‘Jeopardy!’: Grateful Dead Gives Show Major Shoutout for Using Them as Clue This Past Week

by Chris Haney
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On Sunday night, classic rock jam band Grateful Dead shared a photo from Jeopardy! about a recent clue that used one of their iconic songs.

During Wednesday’s episode, the game show included a clue about the famous California band. The San Francisco-based psychedelic rock band is well-known for its lengthy instrumental jams. Additionally, the group has a devoted fanbase of “Deadheads” that follow the band – and its leftover members – from city to city on tour. They became pioneers of the jam band genre and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Yet even the Grateful Dead know it’s a big deal to be featured on Jeopardy!. The band’s Twitter account shared a screenshot of the game show’s clue.

“A GRATEFUL DEAD SONG PLAYS FAST & LOOSE WITH THE STORY OF THIS HEROIC TRAIN ENGINEER WHO DIED IN 1900,” the Jeopardy! clue read.

Most Grateful Dead fans would know the song as soon as they read “HEROIC TRAIN ENGINEER.” The song that Jeopardy! hinted at is titled “Casey Jones.” The song is one of the many highlights from the band’s fourth studio album Workingman’s Dead, which released in 1970.

“Anyone get this one on @Jeopardy this week?” Grateful Dead tweeted to their fans.

‘Jeopardy!’ Takes Fans ‘Beyond the Clue’ Following Tough Final Round

Last week on Tuesday, Jeopardy! gave its contestants a difficult final clue, which they explained in greater detail on Instagram. In fact, the tough clue stumped one competitor whose answer was deemed incorrect by only one letter.

Sometimes Jeopardy! will explain their clues in a series titled “Beyond The Clue.” The posts give additional context to some of the trivia show’s more difficult clues. During the final round that night, the show gave contestants a clue based on Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass. As a reminder, the book is the sequel to his 1865 classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Carroll’s sequel isn’t well-known compared to its counterpart, so you’re forgiven for not knowing all of Through the Looking-Glass‘s characters. Jeopardy! used a clue from the book that revolved around a nonsensical poem-within-a-novel about a monster called the Jabberwock.

However, the monster itself shouldn’t be mistaken for the poem’s title “Jabberwocky.” One of the contestants that night made that exact mistake though. They answered with the poem’s name ending in “Y” instead of writing Jabberwock.

“With words like frumious, vorpal, and slithy, Lewis Carroll had a knack for making up nonsensical words that stuck in his poem-within-a-novel, ‘Jabberwocky.’ In fact, several of the ‘meaningless’ words Carroll coined in ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ went on to become actual dictionary words, including the poem’s title itself, ‘Jabberwocky,’ and others like bandersnatch, chortle, frabjous, and galumph,” Jeopardy! wrote on Instagram.

“And for those stumped by today’s Final Jeopardy! Clue: while the poem’s title is “Jabberwocky,” the dreadful monster that the boy overcomes is actually called ‘the Jabberwock,'” the account added.

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