As a contestant on the thinking person’s game show “Jeopardy” in the summer of 2010, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Kara Spak tore up the place, winning five nights in a row, amassing $85,401 in prize money and picking up a few devoted fans. That qualified her for more big money on the game’s “Tournament of Champions” that aired this week.
On the stage, the 30-minute show went by in about 30 seconds, a complete blur of not being able to ring in and then finally getting in and answering with a wildly inappropriate answer (“What is a threesome?” to a question about a love triangle). During a commercial break that followed, Alex Trebek called me a “saucy wench.”
It didn’t help that she and her fellow competitor, a film preservationist, were up against computer scientist Roger Craig, who set the record for most winnings in a single game — $77,000 – and whose $230,200 in total winnings places him fourth among the game show’s top winners.
Still, Spak has a shot of moving on to the tournament’s semi-finals if her unusual bet of just $12 in the game’s Final Jeopardy lands her a “wild card” spot. The big reveal airs Nov. 8.