The 36 Questions James Holzhauer Got Wrong on ‘Jeopardy!’

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James Holzhauer might have dominated the game and broken records — including coming close to Ken Jennings’ for highest winnings in regular-season play — for most of his 32-game winning streak on Jeopardy!, but he wasn’t perfect during his run.

Holzhauer had 12 games in which he didn’t give a wrong answer, but he also had games where he answered as many as three or four questions incorrectly. That included one instance in which he gave a wrong answer to a Final Jeopardy! question. He also answered four Daily Doubles incorrectly, though the last time he did that was on April 29.

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Going into Monday's game, the 34-year-old professional sports gambler had won 32 straight games, with only 36 incorrect answers.

Here are all the questions Holzhauer got wrong in the 33 games he played.

April 4

Question: A 2016 interview with this Batman actor found him looking sad; the internet then made him the meme we deserve (Category: Don’t Tread on Meme for $400)

His answer: Christian Bale

Correct answer: Ben Affleck

April 5

Question: A common sight was walking around Monet who worked outdoors, as in a cliff walk in this Channel-side French region (Category: Monet-Punny for $600)

His answer: Brittany

Correct answer: Normandy


April 8

Question: Modern auto safety took a big step in ’66 as LBJ signed bills mandating seatbelts & rupture-resistant these (Category: Root ’66 for $600)

His answer: Air bags

Correct answer: Fuel tanks

April 9

Question: At the Montreux Jazz Festival, you might see smoke on the water of this Swiss lake’s shoreline (Category: Music Festivals for $1200)

His answer: Lucerne

Correct answer: Lake Geneva

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April 10

Question: Constitution Day is September 17; this related set is celebrated every December 15 (Category: Holidays & Observances — Daily Double for $3000)

His answer: The Articles of Confederations

Correct answer: The Bill of Rights

Question: On July 2, 1861 the Union attacked the Confederates near a stone bridge crossing this creek in the first battle of it (Category: The Civil War for $400)

His answer: Manassas

Correct answer: First Battle of Bull Run

April 11

Question: Often called the first “war” one of these, Crimean war reporter William Howard Russell preferred “special” one (Category: Journalists for $1200)

His answer: Photographer

Correct answer: Correspondent

Question: Frank O’Hara’s most famous poem is “The Day Lady Died,” in which he reads about this jazz singer’s death in 1959 (Category: American Poetry for $1600)

His answer: Ella Fitzgerald

Correct answer: Billie Holiday

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Question: This inductee into the Video Hall of Fame sold 17 million copies of a videocassette she released in 1982 (Category: Celebrities — Final Jeopardy for $3010)

His answer: Madonna

Correct answer: Jane Fonda

April 15

Question: In 1903 Maurice Garin was its first winner in 94 hours, 33 minutes, 14 seconds (Category: The First Winner — Daily Double for $8400)

His answer: Paris to Dakar

Correct answer: The Tour de France

Question: More than 5,000 of these big deer spend winters at the Wyoming national refuge named for them (Category: Let’s Go to the Wildlife Refuge for $800)

His answer: Moose

Correct answer: Elk

April 16

Question: Beethoven & Mozart wrote for this instrument that Ben Franklin created, which he said gave him the greatest personal satisfaction of all his inventions (Category: The Franklin Institute for $1600)

His answer: The glass flute

Correct answer: The glass harmonica

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Question: Permanent press is a process where fabric gets chemically treated to make it resistant to these (Category: Press Your Luck for $2000)

His answer: Stains

Correct answer: Wrinkles

April 19

Question: A 1975 N.Y. Daily News headline after this man opposed a federal bailout: him “To City: Drop Dead” (Category: American History for $600)

His answer: Ed Koch

Correct answer: Gerald Ford

Question: 19th c. exhibitions saw fire brigades competing either using water, or in one of these, now a term for a practice effort (Category: Phrase Origins — Daily Double for $1800)

His answer: Skirmish

Correct answer: A dry run

Question: On June 1, 1660 Mary Dyer, one of this religious sect’s “Boston martyrs,” was hanged on Boston Common (Category: American History for $1000)

