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8 Secrets to Winning on Jeopardy

Night after night you watch Jeopardy on TV, shouting out answers and making exasperated noises as a contestant misses something obvious, gives a boneheaded answer, or makes a foolish bet on a Daily Double.

It looks easy from the comfort of your living room, but it’s a lot harder in the studio. I know, I’ve been there. You not only have the pressure of performing in front of an audience of millions, but you’re up against two other living, breathing contestants who want to win just as much as you do.

While the game has changed a bit in the 20 years since I was a Jeopardy champ — the dollar amounts were lower then and there were no celebrity clue-givers — the game has remained essentially the same. So, is there a secret to winning on TV’s longest running quiz show?

Here are a few things to consider if you want to try out for Jeopardy. (While the game’s premise is that they give the answer and the player gives the question, for simplicity’s sake I’m just going to refer to the clue being the question and the player giving the answer.)