‘Danger!’ The champion ends the streak with a unique but embarrassing record

Danger! champion Jake DeArruda ended his time on the show after winning three games. Although he walked away with nearly $70,000 to his name, he also left the game with a bit of an embarrassing stat. The champion never correctly guessed any of the Final Jeopardy clues, which ultimately turned out to be his undoing.

DeArruda, a delivery dispatcher originally from Ludlow, Vermont, won $22,797 on his first day despite answering the Final Jeopardy clue incorrectly. The category was “World Cinema” and the clue read: “The 2007 biopic called la mome in France, which means ‘The Kid,’ it was released in the US with this other French title.” Although la vie en rose was the correct answer, DeArruda and the other two players answered incorrectly.

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The next day, DeArruda won again without correctly answering the final clue. The category was “Word Origins” and again, the returning champion and two other contestants were wrong. The final track read: “Originally related to a story of suffering, this word now more commonly refers to strong emotion of any kind.” the correct answer was passion, unlike De Arruda mortalbut still added another $25,197 to his winnings.

Deja vu continued for DeArruda on the third day. Again, all three contestants answered the final clue incorrectly. Only this time, the champion couldn’t be caught. The final clue read: “5 US states have 6 letter names; only these 2 west of the Mississippi River border each other.” Of course the correct answer was Oregon and NevadaDeArruda simply guessed Kansas and bet $333.

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DeArruda finally ended his unique three-day streak after earning $68,661. Although the champion entered the final round with an advantage, he lost because one of the players finally knew the answer to the final clue! Contestants were told: “Published in 2011, the latest PD James novel, Death comes to Pemberley, was a continuation of this novel from 200 years earlier.” Again, DeArruda answered incorrectly, but Patti Palmer, a retired bookseller and teacher, obviously knew the book was pride and prejudice.

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Lucky for us, DeArruda has already blogged about his time at Danger! While he doesn’t mention responding to the last clue as strategy, he does share that making it to the final round was his best chance, especially since he was up against 6-day champion Troy Meyer. “I know it’s hard to beat Troy,” the dispatcher admitted, “so beating him would come down to being aggressive, taking a break or two and probably leading the inning. [Final Jeopardy].”

DeArruda’s strategy worked until another contestant finally answered the last clue correctly. Then again, maybe DeArruda was onto something because making $68,661 is a grand three-day total.

Categories: Biography
Source: vcmp.edu.vn

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