Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 1, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Country Names) for Thursday, June 1, 2023 (Season 39, Game 189):

The first current country to include its particular religion in its full name, it also has that religion in the name of its capital

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Eva Thomas, an attorney from Brooklyn, New York
Eva Thomas on Jeopardy!
Jared Watson, a quality control specialist from Greenville, Texas
Jared Watson on Jeopardy!
Ilhana Redzovic, an investment associate from Chicago, Illinois (2-day total: $30,800)
Ilhana Redzovic on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Ilhana Redzovic won an up-and-down game on yesterday’s show with a shrewd $0 wager in Final on yesterday’s show that could end up playing to her advantage for the rest of the week; being that she didn’t make a cover bet in Final Jeopardy, you might see challengers choosing to play more aggressively in Final, now that they know there’s a chance that Ilhana might not make a cover bet a second time. Will that work out well for challengers Jared Watson and Eva Thomas?

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Correct response: What is Pakistan?

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Five current countries in the world contain “Islam” in their full official names: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of the Gambia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Of these five countries, Pakistan became known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1956 (Mauritania, second in this list, became known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in 1960). Islamabad, which means “city of Islam”, was a planned city that became capital of Pakistan in the late 1960s.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Biopics; The Operettas Of Gilbert & Sullivan; 3 Things About The City; Sweet Spots; Stuff To Wear; “B” Nice)

Ilhana and Eva got off to a great start, while Jared both struggled with the signalling device and got the Daily Double incorrect.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Ilhana 7 correct 0 incorrect
Eva 6 correct 0 incorrect
Jared 2 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Eva has ancestors that have a Brooklyn street name named after them.
Jared has a wife who said “I’m going to marry you”, saving him a bunch of headache in planning a proposal.
Ilhana is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Ilhana 12 correct 1 incorrect
Eva 12 correct 0 incorrect
Jared 4 correct 2 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Ilhana $7,400
Eva $7,000
Jared -$200

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Bio Pics; Second Book In The Series; “Man” O’ War; Potpourri; Tv; Not Your Everyday Words)

In Double Jeopardy, it was Ilhana who struggled significantly; she did not give a single correct response in the round! Both challengers played well, though, with Eva leading going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Eva 22 correct 2 incorrect
Jared 16 correct 4 incorrect
Ilhana 12 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 30 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Eva $16,200
Jared $11,600
Ilhana $4,600

Jared and Ilhana both got Final Jeopardy! correct; Jared is your new champion!

Tonight’s results:

Ilhana $4,600 + $4,600 = $9,200 (What is Pakistan?)
Jared $11,600 + $2,400 = $14,000 (What is Pakistan?) (1-day total: $14,000)
Eva $16,200 – $5,599 = $10,601 (What is Oman)

Jared Watson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 1, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

Jared 600 -1000 (Ilhana 7800 Eva 6400)
2) “MAN” O’ WAR $1600 (clue #11)
Jared 4200 -3000 (Ilhana 5000 Eva 12200)
3) NOT YOUR EVERYDAY WORDS $1600 (clue #17, $9200 left on board)
Jared 6400 +2000 (Ilhana 5000 Eva 13800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -140

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Ilhana 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 2 3 2 2 2
Jared 3 4 5*
Eva 5 5 2 1 5 5 5 4 1

DJ! Round:
Jared 3 5 3 3 4* 5† 3 4 3 4*
Eva 4 5 3 4 4 5 5

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Jared 3.77
Eva 3.94
Ilhana 3.00

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 30 (0.16 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Jared $15,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Eva $16,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Ilhana $4,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Player Statistics:

Ilhana Redzovic, career statistics:

50 correct, 11 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
28.65% in first on buzzer (49/171)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,267

Jared Watson, career statistics:

17 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Eva Thomas, career statistics:

22 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Jared Watson, to win:

2 games: 39.345%
3: 15.480%
4: 6.091%
5: 2.396%
6: 0.943%
Avg. streak: 1.649 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I disagree with the judges’ ruling to accept Jared’s pronunciation of “macaron”, as there is a different confection, “macaroon”, that a “macaron” could be confused with. However, it had zero effect on the outcome of the game, due to how Final Jeopardy! played out; thus, any discussion here is academic.
  • Today’s box score: June 1, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Eva $16,200 Jared $11,600 Ilhana $4,600)

