On Thursday night, the long-running quiz show Jeopardy! experienced a first. After the Final Jeopardy! question, Laura McLean, the returning champion, and Sarah Norris, a challenger, were tied. Both women had amassed $6,799 after the Final Jeopardy! round, leading the show to conduct it’s first every sudden death tie-breaker in a regular game.
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Now, this isn’t the first time a tie-breaker has been used on the show, as it has previously been required in a Tournament of Champions where only one person could advance, as well as other similar Jeopardy! tournaments, such as a Teen Tournament in 2014.
However, it is the first tie-breaker in a regular game, even though ties during the matches have occurred before.
In 2014, according to a report by Click on Detroit, Jeopardy! instituted a new rule about managing ties for regular games, but this was the first time it needed to be used.
After noting the tie, Jeopardy! host Alec Trebek quickly launched into the sudden death tie-breaker question, revealing the category, “Way Back in 2017.”
Trebek read the clue, saying, “Her April decision to call a snap parliamentary election proved less than brilliant on June 8.”
Instead of both players being able to respond, as is done in Final Jeopardy!, the tie-breaker works like the rest of the game, where the first person to buzz in with the correct response wins the question.
McLean buzzed in first, providing an answer of “Who is Theresa May?”
Trebek announces that McLean is right and that she is the winner. She didn’t acquire any additional funds for the correct response, so her single day earnings remained $6,799. However, her two-day total went up, with McLean having $19,598 under her belt.