Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 3, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Technology) for Friday, June 3, 2022 (Season 38, Game 190):

Upon the first use of this in 1844, the Baltimore Sun declared that time & space had been annihilated

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Wyatt Yankus, a policy analyst from Washington, DC
Wyatt Yankus on Jeopardy!
Lucia Yang, a medical & doctoral student originally from San Diego, California
Lucia Yang on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15-day total: $279,400)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Ryan Long’s march up the Jeopardy! leaderboards continue after he picked up win #15 in last night’s game (in a game that was pre-empted in many locations due to a Presidential address or the NBA finals). Today, Lucia Yang and Wyatt Yankus hope to end the streak.

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Correct response: What is the telegraph?

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Originally known in his time as a portrait painter, Samuel Morse is best known today for his contributions to the invention of the single-wire telegraph, for the long-distance communication of messages. A telegraph line was constructed between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, and the famous line “What hath God wrought” was sent as the “official” first telegraph message between the two cities on May 24, 1844.

In 2012, The Atlantic wrote about the Baltimore Sun’s writing from that era.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: In the World Capital; Renaissance Art & Artists; Phil & the Blank; Don’t Get Confused; Apples; Oranges

This game was definitely a two-horse race between Ryan and Wyatt, with Wyatt finding the first Daily Double on clue #7. While Wyatt did get it correct, he didn’t go all-in—which I’d consider to be a mistake when playing a 15-day champion. Wyatt held the lead after 15, while Ryan led after Single Jeopardy; Lucia got in on the signalling just once over the first 30 clues.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: This Will Go Down in History; A Bit of Lit; “M” Paths; Calling for a Measurement; Super-Duper Supers; Words with Fiends

Much like Single, Ryan picked up 13 correct in Double Jeopardy, including $3,000 on the game’s second Daily Double. Wyatt found the last Daily Double late, but only bet $3,000—still, not nearly aggressive enough for when there’s a residency at the champion’s lectern. The fact that Wyatt missed the Daily Double turned the game into a runaway for Ryan—which Ryan cemented over the final six clues. Scores going into Final were $19,200 for Ryan to $8,800 for Wyatt and $4,200 for Lucia. Not quite a drubbing, but an excellent performance (Yes, this is a reference to the game’s opening clue.)

Both Ryan and Wyatt got Final correct, which means that Ryan has run the table for the third consecutive week. He’ll be back in an attempt to win game #17 on Monday!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, June 3, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $19,200
Wyatt $8,800
Lucia $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Lucia $4,200 – $0 = $4,200 (What is the steamboat?)
Wyatt $8,800 + $4,800 = $13,600 (What is the telegraph?)
Ryan $19,200 + $800 = $20,000 (What is the telegraph?) (16-day total: $299,400)

Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 3, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $4,600
Wyatt $4,200
Lucia $600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) IN THE WORLD CAPITAL $400 (clue #7)
Wyatt 1200 +1000 (Ryan 1000 Lucia 0)
2) “M” PATHS $1200 (clue #4)
Ryan 5800 +3000 (Lucia 600 Wyatt 4600)
3) THIS WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY $2000 (clue #24, $8000 left on board)
Wyatt 9800 -3000 (Ryan 14800 Lucia 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 104

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 $17,400 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Wyatt $11,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Lucia $4,200 Coryat, 4 correct, 1 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $14,400 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Ryan Long, career statistics:
391 correct, 58 incorrect
11/18 on rebound attempts (on 49 rebound opportunities)
43.49% in first on buzzer (394/906)
14/21 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $25,000)
8/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,288

Lucia Yang, career statistics:
4 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,200

Wyatt Yankus, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Ryan Long, to win:
17 games: 61.736%
18: 38.113%
19: 23.530%
20: 14.526%
21: 8.968%
Avg. streak: 17.613 games.

