Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Early 19th Century) for Wednesday, June 1, 2022 (Season 38, Game 188):

Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve signaled “engage the enemy” around noon & surrendered at 1:45 PM during this battle

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Meagan Morrow, a real estate manager from Portland, Oregon
Meagan Morrow on Jeopardy!
Vanessa Williams, an assistant dean from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vanessa Williams on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13-day total: $252,700)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Ryan Long won his 13th game on yesterday’s program. Fellow Philadelphian Vanessa Willams, as well as Portland’s Meagan Morrow, would have seen yesterday’s dominant performance from the audience; I’m sure that it would have been very intimidating to see! Over the course of his run, Ryan has been attempting to buzz significantly more often than his opponents, making an average of 38.8 attempts per game, compared to the 29.7 average from his opponents.

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Correct response: What is the Battle of Trafalgar?

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The famed Battle of Trafalgar, which took place off the coast of Spain (near Cape Trafalgar) on October 21, 1805, was a crucial battle between a combined French and Spanish naval force, commanded by Villeneuve, and the British Navy, commanded by Horatio Nelson. The British won a decisive victory in this battle, with the Franco-Spanish fleet losing two-thirds of their ships to zero ship losses, in spite of being outnumbered. Nelson, the British commander, lost his life in this battle in spite of the victory, and has generally been lauded as a national hero since. Moreover, the British navy was generally not challenged again until World War II over a century later.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Picture the Novel; U.S. Government History; It’s a “Syn”; Coffee Break; Ballpark Fun; Dr. Mittens, Cat Obstetrician

Vanessa got off to a strong start in today’s game, but it was Ryan who held the lead after 15 clues. Coming out of the break, Meagan got three $1,000 clues to take the lead. Ryan and Vanessa were tied after Single Jeopardy! — with Ryan selecting first in Double Jeopardy. (The rationale given was different than has been given in the past, though, which I find very inconsistent and confusing as a home viewer. In the past, the rule has been “closest lectern to the host”. Today, the rule was given as “most recent correct response”. This confuses me.)

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Bodies of Water; Pop & Rock Life Stories; Nobel Peace Prize Winners; 9-, 10-, & 11-Letter Words; What a Tool; Life in the Faust Lane

Double Jeopardy! started with Ryan running LIFE IN THE FAUST LANE, including $2,000 on a Daily Double. Meanwhile, Meagan made her comeback with the aid of BODIES OF WATER; Ryan lost $3,600 in that category, while Meagan got $3,000 on the Daily Double and a crucial $2,000 after both Vanessa and Ryan got it incorrect! Ryan made a late charge, but it wasn’t enough. Meagan led going into Final at $16,800, with Ryan second at $15,400 and Vanessa at $2,200.

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper. Meagan didn’t cover, so it came down to the wagers. Ryan ends up surviving a scare after he wagered just small enough to be ahead by $600 when all of the wagers were revealed—he’ll try for win #15 tomorrow!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, June 1, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Meagan $16,800
Ryan $15,400
Vanessa $2,200

Tonight’s results:
Vanessa $2,200 – $2,200 = $0 (What is Waterloo?)
Ryan $15,400 – $8,000 = $7,400 (What is Waterloo?) (14-day total: $260,100)
Meagan $16,800 – $10,000 = $6,800 (What is Waterloo?)

Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 1, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Meagan $5,000
Vanessa $3,800
Ryan $3,800

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BALLPARK FUN $600 (clue #22)
Ryan 3800 +1000 (Vanessa 3000 Meagan 1200)
2) LIFE IN THE FAUST LANE $1600 (clue #3)
Ryan 5800 +2000 (Vanessa 3800 Meagan 5000)
3) BODIES OF WATER $800 (clue #10, $24400 left on board)
Meagan 6600 +3000 (Ryan 9000 Vanessa 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 106

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 78 (0.41 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Ryan $14,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 6 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Meagan $14,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Vanessa $2,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Ryan Long, career statistics:
336 correct, 54 incorrect
10/17 on rebound attempts (on 45 rebound opportunities)
42.93% in first on buzzer (340/792)
12/19 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,000)
7/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,957

Vanessa Williams, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,200

Meagan Morrow, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Ryan Long, to win:
15 games: 59.645%
16: 35.575%
17: 21.219%
18: 12.656%
19: 7.548%
Avg. streak: 15.478 games.

Today’s interviews:
Meagan saw Jaws “a little too young” and now has a shark fascination.
Vanessa won a National Accordion championship in the UK as a teenager.
Ryan has a father who is a font of trivial knowledge.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Meagan $16,800 Ryan $15,400 Vanessa $2,200)

Ryan: Bet between $2,801 (to defend against a very small bet from Meagan) and $10,999 (to stay ahead of Vanessa). (Actual bet: $8,000)

Vanessa: If Meagan covers Ryan and is wrong, she falls to $2,799. Thus, you should bet at least $601. (Actual bet: $2,200)

Meagan: Standard cover bet over Ryan is $14,001. (Actual bet: $10,000)

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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 1, 2022"

  1. “England expects that every man will do his duty” – Lord Nelson before the Battle of Trafalgar

    This one was in my wheelhouse, so I was able to reverse my recent trend of incorrect answers.

