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Which state is this 'Jeopardy!' clue about?

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September 14, 2020

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.

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?

Clues: State #6

- Clue #1: Amid threats and violence, the 1964 Freedom Summer in this state registered a total of 1,200 African-Americans to vote.
- Clue #2: Go figure—this state's name is derived from a Native American word meaning "father of the waters."
- Clue #3: Tammy Wynette was born in Itawamba County in this state, not far from Elvis' birthplace, Tupelo.

Answer: State #6

What is Mississippi?

Clues: State #7

- Clue #1: Few know that Mount Elbert in this state is the second tallest in the lower 48 states.
- Clue #2: An International Pack Burro Race is held each August in Leadville in this state.
- Clue #3: In 1858 it was "Pikes Peak or Bust!" for gold miners who rushed to this state to find their fortune.

Answer: State #7

What is Colorado?

Clues: State #8

- Clue #1: For its early cotton mill, Pawtucket in this state is the birthplace of "the American Industrial Revolution."
- Clue #2: This state's only national memorial honors clergyman Roger Williams.
- Clue #3: It wasn't Providence that gave this state twodifferently elected andfeuding governors at one time in 1842.

Answer: State #8

What is Rhode Island?

Clues: State #9

- Clue #1: It's always "The Night of the Iguana" on Gasparilla Island in this U.S. state, home to thousands of them.
- Clue #2: In 1995 Mel Fisher recovered silver andgold from a Spanish galleon sunk off the coast of this state in 1622.
- Clue #3: The flag of this state features a Seminole woman scattering flowers.

Answer: State #9

What is Florida?

Clues: State #10

- Clue #1: The first Catholic cathedral in the U.S. was built in this state.
- Clue #2: Knights know that jousting is the official state sport of this U.S. state founded by an English lord.
- Clue #3: After Virginia, more Civil War battles were fought in this state than in any other.

Answer: State #10

What is Maryland?

Clues: State #11

- Clue #1: This U.S. state stretches from 19 to 22 degrees north latitude, making it the southernmost in the U.S.
- Clue #2: The only monarch representing a state in the National Statuary Hall represents this state.
- Clue #3: As a byproduct of World War II food rationing, this U.S. state consumes more Spam per capita than any other.

Answer: State #11

What is Hawaii?

Clues: State #12

- Clue #1: Fort William, later to be known as Fort Laramie, was this state's first permanent settlement.
- Clue #2: This state got upset when a cowboy andbronco similar to its own logo was used on the Montana stamp.
- Clue #3: After Colorado, this state to its north has the highest average elevation in the U.S.

Answer: State #12

What is Wyoming?

Clues: State #13

- Clue #1: This "Beehive State" keeps busy with the USA's highest birth rate.
- Clue #2: Logan and Ogden are ranger districts in this state's Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
- Clue #3: In 1869 the tracks of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroad were joined at Promontory in this state.

Answer: State #13

What is Utah?

Clues: State #14

- Clue #1: The HQ of three national labs, two of them named for Ernest Lawrence, are within 40 miles of each other in this state.
- Clue #2: The west end of U.S. Interstate 10 is in this state.
- Clue #3: "Coast of Dreams," covering 1990 to 2003, is part of a multivolume history of this state by the late Kevin Starr.

Answer: State #14

What is California?

Clues: State #15

- Clue #1: This U.S. state was the last to fly the Confederate flag over its capital; the flag came down in 2000.
- Clue #2: From 1954 to 2003 Strom Thurmond served this state in the U.S. Senate.
- Clue #3: Sumter National Forest is in this state.

Answer: State #15

What is South Carolina?

Clues: State #16

- Clue #1: Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1872 in this state; other states soon followed.
- Clue #2: The largest area of sand dunes in the U.S. lies mainly in this state, north of the Platte River.
- Clue #3: Cherry County, which borders South Dakota on the north, is this state's largest county, exceeding Connecticut in area.

Answer: State #16

What is Nebraska?

