Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 8, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American History) for Wednesday, June 8, 2022 (Season 38, Game 193):

A participant in this 1773 event recalled, “Some of our numbers jumped into the hold …I never labored harder in my life”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Tessa Matsuzaki, a graphic designer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tessa Matsuzaki on Jeopardy!
Maggie Sharpe, a high school math teacher from Los Angeles, California
Maggie Sharpe on Jeopardy!
Eric Ahasic, a meteorologist from Minneapolis, Minnesota (2-day total: $40,001)
Eric Ahasic on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Eric Ahasic, the Minneapolis meteorologist—whose occupation, as noticed by some eagle-eyed viewers and commenters here, is listed on the Jeopardy! website as “meterologist”—has now won twice after defeating 16-day champion Ryan Long. One of tonight’s challengers is another Canadian! Vancouver’s Tessa Matsuzaki enters the Alex Trebek Studio today to attempt to become Jeopardy! champion. L.A. high school math teacher Maggie Sharpe will do battle today from the middle lectern.


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Correct response: What is the Boston Tea Party?


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The 1773 Boston Tea Party is one of the most famous events in American history; upset that the British were trying to force British East India Company tea on the American colonies and implicitly accepting a tax on that tea, a resistance was formed and an entire shipment of tea was dumped into Boston Harbor by the protesters on December 16, 1773. This act raised tensions between Great Britain and the colonies and was a major precipitating event of the American Revolution.


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strong>Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: French Kings Named Louis; Recent Slang; Put it on What?; Alliterative Sports No-No’s; Laurel; Canyon

The early part of this game belonged to Eric, who picked up 6 correct over the first 15 clues—including a True Daily Double. Unfortunately for Tessa, she got beaten in on the signalling device on a clue about British Columbia. At least we can credit Maggie for knowing her Canada! Coming out of the break, both Eric and Tessa played well, with Eric holding a small advantage after 30 clues.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Fictional Places; Around the World; 5-Letters, Ends in “O”; Elements & Their Uses; Stories of the Saints; Laurel Canyon

For the 10th time this season in regular play, the Daily Doubles were uncovered on back-to-back clues! Today saw Eric find them both on clues 11 and 12, and saw his score go from $13,000 to a commanding $25,000! From there, Tessa played a very technically sound game, even taking the required wild guess on a $2,000 clue #30, which was her only chance of winning. Unfortunately, she wasn’t correct on Clue 30, which cemented Eric’s runaway. Scores going into Final were Eric at $30,600 to Tessa at $11,800 and Maggie at $3,600.

In Final, Eric and Tessa were correct (with Maggie probably overthinking the clue.) Eric added $5,000 to become a 3-day champion! He’ll go for win #4 tomorrow!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, June 8, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Eric $30,600
Tessa $11,800
Maggie $3,600


Tonight’s results:
Maggie $3,600 – $3,599 = $1 (What is the taking of Amistad?)
Tessa $11,800 + $4,599 = $16,399 (What is the Boston Tea Party?)
Eric $30,600 + $5,000 = $35,600 (What is the Boston Tea Party) (3-day total: $75,601)


Eric Ahasic, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 8, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eric $6,600
Tessa $3,800
Maggie $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FRENCH KINGS NAMED LOUIS $600 (clue #7)
Eric 2000 +2000 (Maggie 400 Tessa 600)
2) ELEMENTS & THEIR USES $1200 (clue #11)
Eric 13000 +7000 (Maggie 800 Tessa 8200)
3) STORIES OF THE SAINTS $1200 (clue #12, $21600 left on board)
Eric 20000 +5000 (Maggie 800 Tessa 8200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 179


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:
Eric $19,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Tessa $11,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Maggie $3,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $9,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Eric Ahasic, career statistics:
75 correct, 9 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
39.77% in first on buzzer (68/171)
6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,267

Maggie Sharpe, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,600

Tessa Matsuzaki, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Eric Ahasic, to win:
4 games: 72.457%
5: 52.500%
6: 38.040%
7: 27.562%
8: 19.971%
Avg. streak: 5.631 games.

Today’s interviews:
Tessa is also a volunteer puppy raiser.
Maggie teaches AP and pre-calculus.
Eric lives in a neighborhood with a walking cat tour.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Eric $30,600 Tessa $11,800 Maggie $3,600)

Eric: Bet between $0 and $6,999 and enjoy win #3! (Actual bet: $5,000)

Maggie: Not much you can do today—bet whatever you like! (Actual bet: $3,599)

Tessa: You can guarantee second place today if you bet between $0 and $4,599. (Actual bet: $4,599)

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 8, 2022"

  1. Great category for final today – everyone should get this one. Thank You.

  2. Got 3 Jeopardy finals in the past 10days.
    Getting a final kicks off the morning nicely! Feel a few inches taller

  3. Given the category and 1773, Boston Tea Party was the only thing I could think of. Probably helped that a headline after the Celtics had a barrage of 3 pointers in the 4th quarter in game one against the Warriors was ‘Boston Three Party”.

  4. If not for a Canadian contestant I would predict all 3 get this and it would fall under the category of “some have to be easy to keep betting honest.”

