12,000 – $11,999 = $1 (What are education and a free press?)
Leslie $12,600 – $12,001 = $599 (1-day total: $599) (What is a rock and a fortress?)

Leslie Manion, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 4, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Leslie $5,800
Tommy $5,600
Ian $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MAMA TRIED $600 (8th pick)
Tommy 1400 +1400 (Leslie 2000 Ian 200)
2) COUNTRY FACTS $800 (4th pick)
Ian 4000 +3000 (Leslie 6200 Tommy 6000)
3) THE DISASTER ARTISTS $1600 (14th pick)
Ian 11400 -4000 (Tommy 9600 Leslie 9000)

Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 140

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

Game Stats:
Leslie $12,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
Tommy $11,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
Ian $12,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzer
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $8,400(on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000

Ian Booth, final stats:
35 correct, 6 incorrect
27.27% in first on buzzer (30/110)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Leslie Manion, stats to date:
18 correct, 3 incorrect
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Leslie Manion, to win:
2 games: 41.97%
3: 17.61%
4: 7.39%
5: 3.10%
6: 1.30%
Avg. streak: 1.723 games.


  • Buzzy Cohen appeared in the audience of this game and was introduced by Alex at the start of the episode.
    Buzzy Cohen's cameo on Jeopardy! on June 4, 2018.

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33 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 4, 2018"

  1. One of those rare episodes where the winner makes less money than the runners-up. Of course, she has another chance for riches tomorrow. 🙂

  2. Had Ian gotten the last DD 4.000, a swing of 8.000 the game would had been his to loose.And he would have probably won with 4.999

    • You never know, especially in this case where DD3 was more or less midway through the DJ! round. There was still a lot of game left at that point.

      Looking more closely at the FJ! wagers, it looks like all three were less than optimal, and more than they needed to be to cover an all-in by the person behind them.

      • Of course you never know, I was just taking the numbers as they were before FJ and figured PLUS 4.000 instead of MINUS 4.000.
        The sequence could have changed, the selection of clue values etc had he gotten it right.

      • The best bet for Tommy would have been anywhere from $10,001 to $10,800.

  3. No one could get “Death and Taxes”?

    • As you can see by some of the other comments here, the clue might have stood to be worded differently.

      • I think it might have been an age thing too…a lot of the old saws like “death and taxes” don’t get used much anymore, and all three contestants look pretty young to me. (Everyone looks young to me these days of course!). Now if you’re under 40 Bob, there goes that theory.

    • Leslie McGowan | June 4, 2018 at 10:56 pm |

      I usually admire the Jeopardy writers, but that was a very poorly written question as it seems to me Franklin was not relating the durability of the new Constitution to death and taxes, but contrasting them…as we know death and taxes are certain, but can not be so completely sure about the durability of the Constitution. I wrote questions for the British version of Jeopardy when it debuted in England in 1981. The questions today, I must admit, are much more interesting and challenging than those in the olden days!

      • Wow, you’re right. Just went back and re-read both the clue and Franklin’s quote…they definitely don’t match up….polar opposites actually. They should invite all three back at some point…the clue was not just poorly written, it was wrong.

      • Yes Leslie! That’s exactly what I was thinking. He was contrasting the the two. I taught U.S. Government for several years. We studied the Constitution and why it has lasted as long as it has. That was where my mind went and couldn’t for the life of me think of a quote by Franklin that specifically addressed two reasons for its durability. It was a poorly worded clue.

    • Robert H. | June 5, 2018 at 1:10 am |

      My sentiments exactly. It was almost instantaneous the correct answer.

  4. Is it just me, or was the wording of that clue a bit unclear? Just wondering because my mind went down a completely different path and it seems the contestants’ minds did too.

  5. Had Ian played a little more strategically, he would have bet nothing, and won. When everybody is bunched up like that, 3rd place has to figure the only way they can win is for the others to miss, so stand pat.

    • You’re right. It’s amazing how some contestants are smart enough to get on the show but have no clue how to wager properly.

    • david makalaster | June 8, 2018 at 8:01 pm |

      THIS! has bothered me so bad for the last 4 days that I just had to google it and now here I am. What is wrong with me???

  6. Maurine Gutowski | June 4, 2018 at 7:52 pm |

    I might have gotten the right answer, given enough time, but I was surprised that, with Franklin in the clue, nobody at all thought of it.

    • Btw, Benjamin Franklin didn’t come up with it first, to my surprise. That’s one of the things I love about Jeopardy!…I invariably find myself looking up stuff to find out more. He was paraphrasing at least two other dudes from decades earlier. Who knew?

  7. Skip Ingley | June 4, 2018 at 7:57 pm |

    What the heck; after the first commercial break the station had an old rerun up; 3 totally different contestants. channel 4 Gainesville FL

  8. Robert Palm | June 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm |

    Someone told me one of the questions had to do with Splash Mob and showed a photo or video – did anyone see that? I started the Splash Mob and would love to see a copy of the clip with the answer and question. Thanks!

  9. Colleen Taylor | June 4, 2018 at 11:35 pm |

    Why did Jeopardy change contestants in the middle of the show on June 4,2018?

  10. On tonight’s show, Alex Trebek referred to speculation re Buzzy Cohen’s succeeding Trebek as the show’s host. Was Trebek just throwing out a line to get Buzzy on camera? Or alternatively, has there been such speculation? And from whom?


    • In the last Tournament, Buzzy dropped a line during an interview with Alex about wanting the host’s job, and Alex has pretty much run with it since.

      (One more reason why it pays to not fast forward the interviews.)

  11. kate spade was a clue and now she has passed

    • Yeah, I noticed that too. Reminded me of how Stephen Hawking was a response the same day (or maybe one day off?) that he died.

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