Amy Schneider takes second in third finals game of ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions

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Dayton native Amy Schneider came in second place Wednesday in the third finals game of the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions.

After the Jeopardy! round, the competition was neck-and-neck as Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, tied Schneider with $3,800. Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School from Pacific Grove, California, was close behind at $3,600.

But the tide turned during Double Jeopardy! when Schneider found the Daily Double in the category “Compound Words.” The clue:

“A point of reference from which measurements are made, it was once an actual notch or line made on a permanent object.”

Schneider, wagering $5,000, incorrectly answered milestone. The correct answer was benchmark, which dropped her to $800.

At the end of Double Jeopardy!, Buttrey led with $14,800 followed by He with $13,200 and Schneider with $2,400.

ExploreAmy Schneider rebounds in second finals game of ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions

The Final Jeopardy! clue in the category “The New Testament”:

“Paul’s letter to them is the New Testament epistle with the most Old Testament quotations.”

Schneider, wagering $1,000, correctly answered Hebrews, leaving her with $3,400. He, wagering $3,201, chose Philippians, dropping him to $9,999. Buttrey, going for a huge wager of $11,601, opted for Romans, leaving him in third with $3,199.

He could win the tournament Thursday. The first player to win three games in this best of seven competition will claim the $250,000 grand prize.

During the interview segment, Schneider reflected on attending the White House Correspondents Dinner in April.

“It was an amazing opportunity,” she said. “I was way in the back but it was really neat. It was kind of boring – the monologue at the end is like after three hours of other stuff – but it was an amazing experience. And my favorite part was in the woman’s bathroom I saw Drew Barrymore. I did not say hi, there was already somebody else monopolizing her time and making her uncomfortable, so I just let her go. But it was really cool.”

ExploreAmy Schneider falls short in first finals game of ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions

Schneider, a resident of Oakland, California, is a Chaminade Julienne graduate who ranks second all-time behind Jennings for most consecutive wins. She is also the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.

“Jeopardy!” airs weeknights at 7:30 on WDTN Channel 2.

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