Clues: State #17

- Clue #1: Over 40 carats, the largest diamond found in the U.S. was discovered in 1924 in what is now this state's Crater of Diamonds park.
- Clue #2: Tennessee, Mississippi, and this state on their western borders are true red states: That color is their flags' main background.
- Clue #3: The area around Hot Springs National Park in this state is called "The American Spa."

Answer: State #17

What is Arkansas?

Clues: State #18

- Clue #1: Years after the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889, a similar one occurred on Sioux Indian holdings in this state.
- Clue #2: Mount Rushmore is named for Charles Rushmore, a lawyer sent to check on land ownership in 1885 in what's now this state.
- Clue #3: Jewel Cave in this state's Black Hills is home to nine species of bats, including the rare Townsend's big-eared.

Answer: State #18

What is South Dakota?

Clues: State #19

- Clue #1: A case regarding the Voting Rights Act in 2013 pitted Shelby County of this state v. Holder.
- Clue #2: Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and also this state's coastal communities of Dauphin Island and Bayou La Batre.
- Clue #3: Starring Melanie Griffith: "Crazy in ____."

Answer: State #19

What is Alabama?

Clues: State #20

- Clue #1: This "Nutmeg State" was the fifth state to join the Union.
- Clue #2: An article called "A Tip Of The Hat To Danbury," in this state, tells how JFK helped kill an industry with his bareheaded ways.
- Clue #3: Ditching the usual walk-in method, a robber from Bridgeport in this state called ahead to a bank to have $100,000 waiting.

Answer: State #20

What is Connecticut?

Clues: State #21

- Clue #1: Despite Minnesota's claim as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, this U.S. state has the most, with more than 3 million.
- Clue #2: The USA's 10 highest mountain peaks are all found in this state.
- Clue #3: There's a "1959" above the sashimi-loving grizzly on this state's quarter.

Answer: State #21

What is Alaska?

Clues: State #22

- Clue #1: A gold medal went to this state's Grand Forks Herald for coverage of a flood and other disasters.
- Clue #2: The geographic center of North America is in this state bordering Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
- Clue #3: Farms and ranches cover 90% of this border state's land.

Answer: State #22

What is North Dakota?

Clues: State #23

- Clue #1: When Daylight Saving Time began in 1918, Maricopa County in this state refused to use it and the state still doesn't.
- Clue #2: To appreciate the wonder of this state's Antelope Canyon, you'll need a Navajo guide.
- Clue #3: You have the right to know that Miranda v. this state was the talk of jurisprudence in 1966.

Answer: State #23

What is Arizona?

Clues: State #24

- Clue #1: Like Davy Crockett, Sam Houston was a politician in this state, but resigned as governor in 1829 and ended up in Texas.
- Clue #2: The battles of Shiloh and Collierville were fought in this state.
- Clue #3: This state's geographic center is in the city of Murfreesboro.

Answer: State #24

What is Tennessee?

Clues: State #25

- Clue #1: March 2 is a holiday in this state, celebrating its 1836 independence.
- Clue #2: "Smoky Mountain rain keeps fallin'" in one of this state's 10—yes, 10—state songs.
- Clue #3: In 1997 legislation was passed in this state allowing astronauts to vote from outer space.

Answer: State #25

What is Texas?

Clues: State #26

- Clue #1: Nicholas Sparks has set many novels, including "Safe Haven" and "Nights in Rodanthe," in this, his home state.
- Clue #2: One popular story is that men of this state fought so stalwartly it seemed their feet were stuck to the ground.
- Clue #3: Part of the Black Mountains, Mt. Mitchell in this state is the highest point in the U.S. east of the Mississippi.

Answer: State #26

What is North Carolina?

Clues: State #27

- Clue #1: For great American music, this state that gave us Luke Bryan and R.E.M.
- Clue #2: A favorite peach is the Elberta, named for the wife of a peach grower in this state.
- Clue #3: This state was named for the King of England who reigned from 1727 to 1760.

Answer: State #27

What is Georgia?

