All the answers 'Jeopardy!' whiz James Holzhauer got wrong during his historic run and the correct responses

Jeopardy ProductionsJames Holzhauer won a lot of money on ‘Jeopardy!’
  • James Holzhauer won over $US2 million from playing “Jeopardy!”
  • Even though he was usually right, Holzhauer sometimes buzzed in with the incorrect response.
  • Some of the answers he got wrong were about music, cars, and history.
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James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler, has finally ended his “Jeopardy!” winning streak.

He amassed over $US2 million in prize winnings, failing to unseat reigning champion Ken Jennings as the highest-winning contestant in the game show’s history. He lost during his 33rd game to a University of Chicago librarian named Emma Boettcher.

Though he had an impressive run, Holzhauer missed some clues while competing on the show.

Here are all of the times James Holzhauer buzzed in with the wrong response on “Jeopardy!” during his run and a breakdown of the right answers, according to the fan website Jeopardy Archive. We only included examples where he actually took a guess and was incorrect.


We Will Rock You: In 2018 this band “didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision, always had high, high hopes.”

YouTube/Panic! At the DiscoThe lyric is from the Panic! At the Disco song, ‘High Hopes.’

Holzhauer’s guess: Fall Out Boy, much to the delight of both bands.

Answer: Panic! At the Disco

The lyrics are from the band’s song “High Hopes.” “High Hopes” is the second single from Panic! At the Disco’s 2018 album “Pray for the Wicked.” It claimed the number-four spot on the US Billboard Hot 100.


American History: A 1975 N.Y. Daily News headline after this man opposed a federal bailout: “To City: Drop Dead.”

Holzhauer’s guess: Ed Koch

Answer: Gerald Ford

On October 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford gave a speech before the National Press Club. In it, he denied a nearly bankrupt New York City a federal bailout. The next day, The New York Daily News ran the headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead,” though the president never actually said “drop dead” in his speech.


Phrase Origins: 19th-century exhibitions saw fire brigades competing either using water, or in one of these, now a term for a practice effort.

Flickr / Official US Navy PageThe phrase has roots in the 1890s.

Holzhauer’s guess: A skirmish

Answer: Dry run

According to Grammarist, the phrase “dry run” is an American idiom derived from competitions between firemen in the 1890s. The contests involved simulating a response to a fire without the existence of an actual blaze and without the use of water.


American History: On June 1, 1660, Mary Dyer, one of this religious sect’s “Boston martyrs,” was hanged on Boston Common.

Wikimedia Commons/Brooklyn MuseumAn illustration of Mary Dyer being led to execution.

Holzhauer’s guess: The Puritans

Answer: The Quakers

The Quakers, sometimes referred to as Friends (short for The Religious Society of Friends), are a religious group that was particularly popular in Britain throughout the 1600s.

During that time, Quakers were known for being pacifists who refused to take legal oaths. The central Quaker belief at that time was that “everyone had the Light of Christ within them,” per History.com.

Mary Dyer, born in Britain sometime in the early 1600s, was raised a Puritan though she later converted to follow Quaker beliefs. Dyer served as a missionary and travelled around New England in the US to spread her Quaker beliefs.

Many severe anti-Quaker laws were in place during her travels and Dyer was imprisoned multiple times in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1659, she was formally banished from the area and this banishment carried the threat of execution should she decide to return. Shortly after being banished, she returned to Boston and was arrested, condemned, and expelled from the area.

In 1660, Dyer returned to Boston once more. She was publicly hanged in Boston Common on June 1, 1660, and she is now widely considered to be a martyr in the Quaker community.


The First Winner: In 1903 Maurice Garin was its first winner in 94 hours, 33 minutes, 14 seconds.

Holzhauer’s guess: Paris to Dakur

Answer: Tour de France

Held annually in France, this famous bicycle race consists of 21 day-long sections typically completed over the span of 23 days. It is only open to male cyclists, though there have been some female-focused versions of the race over the years.


Holidays and Observances: Constitution Day is September 17; this related set is celebrated every December 15.

Holzhauer’s guess:The Articles of Confederation

Answer: Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights is a group of amendments to the US constitution that guarantees personal freedoms and rights. The Bill of Rights became law on December 15, 1791, when Virginia became the final state needed to ratify it.


