Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 2, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century America) for Friday, June 2, 2023 (Season 39, Game 190):

In bold letters, it was the 2-word historic N.Y. Times headline for August 9, 1974, followed by “He urges a time of ‘healing'”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sylvia Izzo Hunter, a marketing manager from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sylvia Izzo Hunter on Jeopardy!
Jong Limb, a retired software developer from Glen Allen, Virginia
Jong Limb on Jeopardy!
Jared Watson, a quality control specialist from Greenville, Texas (1-day total: $14,000)
Jared Watson on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Jared Watson is your new champion on Jeopardy! after dethroning 2-day champion Ilhana Redzovic; on Reddit last night, Ilhana said she “was hitting a wall” and that she was “surprised by (and ultimately did not prepare [herself] for) how much the experience and the course of the day would impact [her] physically and emotionally”. That’s an absolutely underrated part of being a Jeopardy! champion, having to tape multiple games in generally quick succession. One thing that I am looking forward to—assuming that the ongoing WGA strike doesn’t completely upset the start of Season 40—is the return of all of the champions in the Champions’ Wildcard before the Tournament of Champions. (And, Sony, have you ever considered actually just paying your writers? Then, your cash cow might not be under threat.)

Onto today’s game, Jong Limb of Glen Allen, Virginia and Sylvia Izzo Hunter of Toronto are your challengers.

“If you know the name of the king or queen being murdered, press 1.” It absolutely put a smile on my face this morning to see the category YOU HAVE SELECTED REGICIDE on the list of categories in J!6—that reference from the Season 6 opener of The Simpsons, “Bart of Darkness”, is one of my favorites in the entire series.

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Correct response: What is “Nixon Resigns”?

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“NIXON RESIGNS” was the famous New York Times headline of August 9, 1974, following the previous day’s resignation of the President of the United States. It was also famous as one of the first two Times headlines set in 96-point type; the first was “MEN WALK ON MOON” on July 21, 1969. (That 96-point headline fact was a famous Final Jeopardy during Ken Jennings’ run in 2004; it ran in the episode where Ken passed $1 million, even though Ken did not get that Final correct).

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, June 2, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: You Have Selected Regicide; Ohio Geography; Garden Party; Their Middle Initial; Sports Stars Calling It Quits; Internal Organs (& Other Body Parts))

Jared definitely had the best time in the opening round. Even losing half his score on the first Daily Double didn’t stop his great run! He led after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jared 9 correct 0 incorrect
Jong 3 correct 2 incorrect
Sylvia 2 correct 0 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Sylvia has been singing in choirs for 40 years.
Jong has been to all seven continents.
Jared has had luck getting souvenirs at sporting events.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jared 16 correct 2 incorrect
Sylvia 4 correct 0 incorrect
Jong 4 correct 2 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jared $4,200
Sylvia $2,400
Jong $2,400

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Inventors & Inventions; Women Authors; State Of The Union; It’S A Fact; Animal Rock; Words Ending In “Y”)

Sylvia had a chance to take the lead midway through Double Jeopardy, but went very conservative on her bet and ended up $300 short of taking the lead. From there, Jared turned on the afterburners, nearly turning the game into a runaway himself! (Unfortunately, a conservative Daily Double wager on his part kept the game from being put away.)

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jared 31 correct 3 incorrect
Sylvia 13 correct 1 incorrect
Jong 6 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 30 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Jared $20,600
Sylvia $12,300
Jong $2,400

Jared was the only player correct in Final; he’s now a 2-day champion!

