Just when Andrew He landed a spot in the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions, he lost out to the new champion Amy Schneider.
He won five consecutive games this past week, a pretty impressive showing as this season of super champions continues. For reference, He is one of four contestants this season alone to win five games in a row and land a spot in the Tournament of Champions. But now, “Jeopardy!” fans have a new winner to root for.
Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, was the only contestant to correctly guess the “Final Jeopardy!” answer last night. Schneider finished the regular game with a fairly impressive showing of $19,600. Only a couple thousand behind He, who ended the game with $26,800. Depending on the nature of the wagering, it could be anyone’s game.
Really, it came down to the “Final Jeopardy!” clue itself. The category was “Final Resting Places,” and the clue read, “A cemetery on this island has the graves of Robert Fulton and two of the first four Treasury secretaries.”
Think you know the answer? Schneider said Manhattan, which was correct. Guest host Ken Jennings told the contestants how Albert Gallatin and Alexander Hamilton were “buried in Trinity Churchyard, downtown New York City.” Schneider wagered $12,00, taking her grand total to $31,600.
Although He also thought of New York, he, unfortunately, wrote down Ellis Island instead of Manhattan. Even before Jennings revealed He’s answer, the contestant shook his head a little because he knew he got it wrong. He wagered $12,401, dropping his total way below Schneider’s. And thus, a new “Jeopardy!” champion was born.
See the tight “Final Jeopardy!” round yourself in the video below.
How Will Andrew He Spend His ‘Jeopardy!’ Winnings?
Earlier this week, former “Jeopardy!” champion Andrew He told Ken Jennings how he planned to spend his newfound winnings. After taking second place in last night’s game, He ended his “Jeopardy!” run with nearly $160,000.
“There will be the usual suspects. You know, donation,” He said in a video posted to the game show’s Instagram account. “But with what’s leftover, I would love to help my friend, Vincent, start an ice cream company.”
Who knew He had a sweet tooth? But apparently, Vincent is more than deserving of He’s financial investments.
“[Vincent’s] the only I person know who checks out cookbooks from the library. And he makes incredible ice cream,” the “Jeopardy!” contestant revealed.
Jennings obviously wanted to know He’s favorite flavor. But the contestant kept surprisingly tight-lipped. “That’s a secret. I’m sorry,” He said.
“Oh, okay. I didn’t want to get into trade secrets. We will have to wait for Vincent to get started,” Jennings replied.
Luckily for Vincent, the game show’s caption on the video might have provided him with the perfect new flavor for his shop.
“Andrew He plans to help his friend open an ice cream shop with his winnings! We hope to get a ‘true Daily Double scoop’ someday,” the caption read.