In a discussion with some of the greatest Jeopardy! contestants of all time, James Holzhauer joked that he had a go-to move to improve his brainpower. Even if it made him look silly, he said.
The trick? Squinting.
He joked with Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, all three Jeopardy! legends, that “squinting improves your brainpower by 100 percent.” They were watching a video where Holzhauer squinted as he searched his brain for the answer.
Aside from which facial expressions will yield the best trivia results, the three break down how they approach questions. It’s an interesting look at how each of them attacks a problem even if they don’t know the answer immediately. They all talk about cycling through potential answers and weeding out the weakest possible answers.
And this all happens in a matter of seconds.
Jennings, Rutter Tease Holzhauer Over His Clothes
The conversation then becomes an assault on Holzhauer’s choice of Jeopardy! fashion wardrobe. In the video, he is wearing an interesting outfit that consists of a v-neck shirt, a tie, and a sports coat. He points out that Jennings told him that he would “dress him up” with his winnings.
“You look fantastic,” Jennings says with a hint of sarcasm. “I don’t regret a thing.”
Rutter also gets in on the action, suggesting Holzhauer’s outfit is very becoming — again, with hints of sarcasm.
“I feel like the v-neck really works,” he says. “It really highlights the tie knot.”
Jennings, the most successful game show contestant of all time, was the first to step in as host after the passing of Alex Trebek. He’s made it no secret he would the permanent position and is likely to receive consideration.
Who Do Fans Like Best as ‘Jeopardy’ Guest Host?
According to a poll from TV Insider, 2,275 people think Anderson Cooper is “fitting in well.” And 1,748 people think he should be the permanent host. However, 1,296 people said, “I don’t think he fits in as host.”
USA Today ranked No.3 out of the 6 hosts so far. The publication claims “he took a bit too long to acknowledge right or wrong answers, and spent too much time apologizing to contestants who get it wrong.” However, he is quick with a joke and naturally suave and easygoing.
USA Today has Mike Richards, Jeopardy! executive producer, as the number one host so far. Jennings finished second, Aaron Rodgers fourth, and Katie Couric in fifth. “Richards was both comforting and uncontroversial, taking his cues from Trebek’s work but never directly copying him,” the paper said. “His ease in the job was apparent, as was his familiarity with the clues and gameplay”
Though there are still several guest hosts left to go.