It was the second longest winning streak in Jeopardy history. Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, was defeated by Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago, as he raked in $29,600 in this latest game, besting Schneider at $19,600.
But Wednesday's game was unusually close, with Schneider only leading Talsma $27,600-$17,600 headed into that last question, under the category "Countries of the World."
The show wanted to know which is the only nation that ends its English spelling with an "h" and is also among the world's top 10 most populous countries.
Talsma correctly asked, “What is Bangladesh?” while Schneider came up blank. His winning bet of $12,000 and her losing wager of $8,000 meant a new champion was suddenly crowned.
“I had thought that Rhone was going to be tough going into it,” she said in a statement released by the show.
“I loved hanging out with him, we had great conversation before the taping, but I could tell that he was here to play and that he was going to be good. I still came very close to winning, but I did feel like maybe I was slipping a little bit. And once it was clear that he was fast on the buzzer, I knew it was going to be a battle all the way.”
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