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"Jeopardy!" always has supremely intelligent contestants, but that doesn't mean they're humorless. Over Alex Trebek's 30-year run as host of America's favorite quiz, we've seen a number of hilarious "Final Jeopardy!" responses that even caught the unflappable host off guard. In honor of Ari Voukydis, a recent "Jeopardy!" contestant who earned a huge laugh with his "Final Jeopardy!" response this week, let's take at 10 times we've seen some hilarious stuff come up on those little blue screens. Yes, Cliff Clavin does make a cameo appearance. »
- Louis Virtel
That’d be American hero Ari Voukydis, a comedian and veteran improv teacher who found himself a distant second going into Final Jeopardy on Thursday’s episode. The clue category: “Science & Industry.” The answer: “In 1891, this European said, ‘Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your Congresses.’”
The correct question? That’d be “Who is Alfred Nobel?”—the Swedish armaments manufacturer who invented dynamite, then was inspired to create the Nobel Prize (for physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace) after reading his own obituary. (Truth: Stranger than fiction!) Unfortunately, none of the smartypantses playing »
- Hillary Busis
Julia Collins’s monster Jeopardy! winning streak ended at 20 yesterday, when she let a customarily large lead vanish and then missed the Final Jeopardy clue asking for the name of the author who won an Oscar for adapting his own novel into a screenplay in 1999. (It was John Irving.) She departs the show in second place for most consecutive victories, after Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in 2004; she also takes home $428,100 in winnings, the third-highest total ever, which makes Collins the winningest female Jeopardy! champion of all time by a wide margin. That distinction, as well as her cheerful personality, earned her legions of fans, a sharp contrast to another recent Jeopardy! star, Arthur Chu, who was widely villainized during his 11-game streak earlier this season for his aggressive style and rumpled appearance. Vulture reached Collins, 31, on Tuesday morning to discuss her victorious run and what the out-of-work supply »
- Steve Friess
On Monday, Julia Collins’ 20-game Jeopardy! winning streak came to an end when she bet everything on a Final Jeopardy clue that read: “The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay.” Collins guessed Michael Chabon, when the correct answer was John Irving. However, despite her loss, Collins’ 20-game record puts her in second place for the most consecutive wins on the show, behind only Ken Jennings, and makes her the winningest woman in the show’s history.
But what was it about the final clue that threw her? »
- Samantha Highfill
Who is Julia Collins? She’s the most successful woman in the history of Jeopardy! – and unfortunately, her time on the show has come to an end.
Collins lost during her 21st appearance, which aired Monday, after betting everything in Final Jeopardy and answering the question incorrectly. The clue that stumped her? “The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay.” The correct answer: “Who is John Irving?” (Collins guessed Michael Chabon instead.)
Collins lost to Brian Loughnane — but walked away from the show with a total of $428,100 and 20 victories. »
- Samantha Highfill
Monday night's episode of "Jeopardy!" concluded with a Final Jeopardy! clue in the category of Signs & Symbols. The official wording: "Meant to evoke a person with arms outstretched & pointed downward, it was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom." The correct response? The peace symbol. All three contestants came up blank on the clue, including champion Sandie Baker, who was winning by so much that she couldn't lose no matter how much her opponents rallied. It's not particularly notable when a contestant misses a Final Jeopardy! clue, but last night it was. Why? Sandie Baker was wearing the correct answer. Yes, those are peace symbol earrings. Pretty amazing. It must be said: Sandie is a great champion, and I love her because she sort of looks like if Oscar-winner Sandy Dennis hadn't died and instead spent the '90s in New Mexico. Is it possible she simply changed the spelling of her »
- Louis Virtel
Notorious "Jeopardy!" contestant Arthur Chu ended his 11-game winning streak on the Alex Trebek-hosted game show on Wednesday (March 13) when he finally lost, wagering all of his money on an incorrect Final Jeopardy guess.
Chu shook up the trivia competition due to his renegade style of playing the game: skipping around the board in the hopes of finding the Daily Double rather than just going through categories one at a time like most contestants. Additionally, he strategized his Final Jeopardy wagers to tie, rather than to win.
Check out the clip below to see the question that led to his undoing: He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales. Do you know?
Chu, who was in third place, guessed George II and risked all his money. (It was George VI.) In total, Chu won slightly less than $300,000 during his weeks-long streak.
Jeopardy! champ Arthur Chu, who won big money while taking heat for his renegade style, has been defeated. Chu finished in third place with zero dollars on Wednesday's edition of the syndicated quiz show. He had reigned for 12 days. His total winnings were $297,200. "A great run," summed up host Alex Trebek. Chu was unseated by Diana Peloquin of Ann Arbor, Mich., who led for the day with $15,700. Chu had struggled for much of the show when, in Final Jeopardy, he risked, and lost, his entire day's bankroll - $6,400 - on the question: "He was the last male monarch who had »
- Associated Press
He can’t win ‘em all, apparently. Arthur Chu’s 11-game Jeopardy! winning streak ended Wednesday when he wagered everything on an incorrect Final Jeopardy! answer.
