Jeopardy! began its 30th Tournament of Champions on Monday night. So which player advanced another step toward the grand prize?
The tournament comes on the heels of the show’s inaugural Second Chance Tournament. For two weeks, players who finished second throughout last season got another shot. Two players earned spots in the Tournament of Champions.
Who won Jeopardy! tonight?
Tonight’s competitors included Maureen O’Neil, an executive assistant from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Megan Wachspress, an environmental attorney from Berkeley, California, and Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Things were competitive during the “Jeopardy!” round. Wachspress had an early lead with $3,600, ahead of O’Neil’s $2,800 and Long’s $1,400.
Wachspress and O’Neil continued to battle it out in “Double Jeopardy!” play. In the end, Wachspress held her lead with $9,600 compared to O’Neil’s $8,400. Long had an outside chance with $4,200.
“Final Jeopardy!” saw O’Neil and Long come up with the correct response. O’Neil’s strong wager gave her the victory and a spot in the semi-finals. Wachspress and Long both went home with $5,000 apiece.
What was tonight’s Final Jeopardy! clue?
Tonight’s “Final Jeopardy!” clue was for the history and geography buffs watching. Here’s the clue in the category “Places in American History”:
A Native American story says this creek got its name from an injury suffered by a Sioux warrior in a fight with the Crow
Answer: What is Wounded Knee?
Megan Wachspress incorrectly wrote down “Dakota” as her response, costing her $7,201. Meanwhile, Ryan Long doubled up his $4,200 with a correct response. Maureen O’Neil added $8,399 to her score on the way to victory.
Who won Jeopardy! tonight, October 31?
To recap, here’s how Jeopardy! finished on Monday, October 31:
1. Maureen O’Neil: $16,799
2. Ryan Long: $8,400
3. Megan Wachspress: $2,399
Who were you rooting for in tonight’s game? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!