Today’s interviews:
Wyatt got married at Niagara Falls.
Lucia has run six half-marathons with her father.
Ryan had friends who refused to watch Jeopardy! with him.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $299,400 is 11th all-time in terms of regular-play winnings, passing Arthur Chu.
  • Link to the box score: June 3, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Ryan $19,200 Wyatt $8,800 Lucia $4,200)

Ryan: Bet between $0 and $1,599 and enjoy win #16! (Actual bet: $800)

Lucia: Not much you can do today; bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $0)

Wyatt: Betting between $0 and $399 and guarantee 2nd place. (Actual bet: 4,800.)

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 3, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | June 3, 2022 at 10:12 am |

    That seems obvious to me. Morse, Baltimore-Washington, “What hath God wrought”. I hope the players don’t overthink it.

    Current FJ streak: 3W

  2. I connected the dots – and dits- and got it right.

  3. Pam Schultz | June 3, 2022 at 1:54 pm |

    Fun to watch when the going champion has some real completion, but still emerges the victor! Good going Ryan.

  4. Could only have loved it more had Ryan bet $1,400 — still no chance of losing this game but would have put his total winnings at exactly $300,000! (would be notable to have an even total out there for even just one day, but in case he doesn’t win the next game, he’d be left at #11 on the “All Time Jeopardy! Winnings, Regular Play Only” list with a very noticeable exact $300,000)

    • Spud Muffin | June 3, 2022 at 3:24 pm |

      Yeah, was thinking the same, but I think Ryan was looking at the game score of potentially $20,000 rather than the total amount. Besides, even if he comes in third on Monday, he’s guaranteed to earn over $300K.

      Good on ya Ryan!

      • I believe that Andy has said previously that the final 2nd or 3rd place winnings are never reflected in the final totals lists. As I recall that had to do with the nature and amount of the consolation prizes on Jeopardy! having varied over the lifetime of the show, though I think “so, how much clues were worth and how many days you were allowed to win at all has also changed — to greater effect”.

  5. I do not like the last clue on today’s DJ! board. It said “this hyphenated 3-word synonym for a fiend has an apostrophe for the “V” in the first word”. The desired response was “What is ne’er-do-well?” I would have wanted to respond (in the correct form — as a question) “Is ne’er-do-well what you are looking for, because it is NOT a SYNONYM, it’s just a very distantly related term? Think about it — a fiend is aggressive but a ne’er-do-well is passive.

    This was particularly annoying to me because I actually got correct four other triple stumpers today! One of those was “powwow” — since Ryan started his incorrect response with “Uh,” I am wondering if his first thought was “powwow” but he felt that is now deemed offensive so Jeopardy! wouldn’t intend that to be the correct response. (It is offensive to use it to refer to just any meeting or social get-together, but Indigenous Americans [which Tommy Orange and his characters are] can certainly still use the term for its original meaning and any third-party should be able to reference that specifically.)


      “one of two or more words or expressions of the same language that have the same or nearly the same meaning in some or all senses”

      I’d say they have near enough the same meaning that the clue was worded appropriately.

      • Well, this is why I didn’t begin by saying it was WRONG, just that I didn’t like it. ( itself shows 26 “synonyms” for fiend and 45 “Words Related to fiend” and ne’er-do-well only comes in at #43)

        On the other hand, if you look up ne’er-do-well in, fiend is not listed for it at all — looks like they should be reciprocal.

        It kind of makes me think of the Southern “bless her heart” — calling a fiend a ne’er-do-well would be overly generous. 🙁

        Also, I didn’t so much mean it was not worded appropriately as that it was a poor choice as a Jeopardy! clue in the first place because the two words/terms are only so distantly barely related in meaning. (I would have moved the $400 clue to the $1000 and put “a mean green fiend” [ogre] for $400.)

    • I completely agree that they are not synonyms. They could’ve have easily found an actual synonym like “layabout”.

      The writing’s been a bit sloppy this week.

  6. Hicksville Kid | June 3, 2022 at 8:28 pm |

    Just an observation…Wyatt seemed confident when he took the early lead. When the champ, who seemed unflappable, started his comeback, Wyatt seemed nervous and distracted. I can’t imagine the pressure on him. All in all, a good win for Ryan against a worthy opponent.

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