It’s truly a unique moment when someone gets on a hot streak on the popular trivia show Jeopardy. Super-fans of the hit show know the longest reign someone has ever had on Jeopardy is 74 straight victories. The current host, Ken Jennings, accomplished this in 2004 and it was a near-untouchable winning streak. But then entered Amy Schneider.
Amy Schneider is a software engineering manager from Oakland. She won an astonishing 40 games straight on Jeopardy. Many thought she’d be able to reach the heights of Jennings with fewer than half the victories remaining to break the record.
Schneider notched the second-longest consecutive win streak in Jeopardy history. She acquired over $1 million in winnings but was finally dethroned on Wednesday. She could not muster the Final Jeopardy answer ‘Bangladesh’ when given the hint:
The only nation in the world whose name in English ends with the letter ‘H’, it’s also one of the ten most populous.
Chicago Native Rhone Talsma
Amy’s streak is incredibly impressive, but Chicago librarian Rhone Talsma brought the guts to pull the trigger on the double-jeopardy wager. The correct answer of Bangladesh was the final puzzle piece needed to bring an end to one of the most impressive Jeopardy winning streaks ever recorded.
Talsma is the new Jeopardy champion, but we’ll definitely be seeing Amy Schneider again in the Tournament of Champions. For now, it’s nice to know Chicago is well-represented with at least one champion.
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