Current “Jeopardy!” champ Amy Schneider just had her biggest win yet!
The engineering manager set a new personal best on Thursday night when she ended up walking away with $71,400 dollars – which isn’t too shabby for only 30 minutes of work!
Although it barely seems like a drop in the bucket compared to her 37-day total of $1,253,200 dollars, fans still wanted to know Amy’s thoughts about that record-breaking episode, and she was happy to oblige!
Amy Schneider Dishes On Her Best ‘Jeopardy!’ Game Yet!
Post-game thoughts (1/20/22):
I’ve said in the past that I found Thursday’s games the hardest. Well, that certainly wasn’t the case today! Let’s get into it:
— Amy Schneider (@Jeopardamy) January 21, 2022
On Thursday, Amy defended her winning streak against Brittany, a trial attorney, and Patrick, a biochemistry professor.
“I’ve said in the past that I found Thursday’s games the hardest,” Amy began. “Well, that certainly wasn’t the case today! Let’s get into it.”
In regards to the first round, Amy “didn’t have any strong feelings about any categories, so I went with anti-synonyms as I wasn’t sure what it meant, turns out it was just synonyms of ‘anti-‘”
She also joked about the show’s love of Shakespeare, saying, “I’d always figured I’d eventually have to say ‘Macbeth’ on the Jeopardy stage. I guess it’s not bad luck after all!”
“I had $4400 when I found the first DD, and neither Patrick nor Brittany had gotten much going, so I bet $2000 as roughly half my total,” Amy continued. “Turns out it was kind of a gimme.”
Although Amy has answered over 1,000 clues correctly, she had no trouble admitting “Once again, I don’t know who was president in what year (for the most part).”
Amy Schneider Is Only Halfway To Catching Ken’s Win Streak!
During her mid-game banter with host Ken Jennings about her record-breaking win streak, she wrote, “I hope I got across how much I respect Ken Jenning’s streak.” Ken Jennings set a 74-game win streak in 2004.
Amy continued, “At this point, I felt my streak had been going on forever, and yet I was only *halfway* to matching Ken! I was always impressed by it, but now that I’ve experienced the grind of a long streak, I’m just absolutely amazed. What an accomplishment.”
“Patrick and Brittany got a little momentum going after that, I was only able to get one of the next eight clues,” Amy added.
“I like The Adventures of Robin Hood, caught parts of it a few times on TCM,” she wrote, commenting on one particular clue. “I really love old Technicolor, I’ve never seen anything replicate those brilliant colors.”
“I also *love* Michelle Yeoh, I’ll watch her in just about anything (though I wasn’t sure if I could make her out on the video monitor in studio),” she added.
“Couldn’t get in on anything in the last category, so I had a lead at the break, but it still wasn’t anything to feel great about,” she continued.
“But that was about to change!” she wrote as the episode moved into the second round. “There were really two wordplay categories in this round, and of those 10 clues, I managed to run off 7 of them, so my lead was starting to look much more comfortable.”
Amy’s love of history came in handy for one clue: “For a relatively obscure country, I’ve found Nepal’s politics over the last few decades fascinating, with monarchy, Maoist insurgency, and a bizarre mass murder of the royal family by the crown prince. Plus their monarchy was sometimes called ‘The Snake Throne,’ which is cool.”
“All of which came in handy as I got the first Daily Double!” she continued. “I had a $17K lead at this point, so I went with a modestly aggressive $5K wager. Benazir Bhutto is one of the still sadly few female heads of government in history, and things were starting to look very good!”
“I then got the next three clues, giving me the second Daily Double!” Amy went on. “I briefly considered going even bigger, but stuck with the same $5000 bet. Once I got it, I knew that a big payday was possible!”
“I believe I’ve said before that I played Algernon in The Importance of Being Ernest several times as a child; it was one of my favorite theatre experiences, and I’m (distant) friends with both women who played Cecily with me to this day,” she added.
“I’m also a huge P.G. Wodehouse fan, his humor just hits me perfectly,” she continued. “It was nice to sweep the semi-theatre category, I had felt like I hadn’t been doing *quite* as well as I should have in those categories, given my background as a theatre kid.”
Amy Scores An Impressive Lead Going Into The ‘Final Jeopardy!’ Round
“That was part of a huge run of 10 straight for me, and when the dust cleared at the end of the round, I’d played my best game yet! $46,400 was my highest ever score going into Final, and by Coryat score, it was one of the 10 best games of all time!” she explained.
“So, now I had a decision to make,” she wrote. “I could have bet up to $40,000 in Final, and I definitely considered it. Maybe had I not been spooked by my recent big-money misses I might have, but I’m not sure, it just felt like such a big amount to risk.”
“Ultimately I went with $25,000, which still was at least close to the biggest wager I’d ever made. And I got it!!! Man, that felt good!”
Once again, her history background came in handy! “I have a weirdly distinct memory of a chapter heading in an American history textbook saying “1890: The End of the Frontier”, so as soon as the clue came up, I knew I had it,” she shared.
“Whew! That made up for a lot of the previous misses,” she wrote. “I kind of regret not betting the $40K (obviously), had I done so I would have had the highest single-game total in history of anyone not named Holzhauer. (BTW, his *average* score was higher than what I got in this game!!!)”
She added, “But it’s hard to really have regrets about what was still the 5th-highest non-Holzhauer score ever! Thanks (and apologies!) to Patrick and Brittany, they were both solid early but I was just completely locked in for Double Jeopardy!”
“So I’d just had my best game ever, and I’d historically done well on Fridays,” Amy concluded. “But the score starts at 0 every game, would I be able to finish out the day, and tie Matt Amodio? I was about to find out!”
Amy currently sits at 37 wins! She is only one game away from tying with Matt Amodio and his second-place record of 38 consecutive wins! Will she be able to tie him on Friday’s game? Fans can’t wait to find out!