Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, June 5, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Acronyms) for Monday, June 5, 2023 (Season 39, Game 191):

It was originally a code word used by telegraph operators; Barack Obama used it in his twitter handle

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Annabelle Winter, a graduate student from New York, New York
Annabelle Winter on Jeopardy!
Harrison Seidel, a marketing coordinator from Burbank, California
Harrison Seidel on Jeopardy!
Jared Watson, a quality control specialist from Greenville, Texas (2-day total: $38,601)
Jared Watson on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is POTUS?

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Because telegrams were generally priced by length, it was obvious that acronyms were necessary in order to save on costs. The acronym SCOTUS, referring to the Supreme Court of the United States, actually predates the acronym for POTUS by about a decade or so, according to Merriam-Webster. When he became President, Barack Obama used the @POTUS handle on Twitter for the official account that he was (finally) permitted to create in 2015.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, June 5, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Classic Children’s Books; The Philippines; Task: Force; It’s Also A Boat; The Championship Team; “G”eography)

Jared definitely had the best round, picking up 12 correct after finding the Daily Double immediately! He had a strong lead after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jared 8 correct 1 incorrect
Harrison 2 correct 1 incorrect
Annabelle 2 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Annabelle lived in a dorm that might have been haunted by Eugene O’Neill.
Harrison recently got engaged.
Jared is allergic to cats, but has two of them.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jared 12 correct 2 incorrect
Harrison 5 correct 2 incorrect
Annabelle 7 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jared $5,000
Harrison $2,000
Annabelle $1,600

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: City Happenings; First & Last Name’s The Same; Mythology; Movie Continents; The Science Of Poetry; 4, 4)

The turning point in today’s game came about two-thirds of the way through Double Jeopardy, where Harrison went back to the same category as the first Daily Double multiple times (with Annabelle doing so as well). Needless to say, Jared found the final Daily Double and his correct response gave him his crucial runaway margin going into Final.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jared 24 correct 3 incorrect
Harrison 14 correct 4 incorrect
Annabelle 11 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 30 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Jared $19,600
Harrison $8,800
Annabelle $2,400

Jared’s runaway proved very important when he was the only player to miss Final. Thus, Jared, thanks to making the fewest number of errors in the main game, is a 3-time champion! He’ll go for win #4 tomorrow!

Tonight’s results:

Annabelle $2,400 + $2,395 = $4,795 (What is POTUS?)
Harrison $8,800 + $3,900 = $12,700 (What is P.O.T.U.S.?)
Jared $19,600 – $1,999 = $17,601 (What is stop?) (3-day total: $56,202)

Jared Watson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 5, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) CLASSIC CHILDREN’S BOOKS $600 (clue #1)
Jared 0 +1000 (Harrison 0 Annabelle 0)
2) MYTHOLOGY $1200 (clue #9)
Jared 9800 +3000 (Harrison 3600 Annabelle -1200)
3) THE SCIENCE OF POETRY $1600 (clue #25, $3600 left on board)
Jared 19200 +2000 (Harrison 10000 Annabelle 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 141

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Jared 3*

DJ! Round:
Jared 4 5 3 5 3* 4 3 2 4 5 2 3 4*
Harrison 2 4 5 2 3 2† 4†
Annabelle 3 2 1 1 5†

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Jared 3.57
Harrison 3.14
Annabelle 2.40

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 $17,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Harrison $8,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Annabelle $2,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,200
Lach Trash: $12,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,000

Player Statistics:

Jared Watson, career statistics:

73 correct, 11 incorrect
5/8 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
38.01% in first on buzzer (65/171)
5/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,333

Harrison Seidel, career statistics:

15 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Annabelle Winter, career statistics:

12 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,400

Jared Watson, to win:

4 games: 57.266%
5: 32.793%
6: 18.779%
7: 10.754%
8: 6.158%
Avg. streak: 4.340 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The show has explicitly said (on Inside Jeopardy!) that both Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy! will never be in the same category. Going back to the same category is what I would call the biggest strategic blunder to make on the show at this point in time. Today, it probably was the difference between Harrison becoming champion or not.
  • Today’s box score: June 5, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jared $19,600 Harrison $8,800 Annabelle $2,400)

Jared: Limit your bet to $1,999. (Actual bet: $1,999)

Harrison: Limit your bet to $3,999. (Actual bet: $3,900)

Annabelle: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $2,395)

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, June 5, 2023"

  1. Duh. I was stuck on SNAFU or FUBAR, neither of which I was pretty sure Obama used in his twitter handle.

  2. Myron+Rushetzky | June 5, 2023 at 9:48 am |

    I think the first time I heard “POTUS” was on the pilot episode ot “The West Wing,” I think.

  3. I followed him on Twitter so this was easy. He uses his name now.

    • Michael Johnston | June 5, 2023 at 11:09 am |

      There were a few of us who got in early😁 I seem to remember hearing or reading about the telegraphy origin for the acronym before, but I couldn’t even guess as to where :/

  4. Bonus fact for those that are curious – after creating his account on May 18, 2015, Obama broke the record for fastest time to hit 1,000,000 Twitter followers (5 hours and change). However, he only held that record for two weeks; on June 1, Caitlyn Jenner hit the million-follower milestone in just over four hours.

    There’s your bit of useless knowledge for the day 🙂

  5. Got it, based on an acronym relating to the President. Didn’t know about the telegraph connection.

  6. I got this one because I watched a lot of shows like scandal and The West Wing. Watching the inagural address of obama helped here.

  7. Robert Fawkes | June 5, 2023 at 6:24 pm |

    Having worked in the federal government starting in 1971, I was very used to seeing POTUS, VPOTUS, SCOTUS and other government acronyms for over 50 years now. Thanks to that, this was an instant get.

    On another topic, I understand why in the way “Jeopardy!” is played these days that not going back to a category where a DD was already revealed is a big deal. Still, I’m somewhat sympathetic to the players that do that because playing under the lights with a huge TV audience is a stressful situation. One just might not be thinking of that detail when pressed to choose a clue quickly. There is much to think about and it might just be easier to pick a category that you are comfortable with rather than remembering where a DD was already found. I just wouldn’t be too hard on those players that make that mistake.

  8. This is definitely me talking out of my you-know-what here, but an idea I think might work is highlighting a category after DD2 is already uncovered. The idea of it would be to send a message of “Hey, there was already a Daily Double in this category. There’s not gonna be another one in here. Stop looking here.” It’s probably way too unpractical to seamlessly fit in, but I think it would benefit the overall strategy in the long run.

  9. Judith P. | June 5, 2023 at 10:09 pm |

    Yay! I got the Final! correct today. I remembered that Obama’s Twitter handle was POTUS. Huzzah!

  10. Bill Vollmer | June 6, 2023 at 11:20 am |

    Andy, your comment about palyers returning to a category is valid-IF the paayers are daily double hunting, and, not just staying with a category they’re comfortable in/
    I should of known that Pres. Obama used the acronym of his office has his Twitter “handle” Possibly what threw me off having the correct response was the part of the answer referring back to telegraph days. I thought the acronyms POTUS, etc., were more modern inventions.

  11. IIRC, the “POTUS” Twitter account is reserved for whoever happens to occupy the Oval Office and is the official government account. Joe Biden and Barack Obama also have their own accounts with their names attached.

    Personally, I thought this FJ clue was very easy. I’m surprised Jared missed it.

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