‘Jeopardy!’ Takes on 20th Century Presidents in Final Jeopardy of Latest Episode

by Leanne Stahulak
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Calling all history buffs! “Jeopardy!” tested contestants’ knowledge of American presidents during last night’s final round. Think you know the answer?

The specific category was 20th-century presidents. The clue read, “He won an election in which both he and his Democratic opponent were from Ohio & both were wealthy newspaper publishers.”

After the 30 seconds wrapped up, guest host Ken Jennings discussed how plenty of presidents were from Ohio, but not many served during the 20th century. Mack Hayden, the contestant with the lowest amount of money, wrote down the correct answer: Who is Harding?

“Yes, Harding was the publisher of The Marion Daily Star,” Jennings explained in a YouTube clip of the round. “His opponent, James Cox, published The Dayton Daily News.”

Hayden ended up nearly doubling his original $11,600 to finish the round with $23,199. But it wouldn’t be enough to catch up to four-time champion Amy Schneider, who’s absolutely killed it in “Final Jeopardy!” rounds lately.

Schneider also answered Harding, and she bet a solid $10,000 to add to her $35,400 regular game total. Schneider now has a four-game total of $155,600.

On Twitter, Schenider likes to dive into her “post-game thoughts” and give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at gameplay. In one tweet on the thread, Schenider broke down how she had this “Final Jeopardy!” answer in the bag.

“Wagered another round number on Final. This one I had some advantages on,” Schenider began in her tweet. “1) I’m from Ohio, 2) as @5maggiesmiths fans might remember, MacH got caught up in Teapot Dome, so I did a whole history segment on Harding, from which I also knew 3) his opponent published my hometown paper.”

Even if Schenider didn’t have these home-field advantages, her safe betting would’ve guaranteed her the top spot for the round.

Current ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Amy Schneider Makes Family History

Even though a three-day streak is impressive for any “Jeopardy!” player, it wasn’t enough for Amy Schneider. She knew she wanted to win four, if only so she could have “bragging rights” within her family.

Earlier this week, the official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account shared a snippet where Schneider told Jennings that she’s not the first person in her family to compete on the show. Her ex-brother-in-law once won three games, apparently.

“A few years ago, my brother-in-law at the time was here and won three games. I said at the time, ‘Well, I’m going to make sure I win four,’” Schneider said to Jennings.

Now she’s done just that, and it looks like she’s not finished yet. Schneider returns tonight for a new game against new contestants, and we’ll have to see how her incredible accuracy and win streak hold up. Could we have another eligible Tournament of Champions contestant on our hands?

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