Jewish Atlantan Lindsay Resnick can now add “Jeopardy!” champion to her resume.
The Breman Museum archivist used her history knowledge to come from behind in the Final Jeopardy round with a question in the category of “First Century A.D.”: “Letters written by this Roman recount the events of a natural disaster, like the death of his uncle, a famous scholar.”
Resnick answered late but correctly: Pliny. (It was actually Pliny the Younger, but the “Jeopardy!” judges accepted just Pliny from Resnick and another contestant.)
The correct answer added $3,001 to Resnick’s score for a total of $10,001, more than enough after two-day champion Brandon Brooks lost $4,401 from his $9,600 total with the incorrect answer of Socrates.
Final Jeopardy was the 11th correct answer Resnick gave during the show, compared with two wrong answers. The Jeopardy! Fan blog has all the stats, including the odds of an extended run, based on her performance Jan. 9.
Resnick also earned a warm response from host Alex Trebek during the contestant interview segment. She was born on her mother’s birthday, and, as she told Trebek, her mother says it was the nicest birthday present you ever got.
You can watch her effort at a second win tonight, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 11.
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Lindsay Resnick, an archivist at the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, will be appearing as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” on Tuesday, Jan. 9.