Jeopardy Contestants Can’t Get Schuylkill Clue — Again!

Almost three years ago, there was a clue on Jeopardy! about the Schuylkill River. The clue asked contestants which river George Washington used as a defensive boundary when he camped at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. No one got it.

Monday night, Jeopardy! ran another Schuylkill River clue. Again, Jeopardy! Clue Crew member Kelly Miyahara stood next to the Schuylkill River and asked contestants to identify the Schuylkill.

Perhaps because no one got it last time, this one was even easier. Contestants were given several pieces of information in the clue — Boathouse Row, flows into the Delaware, Philadelphia, and “we’ll give you some leeway in your pronunciation.” Read more »

The Sixers’ Futility Was a Clue on Jeopardy! Last Night

Great, now your grandmother knows the Sixers started 0-17 this season. Yes, the Philadelphia 76ers 0-17 start was a clue on Jeopardy! last night in a category called Sports Jeopardy. That category also had clues about a long jumper struck by a javelin, skier Vinko “The Agony of Defeat” Bogataj and Gilbert Arenas pulling a gun on a teammate.

So, actually, now your grandmother knows that there are a lot worse things that can happen in sports than starting the season 0-17. Read more »

Incredibly Smart Guy Gives Incorrect ‘King of Prussia’ Response on Jeopardy

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.

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People Bash on You on Twitter When You Go on Jeopardy!


Brad Rutter — who used to live in Lancaster — is the all-time Jeopardy! money winner and has never lost on the show, except in a game involving Watson. Wednesday night, he competed in a quarterfinal game of the Jeopardy! all-stars “Battle of the Decades” tournament.

Unlike another local-ish contestant, Rutter wore shoes for his game. He also dominated, finishing with $32,400 before Final Jeopardy! and betting zero. He advances to the semifinals next week.

Rutter is active on Twitter, and so during his game on the East Coast last night he began retweeting his haters! While he has plenty of fans, including baseball player Dexter Fowler and actress Kali Hawk, he also receives a decent amount of Twitter hate. Apparently, when you appear on national syndicated TV, people tweet mean things about you. It happened with Arthur Chu, too!

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$2,000 Clue on Jeopardy! Should Be Easy for Philadelphians


As part of my ongoing crusade to inform Philadelphians of mentions of our fair city from around the country, check this out: Last night on Jeopardy! (don’t forget the exclamation point), there was a question about a Philadelphian! The category was Lesser-known Americans, and the value was the highest: $2000!

Do you know it? After the jump, the correct response.

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