    • Overthinking gets me a lot as well, I hate to see it happen. Matt Amodio had a question about famous Computer Programmers and also overthought it.

    • Tessa Matsuzaki | June 9, 2022 at 3:03 am | Reply

      Hey! I was the Canadian contestant and I got it right! 😉

      • Jim Cardillo | June 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm | Reply

        It’s always a treat to see a contestant on this site! Congratulations on making the show and your performance!

  5. Michael Johnston | June 8, 2022 at 1:32 pm | Reply

    Always glad for the easy ones, especially when they keep me from multi-game losing streaks 🙂

    Current FJ streak: 1W

  6. The Jeopardy! site still has not corrected the misspelling of Eric’s occupation as “meterologist.” Not a good look.

    • Today I sent Ken Jennings a tweet saying the same thing that it’s still misspelled, hoping he might fix it.

  7. This was a very easy one as this event has been etched into my American history lesson in school forever. No one can forget the boston tea party. Congrats to eric

  8. I’m not surprised that no one got “You Put It On What?” for $800, since no one except a record collecting geek (like me) would have recognized “Decca F.11940” as the label and catalog number of a 45 RPM record, and a British one at that. It was the Zombies’ “She’s Not There,” released July 24, 1964. See https://www.45cat.com/record/f11940

    • Robert Fawkes | June 8, 2022 at 9:03 pm | Reply

      You don’t have to be “a record collecting geek,” just a Boomer like me. I recognized it just from Decca (Decca Records) and instantly knew it was a turntable (I still have one). I wonder if they would have accepted “record player” as a correct response.

      • Frank Borland | June 8, 2022 at 10:01 pm | Reply

        I knew it too and my response was “record player”. I would hope that they would accept it, since that was what I called it. I guess the writers didn’t call me to verify what I called it.

        • Ditto, but I’m kind of guessing that they would rule against “record player” or even phonograph. I really don’t think they should be that picky, but I can see where they could say one puts a 45 “in” a record player (or a jukebox) but puts it “on” a turntable.

          • Michael L | June 9, 2022 at 6:46 am |

            I agree that “record player” should have been accepted had it come up, and that “Decca” was the key since there was also a well known US label by that name. They were clearly going for a word that could have been recognized as a record label and something like “Capitol 5112” would have been too generic. That said, I would have gone with a better known record, like Decca F.12220 from 1965. That one was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

  9. Glad you commented, Andy, about Tessa ringing in on that last clue. We’ve seen contestants not do something like that, but clearly she had the situational awareness to know it was her only chance of getting to more than half of Eric’s total. Too bad she missed it. It would have made for a more compelling FJ.

    • Tessa Matsuzaki | June 9, 2022 at 3:01 am | Reply

      I’m glad it was noticed! If you watch carefully, you can see my eyes darting up to the left. That was me checking the scores visible to us on set and frantically doing the math in my head! I knew my only chance was to ring in and make a wild guess.

      • Tessa, as I was watching, I was looking at the scores and did the same math, and I practically shouted, “She’s GOT to ring in!” Great game awareness — too bad it didn’t work out for you.

        • Tessa Matsuzaki | June 14, 2022 at 8:56 pm | Reply

          Sorry, just noticed this! Yeah, Saints was an absolute nightmare of a category for me. And in the moment, the only place in Portugal that my brain could produce was Lisbon. In the end, it wouldn’t have mattered given he got FJ correct. But it would have made for better TV (and a better coryat 😆) if I’d got it.

  10. We just assume that the Amistad response & Final, and similar wrong responses, are examples of overthinking it. It’s possible that even on a seemingly easy clue, somebody brain locks, and can’t come up with anything, so they just guess.

    On another note, tomorrow’s game will be critical for Eric. With a win of any significant dollar amount, he’ll bump Margaret Shelton off the TOC tracker, and with a big payday, he’ll jump at least ahead of John Focht. He’d you have to have a Holzhaueresque game to pass Jackie Kelly as well. Granted, producers have sole discretion as to who to invite to the tournament, but reaching four wins would him solidly in the conversation, and he’d be one win away from wrapping up an “automatic” bid, at least if you believe the hosts’ comments on stage.

    All that said, has a five-plus–day champ ever not gotten invited to the TOC?

    • Barbara Lowe won 5 games in 1986, but was ruled ineligible for the ToC.

      • I forgot about the infamous Barbara Lowe. Thanks!

        Apologies for my typos in my original comment. I was too tired to notice them all.

  11. Tessa Matsuzaki | June 9, 2022 at 2:58 am | Reply

    Just wanted to let you know that I chose my Final Jeopardy bet entirely because I had read your betting strategy stuff before I competed and wanted to guarantee second place rather than just trying for a maximum possible (but guaranteed to be meaningless because of the runaway) score.

    • Tessa:

      Thanks for stopping by! It makes me really happy to hear that contestants are reading my work before going on the show, and I’m really glad that it helped!

      • Michael Johnston | June 9, 2022 at 10:38 am | Reply

        That’s so cool! I’ve seen contestants on the Reddit, but it’s awesome to get them here!

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