Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, June 14, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1972) for Tuesday, June 14, 2022 (Season 38, Game 197):

In June he said, “Don’t lie to them to the extent to say there is no involvement, but just say this is… a comedy of errors”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!
Barry Margulies, a professor emeritus at Towson University from Lutherville, Maryland
Barry Margulies on Jeopardy!
Eric Ahasic, a meteorologist from Minneapolis, Minnesota (6-day total: $160,601)
Eric Ahasic on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Minneapolis NWS meteorologist—the spelling of his occupation has finally been corrected on the Jeopardy! website!—Eric Ahasic is now at six victories and over $160,000! Barry Margulies and Megan Wachspress are your challengers today. He’s also had five runaway games in a row, buoyed by strong performances on the Daily Doubles. If the Daily Doubles keep on working in his favor, he could go on a long run. But the Daily Double can be a double-edged sword, and if they don’t work out for Eric, a savvy challenger could put an end to the run! Will Barry or Megan be that challenger today?


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Correct response: Who is Richard Nixon?


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In June 1972, the Committee to Re-Elect the President ordered a break-in of Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. In the aftermath, the press and FBI were coming very close to linking the burglary to the occupant of the White House—Richard Nixon. In a recorded conversation between Nixon and advisor H.R. Haldeman, Nixon instructed Haldeman to tell the FBI that the breaking was “sort of a comedy of errors, bizarre, without getting into it.” Nixon wished for the public to believe that the funds diverted to the burglars were part of a CIA plot regarding Cuba. When the tapes were released in 1974 as part of the Watergate investigation, they were considered a part of the “smoking gun” that proved Nixon’s obstruction of justice during the investigation. Nixon resigned as President in August 1974 as a result (and was immediately pardoned by his successor Gerald Ford).


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: The Early 1800s; The Moral of the Fable; Clever Crossword Clues; Sun Up; Well, It’s 5 for the Money; 3 for the Show

Eric struggled a bit on the signalling device early on, and Barry took advantage to jump out to an early lead—once he recovered from a couple of early incorrect responses. However, Barry bet much too conservatively on the first Daily Double, though—it was a situtation where Barry needed to take advantage. Needless to say, Eric recovered to hold a slim lead after the Jeopardy! round. Megan was in a distant third.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Isles of the British Isles; Partners in Rhyme; Mammals; Communications; Songs of Innocence & Experience; 3 Letters; E in the Middle

Barry got off to a strong start in Double Jeopardy, even though he dropped $2,000 on the second Daily Double of the game. Eric was very strong mid-round, running ISLES OF THE BRITISH ISLES, and Megan was in a very distant third with 12 clues to go in the game. However, Megan picked up 6 of the final 12 clues, including the last Daily Double, to prevent Eric from holding a runaway going into Final. All 3 players were in contention, with Eric at $18,600, Megan at $10,000, and Barry at $9,000.

In Final, Megan got the perfect result for her—a single-get Final where she was the only correct player, and while she didn’t cover Barry, she did bet enough to win the game by just $2! She’ll defend her title tomorrow. We’ll see Eric in November, though, where he’ll definitely by underrated by many!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, June 14, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Eric $18,600
Megan $10,000
Barry $9,000


Tonight’s results:
Barry $9,000 – $8,000 = $1,000 (Who is Haldeman?)
Megan $10,000 + $7,201 = $17,201 (Who is Richard Nixon?) (1-day total: $17,201)
Eric $18,600 – $1,401 = $17,199 (Who is John Dean?)


Megan Wachspress, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 14, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eric $5,000
Barry $4,600
Megan $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WELL, IT’S 5 FOR THE MONEY $1000 (clue #20)
Barry 3600 +1000 (Eric 1200 Megan 600)
2) MAMMALS $1200 (clue #2)
Barry 5000 -2000 (Eric 5000 Megan 1800)
3) PARTNERS IN RHYME $1200 (clue #22, $9600 left on board)
Megan 5800 +3000 (Eric 15000 Barry 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 40


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 78 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Megan $8,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Eric $18,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Barry $11,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Eric Ahasic, career statistics:
176 correct, 19 incorrect
13/14 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
39.85% in first on buzzer (159/399)
13/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $47,600)
2/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,514

Barry Margulies, career statistics:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,200

Megan Wachspress, to win:
2 games: 34.934%
3: 12.204%
4: 4.263%
5: 1.489%
6: 0.520%
Avg. streak: 1.537 games.

Today’s interviews:
Megan volunteered for the Prison University Project.
Barry was questioned by the Secret Service in the 8th grade.
Eric went camping with bison at Badlands National Park.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Eric $18,600 Megan $10,000 Barry $9,000)

Eric: Standard cover bet over Megan is $1,401. (Actual bet: $1,401)

Barry: Because Eric will fall to $17,199 if he’s wrong, you need to bet at least $8,201. (Actual bet: $8,000)

Megan: Standard cover bet over Barry is $8,001. (Actual bet: $7,201)

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, June 14, 2022"

  1. They will probably all get this if they don’t overthink it. The date and statement scream Watergate. Then you have to decide if the correct response is really easy, Nixon; or diabolically hard, somebody in his inner circle.