But losing isn’t so bad — Chu is still walking away with his earnings from more successful games, which come to a total of $297,200. Pocket money, you know.
Chu won the third highest of any Jeopardy! contestant, following number one winner Ken Jennings and David Madden at number two. Chu’s success came partly from his strategy of jumping around the game board and finding Daily Doubles before his fellow contestants, which has earned »
- Ariana Bacle
Jeopardy! "hacker" Arthur Chu's controversial 12-day reign over the show is finally over. Last night, Arthur lost during Final Jeopardy, when a question about the British royals stumped him. The question? "He was the last male monarch who had not previously been the Prince of Wales." Arthur guessed that it was King George II, who was brought into power in the 18th century by the Act of Settlement, which restricted succession to Protestants. While Arthur had the right idea (George was never the Prince of Wales and was actually a prince in Germany before he took over England), he just didn't get the answer right. Keep reading or watch the video below to find out the answer. It was King George VI! George, who happens to be Queen Elizabeth II's father, was made king after his brother Edward VIII abdicated from the throne in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson. His »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Source: Kevin Winter / Getty Images Sorry everyone, but Tina Fey says a Mean Girls sequel just isn't going to happen. However, they are planning something for the 10-year anniversary in April. (Also, we won't mention the not-so-great TV movie Mean Girls 2, which wasn't a true sequel.) Chris Harrison says there was something that "just didn't seem right" about Juan Pablo Galavis. Jeopardy! wiz Arthur Chu broke his 12-day winning streak on the show after losing on Final Jeopardy. The question that stumped him? "He was the last male monarch who had not previously been the Prince of Wales." (The answer: who is George VI, Queen Elizabeth II's father.) Don't you want to take a peek inside Sarah Jessica Parker's beautiful NYC brownstone? You know you do! The alleged debris of flight MH370 that was discovered yesterday was most likely not from the missing plane. The death toll from »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
This Ohio resident is the third person to win 10 games of Jeopardy! in a row. Who is Arthur Chu? On Monday's show, 30-year-old Arthur took the lead quickly and won $16,200. His takings so far total $277,200. So what's his secret? Unlike reigning Jeopardy! record holder Ken Jennings, who won 74 times and over $3 million, Arthur has an unusual playing strategy that he developed by watching past shows before his first appearance, creating study guides for "wheelhouse categories" like state trivia and reading about game theory. This former history major who works in the compliance department of Family Heritage Insurance and does voice-over work on the side, has basically hacked the game. After a break for the show, Arthur is back. Here are some tips to study for your next Jeopardy! appearance. He Tries to Tie As you can see here, during one Final Jeopardy! appearance, Arthur purposefully bet an amount that would result in a tie, »
- Annie Gabillet
A lot of people who know nothing about me hate me for no rational reason. Jeopardy on set is not like in your living room
Jeopardy is a game of reflexes and psychology and momentum as much as it is a test of knowledge. It's not about who knows the answer – usually all three of us know the answer – but who can buzz in and spit out that answer the fastest, under pressure. And in that context "Throwing opponents off" is very much the name of the game. The tiny bit of help you get from being the only one to know what clue is coming next, plus the confidence boost you get by "throwing off" the other players by presenting them the clues in an order they didn't expect -- that's invaluable.
The stakes in Jeopardy are really clear. Coming back to play again is so important it outweighs »
- Arthur Chu
Like its lead characters, True Detective does a certain number of things really, really well—and other things really, really poorly. And like them, it can have a hard time knowing which is which.
In tonight's episode, "Haunted Houses," this struggle got the spotlight, and the results weren't pretty. Gone was last week's latticework of complex and compelling narratives regarding the pivotal moment in Rust Cohle and Marty Hart's supposed takedown of a serial killer, the one where it looked like it all went right but in reality it all went horribly wrong. »
“Jeopardy” champ Arthur Chu is just fine with being the Richard Sherman of “Jeopardy.” Chu has flipped three decades of “Jeopardy” strategy with an approach designed to beat not just his fellow players, but the game himself. Actually, beating the other players isn’t essential: One of Chu’s tricks is to bet to tie in Final Jeopardy, rather than betting to win. His logic is that the most important goal is to come back tomorrow, and by playing for a tie, he reduces his chance of a loss. Also read: Watch Alex Trebek Rap Biggie Smalls, Beastie Boys, and Dr. Dre Lyrics. »
- Tim Molloy
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