Ilhana: Go all in; if Eva covers Jared and misses, she falls to $9,199. (Actual bet: $4,600)

Jared: Limit your bet to $2,399; this way, you stay ahead of Ilhana if she doubles. If you’re concerned that Eva might hold back a dollar because of the situation, go all in.(Actual bet: $2,400)

Eva: Standard cover bet over Jared is $7,001. (Though you do risk falling to $9,199 if you do that. If that really worries you, bet just $7,000.) (Actual bet: $5,599)

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 1, 2023"

  1. I got this quickly because of Islamabad, without knowing about the longer version of Pakistan’s name. I expect that the contestants will also get this right for the same reason.

    • Michael Johnston | June 1, 2023 at 9:29 am |

      I was looking in the wrong place at first, trying to think of the countries with a religion in their name, before keying in on the capital and remembering Islamabad.

    • Bill Vollmer | June 2, 2023 at 11:18 am |

      I knew that Iran’s formal name was that of an Islamic republic, but Teheran doesn’t contain the name Islam. I didn’t know that Pakistan’s formal name was that of an Islamic republic, but did know that it’s capital was Islamabad, so my response was “What is Pakistan?” and, was right. What ever their reasonings, Ilhana, and, Jared. also knew this.
      Andy, your thought about the acceptance about the acceptance of Jared’s pronunciation “macaroon” will be a tabloid website’s “clickbait” headline, just as was Ben Ingram’s “minor mispelling.”

  2. I initially read it as ‘region’ and not ‘religion’ and for a second thought Equatorial Gabon. But then after realizing the error of my ways, got to Islamabad, but not sure if it would have been in time.

    • But did you get from Islamabad to Pakistan or forget they were looking for country, not capital? I immediately noted it as religion, not region and assumed there are probably countries named Islamic Republic of Whatever and then immediately thought ‘Islamabad’ but I was thinking that was the capital of Afghanistan, so did say a country, but the wrong one.

      [I did know that Kabul is a major/important city in Afghanistan, but did not realize it is the capital. I think I thought that was Islamabad because Pakistan was a behind-the-scenes player in Afghanistan, making Islamabad get mentioned a lot in news coverage of the war in Afghanistan.]

      • yeah, I knew Pakistan – but once again, don’t know if I would have gotten it in time under pressure

  3. The very first time, I’ve answered two consecutive final jeopardy’s correct. Maybe I’m ready to go on show lol

    • and was yesterday the first time you got one that was a triple stumper for the contestants? I still remember the first time I got a triple stumper – the clue was ‘this state’s license plates all have the same five digit number on them’.

      • I feel like it’s going to be glaringly obvious when I see it, but this one is stumping me. Which state is it?

      • Would that be Minnesota, with its “10,000” lakes?

      • Spud Muffin | June 1, 2023 at 1:35 pm |

        Was it Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes?

        (I had to look at 51 different plates on Wikipedia to get this, LOL)

      • which is the state?
        ‘this state’s license plates all have the same five digit number on them’
        I can’t find anything related to this.

        • yes, it’s Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes 🙂

          • I thought maybe it was M1551551PP1, but that would be 7 digits. 😉

            [I think what makes this harder to think of is because “5 digits” makes one instantly think of zipcodes, so immediately waste time thinking whether it’s possible that Rhode Island only has one zip code. No, it has 91.]

  4. Katerina E. | June 1, 2023 at 1:13 pm |

    I only got this because Islamabad was the only capital I could think of that fit the clue. I was getting thrown by thinking “the first” was meaning alphabetical order, not when the name was adopted. I don’t think that’s necessarily a fault in the writing of the question, but I can see a lot of those who like to be critical of the question writing have a fit over it. But when the clock was running down, I just threw caution to the wind and went with Pakistan, fully expecting that I’d be wrong.

    • Because it said “first current country” I realized it meant chronologically as there could have been one before it that no longer exists.

  5. Someone recently posted here that the correct response just happened to pop right into their head as soon as they heard the category. That did not work for me here because as soon as I heard ‘Country Names’, I thought ‘Dolly Parton”. 🙃

  6. Well, the Jeopardy! writers seem prescient again — a big segment on ‘PBS News Hour’ TODAY was ‘Turmoil in Pakistan’.

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