Local teacher eliminated on 'Jeopardy!'

Mountain View resident Trevor Crowell's 'Final Jeopardy' gamble doesn't pay off

Palo Alto High School teacher Trevor Crowell fell short on Monday's episode of "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament, where incorrect answers, including missing the final clue, cost him a spot in the finals.

The Mountain View resident's knowledge of local figures proved useful in the first round when he was presented with this question under the colleges and universities category: "John Steinbeck studied marine biology at this private California school on and off from 1919-1925, but never got a degree." (Answer: Stanford.)

He racked up more errors as the competition entered the second round. In a category about medical conditions, he was given this clue: "One more reason to monitor this substance in your diet: It can build up & cause strawberry gallbladder." Crowell said sugar, but the correct answer was cholesterol.

Another mistake came through a Daily Double question on which William Shakespeare play had the future Henry VII declare "We will unite the white rose and the red." Crowell said King Lear, but the correct answer was Richard III.

Going into the Final Jeopardy round in second place with $10,600, he took a risk and wagered all but $100. The clue on Americana got the best of him (and his fellow competitors): "John and Priscilla Alden lie in the USA's oldest maintained cemetery, which like a poem about the couple, is named for this person." The Paly teacher said Arlington, but the correct answer was Miles Standish.

Crowell managed to pull a smile despite falling short of his chance at $100,000 and congratulated the tournament finalist at the end of the show.

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Posted by Sympathetic
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm

Gee, Mountain View Voice, isn't a local teacher getting into Jeopardy at all worth celebrating? It seems everything Jamey Padojino wrote here was negative.

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Posted by Also sympathetic
a resident of another community
on May 15, 2019 at 6:09 pm

Also sympathetic is a registered user.

Sympathetic, that's true but they had stories on May 7 and 8 about the fact that he got on and made it to the semifinals. Congrats to Mr Crowell. I hope you had fun!

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Posted by Further Sympathetic
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 16, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Also sympathetic, I missed those earlier articles, thanks for pointing them out. And by all means, congrats to Mr. Cromwell! You did us all proud.

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