Jeopardy! player shocked by win after rival gets Meta answer wrong
Jeopardy! viewers have been left wanting answers for Thursday’s Final Jeopardy question after even the contestants couldn’t get it right.
Thursday’s instalment saw returning champ Devin Lohman go up against Emma, a librarian from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and Sam Claussen, a history professor from Santa Clarita, California.
The trio battled it out answering tricky trivia questions in an attempt to build up their prize pot.
But when it got to the final question of the show, which was based on Modern Words, none of the brainbox contestants could come up with an answer.
The final question read: “Neal Stephenson coined this word in his 1992 novel Snow Crash. It was later shortened by a company to become its new name.”
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As the 30-second Think music began, all three contestants just stared at the clue with blank expressions, resulting in Emma even side-eyeing the camera during the countdown.
After the episode aired, Emma – who later won the episode – wrote on Reddit that she had even read the book the clue was referring to but still couldn’t guess it.
Viewers also took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the “impossible” head-scratcher that left everyone confused.
Twitter user @RonWaxman fumed: “An absolutely absurd and impossible Final #Jeopardy clue today. “
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“The @Jeopardy writers should be ashamed of themselves. Wagering was key and the second-place contestant bet intelligently and won. Category is Modern Words,” they added.
However, @BaskingSnark challenged this, replying: “I’m 53 years old, and I got it right away. It’s not impossible – you just didn’t know it.”
A third user @2EKLaw claimed: “They might as well have a Final Jeopardy category of ‘anything’ #jeopardy.”
“4/20, also known as, The Day Jeopardy is F***ing Impossible,” Twitter user @VoteDNA joked.
Another viewer @BigTParker noted: “The final question has been so esoteric lately.”
With @Nowbz agreeing: “Two night in a row with no one getting Final #Jeopardy correct… weird questions too.”
Even Jeopardy!’s host Ken Jennings admitted it didn’t “narrow it down too much” when presenting the contestants with the final clue.
Jeopardy! airs on ABC in the US.
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