11 Funny ‘Jeopardy!’ Answers From Folks Who Should Have Put The Buzzer Down

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

Contestants on Jeopardy! have to think fast in order to get the right answer quicker than their opponents.

While jumping the gun may be the way many contestants secure the victory, doing so can backfire on folks, too. The responses below are more than just a little disappointing: they’re hilarious.

Obviously, there’s a lot of pressure when you’re holding the buzzer and trying to pay attention to a prompt from Alex Trebek. I know I’d probably be totally speechless if I were standing behind those podiums.

And then there are those times when a contestant just draws a total blank and throws an answer out that they know won’t be right — though it might earn some laughs, at least.

Whether they meant to or not, each of the responses from contestants below are sure to tickle your funny bone.

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1. Body Part


Prompt: “The fur of this rodent seen here is said to be 30 times softer than human hair.”

Response: “What is a titmouse?”

Correct Response: Chinchilla, which are shown above. This response is even more hilarious when you realize a titmouse is actually a type of bird.

2. Tool Time


Prompt: “This term for a long-handled gardening tool can also mean an immoral pleasure seeker.”

Response: “What is a hoe?”

Correct Response: Rake, a shortened form of the old term for a “rakehell,” or “hellraiser.”

3. Military Men


Prompt: “On June 6, 1944, he said, ‘The eyes of the world are upon you.'”

Response: “Who is some guy in Normandy but I just won $75,000!”

Correct Response: Dwight D. Eisenhower, but the teen who won the tournament was also correct about his new funds.


4. Hymns


Prompt: “A Christian hymn and Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical.”

Response: What is Kinky Boots?

Correct Response: “Rock of Ages,” which was also a 2012 film starring Tom Cruise.

5. Science And Industry

Alfred Nobel

Prompt: “In 1891, this European said, ‘Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses.'”

Response: “Who is this handsome gentleman?” (Including arrow pointing up at himself.)

Correct Response: Alfred Nobel, but you have to give the guy points for creativity!

6. Asian Nations

chao phraya

Prompt: “The Chao Phraya, this country’s main river, flows to the gulf named for the country.”

Response: “What is Mexico?”

Correct Response: Thailand, which, as we all know, is actually in Asia.

7. Group Countdown

love triangle

Prompt: “If Andy yearns for Brenda, and Brenda cares about Charlene, who pines for Andy, the three of them form one of these.”

Response: “What is a threesome?”

Correct Response: Love triangle, but you can probably see where the contestant got things mixed up.

8. Sports Superstars

Magic Johnson

Prompt: “100+ assists in an NHL season has been accomplished only 13 times, 11 times by this player.”

Response: “Who is Magic Johnson?”

Correct Response: Wayne Gretzky, perhaps the world’s most famous hockey player.

9. Notable Groups

algonquin round table

Prompt: “Harpo Marx was among this group when it met in NYC’s Rose Room for its final time, in 1943, and found there was nothing left to say.”

Response: “What is I have no idea?”

Correct Response: The Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York City writers, critics, actors, and comedians who met for lunch from 1919 to about 1929.

10. Americana

Alex Trebek

Prompt: “The original one of these in Massachusetts’ Little Brewster Island was built in 1716; automation didn’t come until 1998.”

Response: “What is Kebert Xela?”

Correct Response: Lighthouse, but the contestant got a smile from Alex with the Family Guy reference, spelling the host’s name backwards.

11. 16th Century Names

lady godiva

Prompt: “Paul III roared at him, ‘I have waited 30 years for your services. Now I’m Pope. Can’t I satisfy my desire?'”

Response: “Who is Lady Godiva?”

Correct Response: Michelangelo, who probably kept his clothes on — unlike the fabled horse-riding woman.

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