‘Jeopardy!’ Contest Continues Winning Streak With Major Four-Day Winnings Total

by Josh Lanier
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Courtney Shah, a community college instructor from Portland, continues to dominate the Jeopardy! board. She heads into Friday’s episode with a four-day win streak, and she collected mor than $72,000 so far.

Shah has dominated during her run, according to The Jeopardy Fan Blog. She’s been right on 75 questions in her four days on the show. While she only missed out on 9 questions.

According to The Jeopardy Fan Blog, so far this week, contestants have raised more than $84,000 for Odyssey Atlanta, the charity chosen by guest host Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

The neurosurgeon told Jeopardy! that he chose the charity because the group provides programs to help children reach their potential. Something, he said, is desperately needed because they “lost a year” to the pandemic.

“The charity I chose is Odyssey Atlanta. And I’m probably going to get a little emotional, I’ll warn you because it has been a tough year for kids through this pandemic,” he told the Jeopardy! producers. “You know, I think a lot of kids, my kids have — they’ve done well. But I know a lot of kids haven’t been able to have the same resources. So I thought it was a great opportunity to try and provide that for them. And the amount of money that this raised will transform some of these kids’ lives.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Reveal Some of Show’s Secrets

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who is finishing up his first week as Jeopardy! guest host today is letting fans in on the behind-the-scenes happenings of the show.

Jeopardy! producers give the host the questions ahead of time. That way, they can practice tricky pronunciations and ask for clarifications.

However, once the show hands over those cards, the host must protect them at all costs. Dr. Gupta said the show told him he couldn’t tell his wife what topics were coming up. And if he was ever away from them, producers said he needed to lock them in his hotel room’s safe.

For an extra layer of security, the show even kept Dr. Gupta in the dark. Producers would mix up the production order so he wouldn’t know which show he was filming ahead of time.

Dr. Gupta broke all of this down on his CNN blog.

“For example, the show’s standards and practices team was omnipresent on set. They shared some of this history with me and also gave practical tips, reminding me to keep close tabs on any papers that contained clues, even asking that I put them in the hotel safe whenever I left the room. I wasn’t supposed to share clues with anyone, obviously, not even my spouse. While I was given multiple show scripts, I wasn’t told the order we would tape them until just before filming began. And, even after that, the order could be changed again to ensure no one had advance notice of the clues. Even the contestants themselves weren’t certain when they would be called into a new show. There was a constant and purposeful shuffling of schedules and content to maintain that sterling history of high integrity. I felt it all around me.”

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