Which state is this 'Jeopardy!' clue about?
There are few game shows as revered as “Jeopardy!”—helmed by one of America's most-adored television personalities, Alex Trebek. Trebek took on hosting responsibilities forthe popular game show since 1984, two decades after the show's premiere. "Jeopardy!" is taped 46 days out of every year, with Trebek changing suits five times each of those days to account for each episode being filmed. To date, he has hosted more than 7,000 shows. His dedication to the game show (unless there's a Lakers game on TV, he says he dutifully watches the show every night) has paid off: “Jeopardy!” is the proud bearer of more Emmy Awards than any other game show and more than 9 million viewers who tune in each week to play along.
“Jeopardy!” withstood two cancellations before Trebek came on board, and the game show has become synonymous with his name—making his disclosure in 2019 of having stage 4 pancreatic cancer all the more difficult for his faithful fans.
To celebrate all things “Jeopardy!” and Trebek, Stacker turned to the fan-created “Jeopardy!” Archive and found three clues for each of the 50 states from the questions curated there. The states are in no particular order, making readers' tasks a true challenge: to guess which state each set of three clues—covering geography, history, pop culture, and everything in between—corresponds with. Think you have what it takes? Click through to put your state knowledge to the test and see if you have the mettle to be a “Jeopardy!” champion—even if you can't beat Ken Jennings' 74-game winning streak.
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Clues: State #1
- Clue #1: Four U.S. presidents serving in three different centuries have been born in the same county in this state.
- Clue #2: While half the states have a town named Springfield, this state has the biggest one.
- Clue #3: Elbridge Gerry from this state refused to sign the Constitution because in it "liberties...were not secured."
Answer: State #1
What is Massachusetts?
Clues: State #2
- Clue #1: One of the top professional rodeos in the U.S. is the annual Snake River Stampede in Nampa in this state.
- Clue #2: It has a higher percentage of Mormons than any other state except Utah.
- Clue #3: State in which you can find both Sun Valley and Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Answer: State #2
What is Idaho?
Clues: State #3
- Clue #1: Composers of this state's various official songs include Richard Rodgers andWoody Guthrie.
- Clue #2: The first recorded Girl Scout cookie sale occurred in December 1917 by the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee in this state.
- Clue #3: Tahlequah, in this state, is the capital of the Cherokee nation, so it's home to the Cherokee national museum.
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Answer: State #3
What is Oklahoma?
Clues: State #4
- Clue #1: This state andits capital were named for twodukedoms held by the same British man.
- Clue #2: More VPs have been from this state than any other, including two 20th-century VPs who served as its governor.
- Clue #3: The largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi is this state's Adirondack Park.
Answer: State #4
What is New York?
Clues: State #5
- Clue #1: Two college students wrote its state song, which ends, "hailing thee their Northern Star."
- Clue #2: Demolished in a kind of "Viking funeral," the Metrodome in this state was no longer dome sweet dome after 2014.
- Clue #3: Among the inventions to come from this state are Bisquick, Rollerblades, and Post-It Notes.
Answer: State #5
What is Minnesota?
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