Route ’66: Modern auto safety took a big step in 1966 as LBJ signed bills mandating seat belts and rupture-resistant these.

Holzhauer’s guess:Airbags

Answer: Fuel tanks

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and Highway Safety Act into law.

With these new laws, the federal government became responsible for both setting and enforcing safety standards for automobiles and roads.

These new laws made it so all passenger cars must have features such as seat belts for every passenger, impact-absorbing steering wheels, side-view mirrors, and shatter-resistant windshields.

One of these new mandatory features was rupture-resistant fuel tanks because, in the event of a vehicle accident or collision, leaking fuel from a damaged gas tank can ignite a deadly explosion.


Monet-Punny: A common sight was walking around Monet, who worked outdoors, as in a cliff walk in this Channel-side French region.

Handout/GettyClaude Monet has some paintings of cliffs.

Holzhauer’s guess: Brittany

Answer:Normandy

One of the many regions of France, Normandy is known for its white-chalk cliffs and the picturesque island of Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

Famous impressionist painter Claude Monet lived in Normandy in the late 1800s.


Don’t Tread on Meme: A 2016 interview with this Batman actor found him looking sad; the internet then made him the meme we deserve.

Kris Connor / Getty ImagesBen Affleck starred in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’

Holzhauer’s guess:Christian Bale

Answer: Ben Affleck

In 2016, a meme featuring Ben Affleck made the rounds on the internet after YouTube user “Sabconth” posted an edited video of an interview Affleck gave to Henry Cavill following the poorly received release of the film “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The video included negative reviews of the film and used Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” to highlight Affleck’s pensive expression.


Ballet: The creators of 1943’s “Fancy Free” called each other Lenny & Jerry — Leonard Bernstein and this choreographer.

Jack Mitchell/GettyJerome Robbins was known for his choreography.

Holzhauer’s guess:Herman

Answer: Jerome Robbins

Jerome Robbins was an American choreographer, dancer, and director.Born Jerome Rabinowitz in Manhattan in 1918, Robbins worked on many famous stage productions including “The King and I,” “West Side Story,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

He won five Tony Awards for his work and he died in 1998.


Let’s Go to the Wildlife Refuge: More than 5,000 of these big deer spend winters at the Wyoming national refuge named for them.

Wikimedia Commons/MONGOElk is a member of the deer family.

Holzhauer’s guess:Moose

Answer:Elk

The National Elk Refuge in Teton County, Wyoming, is home to some of the largest herds of elk in the world. Members of the deer family, elk can weigh up to 1,100 pounds.


Journalists: Often called the first “war” one of these, Crimean war reporter William Howard Russell preferred “special” one.

Universal History Archive/UIG via GettyAn illustration of William Howard Russell.

Holzhauer’s guess:Photographer

Answer:Correspondent

William Howard Russell, an Irish journalist, covered the Crimean War between 1853 and 1856 for The Times, a British national newspaper. He is considered the world’s first war correspondent, a type of journalist who reports first-hand stories from war zones.

The term “special correspondent” is also used to describe someone who does this type of reporting and this was the title Russell oftentimes went by.


American Poetry: Frank O’Hara’s most famous poem is “The Day Lady Died,” in which he reads about this jazz singer’s death in 1959.

Holzhauer’s guess: Ella Fitzgerald

Answer: Billie Holiday

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1915 as Eleanora Fagan, Billie Holiday is a legendary jazz singer who was nicknamed “Lady Day.” She died of congestive heart failure in 1959 after living with drug addiction for more than a decade.

American writer and poet Frank O’Hara described his experience of the day of her death in the poem “The Day Lady Died.


The Civil War: On July 21, 1861, the Union attacked the Confederates near a stone bridge crossing this creek in the first battle of it.

Library of Congress/Wikimedia CommonsAn illustration of the Battle of Bull Run.

Holzhauer’s guess:The Manassas

Answer: First Battle of Bull Run

The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas, was fought between Union and Confederate Armies in 1861 in Northern Virginia during the American Civil War.

It was considered to be the first significant battle of the conflict and it was won by the Confederate army.


Music Festivals: At the Montreux Jazz Festival, you might see smoke on the water of this Swiss lake’s shoreline.

Holzhauer’s guess:Lucerne

Answer: Lake Geneva

The Montreux Jazz Festival is held annually on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It’s one of the largest jazz festivals in the world and it is typically held in early July.


