Can you solve these real Jeopardy! clues about the ’70s?
Alex Trebek has been stumping contestants and audiences alike as the host of “Jeopardy!,” revealing more than 400,000 clues since the show’s reboot in 1984. Categories have spanned the imagination in the nearly 40-year run of the show, with “Before and After” reigning as the most-used category in “Jeopardy!” history, and “China” as the top answer.
Stacker compiled a list of 50 clues about the 1970s as of October 2020, using the J! Archive”. Ken Jennings, who won the “Jeopardy! Greatest” title, used the J! Archive to brush up on his skills before dominating the All-Star Tournament in 2019. The site also reportedly helped IBM’s Watson computer beat the show’s all-time leading money winner Brad Rutter in 2011.
Clues span a number of subjects, from music and movies to sports and science. The clues also range in difficulty, from easy $100 hints to $2,000 clues that should give even the nimblest historians a run for their money. You may recall easily the name of the film with characters Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, or the man convicted of killing Martin Luther King Jr.—although, naming the James that headed the CIA, and served as secretary of defense and secretary of energy in the 1970s may prove a little tougher.
For each clue slide, information about the category and value, along with when the episode ran is included. The following slide will provide the answer, as well as some facts and information about the answer’s relevance to the 1970s.
Keep reading to see if you can solve these real “Jeopardy!” clues about the ’70s—and don't forget to put your answer in the form of a question.
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- Clue: One story says this 1970s daredevil got his rhyming nickname after crashing his motorcycle while being chased by police as a teen.
- Category: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
- Value: $1,200
- Date episode aired: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
Answer #1: Who is Evel Knievel?
Clad in a star-spangled leather costume, the Montana-born motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel defied death in the ’70s while jumping over cars, rattlesnakes, and caged cougars. He also suffered severe physical trauma and underwent 15 major operations. The former Army paratrooper successfully pursued thrills after the military, becoming an “ABC Wide World of Sports” celebrity with an Ideal toy line created in his image.
- Clue: In 1972, Mujibur Rahman became the first prime minister of this new Asian nation for which a concert was held in 1971.
- Category: THE 1970s
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: Thursday, March 12, 1998
Answer #2: What is Bangladesh?
“The Concert for Bangladesh,” featuring George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, announced the new Asian nation’s foundation in 1971. The album’s songs include “My Sweet Lord,” “That’s the Way God Planned It,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Harrison released a second disc 34 years later in 2005, which featured artist interviews and never-before-seen rehearsal and soundcheck music sets.
- Clue: In the 1960s and 1970s, he was professional golf’s leading money winner eight times.
- Category: SPORTS
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: Friday, Oct. 4, 1991
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Answer #3: Who is Jack Nicklaus?
Jack Nicklaus captured eight of his record-setting 18 career major championship titles in the 1970s. He led the money list in 1972—his highest earning season—at $317,000, the equivalent of about $2 million in 2020 dollars, while 54 players on PGA Tour made more than that in 2020. His 73 career victories rank third all-time, behind Sam Snead and Tiger Woods, who each have 82.
- Clue: 1973: Against a black background, a prism bends a beam of light into a colorful spectrum.
- Category: 1970s ALBUM COVERS
- Value: $600
- Date episode aired: Friday, Feb. 18, 2005
Answer #4: What is 'Dark Side of the Moon?'
Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon,” briefly titled “Eclipse,” has sold 45 million copies worldwide since its 1973 release. Tthe album’s prism graphic, designed by George Hardie, was hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the most iconic designs to ever grace an LP.
- Clue: On July 2, 1976, these two Asian countries officially reunited.
- Category: THE 1970s
- Value: $1,000
- Date episode aired: Friday, Sept. 20, 1991
Answer #5: What are North and South Vietnam?
Since being divided by the 1954 Geneva Agreement, North and South Vietnam officially reconciled after more than 20 years of combat. Hanoi radio announced the New Socialists Republic of Vietnam, made up of 492 members worldwide, reporting, “At this moment, 8:30 a.m. [9:30 p.m. Thursday New York time] on July 2, 1976, the Vietnamese nation is officially considered as a unified country from Cao Lang to Cau Mau.”
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