October 4, 2023


Art Is Experience

This ‘Jeopardy!’ clue ended Amy Schneider’s winning streak

Just after 41 online games performed, far more than 1,200 correct responses supplied and $1,382,800 won, Amy Schneider’s historic “Jeopardy!” reign has at last appear to a near.

On Wednesday, the computer software engineering supervisor from Oakland dropped to Rhone Talsma, a Chicago librarian who finished the trailblazing champion’s 40-working day profitable streak. Talsma’s victory comes just two game titles just after Schneider achieved the second-longest run in “Jeopardy!” history.

“I had thought that Rhone was heading to be rough heading into it,” Schneider claimed in a assertion.

“I beloved hanging out with him, we had excellent conversation prior to the taping, but I could inform that he was listed here to play and that he was going to be good,” she added. “I even now arrived extremely shut to winning, but I did really feel like maybe I was slipping a tiny little bit. And the moment it was obvious that he was rapidly on the buzzer, I knew it was going to be a struggle all the way.”

Although Schneider led Talsma $27,600 to $17,600 heading into Wednesday’s Ultimate Jeopardy! spherical, the gap wasn’t significant plenty of for a runaway acquire. It all arrived down to the previous clue: “The only country in the entire world whose identify in English finishes in an H. It’s also one of the 10 most populous.”

Talsma added $12,000 to his rating for a whole of $29,600 by delivering the suitable response, “What is Bangladesh?,” even though Schneider drew a blank, dropping her tally to $19,600.

“I’m continue to in shock,” Talsma reported in a statement. “This is my favorite present. … I was so excited to be right here, and I just needed to do my greatest. I did not count on to be struggling with a 40-day champion, and I was energized to possibly see an individual else slay the giant. I just actually did not believe it was heading to be me, so I’m thrilled.”

A man in a brown turtleneck holds his hand over his chest behind a "Jeopardy!" podium.

Contestant Rhone Talsma on “Jeopardy!”

(Casey Durkin / Sony Images Television/Jeopardy Productions Inc.)

Through her groundbreaking “Jeopardy! stint, Schneider created heritage as the first lady and the initially trans man or woman to amass $1 million on the long-managing quiz demonstrate.

As of Wednesday, she features the fifth-maximum overall ever, which includes match winnings. And she has not even participated in a event still — while she’s slated to compete towards fellow “Jeopardy!” corridor-of-famer Matt Amodio in the series’ future Match of Champions.

On Monday, Schneider surpassed Amodio’s 38-working day profitable streak and moved into next spot behind only Ken Jennings, the best “Jeopardy!” player of all time. Jennings, who is serving as interim host of “Jeopardy!” following the death of Alex Trebek, gained a colossal 74 consecutive video games as a contestant in 2004.

“It’s really been an honor,” Schneider reported in Wednesday’s statement.

“To know that I’m one particular of the most effective people at a recreation I’ve cherished since I was a child and to know that I’m a part of its record now, I just do not know how to process it.”