Science Central: In 1916, the great chemist Gilbert Lewis called the central part of an atom this, a word we use for the seed of an apricot pit.

iStockApricot pits are called kernels.

Holzhauer’s guess:The stone

Answer:Kernel

Born in Massachusetts in 1875, Gilbert Newton Lewis was a pioneer in the field of physical chemistry and he created the electron-pair model of the covalent bond, which suggested that chemical bonds are pairs of electrons shared by two atoms.

The center of an atom is now called the nucleus, though Lewis referred to it as a “variable kernel.”


Movies in the DirectTV Guide: “Two hit men, a boxer, a crime boss, and others meet their fates over the course of two days.”

MiramaxThe movie came out in 1994.

Holzhauer’s guess:“Snatch.”

Answer: “Pulp Fiction”

Released in 1994, Pulp Fiction is a classic film directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, and Bruce Willis. The movie is graphic and violent, mirroring the cheap crime novels of the mid-1900s that it is named after.


Greek Cuisine: Made in the Vytina region, the first type of this sweetener does not crystallize.

Shirley Cheng/INSIDERVytina produces honey.

Holzhauer’s guess:Sugar

Answer:Honey

Vytina is a village in the Peloponnese region of Greece. It is famous for its honey, which does not crystallize easily and has a caramel-like consistency.


Crazy Weather We’re Having!: In 2013 there were 114-degree temps in La Rioja, the wine belt of this South American country.

ShutterstockLa Rioja.

Holzhauer’s guess:Chile

Answer:Argentina

The La Rioja Province of Argentina is home to many wineries and fruit farms. In mid-December of 2013, the area experienced the worst heatwave ever recorded in the region since records began in 1906.


Breaks and Livers: The portal vein brings venous blood to the liver, while this artery brings oxygenated arterial blood.

Wikimedia Commons/Marcelo Reis/(C.C. by 3.0)The hepatic artery brings blood to the liver.

Holzhauer’s guess:Pulmonary

Answer:Hepatic

In the human body, most veins are vessels that bring deoxygenated blood from the body’s various tissues to the heart. Veins are distinct from arteries, which generally take oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other areas of the body.

The hepatic artery is a short blood vessel that takes oxygenated blood to the liver, panaceas, duodenum, gallbladder, and part of the stomach. And the hepatic vein brings de-oxygenated from the liver to the inferior vena cava, which carries blood to the heart.


The Franklin Institute: Beethoven & Mozart wrote for this instrument that Ben Franklin created, which he said gave him the greatest personal satisfaction of all his inventions

Holzhauer’s guess: Glass flute

Answer: Glass harmonica

This instrument, also known as a glass armonica, was inspired by the sound of musical glasses, which Franklin heard during a trip to London and Paris. Though more than 5,000 of them had been made by the time of his death, he famously refused to patent them.


Press your luck: Permanent press is a process where fabric gets chemically treated to make it resistant to these.

istockThat’s what the setting on your washing machine means.

Holzhauer’s guess: Stains

Answer: Wrinkles

Clothing can come pre-treated with permanent press chemicals or you may have seen it as a setting on your washer or dryer. This setting usually means using lukewarm water and gently washing to prevent wrinkles and rips.


Final Jeopardy: This inductee into the Video Hall of Fame sold 17 million copies of a video cassette she released in 1982.

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesJane Fonda built a fitness empire.

Holzhauer’s guess: Madonna

Answer: Jane Fonda

This is the only Final Jeopardy question Holzhauer has missed so far in his tenure.

Though Fonda got famous for her acting work, she’s also well-known for her fitness empire. She released books, videos, and workout equipment in the ’80s to huge success. In addition to being in the Video Hall of Fame, she’s also in the Fitness Hall of Fame for her endeavours.


Hey B.B.: Stove placement of lower priority items

Steven Depolo / FlickrThe back burner.

Holzhauer’s guess: The bottom burner

Answer: The back burner

If you’re putting something in the back of your stove, it probably means you won’t need it right away, as you’d have to reach over other things to get to it. This is also a popular idiom.


World of Sport: The 2018-19 season of auto racing’s World Endurance Championship concludes with the 87th running of this event.

