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Jeopardy Contestant Dies Before Episode Airs

It was Texan's lifelong dream to appear on show

(Newser) - Next Tuesday's Jeopardy will feature a contestant whose lifelong dream was to appear on the show—but who didn't live long enough to see herself on TV. Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas, was diagnosed with cancer between passing the online contestant test and being... More »

Louis CK's Jeopardy! Win Elevates Obscure Charity

Comedian donates $50K to Fistula Foundation

(Newser) - A little-known women's charity based in California had a welcome problem this week: The website of the Fistula Foundation crashed because of an influx of visitors, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . The reason? Louis CK played on behalf of the group in a celebrity Jeopardy! match that aired Wednesday... More »

Jeopardy! Eligibility Change a Little Awkward for Trebek

Online privacy laws may be to blame

(Newser) - Residents of this North American country can no longer compete on Jeopardy! What is Canada? The TV game show's eligibility guidelines now single out Canadians, saying that "at this time we are precluded from accepting registration information from Canadian residents. We are currently evaluating this matter." The... More »

The Downside of Being a Woman on Jeopardy!

In short: the male fans on social media

(Newser) - Jeopardy! may not strike you as the sort of game show that would attract the trolls of the Internet, but a first-person piece at Broadly by a former female contestant is proof enough. Talia Lavin appeared on a show that aired in September, and while she didn't win, she... More »

Jeopardy!' Rarity: Final Question Wipes Out All 3

See if you can answer

(Newser) - Can you answer the question that not only stumped all three Jeopardy! contestants Monday night but resulted in the rarity of having no winner? Here it is, per Fox : "A 1957 event led to the creation of a national historic site in this city, signed into law by a... More »

Alex Trebek Gets Pranked on Jeopardy!

He says 'Turd Ferguson,' just like Will Ferrell's Trebek

(Newser) - Alex Trebek got pranked pretty good on yesterday's Jeopardy!. Contestant Talia couldn't solve the final clue, Entertainment Weekly reports, so instead of making a real guess, she wrote: "What is the love ballad of Turd Ferguson. P.S. Hi Mom" as her answer (er, question). Of course,... More »

Here's the Loneliest Final Jeopardy! Round Ever

Kristin Sausville squares off against ... Kristin Sausville

(Newser) - Alex Trebek handled one of the weirder Jeopardy! episodes ever with typical Alex Trebek aplomb. During the game that aired last night, the "categories were challenging and the answers were killer," People notes. So challenging that two of the three contestants ended up with negative scores by the... More »

Trebek Almost Quit—Over Whiny Kid's Stage Mom

'Jeopardy' host unhappy when producers didn't support him, leaked emails reveal

(Newser) - Alex Trebek almost walked away from his three-decade-long gig hosting Jeopardy!—and all because of a whiny Jeopardy! Kids contestant, according to newly leaked emails from the Sony hack obtained by Radar . The little girl was upset when she was eliminated from the game before "Final Jeopardy" and... More »

Alex Trebek Scores Hosting World Record

He's led more than 6K shows over 30 years

(Newser) - Since 1984, Alex Trebek has hosted 6,829 episodes of Jeopardy!, and that's a record. As of last night, he holds the Guinness World Record for "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter," the Hollywood Reporter notes. He's been the host of the show... More »

Meet Jeopardy!'s Winningest Woman

Julia Collins goes for 18th consecutive win on show airing today

(Newser) - Answer: She predicted in her eighth grade yearbook that she would someday be a Jeopardy! champion. Question: Who is Julia Collins? Collins, a 31-year-old resident of the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, has made good on her prediction, and then some. On the episode that aired yesterday, she became the third... More »

Controversial Jeopardy Champ Finally Dethroned

Arthur Chu goes down after 11 wins

(Newser) - The man who angered some Jeopardy fans has finally claimed his last Daily Double: Arthur Chu, who utilized some controversial game-playing tactics, was defeated last night after winning nearly $300,000 over the course of 12 games. The clue that derailed him: "He was the last male monarch who... More »

Arthur Chu Is Not Ruining Jeopardy

He's making the game more fun to watch: Sujay Kumar

(Newser) - Arthur Chu's unorthodox Jeopardy! methods and four-game winning streak—which was put on pause earlier this month for a tournament—have gained him quite a few detractors, who dramatically claim he's ruining the game. Among other things, when choosing a clue, Chu hops around the board in search... More »

Kid Loses $3K on Jeopardy!— Over Spelling

Calls Lincoln document 'Emanciptation Proclamation'

(Newser) - A 12-year-old from Newtown, Conn., got the right answer at the close of a Jeopardy! episode—but his spelling cost him the $3,000 he'd wagered. Asked what document Abraham Lincoln had called a "fit and necessary war measure," Thomas Hurley III wrote, "What is the... More »

Alex Trebek Suffers Heart Attack

But hospitalized host is upbeat, aims to be at next month's Jeopardy taping

(Newser) - Jeopardy king Alex Trebek has suffered a mild heart attack. The 71-year-old host of the long-running game show was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles over the weekend. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery, and he plans to be back on the Jeopardy set next month... More »

IBM's Watson Gets a Job

Will aid WellPoint doctors, nurses in patient diagnoses, treatments

(Newser) - Looks like Watson’s Jeopardy appearance was the ticket to a high-profile job. As the health field goes increasingly digital, health insurer WellPoint is teaming up with IBM to use the technology in medical settings. Watson will ultimately help doctors with diagnoses and treatment suggestions, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Jeopardy Host Hurt Chasing Hotel Burglar

Alex Trebek snapped Achilles tendon during pursuit

(Newser) - "I deal with answers and questions," Jeopardy host Alex Trebek told the crowd at the National Geographic World Championship after hobbling onstage on crutches. "Today I'm going to start with the answer to a question on many of your minds right now. The answer is: '... More »

Congressman Beats Watson in Jeopardy

New Jersey's Rush Holt proves his smarts, again

(Newser) - Watson, the IBM computer that took on and beat two of Jeopardy's greatest players last month, lost a round of the game show yesterday to a surprising opponent: a US congressman. Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, won $8,600 to the machine's $6,200 in the first round of... More »

Watson's Win a Victory ... for Humans

Jeopardy ! king discusses his epic battle with the computer

(Newser) - Going into his Jeopardy! match against IBM’s Watson supercomputer, champ Ken Jennings saw himself as humanity’s representative, "the Great Carbon-Based Hope against a new generation of thinking machines," he writes for Slate . But victory wasn’t to be: Watson played Jeopardy much like a top-ranked human.... More »

Jeopardy Challenge Ends With Humans Crushed

Watson's next job: medical diagnostics

(Newser) - "I for one, welcome our new computer overlords," defeated Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings wrote below his final answer as the game show's 3-day supercomputer challenge wrapped up. IBM's Watson finished way ahead with $77,147 while Jennings and Brad Rutter—the two most successful human contestants in Jeopardy... More »

Jeopardy Computer Trounces Humans On Day 2

Watson wins big despite naming Toronto as US city

(Newser) - Watson trounced its human opponents on the second day of the 3-day Jeopardy challenge, but humanity saved some face after the IBM supercomputer goofed on the final question. The category was US cities and the clue was "Its largest airport was named for a World War II hero; its... More »

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