    • Michael Johnston | June 14, 2022 at 10:03 am | Reply

      Yeah. The only other person that would seem to make sense would be Haldeman, but people who don’t have the background knowledge might be tricked into going in other directions.

      Current FJ streak: 2W

    • I overthought it thinking Nixon was too easy and said Kissinger.

  2. Even before reading the clue, I thought Nixon right away.

  3. Yup. Nixon’s the one!

  4. Until I looked again at the category, I thought it was Donald Trump! But the date then confirmed that it was indeed Nixon.

  5. Jim Cardillo | June 14, 2022 at 12:30 pm | Reply

    Us viewers do have the luxury of seeing the question within the context of the 50th anniversary this week; since this is filmed months earlier, Watergate may not be on the minds of contestants. I did come up with Nixon because of the recent news.

  6. With the Category “1972” and the quote, and with me being 17 years old at the time, I quickly came up with the name of Richard Nixon. So easy for me. History in the making.

  7. Tsk, tsk. Eric and Barry definitely overthought it. Way to go, Megan!

  8. I got this right, and although I am only aware of this as a student (before my time), I thought for a second that perhaps it could be Haldeman or Dean but then settled on Nixon.

    After some thought, I think this question should NOT fall into the “easy to over-think” category. This line would not be famous or historically important if anyone other than Nixon said it. This type of idea is actually quite typical for an aide to suggest to their boss, and then have it shot down by their boss. However, when it’s the boss that suggests this sort of idea, then it’s a smoking gun. That said, it’s probably hard to come up with that sort of reverse thinking when under pressure.

    • I assume you would judge my thoughts as over-thinking as I IMMEDIATELY thought that sounded too witty for Nixon to have thought of, so guessed John Mitchell. Of course it is possible that one of the inner-circle of devious “crooks” had privately advised Nixon to tell Haldeman that.

  9. Feel bad for Eric. He was definitely the best player in this game, could have had a LONG streak, and was the victim of a “could it really be this easy?” final jeopardy. As Andy said, a true darkhorse for the TOC.

  10. I definitely got Nixon but still Eric overbought this too much. This reminded me of alex Jacob and how he didn’t get enough to win his 7th game. But still Eric has made it to the tournament of Champions.

  11. “the spelling of his occupation has finally been corrected on the Jeopardy! website!”
    the kiss of death….
    I was happy to see others get Daily Doubles for a change, and the result it yielded of having a meaningful Final instead of yet another runaway made for enjoyable watching.

  12. Barry had no chance with his bid and Megan should have bet more to cover Barry in case he bet it all. The Final was so easy I thought it was a trick question. I’ll bet the guys were thinking the same thing. Nice comeback by Megan.

  13. Good game today, and congrats to Megan. I love it when all three have a legitimate shot at winning going into FJ.

  14. The play for Eric here — not knowing what answer is correct — is to pick the obvious answer. That way he only loses if the answer is non-obvious and a challenger comes up with the more difficult answer.

    • That’s a little surprising too, because Eric has been really good tactically. His ability to find DDs wasn’t all luck. Categories related to arts, literature, history, or geography tend to be good ones for DDs. He would go after those. You seldom find DDs in quirky, word-play categories, and he stayed away from those. In DJ, he also never went back to a category that had a DD until the second DD was found.

  15. Eric was certainly a strong player, but his relative lack of success in Final was gonna catch up to him eventually.

  16. This is how TOC level champions used to be beaten, in a tough challenge somewhere between 5-10 games. Eric is still dangerous and one to watch for an upset when we get there. No favors from the Daily Double gods “today”.

  17. Pizza Face Fred | June 14, 2022 at 11:05 pm | Reply

    I’ve long used Triple Stumpers as a benchmark of contestant skills. No science behind my theory, but I’d like to think I’m onto something. I usually get a fourth to a third of the Triple Stumpers. (I don’t have to worry about wrong guesses, of course.) I was lucky to get one during Eric’s run. The only other “recent” contestant who left me so few was James Holzhauer. I don’t really follow the who’s in the Tournament of Champion thing, but Eric will certainly be one of my dark horse choices.

    Interestingly, I tied Ryan and Eric (I counted today’s) on Finals. Yes, not the highest percentages, but it puts a little spring in this old man’s step (-:

  18. Laura Gilmore | June 15, 2022 at 9:46 am | Reply

    The people responsible for questions need to look up Proverbs 16:18. Pride goes before destruction, not a fall. A haughty spirit before a fall.

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