Holzhauer’s guess: Paris to Dakur (this was the second time he guessed this and was incorrect)

Answer: The 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an automobile race held in mid-June in the town of Le Mans, France. The rules of the race are the car that covers the greatest distance in 24 hours is the champion.


State School, That Great School: In 1965 John Irving entered this Midwest school’s prestigious writers workshop & worked with Kurt Vonnegut.

Flickr/Alan KotokThe University of Iowa.

Holzhauer’s guess: Indiana

Answer:Iowa

As the clue suggests, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop is a prestigious graduate program held by the University of Iowa. Additional alums include authors Jenny Zhang and Linda Lappin.


Tricky Trails: It takes a full day to manage this Yosemite peak.

Holzhauer’s guess: El Capitan

Answer: Half Dome

Half Dome sits high at 5,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley. As the clue suggests, it takes about 10-12 hours on average to reach its peak and includes a climb up some cables.


Don’t be afraid of the dark: Shakespeare’s Portia says, “How far that little” this “throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world”

ShutterstockThe answer was candle.

Holzhauer’s guess: Sun

Answer:Candle

This is a quote from “The Merchant of Venice,” and is meant to be a metaphor for hope in a world of darkness.


The 2018 Ig Nobel Prizes: The Anthropology award went to a report on “cross-species imitation” between these apes & humans at zoos.

Holzhauer’s guess: Gorillas

Answer:Chimpanzees

The Nobel Anthropology Award went to a report called “Spontaneous cross-species imitation in interactions between chimpanzees and zoo visitors” by Tomas Persson, Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc, and Elainie Alenkær Madsen, which found that chimps and human zoo visitors imitated each other at a similar rate.


Planes, trains, automobiles, and a boat: This train sung by blues artists got its name from its 12:05 a.m. departure en route to Parchman Penitentiary.

Wikimedia CommonsLead Belly, who popularised ‘The Midnight Special.’

Holzhauer’s guess: Midnight Train To Georgia

Answer: The Midnight Special

The clue references a song that was popularised by Lead Belly, but has since been performed by many other artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival and Johnny Rivers. It references a train that left Jackson, Mississippi at 12:05 a.m. on Sundays and travelled 130 miles to the prison, according to SongFacts.


Queen Victoria: Given this new anesthetic to inhale, Queen Victoria felt little or no pain in 1853 when she delivered her eighth child

smereka/ShutterstockChloroform is shown.

Holzhauer’s guess: Nitrous Oxide

Answer:Chloroform

Though she was cautioned against it, in 1853, before the birth of her son Prince Leopold, the queen inhaled the drug for 53 minutes, according to The New York Times. She apparently called birth “a complete violence to all one’s feelings of propriety (which God knows receive a shock enough in marriage alone).”


Childish Bambino: Babe had this player leadership position for only 6 days before being stripped of it for going after a fan in the stands.

Holzhauer’s guess: Manager

Answer: Captain

During one game in 1922, Ruth was reportedly fined $US200, was kicked out of the game, and lost his position as captain after disagreeing with a call, kicking dirt at an umpire, and then attacking a fan who heckled him on his way out.


You are a bad sailor: You don’t need to howl during the naval watches 4-6 & 6-8, named for this animal–it’s just a figure of speech

Holzhauer’s guess: Wolf

Answer:Dog

A watch in the navy is typically four hours, but a dog watch is a watch two hours long, typically the times listed in the clue, meant to allow people on duty to have some variety in their shifts and have a meal.


Epistolary novels: “The Boy Next Door,” a 21st century novel by Meg Cabot, uses this newer form of correspondence

ArthurStock/Shutterstock‘The Boy Next Door’ is written through emails.

Holzhauer’s guess: Texting

Answer:Email

The book referenced in the clue came out in 2002 and follows a gossip columnist named Mel as she chronicles her life, and the murder or her neighbour, through emails.


Geographic terms: A rugged mountain pass is a gap, & an especially rugged gap is a notch, like this one just east of Burlington.

ShutterstockSmugglers’ Notch in Vermont.

Holzhauer’s guess: Dixville Knotch

Answer:Smugglers’ Notch

Smugglers’ Notch is a passageway through the Green Mountains in Vermont. Its footpath is closed in winter and is surrounded by 1,000-foot cliffs. True to its name, it used to be used by smugglers.

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