Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Welcome to Day 7 of Mayim Bialik’s hosting stint! Through 6 days, $119,252 has been donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Food & Drink Phrases) for Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (Season 37, Game 182):

A 1951 TIME article said, “Since the war,” this 2-word term for a period of time “has been written into union contracts”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Tim Lopez, a storytelling coach originally from Los Angeles, California
Tim Lopez on Jeopardy!
Molly Feibel, a historic interpreter from Staatsburg, New York
Molly Feibel on Jeopardy!
Verlinda Johnson Henning, a human resources consultant from Memphis, Tennessee (1-day total: $17,500)
Verlinda Johnson Henning on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Verlinda played a strong game start-to-finish yesterday—highlighted by not giving any incorrect responses—and was rewarded with a victory. I’m sure she’d love the chance to play a Daily Double, though—hopefully that comes today for her.

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Correct response: What is “coffee break”?

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The 1951 TIME article, titled “MANNERS & MORALS: The Coffee Hour” details this history of the coffee break: a labor shortage had caused employers (begrudgingly, from their eyes, as they always and still look to get as much productivity for as little money as possible from labor) to grant break time to their employees in order to get coffee. Of course, breaks are often better to increase overall morale and productivity, the article quotes one stenographer who said, “If I couldn’t look forward to some coffee…after the first hour’s dictation, I’d scream.” Thus, the coffee break has become ingrained into North American employment culture.

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Scores going into Final:
Tim $17,200
Molly $9,000
Verlinda $4,500

Tonight’s results:
Verlinda $4,500 + $4,500 = $9,000 (What What is coffee break?)
Molly $9,000 – $7,000 = $2,000 (What is a lunch break?)
Tim $17,200 – $2,800 = $14,400 (What is happy hour lunch b) (1-day total: $14,400)

Tim Lopez, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 8, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tim $5,200
Verlinda $3,900
Molly $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FASHIONABLY $800 (clue #26)
Verlinda 3400 +500 (Molly 1000 Tim 4200)
2) L-M-N $800 (clue #10)
Tim 11200 +4800 (Verlinda 3900 Molly 3800)
3) ANIMAL-NAMED ANIMALS $1200 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
Verlinda 3100 +1000 (Molly 9000 Tim 14800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 90

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 192 (1.05 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Tim $13,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Verlinda $5,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Molly $9,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,200
Lach Trash: $18,600 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200

Verlinda Johnson Henning, career statistics:
34 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
27.19% in first on buzzer (31/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Molly Feibel, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Tim Lopez, career statistics:
21 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,200

Tim Lopez, to win:
2 games: 52.817%
3: 27.896%
4: 14.734%
5: 7.782%
6: 4.110%
Avg. streak: 2.119 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $136,652 has been donated to the National Alliance on Mental Health through 6 games. $1,636,777 has been donated from all guest hosts.
  • Today’s game was another prime example as to why leaders should not bet $1 more than they need to in a “crush game” position. Molly did not bet enough in Final Jeopardy (she needed to bet a minimum of $7,400), yet Tim bet too much and would have handed Molly victory had things worked out different in Final Jeopardy.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, June 8, 2021"

  1. Coffee Break, Lunch Hour, Lunch Break… all 3 come to the mind quickly.

    • This seems like luck of the draw which one you write down. I don’t like it for that reason. I would’ve gone with lunch hour due to the specified “period of time” in the clue. “Since the war” wouldn’t have helped either, since my grandfathers, WWII and Korea vets, didn’t drink coffee. Maybe it was common for American GIs to pick up a coffee habit, in which case Verlinda might have the advantage based on her anecdote yesterday.

  2. This one may be tough. The only thing I could think of was smoke break, but it didn’t seem to fit the category. The “since the war” part made me think of how prevalent smoking was among military members in WWII. I knew cigarettes were often given with the food rations, and many military members continued to smoke when they came home. I’ve never thought of coffee the same way.

    • At least you were close. I drew a complete blank. I do know that the 40-hour work week came after WW2, also thanks to unions.

  3. It would have taken me a whole lot longer than 30 seconds to come up with that one. All I could think of was “lunch hour”. I have faith in Verlinda.

    • Haven’t seen the game yet, but from the results here, I can’t help wishing that Verlinda had been more aggressive in her DD wagers. From her other stats, maybe it still wouldn’t have mattered but hey – she WAS the only one to get FJ correct!

      I also wish to congratulate Tim, who appears to have a good chance, statistically, of winning again tomorrow.

  4. I was thinking ‘force majeur’, which suspends contracts in certain cases if bad stuff happens. Guess not…

  5. R. B. Smada | June 8, 2021 at 12:48 pm |

    I think everyone will either say lunch or coffee break.

    • The key difference is that a coffee break is paid time (“on the clock”), whereas lunch time is not.

      • Gregory, you are absolutely right. With a little more time than 30 seconds, I do believe more of us – and contestants- would have made the distinction. Thanks for pointing that out!

  6. While Tim’s FJ wager potentially gave Molly the win, Verlinda by not going “all in” on her DD’s missed winning in FJ. That happening would have been exciting!

  7. Have not seen the game yet, but I always look forward to reading the comments especially “Andy’s thoughts” and today his thoughts were right on the money as usual.

    Too bad Verlinda did not win , I always like the champ to win at least 5 games in a row (hehehe)

  8. Chris Stratton | June 8, 2021 at 8:35 pm |

    Addition to your note about Tim’s wagering in FJ, Andy, Verlinde could have won this match has she gone hard with her to daily doubles. Your pregame comment was present. She left 2900 on the table with her first DD, which, all over things being equal, would have put her at 6000 going into her second. Further, on her first DD, it was clear the book move was to shove it all in, yet she did not. She was in a similar position on that second one, and would have been even had she gone maximal with the first one.

    If she had gone hard, fullbore, she could’ve been at 12,000 going into Final, from which she would have one with the solo get.

  9. Chris Stratton | June 8, 2021 at 8:39 pm |

    In addition to your note about Tim’s FJ wager, Andy, Verlinda could have won this game had she gone maximal with her first DD and at least close to it with her second one. She left $2900 on the table with DD1, which, all other things being equal, would have had her at $6000 going into her second one. Anything over $2600 from there would have put her over half of Tim’s number going into FJ. At that point, she wins with the solo get and the appropriate wager.

    And in both situations, it was fairly clear that she had to go maximal to give herself a chance with the game. Unfortunately, for her, she chose otherwise, but she got to go home as a Jeopardy champion, so good for her.

  10. Dumb clue. Sorry.

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