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Can you answer these real 'Jeopardy!' questions about animals?

  • Can you answer these real “Jeopardy!” clues about animals?

    If you ever want to make it onto the “Jeopardy!” stage, you’d better have reactions as fast as a cheetah to hit the buzzer before your opponents. While it can’t really recommend any thumb reflex exercises, Stacker can prime you up for a run on the big show by testing your knowledge on almost everything relating to the animal kingdom. Throughout the years, animal categories have been some of the most popular on “Jeopardy!” Stacker’s hit up the show’s databases to find some of the toughest and most interesting animal clues over the past 56 years. “Jeopardy!” first aired in 1964.

    Stacker dug into past “Jeopardy!” questions, which are memorialized in the J! Archive and constantly updated after every new episode, to compile the following list of 25 “Jeopardy!” questions about animals. Questions from up to June 2020 were used, as the last season ended on June 12. Each question contains a slide with the clue, category, value, and episode air date, followed by the answer in standard “Jeopardy!” format, and some additional data about the question or answer.

    The questions begin with a popular side dish in Italian cuisine and drop knowledge about some of their mythical brethren. Then get ready for a dive into famed literary animals, superhero villains, and even an insect species named after a certain Austrian bodybuilder, who went on to become a kindergarten cop, and then governor of California. There are also rock songs featuring lyrics about animals, the chemical love signals emitted by moths, and lots of quadrupeds, better known as animals with four feet.

    This potpourri of animal-related trivia has questions of interest to cat lovers, dog lovers, and even hippopotami. Click through to find out if you have the wits about animals to storm past the competition on “Jeopardy!” and prove to be king of the jungle, or just another runt of the litter.

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  • Clue #1

    - Clue: It’s the Italian name for squid, whose meat is firm and chewy.
    - Category: A TOUGH FOOD CATEGORY
    - Value: $800
    - Date episode aired: Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

  • Answer #1: What is calamari?

    Squid are some of the more fascinating creatures of the sea. Some squid can communicate by changing skin color. Other, larger squid may have inspired mythical creatures like the kraken, which recently became the nickname of the National Hockey League’s new Seattle franchise.

  • Clue #2

    - Clue: Shere Khan, Mowgli’s nemesis.
    - Category: ANIMALS IN KIDS’ BOOKS
    - Value: $600
    - Date episode aired: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

  • Answer #2: What is a tiger?

    Shere Khan is a Bengal tiger from Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book.” A real tiger bearing the same name was rescued from a Georgia drug dealer’s home in 2001, and it became a popular attraction at an animal sanctuary south of Atlanta.

  • Clue #3

    - Clue: A Russian blue is this type of animal.
    - Category: AM I BLUE?
    - Value: $800
    - Date episode aired: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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  • Answer #3: What is a cat?

    Russian blues have a distinctive tip-toe walk and green eyes. Russian blues are notoriously shy, but affectionate, and are rumored to have been a favorite of Russian czars.

  • Clue #4

    - Clue: Grace Coolidge dressed her dog Rob Roy in a bonnet for this annual spring event at the White House.
    - Category: FIRST FAMILY PETS
    - Value: $600
    - Date episode aired: Thursday, June 23, 2016

  • Answer #4: What is the Egg Roll?

    The White House’s Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878, and the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1927, Grace Coolidge brought Rebecca, a pet raccoon, to the event.

  • Clue #5

    - Clue: English dramatist John Webster noted, “they that sleep with dogs shall rise with” these.
    - Category: GIVING A PUP TALK
    - Value: $800
    - Date episode aired: Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

  • Answer #5: What are fleas?

    In “Shakespeare in Love” an actor playing a young John Webster feeds a live mouse to a cat. As an adult, Webster often wrote about dark, morose themes.

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