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“I play ‘Jeopardy!’ was the most fun I’ve ever had and I didn’t want it to end,” she said. “I knew it would happen one day, but it was hard to realize that the time was finally here.”

An engineering manager who lives in Oakland, Calif., Schneider, 42, has known the outcome of her race for more than two months. During this time, she rode the wave of new game show stardom, watching the world discover her prodigious intellect, and gradually people began to recognize her on the streets.

She freely shared insights into her life (she has a girlfriend named Genevieve and a cat named Meep), stories about her childhood (in eighth grade, she was voted most likely to compete on “Jeopardy!”), and shared his secret to success (a lifetime of curiosity). As a transgender woman, she was forced to deal with bigotry online, to which she answered skillfully, but she also had the opportunity to receive loads of encouraging and affirmative comments, including from transgender viewers who were delighted with her success.

As his streak stretched, his stats added up to something mind-blowing. According to the show’s numbers for her 40 winning games, of the clues she answered, she was right 95% of the time and gave the correct answers for the Daily Double 87% of the time.

Because his streak had come so soon after that of Amodio, who lost in October, it prompted fans of the show and members of the production team to speculate as to why “Jeopardy! ” saw an unusual number of sequences. The show’s executive producer, Michael Davies, shared several possible explanations, including the ever-expanding online archive of study materials and a new entrance exam that contestants could take at any time, rather than during special windows.

Its success also came when the long-running game show was in the midst of a difficult transition following the death of its beloved host, Alex Trebek, in 2020. After a failed date, the show did not yet named a permanent successor, dying between Jennings and sitcom star Mayim Bialik.



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