Michigan comedian becomes three-time ‘Jeopardy’ champion from behind in Final Jeopardy

This Ann Arbor comedian ran into trouble on his third night of the Q&A show. He followed before the final “Peril“round. Here’s how the two-time Michigan champion did tonight. UPDATE: See if Wood could become a four-time champion

Andy wood was born in Minneapolis. He grew up in Ann Arbor when his family moved there when he was in his fourth grade. Wood graduated from Huron High School in 1995. He then attended Cornell University where he majored in electrical engineering and was on the swim team. He currently lives in California.


Wood quickly took the lead with Deanna Bolio of California not far behind. Kevin Harp of Arizona was far behind in third.

Bolio hit the Daily Double in this round and bet $ 2,000. She answered correctly by bringing it down to $ 6,000, placing it in the lead. She held that lead at the end of the round with $ 9,000, followed by Wood with $ 7,000 and Harp with $ 400.


Harp had a bit of a response frenzy at the start of this round, and also won $ 1,500 with the first Daily Double. He got back into the game right away. Bolio then responded to a series of clues while maintaining his lead. She also landed on the second Daily Double bet prudently winning $ 2,000.

Wood made a late comeback by correctly responding to a series of clues, but followed Bolio. The scores for Final Jeopardy were Bolio with $ 17,800, Wood with $ 12,600 and Harp with $ 7,900. Wood’s correct Final Jeopardy round and Bolio’s incorrect round were Wood’s only hope.


The clue: the origins of country names. The answer: this island country was named after a 16th century Spanish king whose name comes from the Greek for “horse lover”. What is the Philippines.

Harp had the right idea, which took him to $ 14,900. Wood was also right and bet a modest amount to $ 4,600, bringing it to $ 17,200, still behind Harp. She failed and bet $ 7,401 making Wood the three-time champion with a total of $ 64,798 over three days.


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