DeKalb man to return as champion after winning $19K on ‘Jeopardy!’

Lane Flynn, chairman of the DeKalb County GOP, went into the Final Jeopardy portion of the show’s Wednesday episode trailing the defending champion by about $2,400.  But then Flynn nearly doubled his tally when he was the only contestant to correctly answer the final question: Name the three United Nations member states that begin with the letter “J”; two are island nations and one is nearly landlocked. His answer, “Japan, Jamaica and Jordan,” landed Flynn with $19,198 and the chance to appear as the returning champion on “Jeopardy!” Thursday at 7:30 p.m. He will be competing against Hannah Ewing from Stamford, Connecticut, and Liz McCarthy from South Orange, New Jersey.  Flynn, who was the Republican nominee for Georgia House District 81 in 2016, is also a licensed pilot. His fun fact on the show was about an airplane fender bender he experienced on the ground while learning to fly. The show shared a video of Flynn answering a few questions correctly in the “Humans in the Galapagos” category: We think Alex and Charles Darwin would've been great pals. @LindbladExp— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 8, 2018 READ | DeKalb nursing homes taking precautions during boil water advisory READ | DeKalb smashes goal to collect 3,000 toilet paper rolls Fellow DeKalb County GOP member Greg Williams said in a statement that the trivia squad he and Flynn are on will change its name to “We have a Jeopardy Champion on our team.” Flynn, a business owner who lives with his wife and two daughters, said competing on the show was a “great experience.”  Lane Flynn had a watch party at his north DeKalb County home with family and friends — many of whom did not know what the outcome would be. (Greg Williams) Earlier this week, there was another metro Atlanta tie on the quiz competition. A Continue Reading

Watch First-Ever Tie Breaker on ‘Jeopardy’ (Video)

The category was "Way Back in 2017"  Ashley Boucher, provided by Published 2:58 pm, Friday, March 2, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Watch First-Ever Tie Breaker on ‘Jeopardy’ (Video) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It took 45 years, but “Jeopardy” finally saw its first-ever tie breaker during Thursday night’s show. A geography question in Final Jeopardy stumped all three contestants, bringing down contestants Laura McLean and Sarah Norris to $6, 799. They were obviously a little surprised at the prospect of a tie, and one contestant even shrugged, throwing up his hands (he was the unlucky, definite loser). The game show recently changed its rules concerning ties, causing the contestants to go into the show’s first sudden death round. Host Alex Trebek gave one more category, and the contestants had to hit their buzzer first, like a normal round. Also Read: Alex Trebek to Moderate Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Debate Recommended Video: Now Playing: Jeopardy contestant Rob Worman stops by Fox 9 to talk about the game and St. Paul's Como Zoo category. Media: Fox9 The final, tie-breaking category? “Way Back in 2017.” Wait, we might actually know this one. The big answer: “Her April decision to call a snap parliamentary election proved less than brilliant on June 8.” Also Read: Alex Trebek Taunts 'Jeopardy!' Nerds Over Complete Lack of Football Knowledge (Video) McLean, the reigning champion, was quick on the draw with the correct question, “Who is [Theresa] May?” Her total prize over two days was $19,598. Congrats! Watch the clip above. Read original story Watch First-Ever Tie Breaker on ‘Jeopardy’ (Video) At TheWrap Continue Reading

Alex Trebek shreds Jeopardy contestants who know nothing about football

Call them the Cleveland Browns of football trivia. The official Twitter account for the show Jeopardy on Thursday compared three contestants to the woeful, winless NFL team after the game show players failed to answer a single question about football. “I can tell you guys are big football fans,” Trebek remarked sarcastically after the three contestants did not know what an option play was. After missing the second question — on Tom Landry — Trebek asked the players if they just wanted to go straight to a commercial break, despite having three clues left on the board. Meanwhile, the audience’s laughter could be heard as the contestants stood there silent. When the final question — pertaining to the Minnesota Vikings’ famed “Purple People Eaters” — was read, Trebek delivered his best one-liner of the segment. “If you guys ring in and get this one, I will die,” Trebek said as the audience erupted into laughter. Continue Reading

‘Jeopardy!’ contestant tricks Alex Trebek into saying ‘Turd Ferguson’ in homage to Will Ferrell SNL skit

I’ll take classic SNL punch lines for $600, Alex. A diabolical “Jeopardy!” contestant tricked host Alex Trebek into saying “Turd Ferguson” during Wednesday’s episode, a nod to Saturday Night Live’s classic “Celebrity Jeopardy!” sketch. The final question asked contestants to name the “song from a 1999 animated film about censorship” that had a word censored from it when it was performed at the Oscars.  A contestant named Talia wrote, “What is the Love Ballad of Turd Ferguson? P.S. Hi, Mom.” Trebek read the full answer out loud, standard protocol for all final “Jeopardy!” answers, and the audience erupted into giggles. Talia grinned and gave double thumbs up as the host read her answer and her shout-out to her mom. Trebek didn’t crack amid the joke. Talia wagered and lost $600 — her entire pot — on the hilarious answer. The real answer was "Blame Canada" from "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut." SNL fans know Turd Ferguson from its beloved “Celebrity Jeopardy!” skits, featuring Will Ferrell as Trebek and a slew of guest stars as clueless, famous contestants. In a 1999 clip, contender Burt Reynolds, played by Norm MacDonald, changes his name to “Turd Ferguson” halfway through the game because “it’s a funny name.” “Great,” a frustrated Ferrell-as-Trebek mutters. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE GAME SHOW HERE AND THE SNL CLIP HERE. Continue Reading