Clues: State #28

- Clue #1: This state is massive enough to border three Canadian provinces.
- Clue #2: Known for mining, especially of copper, this Western state has the USA's only palladium mine.
- Clue #3: Appropriately, the city of Great Falls is the seat of Cascade County in this state.

Answer: State #28

What is Montana?

Clues: State #29

- Clue #1: Head to the Willamette Valley to see the Belknap Covered Bridge in this state.
- Clue #2: In October 2016 a jury acquitted sevenpeople who had occupied this state's Malheur Wildlife Refuge.
- Clue #3: This state's flag is the only one with different designs on each side; one features a yellow beaver.

Answer: State #29

What is Oregon?

Clues: State #30

- Clue #1: An elderly lady in a gray dress haunts Frankfort's Liberty Hall, once home to this state's first U.S. Senator.
- Clue #2: To ride the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad, you have to go to this state.
- Clue #3: Naturally, Dierks Bentley sang of "Bourbon In" this state.

Answer: State #30

What is Kentucky?

Clues: State #31

- Clue #1: This state saw the birth of America's first hospital andfirst circulating library.
- Clue #2: On March 28, 1979, a nuclear plant in this state suffered a massive core meltdown.
- Clue #3: The Union burned the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge to keep the rebels from advancing on Harrisburg in this state.

Answer: State #31

What is Pennsylvania?

Clues: State #32

- Clue #1: This state's 24-hour record for snowfall is 40 inches in Orono on Dec. 30, 1962.
- Clue #2: This state's House of Representatives includes seats for three non-voting members, including one representative of the Penobscot Nation.
- Clue #3: West Quoddy Head in this state is the easternmost point of land in the contiguous United States.

Answer: State #32

What is Maine?

Clues: State #33

- Clue #1: Pierce Downer gave his name to Downers Grove, 21 miles west of the Loop in this state.
- Clue #2: Missouri, Kentucky, and Wisconsin all border this state and all have communities with the same name as its capital.
- Clue #3: Known as "The Liberty Bell of the West," the Kaskaskia bell is found on an island in this state.

Answer: State #33

What is Illinois?

Clues: State #34

- Clue #1: With close to 130, including Cheboygan Crib and Isle Royale, this state has the most lighthouses.
- Clue #2: The Grand, at whose rapids a city sprang up, is this state's longest river.
- Clue #3: Though it touches no ocean, this state has oneof the 10 longest shorelines in the U.S.

Answer: State #34

What is Michigan?

Clues: State #35

- Clue #1: Bill Bradley and Albert Einstein are in this state's Hall of Fame.
- Clue #2: Built in 1764, the USA's oldest surviving light is Sandy Hook, where the Atlantic meets New York Bay in this state.
- Clue #3: Fort Dix in this state is bordered by McGuire Air Force Base andNaval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst.

Answer: State #35

What is New Jersey?

Clues: State #36

- Clue #1: One of the world's largest tractor factories can be found in this state's city of Waterloo.
- Clue #2: This state's first paper was the Du Buque Visitor, which began publishing in 1836.
- Clue #3: Check out some bridges of Madison County near its county seat of Winterset in this state.

Answer: State #36

What is Iowa?

Clues: State #37

- Clue #1: On Dec. 7, 1787, in a 30-0 vote, this state ratified the Constitution, the first state to do so.
- Clue #2: Caesar Rodney's horseback ride backs this state's quarter, the first issued.
- Clue #3: Dover is home to Wesley College and to this state university.

Answer: State #37

What is Delaware?

Clues: State #38

- Clue #1: Creech Air Force Base in this state is known as the home to the Predator drone.
- Clue #2: "If you follow the old Kit Carson Trail until desert meets the hills," you'll know "Home means" this state.
- Clue #3: 702 and775 are area codes in this state.

Answer: State #38

What is Nevada?

Clues: State #39

- Clue #1: "In Cold Blood" recounts the murder of the Clutter family in a small town in this state.
- Clue #2: This state follows "Bleeding" in an 1850s nickname.
- Clue #3: "Home On The Range" is this Midwest state's official song.

Answer: State #39

What is Kansas?