    • Michael Johnston | June 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm |

      Yeah, mine too with a wargaming and military history background🙂

      Current FJ streak: 1W

      • A tremendous book on the battle is “Seize the Fire” by Adam Nicolson – published in 2006

  2. My guessing “Waterloo” was my Waterloo.

  3. This was pretty easy if you know your European war history. Trafalgar came to me after the cape Trafalgar was revealed.

    • what do you mean “after the cape Trafalgar was revealed”?
      that wasn’t part of the clue, only part of Andy’s additional info on the correct response.

      • Pizza Face Fred | June 1, 2022 at 10:38 pm |

        You mean you suspect that some of the people on here are stretching the truth?

        • no, I can very well believe that they didn’t know the correct response until after reading where the correct response was stated and explained.

  4. I thought this was an example of great writing by the show’s staff — in particular, two details: including the word “Admiral,” and leaving out the year of the battle. The latter puts “Waterloo” into play as negbait, which all three players took. (I was initially headed down that path myself.) The former, if picked up on, allows recognition that the battle in question is a naval one, and the admiral’s name indicates an engagement the French lost → Trafalgar.

  5. Karma Wanamaker | June 1, 2022 at 3:28 pm |

    Right, the hint that helped me was “Admiral”.

  6. David John Craven | June 1, 2022 at 3:44 pm |

    I guess it depends on your knowledge base. From my view, this was one of the easiest Final Jeopardy clues in months. The clue was Admiral Villeneuve and early 19th Century. This put it in the Napoleonic Period and a Naval Battle. It was also a loss for the French. That last bit doesn’t help very much, the English pretty much clobbered the French and Allies in every major Naval battle… but Trafalger was the big one…

  7. The final clue in DJ (“What a tool” for $800) was the best inside joke I’ve seen.

    • Robert Fawkes | June 1, 2022 at 8:04 pm |

      Please explain.

      • Ben Patton | June 1, 2022 at 9:44 pm |

        One of the funniest Jeopardy! misses. 10/8/2004 Clue was something like – “This gardening tool, can also mean an immoral pleasure seeker.” Ken Jennings responded, “what is a hoe,” but the correct response was rake. I think that Ken should have been ruled correct!

    • Was that from juxtaposing rake (a man habituated to immoral conduct, particularly womanizing) with hoe (‘ho’)? Or something else?

    • Frank Borland | June 1, 2022 at 10:22 pm |

      Leo, I laughed when I read that clue and immediately thought of Ken and that response that he had.

      • The category title is also a quote from “Animal House”, which Otter said under his breath about one of the “inquisitors” of his frat.

  8. Michael R | June 1, 2022 at 5:52 pm |

    While this was easy for me…Navy+French+Loss=Trafalgar, I honestly think people see the word “Waterloo” and assume it was a naval battle. Wrongo. I did not know that the battle lasted less than 2 hours.

  9. Robert Fawkes | June 1, 2022 at 6:46 pm |

    The fact, as stated by the clue, that “Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve…. surrendered,” right away eliminates Waterloo as a correct response since that was Napolean’s defeat. (Even if you only listened to ABBA, you should have known that.) Given that information, it was weird to me that all three contestants gave that as their response. Seems to me, at least, one of them would have realized that and gone for the correct response of Battle of Trafalgar. Disappointed that our education system and ABBA weren’t enough for, at least, one person to have known this. 🙁

    • mel burns | June 1, 2022 at 11:07 pm |

      The question offered the answer on a silver platter. And….Waterloo was one long bloody ground battle in Belgium! I couldn’t believe it.

  10. Dan Stock | June 1, 2022 at 8:08 pm |

    After today’s game, the announcement was that Ryan Long now had total winnings of $260,100. I wonder if that is the largest square number of dollars ever so announced. (260,100 is 510 squared.)

  11. personally, I couldn’t care less if they switched up the tiebreaker for who gets to pick first in DJ in the event of a tie for lowest score. heck, they could flip a coin.
    Also, Ryan used the past tense when referring to his dad, so it makes me wonder if it was a bit of “in memoriam” (though it isn’t really any of my biz)

    • Robert Fawkes | June 1, 2022 at 11:27 pm |

      According to an article in the “Philadelphia Inquirer,” Ryan Long’s “father died before the start of his senior year.” The article wasn’t clear on if that was Ryan’s senior year in college or high school. Either way, it was as you wrote, “a bit of ‘in memoriam.'” The article was based on an interview with Ryan so this is public knowledge now.

    • About picking first in DJ, I don’t care a lot, but I think going with the person with the most recent correct response is the best tiebreaker choice (i.e., I would not want them to quit starting with the low scorer if it is not a tie). I was never happy with them going with “closest lectern to the host” as 99.9% of the time that is the current champion and the current champion has enough advantages.

  12. I completely flubbed this one by immediately thinking, “French, early 19th century, must be Waterloo.” Obviously I should have noticed the “Admiral” hint and realized that it was a naval battle but I missed it.

    Funny thing is, I thought it was easy and that everyone would get it right, and thus Ryan would lose. Turns out that I was wrong about everything. Yet another exciting ending! Ryan is not only good, he’s lucky too!

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