Last night was the third and last semifinal of the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades tournament, which features Brad Rutter, the pride of Lancaster who now lives in Los Angeles — like Mike Trout, he is from the town of Near Philly — and earlier this month had a David Rittenhouse clue.
Jeopardy! single-day recordholder ($77K!) Roger Craig got that one last month, but last night missed the above clue about Pennsylvania’s Christmas City. It’s the kind of question an incredibly smart person and good Jeopardy! player would miss — the clue says Central Europe, which would lead you to Prussia, which leads you to the Pennsylvania town of King of Prussia — best known not for a mall. (Considering how people spend their Christmases, King of Prussia is indeed the “real” answer.)
An even more obvious response, though, is Bethlehem, the Pennsylvania town named after Jesus' birthplace. It was founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by David Nitschmann and Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf. If that Count guy were ever mayor, I will have to compile a list of Bethlehem mayors like my Philadelphia one.
Anyway, it didn't matter, because Craig won even though everyone missed Final.
Jeopardy!'s Battle of the Decades tournament concludes with a two-part final tonight and tomorrow. (The show airs locally on 6 ABC at 7 p.m. — before Wheel of Fortune, as God intended.) It's Rutter, Craig, and Ken Jennings. If you're any sort of a quiz show dork, you should probably watch it.