Jerome Vered

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Jerome Vered (born March 13, 1958) is a Studio City, California writer, publicly known for his record-setting success as a contestant on the U.S. television game show Jeopardy!

Biography[edit]

Vered graduated from Harvard College and the USC School of Cinema-Television.[1] He took the Jeopardy test four times (in 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990) before being called to the show as an alternate in March 1991. He was not used in any of that day's tapings, but he did return the next year, and became a five-day champion,[2] with winnings totaling $96,801, second to Frank Spangenberg's $102,597. During that run, he shattered the one-day record for dollar winnings, earning $34,000 in one episode.[1]

After his five-day run, Vered returned for the 1992 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, finishing in third place and winning $7,500.[2]

In the 2005 Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, Vered won five games to advance to a three-game final match against fellow Jeopardy! record-setters Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Vered finished in third place, earning $250,000.[3] Of the three finalists, he was the only one not to get a bye in the tournament, as Rutter got a bye into the 2nd round and Jennings got a bye into the finals. Behind Rutter and Jennings, respectively, he is the third highest-earning contestant in Jeopardy! history, having won a total of $499,102 in his original five wins, the 1992 Tournament of Champions, the Ultimate Tournament of Champions, and the Battle of the Decades.

Although Vered is best known for his Jeopardy! prowess, he has also dominated in other quiz-show formats, including Win Ben Stein's Money, during which he recorded the first-ever sweep, and became the first to take home the full $5,000 of Ben Stein's money.[4] He would later become a researcher on the show's staff.[5] Vered's game show winnings thus total $501,602.

Vered returned to the Jeopardy! set on February 7, 2014 as part of the Battle of the Decades. He faced off against Tom Cubbage and Bob Verini but wound up in 3rd place going into final and finished second to Cubbage, who advanced to the quarterfinals in May.

In 2009, Vered became the first American to crack the top 10 at a World Quizzing Championship with an 8th place finish.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Wharton. "And the Question Is ... Will a Studio City Writer Top the 'Jeopardy!' Winnings Total Tonight?". Los Angeles Times. May 22, 1992. p. 19A
  2. ^ a b Veronique de Turenne. "Jeopardy winners say it's nice work if you can get it". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. November 27, 1992. p. 39
  3. ^ Lawrence Van Gelder (May 27, 2005). "Arts, Briefly: 'Jeopardy!' Titans Battle". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-04. "Mr. Jennings's second-place finish paid him $500,000, and the third place finisher, Jerome Vered, received $250,000." 
  4. ^ Bob Harris. Prisoner of Trebekistan. Crown Publishers, 2006. p. 221
  5. ^ "Jerome Vered: the great Jeopardy asterisk". Trivia Hall of Fame. Retrieved on June 20, 2013.
  6. ^ IQA.be. WQC2009 Results.

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Preceded by
Mark Born
Biggest Jeopardy! winners by season
1991-1992
Succeeded by
Edward Schiffer
Preceded by
Mark Born
Biggest one-day winners on Jeopardy! by season
1991-1992
Succeeded by
Mike Boyd
Preceded by
Lou Pryor
Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions second runner-up
1992
Succeeded by
Marilyn Kneeland
Preceded by
Frank Spangenberg
$30,600
1990
Biggest one-day winner on Jeopardy!
$34,000

1992
Succeeded by
Ben Sternberg
$38,400
2002
(after clue values doubled)
Ken Jennings
$75,000
2004
(would be halved prior to clue values doubling)