‘Jeopardy!’ episode ends without a winner after contestants get stumped on state capital question

What is, “Everybody loses on Final Jeopardy”? On Monday’s episode of “Jeopardy!”, the three contestants fell flat after betting it all on the final question. See if you can figure it out. Here was the “Final Jeopardy” clue, in the category “State Capitals”: “A 1957 event led to the creation of a national historic site in this city, signed into law by a president whose library is now there too.” If you were like the three contestants who bet a total of $33,600 on the wrong answer, you didn’t guess it was Little Rock, Ark. The clue was referencing the 1957 desegregation of Central High School, and the president was Bill Clinton, whose National Library is in the capital. “We have no returning champion. We will introduce three new players,” Alex Trebek said. “So, sorry folks!” One of the losing contestants was Claudia Corriere, who was a returning champion after winning two “Jeopardy!” shows in a row on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 in 2015. She made her return to the game show on Monday only to lose it all the same night, after guessing on Austin, Tex. The other two contestants, Mike Drummond and Randi Kristensen bet on Atlanta and Springfield, respectively. Liz Fritz, a former Jeopardy champion, tweeted rules to a “Jeopardy!” drinking game that tragically predicted the downfall just an hour before the episode aired. “If a contestant wages and loses everything: three drinks and a moment of silence” and “If Alex says, ‘Sorry folks:’ Finish your drink,” were both on the list of drinking rules. A clean sweep elimination on Final Jeopardy hasn’t happened since a Feb. 7 teen tournament episode in 2013. Coincidentally, the category was also capital cities. ON A MOBILE Continue Reading

‘Jeopardy’ winningest woman Julia Collins loses after 21 appearances

The reign of the winningest female contestant in "Jeopardy!" history has come to an end. Julia Collins, 31, lost during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode that aired Monday. The Chicago-area resident accumulated a total of $428,100 during her 20 victories on the syndicated series. Collins was vanquished by Brian Loughnane, an investment operations manager from Scituate, Massachusetts. Collins went into the final-question showdown in second place, bet everything and lost it. Loughnane, who is from Ireland, won $22,600. 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. She failed to answer with the correct question: Who is John Irving? His novel and film are titled "The Cider House Rules." Monday's game overall "just didn't go my way," Collins said in a phone interview, adding, "I couldn't have loved being on the show more." Host Alex Trebek's salute to Collins after her streak ended: "Well done, young lady." Collins said she was glad her record might serve as an example of female achievement. "If it helps dispel the idea that women aren't as good `Jeopardy!' players as men, that would be great," she said. "It's good to see women being applauded for being smart." Her winnings helped finance a dream trip to Paris, where she rented an apartment for a month. Some may fund future travel adventures, Collins said. The management consultant, who's been enjoying a hiatus thanks to "Jeopardy!", said she plans to get back into the work world. The previous top female player for consecutive wins was Stephanie Jass, who took seven games in a row in season 29. Collins displaced her and Larissa Kelly, who was No. 1 in total winnings with $222,597. Collins holds the No. 2 spot for most consecutive wins behind all-time "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings. He won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total prize of $2.5 million. Continue Reading

‘I JUST WON $75,000’ : Gutsy teen wins cash and laughs with memorable final answer on Jeopardy

“Best final answer in game show history” for 400, Alex. A laid back but gutsy teenager stole the show on “Jeopardy” Tuesday night with what many are saying is the most extraordinary “Final Jeopardy” answer in the game show’s history. Leonard Cooper, 17, won this week’s “Jeopardy Teen Tournament” challenge with an epic response that left his competitors shocked and host Alex Trebek chuckling. With Cooper’s bank reading $37,000, well ahead of his two opponents, before the final question, Trebek delivered the “Final Jeopardy” answer. “On June 6, 1944,” he said, “The eyes of the world are upon you.” Cooper didn’t know the answer, but wrote a memorable line that secured his victory. “Who is some guy in Normandy. But I just won $75,000!” he wrote. A gleeful Trebek responded, “You did indeed, way to go, come on over here!” The correct answer was Dwight D. Eisenhower. The hilarious response capped an eventful show for the teen. Cooper, a high school senior from Little Rock, Ark., was way behind early in the game, having only accumulated $3,000 in his bank, compared to $19,000 and $17,600 for the other two contestants. Cooper, who was dressed casually and sported a large Afro hairdo, also appeared to be nervous. At one point, hurriedly rubbing his shoulders and chest, he struggled to remember the word “collarbone,” the answer to the question. But a series of bold strategic moves helped him get back into the game quickly. At one point, he risked nearly his entire winnings, $18,000, in a gutsy “Double Jeopardy” challenge. He answered correctly, though, doubling his bank at the time to $36,200. But it proved to be only the second most unforgettable answer in an impressive win. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO Continue Reading

