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!

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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

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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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Shoeless Delaware Student Competes on Jeopardy

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Notice anything special in the photo above? That’s right: In the green dress and Delaware sweatshirt is College Jeopardy! contestant Sarah Stevens, and she’s not wearing shoes. For Jeopardy! Competing shoeless on a game show is more of a Survivor type of thing.

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

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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.

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