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14 Jeopardy! Questions Even Champions Got Wrong

We curated a list of 14 questions that the champs got wrong. Test your knowledge and see how you stack up.

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Jeopardy! GOAT

Past Jeopardy! champions are competing for the ultimate title of Jeopardy! GOAT. They are Brad Rutter, the largest money winner from Los Angeles, Ken Jennings, the champion of 74 consecutive games from Seattle, and James Holzhauer, who set 20 Jeopardy! records from Las Vegas, Nevada. All amassed fortunes for their quick and correct responses, however, there have been a few misses along the way. Find out how much these three champs have won.

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Category: I Just Took a DNA Test

Rutter bet and lost $3,800 on this Double Jeopardy in The Greatest of All Time Game on January 8, 2020. He answered, “What is 2?” The correct response was, “What is 22?” These are the seven Jeopardy! categories that stump everyone.

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Category: GOAT (Greatest of All Time)

Not one of the champions knew the correct response to this $2000 clue on January 8, 2020. Rutter answered, “Who is Enda Kenny?” and Jennings responded, “Who is Adams? The correct response was, “Who is John Hume?” These are the 12 game shows you’re most likely to win money on.

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Category: Haute Coutre

Jennings and Rutter competed in this game on May 2, 2004, with Jerome Vered, a writer from Los Angeles. Rutter incorrectly answered, “Who is Noor?” and lost $600. The correct answer was, “Who is Rania?” See if you can answer these 50 trivia questions only geniuses get right.

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Category: Business & Industry

Jennings winning streak came to an end on November 30, 2004, when he gave the incorrect response to this Final Jeopardy! clue, “What is Federal Express?” His opponent Nancy Zerg, a realtor from Ventura, California dethroned the champ with the correct answer, “What is H & R Block?” Test your trivia knowledge with these 14 Final Jeopardy! questions that everyone gets wrong.

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Category: Gemstones Meet Gemstones!

Holzhauer bet $5,000 on this Daily Double on the Greatest of All Time game on January 9, 2020, and sparkled and waved an imaginary magic wand with the response of, “What is diamond?” The correct response was, “What is garnet?” Find out 15 pop culture trivia questions people always get wrong.

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Category: It Comes Third

Jennings answered, “What is Emperor?” in the Greatest of All Time game on January 9, 2020. The correct response to the $1,200 clue was,” What is Eroica?” These are 12 science trivia questions no one can answer correctly.

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Category: The Dam Bill

Holzhauer lost $1,600 when he responded, “What is the Columbia?” in the Greatest of All Time Game on January 9, 2020. The correct answer was, “What is the Snake?” See if you can answer these Jeopardy! questions about geography.

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Category: I Wrote

Rutter tried to answer the triple stumper in the Greatest of All Time Game on January 9, 2020. If he answered, “Who is Walter Issacson?” he would have been correct, however, he responded, “Who is Irving Stone?” and lost $1,600. Find out 15 random trivia facts you’ll wish you knew sooner.

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Category: Word Origins

Rutter lost $3,400 on this Double Jeopardy clue in the Greatest of All Time game on January 9, 2020, with the incorrect response of,” What is the black plague?” The correct answer was, “What is melancholia?” Test your word wisdom with more Jeopardy! word questions.

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Category: 20th Century Americans

Back on May 25, 2005, Jennings gave the wrong response of, “Who are Cooper and Shepard?” while Rutter chimed in with the correct response of, “Who are Carpenter and Cooper?” Take a walk down memory lane with these 10 most unforgettable game show contestants ever.

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Category: The “Gold” “Bergs” (Each response either begins with “Gold” or ends with “berg”)

On January 8, 2020, Greatest of All Time show, Holzhauer responded to this $600 clue with “Who is Goldwyn?” Ken Jennings answered with the correct response,”Who is (Irving) Thalberg?” Here’s how to get on a game show and try your luck.

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Category: Novels by Character

Back in November of 2019, Holzhauer played a round with Rachel Lindgren, an astronomy interpreter from Bend, Oregon and Steven Grade, a sports industry consultant from Atlanta. James’ response of,What is War and Peace?” was incorrect, but Steven’s book smarts helped him announce the correct response, “What is Doctor Zhivago?” Can you answer these Jeopardy! questions about words?

 

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Category: State School, That Great School

On May 2, 2019, James Holzhauer answered,” What is Indiana?” The correct answer was, “What is Iowa?” These are some of the most hilarious answers game show contestants have ever given.

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Category: What’s Being Measured?

In November of 2019, James Holzhauer played against Emma Boettcher, a user experience librarian from Chicago and Francois Barcomb, an 11th-grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York. He first responded, “What is liquor?” Alex asked him to be more specific and he responded, “What is whiskey?” The correct answer was, “What is volume?” The clue was a triple stumper. Next, read on for 13 of Alex Trebek’s most memorable moments from Jeopardy!

Stacey Marcus
Stacey Marcus is a regular contributor to RD.com where she covers subjects ranging from penguin secrets to Jeopardy! conundrums. Stacey’s work has also appeared on FamilyHandyman.com and TheHealthy.com as well as in top regional and national outlets including Boston magazine, Boston Common Magazine, Destination I Do, Ocean Home Magazine, and Playboy.com. She earned a BA in Communications from Simmons University.