WATCH: Jeopardy! Contestants Don’t Know Where the Schuylkill Is

Question about the River of the Year turns out to be a triple-stumper.


Jeopardy! contestants are among the smartest people on television. And, once qualifying for Jeopardy! — something I failed to do — these incredibly smart people study beforehand and brush up on weaknesses.

But, despite recently being named Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for consecutive years, the Schuylkill River remains a mystery to these very smart people. The Jeopardy! Clue Crew did a whole round from Valley Forge on Monday night, and one clue was a triple-stumper.

Apparently the Schuylkill is not a famous-enough river to be known by these contestants. Which makes sense! Even around here it’s best known for rowboats and being the namesake of a highway that’s more frequently a parking lot. Alex Trebek, though, looked kind of troubled no one got it.


But it was a nice little treat for viewers in Philadelphia: One of the most fun parts of watching Jeopardy! is when you know the answer and none of the contestants do. On Monday night, Philadelphians were able to scream at their TV as the three contestants got this question increasingly wrong each time. Thanks, Jeopardy! producers! I’m hoping for a “Spell Schuylkill” clue any day now.

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  • JJ

    Philly’s a dump that’s why no one knows….

  • jubrown

    In all fairness, Trebek usually looks troubled.

  • Jordan Wareham

    I am not a hydrology expert or anything but is seems that the “river” the woman is standing in front of is not the Schuylkill. Or if it is the woman is standing at a spur or something and not accurately depicting the true scale of the river in Valley Forge. At the :18 second mark she makes a reference to a “defensive boundary” and the flowing body of water in the screen is not more than ankle deep and 25 feet across. Hardly something that should stop an attacking force. I mean is this a tributary or something like the Perkiomen Creek? I grew up ten miles from Valley forge and I don’t remember it ever being this insignificant and easily crossed.

  • Jane Yavis

    Alex may have looked troubled at the girl in the Military Uniform that answered – The Potomac. At least the other two stayed in the State. I can understand their answers, but the Potomac???

  • Steve Malek

    That’s NOT the Schuylkill!!!!