‘Jeopardy’: What Amy Schneider Calls ‘Central Gimmick’ of Game Show

by Maggie Schneider
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“Jeopardy” winner Amy Schneider discusses what she calls the “central gimmick” of the game show. Watch her return on Monday, December 20.

Now that the “Professor’s Tournament” is over, Amy Schneider is ready to come back to the “Jeopardy” stage. With a 13-game winning streak, Schneider is the first openly transgender contestant to make it to the “Tournament of Champions.” She is making history and excited to defend her title.

In an interview with Defector, the “Jeopardy” contestant reveals her previous opinions about an aspect of the game. She thought that “having contestants answer in the form of questions was ’embarrassingly outdated.'” Now, she sees this aspect of the game in a new light.

“But I’ve come to see that this gimmick, perhaps inadvertently, teaches an underrated skill, which is simply understanding what you’re being asked,” she says. “The gimmick of the show forces a weird kind of syntax on the clues, so that, oftentimes, you have to untangle the question before you can even begin to find the answer.”

Although she calls it a “gimmick,” it is one that can help in everyday scenarios.

“That skill, to cut through imprecise and convoluted language in order to recognize the real question at hand, is the only ‘Jeopardy!’ skill that’s actually useful in daily life.”

Amy Schneider on Knowledge

Amy Schneider believes that the more well-rounded you are, the more protected you are in life. Not continuing to want to learn about all different subjects can make you a target in the future. Schneider argues that knowledge is power.

“It will make it harder for you to be scammed,” she says. “If your knowledge is limited, then you’re an easy mark for people who wish you harm.”

“If you have the desire, not just to know but to understand, then you will grow more and more powerful every day, and nobody will be able to stop you,” she continues.

The “Jeopardy” contestant’s 13-game winning streak proves her points. Ranked in 5th place in the show’s highest winnings in a regular season, she took home $61,800 during her 12th victory. How is she so consistent? Is she smart or just lucky? Schneider responds.

“The fact is, I know how I got so smart, and I know how you can, too. The real answer to ‘How did you get so smart?’ is simply this: I wanted to. And you can, too!” 

“Jeopardy” fans are wondering if Schneider will take home the gold in the “Tournament of Champions.” Now with over $500,000 in prize money under her belt, viewers see her as unstoppable. Could she make even more history as the first openly transgender winner of the tournament? Watch her return tomorrow night to find out.