50 Very Best Jeopardy Questions

50 Very Best Jeopardy Questions

Jeopardy! contestants have the brains it takes to get on the show. But the trivia questions can prove challenging even for the smartest of the show’s participants. These 50 extremely difficult Jeopardy! questions are infamously known as “triple stumpers.” Triple stumpers are questions that not one of the three players in the episode can answer. Read along and test your knowledge against some of the show’s hardest questions.

1. Appropriately, this type of public building in Grand Rapids is named after astronaut Roger B. Chaffee?

Category: Michigan Odds & Ends

Clue: This building is referred to as a “sky theater” and gives viewers an up close look at the night sky, planets, and stars. 

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A planetarium

2. In 1690 this English philosopher wrote, “Wherever law ends tyranny begins.”

Category: Political Quotes

Clue: He is known as the “Father of Liberalism.”

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John Locke

3. After “The Civil War” aired on PBS, this Memphis Civil War historian became a celebrity. 

Category: The Civil War

Clue: He was a Mississippi native who William Faulkner claimed “showed promise if he’ll just stop trying to write Faulkner.”

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Shelby Foote

4. He was the last Whig to hold the office & went on to become president when Zachary Taylor died.

Category: Vice Presidents

Clue: He was the 13th president of the U.S. and the last President that was neither Democratic or Republican parties. 

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Millard Filmore

5. This ex-prime minister is the wife of businessman Asif Ali Zardari 

Category: Pot Luck 

Clue: She served as the 11th and 13th prime minister of Pakistan in the later 1980s and early 1990s. 

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Benazir Bhutto

6. There’s no oxygen below 510 ft. in the center of this sea the Russians call Chemoye More. 

Category: Bodies of Water 

Clue: It’s known as the Mediterranean Sea of the Atlantic Ocean. 

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The Black Sea

7. On “Superman” Gary Merrill played this caped crusader. 

Category: Radio Heroes

Clue: To summon this superhero, a distress signal lights up the sky with an iconic symbol. 

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8. According to the book of Psalms, these objects “have ears, but they hear not.”

Category: All Ears

Clue: The Ten Commandments advises against the worship of these. 

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9. First planted in Rio in the 1770s, by 1830 it was Brazil’s top export. 

Category: Brazil

Clue: This bean transforms into what is the most popular hot drink in the world. 

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10. The Spanish title of this Vicente Blasco Ibanez novel about bullfighting is “Sangre y Arena.”

Category: World Literature

Clue: One of these substances is made of plasma and cells while the other is made up of materials from disintegrated rocks.

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Blood and Sand

11. In the late 1800s this furniture wood was described as “fumed” when it was stained with ammonia fumes. 

Category: Furniture

Clue: This type of tree is known as the “King of the Forest.”

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12. During WWI, its regiment de marche was France’s most decorated military unit. 

Category: World History

Clue: It was created in 1831 to help incorporate foreign nationals into the country’s army. 

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The French Foreign Legion

13. “If they asked me, I could” do this “about the way you walk and whisper and look.”

Category: Broadway Lyrics

Clue: 81% of the American population wants to do this, but only 15% actually does it in their lifetime. 

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I could write a book

14. Liquid plastic used to make “Creepy Crawlers” in the 1960s. 

Category: Toys & Games 

Clue: Mattel created this toy, but the fad died out in 1978. 

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15. Mary Martin became closely identified with this tune after singing it in Cole Porter’s “Leave it to Me.”

Category: “My” Songs

Clue: This phrase has also become a popular staple on baby onesies. 

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“My Heart Belongs to Daddy”

16. When founded on May 15, 1862, it had only a commissioner, 4 clerks, 1 gardener & his aides. 

Category: The Cabinet 

Clue: This department is responsible for executing laws related to farming, food, and forestry. 

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Department of Agriculture

17. She once used the male pen name Tom A. Janowitz, which is similar to her real name. 

Category: Pen Names 

Clue: Change the “O” in Tom and add the middle initial on the end. 

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Tama Janowitz

18. These “make fine birds.”

Category: Proverbs 

Clue: This material covers the bodies of all birds and assists in flight. 

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Fine feathers

19. Number of points for each team in a contest, it comes from Old Norse for 20 & also means 20.

Category: Word Origins

Clue: When someone returns to watch a sports game after stepping away for a moment, they always ask this question first. 

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The score

20. They’re a pair of passageways divided by a bony septum, leading to the vestibule. 

Category: Anatomy 

Clue: This prominent facial structure plays a role in the sense of smell. 

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The nostrils

21. On February 10 he was confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. 

Category: 1971

Clue: His son would eventually become the U.S. president in 2001. 

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22. Matthew Flinders completed the first circumnavigation of this continent in 1803. 

Category: World History 

Clue: This continent is commonly referred to as the “Land Down Under.”

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23. In this 1984 film, Lance Guest uses his video game skills to fight an interstellar war.

Category: “Last” Films

Clue: This film is one of the film industry’s earliest projects to use CGI. 

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The Last Starfighter

24. Corky saw this movie 768 times. 

Category: Anagrams 

Clue: Sylvester Stallone is best known for this film franchise. 

