“Jeopardy!” great Amy Schneider won the show’s Tournament of Champions in a game aired Monday, securing the title by knowing what comedic play was the talk of Washington, D.C., in 1864.
The first-to-three tournament final, which featured three California players, ended with the Oakland-based writer Schneider winning three games, San Francisco software developer Andrew He two and and Pacific Grove college professor Sam Buttrey one.
Entering the “Final Jeopardy” round on Monday’s show, Schneider led with $15,600, while He was in second at $14,200 and Buttrey was within striking distance at $8,000.
The category for “Final” was “Plays” with the clue: “The January 12, 1864 Washington Evening Star reported on a performance of this ‘dashing comedy’ to ‘a full and delighted house.'”
Schneider and He wrote down the correct question, “What is ‘Our American Cousin?'”
He’s wager of $2,801 took him to $17,001, while Schneider’s $13,000 bet took her to a game-winning, tournament -clinching total of $28,600.
The tournament title came with a $250,000 grand prize for Schneider. In second place, He pocketed $100,000, while Buttrey won $50,000 for third place.
“I feel amazing,” Schneider said in a statement released by the show. “Earlier in the finals, I had this sudden moment of seeing myself and being like ‘I’m on stage in the Tournament of Champions finals,’ and that was crazy. And I won! It’s a great feeling.”
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.