‘Jeopardy!’ Notebook: On Day 27, Dayton native ekes out another win and praised as ‘the real deal’

Dayton native Amy Schneider’s “Jeopardy!” dominance continued Jan. 6 earning a 27-day total of $977,400.

Opening the show by acknowledging stats published on the show’s social media channels, host Ken Jennings praised the Chaminade-Julienne graduate as part of the “Jeopardy!” Big 4, a select Hall of Fame group including champions James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio and himself.

“We found some interesting distinctions,” Jennings explained. “Amy’s $950,000 in earnings means she’s averaging $36,500 per game – that puts her in third-place all-time. James Holzhauer is in the lead by a mile with $75,000 per game. But Amy is right in between Matt Amodio and myself, so, historically speaking, as you know if you’ve seen her play, very much the real deal.”

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Getting off to an unexpectedly slow start, Schneider ultimately picked up the pace heading into Final Jeopardy! with $25,400. However, her competitors were still in striking distance at $13,400 and $11,600, respectively.

The clue in the category of Historic Buildings: “Begun in the 1070s with stone from Caen, it was meant to dominate both a skyline and the hearts and minds of a conquered populace.” Schneider correctly answered Tower of London, comfortably wagering $2,000.

“Congratulations to you,” Jennings said. “This one you had to sweat a little bit.”

During the interview segment, she spoke of her spelling history, coming close to competing in the National Spelling Bee.

“I was two spellers away, and I was just really convinced I was gonna make it,” she said. “But the word ‘vorlage’ came up. It’s a German word.” She proceeded to define vorlage, but Jennings humorously interrupted in case it happened to be a part of the game. Merriam-Webster defines vorlage as “the position of a skier leaning forward from the ankles usually without lifting the heels from the skis.”

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The Jan. 7 episode will be must-see TV as America anticipates whether or not Schneider will earn enough to become a millionaire.

She can be seen on “Jeopardy!” weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on WDTN Channel 2.

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