Ottawa clue stumps Jeopardy! participants

OTTAWA – If You Caught ‘Jeopardy!’ Tuesday night you probably knew the right answer to the last track.

The Final Jeopardy category was the capitals of the world, and the two remaining players got a clue that Ottawa fans were likely shouting on their TV.

The clue, as read by host Ken Jennings: “An annual event called Winterlude includes ice skating on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in this city.”

At this point, most Ottawa viewers, incl CTV’s Patricia Boal, probably screamed the right answer.

But both participants were stunned. The first, Genesis Whitlock, said Paris. Then said the five-time champion Amy Schneider Amsterdam.

Even Jennings, record holder for the longest Jeopardy! winning streak, had a possible slip-up.

In response to the ‘Paris’ guess, he said: “No, the name is French, but it’s not Paris.”

The origin of Ottawa’s name is not French. It comes from the Algonquin word ‘Adawe’, which means ‘to trade’.

However, it is possible that Jennings referred to the name ‘Rideau Canal’ rather than Ottawa itself.

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