‘Jeopardy’ contestant plays final round by herself after opponents receive negative scores

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s hit “I Lost on Jeopardy” became a strangely appropriate theme song for Thursday’s episode of the show. The long-running game show, hosted by Alex Trebek, made headlines when only one of the three contestants moved on to Final Jeopardy. How did this rare occurrence happen? Two of the contestants fared so poorly during the first two rounds that both of them ended the game with negative scores, which meant they couldn't advance to the game show’s final round. That left Kristin Sausville, a Delaware mother of two who happened to be the returning champion from the previous episode, to answer the Final Jeopardy question all by herself. “Kristin, I think you’re going to win the game,” Trebek told her. So she faced the clue, which focused on President Roosevelt and the U.S. government, without any opponents — and she got the question wrong. While she lost $1,600 in Final Jeopardy, Sausville was still able to survive the episode as a winner with a two-day total of more than $31,000. The “Jeopardy” champ tweeted about the strange turn of events, defending those who would mock her fellow contestants. “Always sad when someone can't play Final,” Sausville wrote Thursday. “Even when I benefit. Seriously.” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Full transcript of David Letterman’s final monologue

(This is the full transcript of David Letterman's opening monologue for his final episode, which he delivered after applause that went on so long he joked: "See now what happens, we don't have time for the 'giving gifts to the audience' segment.") Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the "Late Show." I want to tell you one thing, I'll be honest with you, it's beginning to look like I'm not going to get "The Tonight Show." MORE: FROM MADONNA TO BILL MURRAY TO JOHN MCCAIN, HERE ARE DAVID LETTERMAN'S TOP 10 GUESTS EVER I’ll you something else, and I know you are people are well-meaning, but I am sick and tired — maybe, Paul, you get a little of this — "What are you going to do now that you're retired? What are you going to do now that you're retired?" Okay, all right, you want to know what I'm going to do when I retire? I hope to become the new face of Scientology. Don’t kid yourself, emotions are running high in this building. I was talking with a sound guy backstage, Dutch, and — well you know, come to think of it, that may not be his name. For the last 20 years, I’ve been calling everyone Dutch. Speaking of emotional farewells, here now is my goodbye, farewell statement to the staff that took place earlier today. I hope you enjoy this. (Cut to a video showing staffers gathered around a hologram Letterman, who waves and then blinks out of sight.) That was — moving for all of us. People say to me, "Dave, when did you know it was time to retire?" I said, there were signs. there are always signs along the way, and I think one of the signs was Todd, the cue card kid came up to me and he said, "For the love of god, dave, I can't write the words any bigger." Remember that? MORE: JIMMY FALLON REVEALS HIS TOP 10 REASONS WHY DAVID LETTERMAN IS RETIRING Oh, this is a great segment. I love this segment. The name of this Continue Reading

With her St. Vincent-born mom watching, business analyst Karen Ash tackles ‘trivial’ matters and wins on ‘Jeopardy’

WHEN IT comes to trivia, Karen Ash has been to the mountaintop – she won on Jeopardy! The Brooklyn-born, second-generation Caribbean woman is still basking in the glow of her three appearances — Jan 29, 30 and Feb16. Ash, whose mother and late father came from St. Vincent, works as a business analyst at the Fidessa financial firm and cut her trivia teeth at localpub competitions before taking on Jeopardy. At the urging of friends, “I did it as a lark and it just paid off,” said Ash who won a total of $51,600 during on her three-day stint. Last year, Ash — a graduate of the Brearley School in Manhattan and Yale University — passed an online test, in-person interview, was ultimately picked to be the show and won two games before losing in her third match. “I would say 90% of the questions every contestant knew, it was just a matter of whether you were able to buzz in first or not,” she said, noting that, pleasantly, contestants spend a lot of time socializing together off-camera. Ash’s mother, Carlita, and her sister, Joanne, were part of the Los Angeles studio audience who watched competitions, which ended due to unadulterated greed. None of the contestants had the correct Final Jeopardy answer correct in Ash’s third match. But Ash, hoping to double her winnings, she wagered everything and lost to smarter bettor. “What was my downfall? I got greedy! Such is life; lesson learned,” she said adding “not bad for three days’ work.” MALCOLM X BOOK TALK Journalist Herb Boyd will be discussing “The Diary of Malcolm X: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964,” a newly released Third World Press publication, on Thursday at Revolution Books, 146 W. 26th St. (between Sixth and Seventh Aves.), at 7 p.m. Boyd and Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, edited the publication, which chronicles the late leader’s Continue Reading