Current “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider won 33 games in a row after Friday’s match!
This beats out James Holzhauer and his previous record of 32 games, which means that Amy now has the third-longest streak in “Jeopardy!” history. Ahead of her is Matt Amodio, who won 38 games when season 38 began in September 2021. Current host Ken Jennings still has a major lead, with a staggering total of 74 games, which he won back in 2004.
Last night, Amy took to Twitter to break down her thoughts and give fans a play-by-play on the record-breaking episode, which she still managed to win by a landslide!
Amy Schneider Breaks Down Her Post-Game Thoughts
Last night, Amy began her lengthy Twitter thread by writing, “One more game to claim third place all time!”
Amy has previously stated that she starts with the categories that she feels less confident in, and so “I started with the music category as usual and kept going back to it until it was out of the way.”
She also pointed out how her love of history books was crucial for this game. “One of my favorite books is a biography of William the Silent, by C.V. Wedgwood,” she explained. “A really fascinating guy, he was one of the first in European history to really start to break down the relationship between church and state.”
During the break, host Ken Jennings asked her what it would be like to pass James Holzhauer’s streak. Reflecting on the brief interview, Amy stated, “I don’t feel like I did a great job talking about James Holzhauer, that’s one moment where I could see how tired I was.”
She also revealed that she doesn’t always go back and look up the answers to questions she got wrong, admitting, “I have no idea what the difference is between granola and muesli.”
‘I Felt All Right About It’
About halfway through the match, Amy “realized that the Daily Double hadn’t come up yet, and found it as soon as I looked, in Words & Phrases. Bet $2000, and got it on a pretty straightforward clue.”
“The Irish Fright was just one instance of anti-Catholic prejudice running wild in England; the same sort of thing had led to the massacre at Drogheda a few decades before,” she explained.
“At the end of the round I had a good lead,” she noted. “Certainly not insurmountable but I felt all right about it.”
As the second round started, “I found the first Daily Double almost immediately,” she wrote. “One of my *other* favorite books, also by C.V. Wedgwood, is a history of the Thirty Years’ War, so this was a slam dunk for me, and I was starting to stretch my lead.”
Although there are some categories that everyone seems to know the answers to, there are some categories that everyone just seems to get wrong. Amy had no shame in admitting that “We all flunked the Actors category.”
“I tried to move to the wordplay category, but then decided to stick with International Orgs, and it paid off with the second DD!” she explained. “I had a big lead and went with $6000 to slam the door. I got it, and it looked like third place would be mine!”
She reacted to one particular question, saying, “Ken was right, I got the name Sydney Carton half a second too late. Then on the next clue, I knew that Rachel had said the answer, but a) my hearing isn’t great out of my left ear, and b) Ken ruled against her at the same time as she said it, so I couldn’t tell what she had said.”
Amy Schneider Has A Huge Lead Going Into ‘Final Jeopardy!’
“At the end of the round, I had a huge lead, but with the week I’d been having, I really debated whether or not to bet big,” she continued. “I told myself again that the big bets would average out in my favor eventually, and to stick with my strategy, so for the second time this week, I bet $20K.”
“And for the second time this week, I lost it!” she added. “On Final Jeopardys for the week, my net loss came to almost $100,000!”
It was really starting to get into my head at this point, which is especially bad for Final Jeopardy,” she explained. “During the rest of the game you have to respond so quickly that there’s no time to second guess yourself, but Final Jeopardy gives you just enough time to derail yourself.”
The “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Cemeteries and Memorials” and the answer was “60,000 are at rest in a National Memorial Cemetery opened in 1949 in the crater of an extinct volcano in this state.”
No one got the correct answer of “What is Hawaii?” and Amy took home a 33-day total of $1,111,800!
Amy Schneider Got The Answer Wrong, Girlfriend Gets It Right!
While they were watching the episode at home, Amy admitted that “Genevieve got Final Jeopardy immediately when we were watching and was shocked that I didn’t get it. In retrospect, I am too, but I think it was at least partly a matter of being tired; if that clue comes up in the first game maybe I come up with it.”
She also responded to some of the controversy surrounding the wording of the final question.
“There was some controversy about the Final Jeopardy clue, because, in 1949, Hawaii was not a state,” she explained. “We brought this up to the judges, and they said that 1) there was no other answer that would have been correct, and 2) that it wasn’t unusual for them to phrase a clue like that.”
“Which is fair, although it’s a bummer for Luis, who said he specifically ruled out Hawaii for that reason, which cost him $1000, as he would have finished in second,” she added. “The wording didn’t make a difference to me, I think, I just guessed CA because it’s a big state with lots of stuff.”
“So, I’d set a new mark for my lowest winning total in a game,” she admitted. “But hey, the important word there was ‘winning’! I’d yet again gotten through a full week of taping, and taken sole possession of third place on the all-time list!”
“My thanks to Luis and Rachel,” she wrote. “Again I felt like the Friday contestants were in a tough spot, but they didn’t let it ruin anyone’s day.”
Amy concluded by saying, “I knew I was in third, but I couldn’t really take it in, all I wanted to do was fly home, see Genevieve, and go to bed lol. I’d have a few days to process, and then it would be time to do it all again, see you then!”
Amy returns to “Jeopardy” on Monday, January 17. Will she be able to topple the winning streak set by Matt Amodio and claim second place in the “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame? Fans can’t wait to find out!