Confused contestant on "Jeopardy!"

  • Long-running hit US quiz show "Jeopardy!" is meant to showcase people's general knowledge and intelligence, but sometimes these contestants stumble.
  • Using an episode database, INSIDER found some questions that stumped all three contestants.
  • With categories ranging from language to Disney, can you get right what these "Jeopardy!" contestants couldn't?


"Jeopardy!" is America's favorite game show – now 55 years old – and for good reason. It's entertaining to watch people earn money based on their intelligence, but every so often that intelligence runs short.

The show has a simple but addictive premise: one of three contestants choose a category, the group are given an answer, and then they must come up with the question. Each correct question is worth a certain amount of money, and the first person to state the correct question gets to keep the cash.

Categories range from the straight-forward to the deeply punny.

INSIDER rummaged through J-Archive - an exhaustive, fan-made episode database - and found a number of "triple stumpers," when all three contestants did not know the answer to the clue. Although it's rare, it does happen.

Throughout the show's 34-season history, there are a number of categories that prompt the contestants to stumble. Keep reading to see which questions confused players and to challenge yourself to see if you're smarter than a "Jeopardy!" contestant.

This question was worth $200, and the category was "Let's Have a Ball."

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First contestant's answer: "Um ..."

Second contestant's answer: "What is the 8-ball?"

Third contestant's answer: "What is the pinball?"

Correct answer: What is the cue ball?


In the "Food, Glorious Food" category, this question was worth $200.

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First contestant's answer: "What is a goose?"

Second contestant's answer: "What is a turkey?"

Third contestant's answer: "What is a partridge?"

Correct answer: What is a pigeon?


This "Star Wars" question was in the "At the Movies" category and worth $200.

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First contestant's answer: "What is 'Return of the Jedi?'"

Second contestant's answer: "What is 'Attack of the Clones?'"

Third contestant's answer: "What is 'Phantom Menace?'"

Correct answer: What is "Revenge of the Sith?"


Worth $200, this clue was under the "Alcoholics Eponymous" category.

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First contestant's answer: "What is rum?"

Second contestant's answer: "What is bourbon?"

Third contestant's answer: "What is whiskey?"

Correct answer: What is gin?


In the "Entertain Me" category, this clue was worth $2000.

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First contestant's answer: Silence

Second contestant's answer: "What are 'The Three Blind Mice?'"

Correct answer: The Rescuers


For $2,000, this clue was in the "Must You Be Going?" category.

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No one answered.

Correct answer: Saint Maarten


Under the "Bouncy Castle" category, this one was worth $600.

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No one answered.

Correct answer: Richard the Lionheart


For $1,600, this clue was under the "Alexander Graham Bell" category.

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First contestant's answer: "What is a stethoscope?"

Second contestant's answer: "What is ... sorry."

Correct answer: What is a metal detector?


This clue was worth $1,000 and under the "Adjectives" column.

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First contestant's answer: "What is opalescent?"

Second contestant's answer: "What is luminescent?"

Correct answer: What is iridescent?


This clue was under the "Our Favorite Suff-ics" category and was worth $600.

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First contestant's answer: "What is semiotics?"

Second contestant's answer: "What is heuristics?"

Correct answer: What is semantics?


For $800, this question was in the "Book of Palms" column.

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First contestant's answer: "What is 'South Pacific?'"

Second contestant's answer: "What is 'Islands of the South Pacific?'"

Third contestant's answer: "What is 'Tales from the South Pacific?'"

Correct answer: What is "Tales of the South Pacific?"


This $1,600 clue was in a chair-focused category.

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First contestant's answer: "What is a kitchen?"

Second contestant's answer: "What is a bedroom?"

Correct answer: What is a library?


This clue was worth $1,200 and placed under the "Those Darn Franciscans" column.

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First contestant's answer: "What is brown?"

Second contestant's answer: "What is blue?"

Correct answer: What is grey?


This $400 "Seinfeld"-related question was under the "Keep It Down" category.

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First contestant's answer: "What is a hearing aid?"

Correct answer: What is the puffy shirt?

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