Clues: State #40

- Clue #1: The Point of Arches on Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park in this state makes quite the postcard.
- Clue #2: Using the Trans-Canada Highway, it's only about an hour from Lynden in this state over the border to Vancouver.
- Clue #3: A channel called Rich Passage separates relatively rich Bainbridge Island from this state's Kitsap Peninsula.

Answer: State #40

What is Washington?

Clues: State #41

- Clue #1: This state's name originally began with "Ou" until Congress changed it to a "W."
- Clue #2: Founded by the Jesuits in 1881, Marquette University is the largest private college in this state.
- Clue #3: William Hoard was instrumental in founding the USA's first dairy school at the University of this state—where else?

Answer: State #41

What is Wisconsin?

Clues: State #42

- Clue #1: Ice cream cones were reportedly first served at the 1904 World's Fair in this state.
- Clue #2: Truman State University in this state (where else?) has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.
- Clue #3: This state has beer and music—the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Scott Joplin residence.

Answer: State #42

What is Missouri?

Clues: State #43

- Clue #1: In 1945 scientists in this state witnessed the detonation of the world's first atomic bomb.
- Clue #2: You can look over the Rio Grande while relaxing in Ralph Edwards Park in Truth or Consequences in this state.
- Clue #3: The Clovis people, who date back 13,000 years, were named for the town in this state where artifacts were first found.

Answer: State #43

What is New Mexico?

Clues: State #44

- Clue #1: The Pretenders' "My City Was Gone" rhymes "malls" with Cuyahoga Falls and "A-o-way to go" with this state.
- Clue #2: Robert Taft, a Republican senator from this state, sought the White House in 1948 and 1952.
- Clue #3: Published in her 80s, Helen Hooven Santmyer's "...And Ladies of the Club" was based on her long life in Xenia in this state.

Answer: State #44

What is Ohio?

Clues: State #45

- Clue #1: The Swenson family operates this state's largest granite quarry on Rattlesnake Hill.
- Clue #2: In New England, Jeanne Shaheen defeated John Sununu to become this state's first female senator.
- Clue #3: For several decades, Dixville Notch in this state traditionally has voted first in the U.S. presidential elections.

Answer: State #45

What is New Hampshire?

Clues: State #46

- Clue #1: Famous for his iconic "Love" series, this pop artist who took his last name from his home state died at 89.
- Clue #2: Eight years after beating Birch Bayh to win a Senate seat repping this state, Dan Quayle got elected veep.
- Clue #3: In this state when it's noon in Poseyville, it's 1 p.m. in Muncie, which is on Eastern Time.

Answer: State #46

What is Indiana?

Clues: State #47

- Clue #1: The name of this state is slang for maple syrup.
- Clue #2: Hop aboard the Green Mountain Flyer for a scenic tour of this state's fall foliage.
- Clue #3: At about 4,400 feet, Mount Mansfield in the Green Mountains is the highest point in this state.

Answer: State #47

What is Vermont?

Clues: State #48

- Clue #1: Oops, you crammed for the multistate bar exam, but this state with laws deriving from the Napoleonic code doesn't use it.
- Clue #2: The Catahoula leopard dog, bred to find livestock in swamps, is its state dog.
- Clue #3: In 1986 the beignet became the official doughnut of this state.

Answer: State #48

What is Louisiana?

Clues: State #49

- Clue #1: Weel Lunk, "Place of the Skull," for a white man's noggin stuck on a pole, may have given Wheeling in this state its name.
- Clue #2: This state says it has the first brick-paved street in America—on Summers Street near the Kanawha River in Charleston.
- Clue #3: The words "Battle Born" appear on the flag of this state that entered the Union during the Civil War.

Answer: State #49

What is West Virginia?

Clues: State #50

- Clue #1: This state's Chincoteague Island, off its eastern shore, is known as a playground for wild ponies.
- Clue #2: In 1967 it was Loving v. this state in a decision on interracial marriage.
- Clue #3: In 1985 this state elected Lt. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder as its first African-American statewide officeholder.

Answer: State #50

What is Virginia?

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