Danger! On Monday night, we spotlighted Ontario in a category entirely dedicated to the state.
“Worst Case Ontario” debuted at the game show, where one question puzzled all attendees, proving that Canada’s geography isn’t universal knowledge.
“If you’re not Ontarian, these are fictitious situations,” said Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings said on the show.
Sam Meehan, a courier from Ludlow, Vermont, found his first clue about Ontario for $1,000.
“Zombies (and not slow ones) are heading to this city from Detroit across the Ambassador Bridge,” the question read.
Meehan guessed “Windsor” as a clue and quickly found the correct answer.
The following questions about Ontario tested participants’ knowledge of the sport.
Regarding $800, Jennings asked:
Santa Cruz attorney Jake DeAruda missed his chance.
“What are flames?” DeArruda said, “What are Toronto Maple Leafs?” before Meehan swooped in with the correct answer.
The streak continued when Meehan identified Toronto’s tallest landmark, winning $600 after correctly guessing the next clue.
“What is the CN Tower?” Meehan said.
But Meehan’s success took a downward turn as the Canadian geography came to the forefront at $400.
“This western state has seen a series of cattle-flipping raids at night, causing total chaos,” Jennings said.
“What is Saskatchewan?” DeAruda tried.
“What is Alberta?” Meehan tried next.
“Sarah?” Jennings asked the final contestant, a PhD candidate from Durham, North Carolina. Her response: silence.
“Let me narrow it down for you. Manitoba,” Jennings finally replied.
In the game’s penultimate question, DeArruda had better luck in the provincial category.
“Worst case? Bad-tempered aquatic creatures emerge from this Great Lake, where Thunder Bay is located,” Jennings said.
“It’s the best,” DeArruda replied.
Earlier this month, Toronto-based landscape artist Ray Lalonde’s ended an impressive winning streak With Jeopardy!
Lalonde, who was hoping for his 14th victory at the long-running trivia game show, took home US$386,400 at the final show in early January.
According to Andy Saunders, the Guelph, Ontario-based blogger behind “The Jeopardy! Fan,” Lalonde is one of 16 contestants in the show’s history to win at least 10 straight games.