Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 2, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category UNESCO World Heritage Sites) for Thursday, June 2, 2022 (Season 38, Game 189):

Known as the female Lawrence of Arabia, Gertrude Bell called this place “a fairy tale city, all pink & wonderful”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Tom Philipose, a writing professor from Forest Hills, New York
Tom Philipose on Jeopardy!
Maya Sudarsana, a customer success manager from Boston, Massachusetts
Maya Sudarsana on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14-day total: $260,100)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Petra?


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The city of Petra, now located in Jordan, was one of the more prominent cities in the Middle East in antiquity. While it was abandoned by the Middle Ages, its site was rediscovered by archaeologists in the 19th century and is one of the major tourist attractions in the Middle East today. Alex Trebek also visited Petra for a category of clues that aired during the 2011 Tournament of Champions.

That being said: I have a pretty major beef with this clue; this clue is grammatically ambiguous. Here’s how I propose this clue should have been written:

Gertrude Bell, known as the female Lawrence of Arabia, called this place “A fairy tale city, all pink and wonderful”

The fact that “known as the female Lawrence of Arabia” comes first makes this clue ambiguous as to whether or not Gertrude or Petra has the nickname, and has the potential to throw a contestant off—especially under the pressure of the studio.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Thank You for Your Service; The Pacific Ocean; Nuggets of Information; Let’s Play a Game; What Breed of Movie Dog?; Come “Inn”

Tom went out to a rocket start, picking up the first six clues! Ryan then got six of the next nine to nearly catch his challenger. Both Ryan and Tom played strong after the break, with the game staying very close and both Ryan and Tom getting to nearly $9,000 after the Jeopardy! round.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Theater; Ye Old “E” Category; USA; A Short Goodbye; 6 Drugs; Rock & Roll

Maya had a strong start to Double Jeopardy!, but her attempt to pull back into the game was derailed by missing the second Daily Double. Ryan then made $3,000 on the final Daily Double as he tried to stay ahead of Tom. Ryan held a small $4,000 lead going into Final. Scores going into Final were Ryan at $22,800, Tom at $18,800, and Maya at $2,000.

Final today was another Triple Stumper—but it looks like the gambits of Ryan of his earlier strategy is paying off, as Tom went all-in and went home in second place. Ryan is now a 15-day champion! However, I would say that Tom really has a good chance at being invited to the Second Chance Tournament by picking up 20 correct responses and nearly $20,000 going into Final!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, June 2, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $22,800
Tom $18,800
Maya $2,000


Tonight’s results:
Maya $2,000 – $2,000 = $0 (What is Jaipur?)
Tom $18,800 – $18,800 = $0 (What is Jaipur?)
Ryan $22,800 – $3,500 = $19,300 (What is Baghdad?) (15-day total: $279,400)


Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 2, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tom $8,800
Ryan $8,600
Maya -$200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE PACIFIC OCEAN $800 (clue #19)
Tom 5800 +1000 (Ryan 4600 Maya -400)
2) 6 DRUGS $1600 (clue #6)
Maya 3000 -3000 (Ryan 9800 Tom 8800)
3) YE OLD “E” CATEGORY $2000 (clue #11, $23200 left on board)
Ryan 10200 +3000 (Maya 400 Tom 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -53


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 $21,800 Coryat, 28 correct, 1 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Tom $18,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Maya $5,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,400
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Ryan Long, career statistics:
364 correct, 56 incorrect
11/18 on rebound attempts (on 46 rebound opportunities)
43.23% in first on buzzer (367/849)
13/20 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $22,000)
7/15 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,280

Maya Sudarsana, career statistics:
8 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000

Tom Philipose, career statistics:
20 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,600

Ryan Long, to win:
16 games: 61.237%
17: 37.500%
18: 22.964%
19: 14.062%
20: 8.611%
Avg. streak: 16.580 games.

Today’s interviews:
Tom joined a bone marrow registry along with his brother.
Maya has lived in five different countries.
Ryan hopes to take his son on a trip to California.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $8,600 is tied for the best second-placed score after the opening round, tied with Sandy Olive from June 22, 2021.
  • Link to the box score: June 2, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Ryan $22,800 Tom $18,800 Maya $2,000)

Ryan: Standard cover bet over Tom is $14,801. (Actual bet: $3,500)

Maya: Unless someone overbets, you have no chance of winning. However, your chances of finishing higher are greater if you bet a small amount. (Actual bet: $2,000)

Tom: If Ryan covers and is incorrect, he falls to $7,999. Your bet range should be between $8,001 (in case Ryan does go small) and $10,799 (to win the Double Stumper if Ryan bets to cover). It’s been since last Monday that Ryan hasn’t bet to cover, so I don’t think you’d see occasion to go all-in here. (Actual bet: $18,800)

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28 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 2, 2022"

  1. I saw this clue and froze – I was petra-fied.

  2. I agree with your grammatical criticism of today’s FJ! clue wording, Andy. It takes some analysis to be reasonably sure of the intended meaning, and that shouldn’t be necessary. Hopefully the short distraction won’t be enough to affect any of these contestants.

