Clues About Ottawa Leaving Jeopardy! participants on ice

The contestants would have answered the question had they delved into the life of the late great Alex Trebek.

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“An annual event called Winterlude includes ice skating on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in this town.”

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When host Ken Jennings read the final answer on the episode of Jeopardy! aired on Tuesday evening, none of the remaining participants could think of this world capital.

“Paris,” surmised Genesis Whitlock, a diversity and inclusion professional from Brooklyn, NY

“Amsterdam,” threatened Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, who was still holding a winning streak.

“It has canals, but no, the Rideau Canal runs through Ottawa, Canada,” Jennings said.

Of course, the contestants would have answered the question had they delved into the life of the late great Alex Trebek.

The long timeJeopardy! Host, who died of pancreatic cancer in November 2020, was born in Sudbury but graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1961 and never forgot the capital even as his fame grew.

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“Ottawa has always been my favorite,” Trebek said on one of his many trips to Ottawa in 2016 when he was handed the key to the city by Mayor Jim Watson.

He put his money where his heart was and donated millions to his alma mater, who in turn named Alex Trebek Alumni Hall in his honor.

Barely a month before he died, Trebek made a pre-recorded cameo from the set of Jeopardy! on the National Hockey League draft night.

“With the third pick in the NHL draw, the Ottawa senators are choosing this player,” Trebek said with a straight face before announcing the name of striker Tim Stuetzle.

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