Originally created 10/06/04

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak

Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, has shattered records on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" His run began June 2, with hiatuses for summer reruns and a tournament of past champions. A look at Jennings' streak:

Consecutive shows as winner: 49.

Money won on show aired Monday: $29,601.

Money won so far: $1,664,662.

Perspective: At the start of its 20th season last fall, "Jeopardy!" changed its longtime rule that said a champion must leave after five straight wins. Now a player stays until losing. Jennings now has the longest winning streak in game show history.

Sweat: In a rare close game, Jennings would have lost had he not correctly answered the show's final question - even though his opponent got it wrong.

Ideal Competitor: Jennings reveals that his two ideal "Jeopardy!" opponents from history would have been Thomas Jefferson and Oscar Wilde.

Quote: "They always say Jefferson was the smartest president. Let's see how you do on 'Jeopardy!', declaration boy." -Jennings.

Final Jeopardy: The category was "Poets." The clue was: "Called the two most innovative 19th Century American poets, one didn't read the other after being 'told that he was disgraceful.'" The correct response: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.


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