His answer: The Puritans

Correct answer: The Quakers

Question: The creators of 1943’s “Fancy Free” called each other Lenny & Jerry — Leonard Bernstein & this choreographer (Category: Ballet for $1200)

His answer: Herman

Correct answer: Jerome Robbins

April 23

Question: In 2018 this band “didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision, always had high, high hopes” (Category: We Will Rock You for $400)

His answer: Fall Out Boy

Correct answer: Panic! at the Disco


April 24

Question: In 1916 the great chemist Gilbert Lewis called the central part of an atom this, a word we use for the seed in an apricot pit (Category: Science Central for $1600)

His answer: Stone

Correct answer: The kernel

April 25

Question: “Two hit men, a boxer, a crime boss & others meet their fates over the course of two days” (Category: Movies in the DirecTV Guide for $2000)

His answer: Snatch

Correct answer: Pulp Fiction

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April 26

Question: Made in the Vytina region, the first type of this sweetener does not crystallize (Category: Greek Cuisine for $200)

His answer: Sugar

Correct answer: Honey

Question: In 2013 there were 114-degree temps in La Rioja, the wine belt of this South American country (Category: Crazy Weather We’re Having! for $1000)

His answer: Chile

Correct answer: Argentina

April 29

Question: The portal vein brings venous blood to the liver, while this artery brings oxygenated arterial blood (Category: Breaks & Livers — Daily Double for $1,000)

His answer: The pulmonary

Correct answer: The hepatic

May 2

Question: Stove placement of lower priority items (Category: Hey, “B.B.” for $200)

His answer: The bottom burner

Correct answer: The back burner

Question: The 2018-19 season of auto racing’s World Endurance Championship concludes with the 87th running of this event (Category: World of Sport for $800)

His answer: Paris to Dakar

Correct answer: The 24 Hours of Le Mans

Question: In 1965 John Irving entered this Midwest school’s prestigious writers workshop & worked with Kurt Vonnegut (Category: State School, That Great School for $1000)

His answer: Indiana

Correct answer: Iowa

Question: It takes a full day to manage this Yosemite peak (Category: Tricky Trails for $1600)

His answer: El Capitan

Correct answer: Half Dome

May 22

Question: Shakespeare’s Portia says, “How far that little” this “throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world” (Category: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for $1600)

His answer: Sun

Correct answer: Candle

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May 23

Question: The Anthropology award went to a report on “cross-species imitation” between these apes & humans at zoos (The 2018 IG Nobel Prizes $400)

His answer: Gorillas

Correct answer: Chimpanzees

May 24

Question: This train sung of by blues artists got its name from its 12:05 A.M. departure en route to Parchman Penitentiary (Category: Planes, Trains & Automobiles & a Boat for $1200)

His answer: “Midnight Train to Georgia”

Correct answer: The “Midnight Special”

Question: Given this new anesthetic to inhale, Queen Victoria felt little or no pain in 1853 when she delivered her eighth child (Category: Queen Victoria for $2000)

His answer: Nitrous oxide

Correct answer: Chloroform

May 29

Question: You must be a necromancer! Your cacophony is doing this, a noisy idiom that refers to a man in Genesis (Category: Loud & Clear for $800)

His answer: Raising the dead

Correct answer: Raising Cain

May 30

Question: Babe had this player leadership position for only 6 days before being stripped of it for going after a fan in the stands (Category: Childish Bambino for $600)

His answer: Manager

Correct answer: Captain

May 31

Question: You don’t need to howl during the naval watches 4-6 & 6-8, named for this animal — it’s just a figure of speech (Category: You Are a Bad Sailor for $1000)

His answer: A wolf

Correct answer: A dog

Question: The Boy Next Door, a 21st century novel by Meg Cabot, uses this newer form of correspondence (Category: Epistolary Novels for $800)

His answer: Texting

Correct answer: E-mail

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Question: A rugged mountain pass is a gap, & an especially rugged gap is a notch, like this one just east of Burlington (Category: Geographic Terms for $1600)

His answer: Dixville Notch

Correct answer: Smugglers’ Notch

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