Tonight’s results:

Jong $2,400 – $2,000 = $400 (What is Nixon Pardoned)
Sylvia $12,300 – $8,301 = $3,999 (What is Carted defeated)
Jared $20,600 + $4,001 = $24,601 (What is Nixon Resigns?) (2-day total: $38,601)

Jared Watson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 2, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) OHIO GEOGRAPHY $800 (clue #22)
Jared 6000 -3000 (Jong 2200 Sylvia 2000)
2) WOMEN AUTHORS $1200 (clue #15)
Sylvia 8000 +1500 (Jared 9800 Jong 3600)
3) WORDS ENDING IN “Y” $1200 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
Jared 14600 +2000 (Jong 1600 Sylvia 9500)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -18

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Jared 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 5 3 4*
Jong 3 2 3
Sylvia 1 1 1 2

DJ! Round:
Jared 3 4 2 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 3*
Jong 1 2
Sylvia 1 1 1 1 2 3* 1

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Jared 3.93
Sylvia 1.36
Jong 2.20

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 $22,800 Coryat, 31 correct, 3 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Sylvia $12,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jong $2,400 Coryat, 6 correct, 5 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,200
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Player Statistics:

Jared Watson, career statistics:

49 correct, 7 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
39.47% in first on buzzer (45/114)
2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,000

Jong Limb, career statistics:

6 correct, 6 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,400

Sylvia Izzo Hunter, career statistics:

13 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000

Jared Watson, to win:

3 games: 53.110%
4: 28.207%
5: 14.981%
6: 7.956%
7: 4.226%
Avg. streak: 3.133 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jared $20,600 Sylvia $12,300 Jong $2,400)

Jared: Standard cover bet over Sylvia is $4,001. (Actual bet: $4,001)

Jong: The only thing I wouldn’t do is go all-in; this gives you a chance at second if Sylvia decides to go all in to try to maximize potential winnings. (Actual bet: $2,000)

Sylvia: I would bet at least $4,301 (thereby passing Jared if he’s incorrect), but I would also limit my bet to $7,499, therefore keeping Jong locked into second place. (Actual bet: $8,301)

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 2, 2023"

  1. Got this one with no trouble because I watched the Watergate proceedings very closely. I predict a triple get today.

    • Katerina E. | June 2, 2023 at 7:11 pm |

      Nixon’s resignation was one of the first major events that I can recall, and I remember the date because of my history classes, so I got it pretty easy. I was approaching my 3rd birthday at the time.

  2. Michael Johnston | June 2, 2023 at 9:47 am |

    I couldn’t picture the headline, but I just guessed the simplest which turned out to be right 🙂

  3. Jim Cardillo | June 2, 2023 at 10:36 am |

    Got this one – I will always remember that I lost a tooth on that day.

  4. Marvin G Fuller | June 2, 2023 at 11:10 am |

    Got back from Viet Nam the week before. An easy one for me.

  5. Thomas G. | June 2, 2023 at 11:48 am |

    I knew that it had something to to with Nixon. Therefore NIXON RESIGNS was my response. What a time it was for American history.

  6. thinking the ‘he’ referred to the previous two words, I said ‘Gerald Ford’

  7. I had “Nixon Quits” – close but no cigar 🙁

  8. This was all over the news. Nixon’s watergate scandal caused him to resign.

  9. Very easy, lived through it.

    • Me too. I’m hopeless on the pop culture categories, but give me “history that happened during my lifetime” and I’m golden. 😆

    • That is often the case for me, but that time was when I was busy with many important personal things, so though I was certainly aware of what was happening, I just don’t connect that year to it. I guessed ‘POPE SHOT’, having no idea when that was. [It was only 7 years later.]

      I thought Jong made a great attempt — realizing what situation it was bound to refer to, but not remembering the exact dates, thought the quote went better for Ford.

  10. Today marks exactly 19 years since the beginning of Ken Jennings’ run.

    I feel old.

  11. David+John+Craven | June 2, 2023 at 5:06 pm |

    This seemed to be easy… but then I realized that’s because I am old. I was in school at the time. Nixon Resigned during the summer, before school started for the year. Ford pardoned Nixon once the school year was ongoing. So the August date made it very clear. (As for Carter defeated, interesting headline, but that would be in November of 1980)

    • You must have lived where school didn’t start until after Labor Day. Our school years always started in August (maybe not as early as the 9th, but not “just before” Labor Day) so we always remember August as being a “school month”.

  12. ScubaSteve | June 2, 2023 at 6:44 pm |

    This was easy. I was in the Philippines on the way back from VietNam when Nixon resigned. I remember that headline well.

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