A contestant’s incorrect guess left her in a situation rarely seen on “Jeopardy!” – a tie.
Laura McLean, a data analyst from Nashville, was on her way to victory when she stumbled on a European Islands clue and lost $8,201, leaving her with the same amount as her opponent, Minnesotan Sarah Norris, a technical writer and manager.
YO Jeopardy tie-breaker. I've never seen that before. pic.twitter.com/9CeN3Iw3G3
— Andrew Harts (@AndrewHarts) March 2, 2018
Without missing a beat, Alex Trebek announced the tiebreaker category, “Way Back in 2017,” and the clue, “Her April decision to call a snap parliamentary election proved less than brilliant on June 8.”
McLean answered correctly – Theresa May – and won the tiebreaker, leaving her with a cumulative $19,598.
The tiebreaker category, which decides the game but doesn’t have any monetary value, was instituted in November 2014 to avoid ties in regular game play. The tiebreaker is a longtime rule in tournaments.
The first contestant to buzz in and correctly answer wins, and if no one guesses right the host keeps asking questions until a winner is declared.
The last tie happened in 2014 during this Teen Tournament: