Want to Win $75,000 on 'Jeopardy'? Study Literature

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>Jeopardy contestant Roger Craig beat the show's one-day winnings record Tuesday night, earning $77,000 in a single episode. The Final Jeopardy category that gave him the $30,000 he needed to win? "Literary and Movie Title Objects." The clue was "The inspiration for this title object in a novel and a 1957 movie actually spanned the Mae Khlung River," and the correct answer, The Bridge on the River Kwai:

This isn't the first time literary knowledge helped a Jeopardy contestant break a record. The last one-day record-holder, Ken Jennings, broke $75,000 by naming two Shakespeare plays that featured ghosts on stage:


Lesson of the day? Maybe an English degree isn't such a bad investment after all.

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