Best Final Jeopardy Answer Ever
It came during last night’s episode of the show’s ongoing Teen Tournament:
UPDATE (James Joyner): Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky, himself a former Jeopardy! contestant, points out, “Leonard Cooper, Jeopardy Folk Hero, Still Could Have Lost When He Wrote ‘I Just Won $75,000.'”
As it turns out, Nilai wagered $7,000, and Leonard nothing. Had Nilai gotten the answer correct, he would have had $19,000 (Day 1) and $21,400 (Day 2), for a total of $40,400. That’s $400 more than Leonard ended up with ($3,000 and $37,000 for a total of $40,000). Had Nilai bet more, he could have won by thousands.
When Leonard wrote down his wonderful answer, he had no idea Nilai was going to get it wrong. Nilai blanked, but Leonard was a hair’s breadth from finishing second—smartass answer or no.
Thankfully for Leonard, it all worked out.