Can you solve these real 'Jeopardy!' clues about the Earth?
When the current iteration of "Jeopardy!" began in 1984, the calm and alluring voice of Alex Trebek turned quiz-show formats inside-out by spearheading the use of questions to answer clues. No one at the time could have imagined that 35 years later, the game show would have set records for awards won while also winning over the hearts of millions of viewers.
Some say "Jeopardy!" made being a geek a cool thing and proved that being smart can make you rich. Over the years, many of the game contestants have enjoyed celebrity-like status and become household names. There's Ken Jennings, the Utah software engineer with a record 74 wins and $2.5 million earnings; James Holzhauer, who set a record of single-game winnings; and recent contestant Dhruv Gaur who made Trebek choke up with a sweet note he wrote in lieu of an answer in Final Jeopardy.
The show recently announced bringing back some past champions for a primetime TV event starting January 2020. It will feature Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer competing against each other for the ultimate title. For now, the contestants are probably brushing up their trivia knowledge on the hundreds of categories featured in the show. This includes the immensely popular "Before-After," "Stupid Answers," "Nature," "Hodgepodge," "Pop Music," "Sports," and "Potent Potables," to name a few. Of course, this would also give a chance for millions of viewers sitting at home to see if they can answer as quickly as the champions.
Stacker compiled real questions asked from 36 previous seasons of "Jeopardy!" related to the "Earth" category for those looking to challenge themselves. The questions and answers have been taken from J!Archive, a fan-created archive with over 381,000 clues as of 2019.
Clue slides will appear before answer slides. Stacker also included some interesting trivia with each question to add to the fun. Click through to test your knowledge on planet Earth. Don't forget to phrase your answer to each clue in the form of a question!
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- Clue: A rock formation shaped like a pillar of salt near the Dead Sea is named for this biblical woman.
- Category: PILLARS OF THE EARTH
- Value: $3,000
- Date episode aired: Nov. 21, 2019
Who is Lot's wife?
The narrative of Lot's wife begins in Genesis 19 in the Bible. It describes the time when the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were about to be destroyed. The story also describes how Lot and his family were commanded to escape without looking back at the destruction. It is said that Lot's wife did not obey the command and looked back, becoming a pillar of salt. The salt formation near the Dead Sea at Mount Sodom in Israel has thus been named Lot's wife. As per the Shulchan Aruch, commonly known as the Code of Jewish Law, one should recite the blessing "Baruch Dayan HaEmet," meaning "Blessed is the true judge," on seeing this formation.
- Clue: By mass, it's the most abundant element in the Earth's crust and in your body.
- Category: CHEMICAL ELEMENTS
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: July 28, 2014
What is oxygen?
The most abundant element in the universe is hydrogen. However, if you are looking at the chemical composition of the Earth's crust, it differs greatly from the entire universe. By mass, oxygen is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust, making up 46.6% of the planet's mass. The second most abundant element is silicon. In the human body, oxygen makes about 65% of a person's weight, followed by carbon making 18% of the body mass.
- Clue: The largest peninsula on Earth is mostly made up of this Middle Eastern country.
- Category: GEOGRAPHY 101
- Value: $1,000
- Date episode aired: Aug. 1, 2013
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What is Saudi Arabia?
The Arabian Peninsula is the largest peninsula in the world, occupying more than 1.25 million square miles. Comprising seven countries, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Yemen, and Kuwait, most of the peninsula comes under Saudi Arabia, which controls about 830,000 square miles. The uninhabited Rub' Al Khali Desert and An-Nafud Desert, where sand dunes grow over 100 feet high, occupy most of the peninsula.
- Clue: A plume of magma rising from the Earth's mantle can split a continental plate in two and form this type of valley.
- Category: SCIENCE & NATURE
- Value: $1,200
- Date episode aired: Oct. 9, 2012
What is a rift valley?
Rift valleys are lowland regions created when Earth's tectonic plates move apart. One of the most famous rift valleys of the world is the Great Rift Valley in East Africa that runs from north to south for around 4,000 miles, and it is visible from space. The subterranean movements that caused this formation are still active today, with 30 active and semi-active volcanoes and hot springs along its length.
- Clue: These waves, from Greek for "shake," that pass through the Earth's rocks are caused by earthquakes.
- Category: SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: March 1, 2011
What are seismic waves?
The sudden breaking of rock under the Earth's surface or a sudden explosion may cause waves of energy called seismic waves. The scientists who study such waves and earthquakes are called seismologists, and the waves are recorded on seismographs. Seismic waves traveling under the surface of the Earth are called body waves, and those on the surface are called surface waves. Usually, body waves have a higher frequency than surface waves.
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