  3. Clever, Steve. I like it.

  4. Michael Johnston | June 2, 2022 at 1:41 pm |

    I was thrown for a bit by the Gertrude Bell reference, as I only know her by name, nothing about her background. But the “pink and wonderful” bit led me to Petra, the “Rose-red city” 🙂

    Current FJ streak: 2W

  5. I also knew Petra by name but not about her whole background life. Still congrats Ryan on winning another game.

    • Paul Schwarz | June 3, 2022 at 9:02 am |

      Like any FJ clue, it depends largely upon your knowledge base. I had no frame of reference for “The Pink City,” so I was stumped and said Alexandria just so I didn’t leave it blank. Ryan is getting all the breaks — he’s not running away with it every game, but somehow manages to either avoid a close Challenger getting FJ right or a leader getting it correct. It’s going to happen eventually, but when?

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | June 2, 2022 at 3:40 pm |

    Wow! What a strange game, with Tom starting out on fire, then disappearing for awhile, then finishing strong. Ryan continues to amaze with the way he squeaks it out in final. If he has 9 lives he’s used at least 4 or 5 of them.

    • Ryan amazes me too, but he’s still winning. I wonder if anybody else has ever missed 4 FJs in a row, and won all 4 games. He’s doing something right.

  7. I think that the grammar in the clue is technically fine, with emphasis on “technically”: The participle “known” modifies “Gertrude Bell”. However, in light of the brief time during which a player has to read and understand a clue, retrieve or concoct an answer, and then write it down, I agree that the clue should have been reworded along the lines suggested by Andy. There is no reason that the clue writers should permit potentially-confusing wording.

  8. The wording for the $800 clue in “Thank you for your service” was even worse. It asks for “this country”, whereas the correct response is the demonym “Iraqi”.

    • if a contestant had responded with “What is Iraq?”, I’m fairly sure they would have accepted it as correct.

  9. In “A Short Goodbye” for $2000, could someone please explain the “You’d think it’d be D.V.” remark? I don’t get it; the only language that comes close is Polish, but it’s “D.W.” there (Do widzenia).

    • Leo, I think perhaps the D.V. is in reference to the fact that a lot of people mistakenly think ‘goodbye’ in Russian is ‘dos vidaniya’ instead of the correct ‘do svidaniya.’ I don’t speak Russian (other than a few basic words), so forgive my spelling if it’s incorrect, but the basic idea is people tack the ‘s’ onto the end of the first word instead of where it belongs – the beginning of the second word.

      • I think you’re right. As if it were дос видания instead of до свидания. (Blame Google Translate if that’s not quite the right Russian spelling.)

      • I see; thank you!

  10. only 3 triple stumpers (plus the final?), nice!
    and only 4 incorrect responses during the first two rounds, which isn’t too shabby either.

  11. Ryan McClelland | June 2, 2022 at 8:08 pm |

    Tonight’s episode had been moved over to WBZ’s sister station WSBK due to the former airing a special news report on Biden’s address about gun control.

    Other than that, there wasn’t too much to miss.

    • Once again, our local station simply pre-empted Jeopardy! Although they did rejoin it “in progress” just in time to see FJ!

  12. Mark Menzie | June 2, 2022 at 8:13 pm |

    To me this final seemed a little to trivial. Jaipur has actually been called “the pink city” while most references to Petra call it “rose red”. Now this might make more sense if I knew anything about Gertrude Bell.

  13. Thomas G. | June 2, 2022 at 8:15 pm |

    Thanks to tonight’s NBA Finals game 1, I just found out that I will not be able to watch Jeopardy tonight until 3 AM tomorrow morning!!! So should I root for the Warriors now or is that against the rules. So Dubs as they are called—go for it. Ryan, congratulations on game #15. I’ll watch your game tomorrow at 3 am. I don’t have a DVR.

  14. Pizza Face Fred | June 2, 2022 at 11:12 pm |

    Kudos to the contestants who knew Jaipur is also known as the “Pink City”. That Petra was correct defies reason after Googling Jaipur. I’ve never heard of it. I had no trouble with the wording and went straight for Petra (one Triple Stumper and a Daily Double, too). Had I known of Jaipur, that definitely would’ve been my guess. Almost a “trick” Final. Reminds me of the Final with Sidney Poitier as the answer. Yes, John Lewis was wrong, having died in 2020, but it sure seemed like the obvious choice at the time. At least I didn’t get skunked this week. As strange as it seems because I don’t put myself anywhere close to the skill level of most superchamps, I’m one Final ahead of Ryan. Mattea, the 23 year old, blew me away! Intimidating, humbling . . .

    • While T. E. Lawrence did also serve in India, I suspect that referring to Bell as “the female Lawrence of Arabia” instead of “the female T. E. Lawrence” was intended to point to a different location than India.

      • Michael Johnston | June 3, 2022 at 8:15 am |

        I think that’s right. The “Arabia” reference should bring you back to the Middle Eastern region. Jaipur isn’t a bad guess (I did not know about it being called the “Pink City” either), but it is far afield to the east to be reasonably associated with Arabia. JMO
        Now we’ll have to be looking for a clue that actually will involve Jaipur.

        • New Jaipur clue 😊 🤔 🤫

          But I can’t help but wonder if either of the two who put down Jaipur were thinking it might be in Arabia rather than knowing that it is in India. I feel it does have a Middle-Eastern “ring” to it, but maybe just due to Jafar in Disney’s Aladdin.

  15. Enos Williams | June 3, 2022 at 12:26 am |

    Five minutes before the show, I was reading an article on climate change that mentioned the Nome Nugget. So that was one clue I got right.

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