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25. The Great Mogul Diamond was once owned by this Mogul emperor who built the Taj Mahal. 

Category: Diamonds

Clue: He lived in the 1600s and was the fifth Mogul Emperor. 

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Shah Jahan

26. An attack on American sailors in Valparaiso brought the U.S. to the brink of war with this country. 

Category: 1891

Clue: This South American country is known as the “Country of Poets.”

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27. Edward Kemeys designed the lions that guard the entrance to the Art Institute of this city. 

Category: Design

Clue: This “windy city” is the heart of Illinois. 

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28. She went to medical school at Johns Hopkins before hosting a literary group & hanging out with Hemingway. 

Category: Shakespearean Name Roundup

Clue: She wrote the bestselling memoir called The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

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Gertrude Stein

29. I pledge you my everlasting this, from Latin for “faith.”

Category: Words of Love 

Clue: This faithfulness is given to a spouse or partner in a practice of loyalty. 

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30. The molecular structure of salt allows it to dissolve in water; the pepper will only disperse, creating this type of mixture, from the Latin for “hang up.”

Category: Science & Nature 

Clue: A bridge of this type is supported by large cables that run between towers. 

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A suspension

31. To absorb nutrients, or a collection of published material. 

Category: “D” Talks

Clue: Mothers advise their children not to swim until their lunch has fully done this. 

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32. The ceremonial mace kept in the House of Reps. is a copy of the one destroyed when the Brits invaded D.C. in this year. 

Category: Historic Objects

Clue: The War of 1812 continued on to this year. 

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33. This Omani capital is dominated by the sultan’s palace & 2 Portuguese forts built in the 16th century. 

Category: Middle Eastern Capitals 

Clue: It sits on the Gulf of Oman and is a major port city. 

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34. In the book “Explorers,” it precedes “Gama.”

Category: 2- or 12-Letter Words

Clue: Much to the dismay of mothers, this is typically a baby’s first word. 

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35. Asher Durand’s “Summer Afternoon” is on a stamp celebrating the school of artists named for this New York River. 

Category: Stamps 

Clue: This river provides trade routes to Canada and the Great Lakes region. 

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The Hudson River

36. This sweet stuff, the country’s longtime main crop & export, is grown on plantations called rocas. 

Category: Let’s Visit Sao Tome & Principe 

Clue: It’s formed from a bean and can be turned into a butter. 

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37. Apollo 12’s crew collected parts from a lunar probe with this “cartographic” name that had been there for 2 years. 

Category: The Apollo Missions

Clue: Also the name of the profession where workers survey land. 

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38. In the 80s this duo had a string of hits beginning with “Lost in Love” & “All Out of Love.”

Category: Soft Rock

Clue: There’s a short supply of this in space. 

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Air Supply

39. Breed of a chicken named for a famous American landing site. 

Category: Word Origins

Clue: This where the Pilgrims first landed. 

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Plymouth Rock

40. John Adams wrote this “makes a greater difference between man and man than nature has made between man and brute.”

Category: American Quotations 

Clue: High school graduates go to college to get one of these. 

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41. 1988, starring Sigourney Weaver.

Category: Cinema Zoo

Clue: Similar to Monkeys in the Rain. 

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Gorillas in the Mist

42. This funereal 3-word term for the toughest bracket of a sports tournament like the World Cup. 

Category: New to the OED

Clue: A type of group that is unusually competitive in a multi-stage tournament. 

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Group of death

43. He returned to Lake Victoria without Burton & mapped the region before returning home in 1863. 

Category: Sojourner 

Clue: He was a Captain and an officer in the British Indian Army. 

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John Speke

44. In 1917, a cookware salesman began giving customers soapy steel-wool pads, which he later sold under this name. 

Category: Business History 

Clue: Morse code is most commonly used to send this type of distress signal. 

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S.O.S. pads

45. A con man claims to be the son of Sidney Poitier in this play that opened on Broadway in 1990. 

Category: Nights on Broadway

Clue: Was also turned into a film starring Will Smith, Stockard Channing, and Donald Sutherland. 

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Six Degrees of Separation

46. The Banff Springs snail: this country 

Category: Animal Planet

Clue: The most northern country in North America. 

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47. Lying sick in bed, Adam gives his son Caleb his blessing by saying the Hebrew word “timshel.”

Category: The End of the Book

Clue: A cardinal direction plus the name of the first garden in the Bible. 

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East of Eden

48. British pride added a helmet from this site were an undisturbed 7th-century Anglo-Saxon burial ship was excavated. 

Category: The British Museum’s History of the World in 100 Objects 

Clue: The site of early medieval cemeteries that date back to the 6th and 7th centuries. 

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Sutton Hoo

49. Titian portrayed Mary ascending to heaven, also known as this Christian doctrine. 

Category: The Art of Religion 

Clue: People also make “these” when they accept something as truth without proof. 

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The assumption

50. The 105-year-old Looff Carousel in this Washington city’s Riverfront Park is housed in a building remaining from Expo ’74. 

Category: Parks 

Clue: It’s named after the county it’s located in and is home to the largest urban waterfall. 

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