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Can You Answer the Jeopardy! Clues James Holzhauer Couldn’t?

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This quiz has been updated to reflect the latest questions James Holzhauer got wrong.

James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler whose parents could very well be an encyclopedia and a dictionary, has been wiping that bright blue Jeopardy! floor clean with his strategic aggressiveness since debuting on the show earlier this month. As of publishing time, he’s accrued more than $1 million in winnings over 17 consecutive games, an astonishing pace that should be making Jeopardy!’s greatest champion, Ken Jennings, shvitzing a bit. (He seems to be chill about it at the moment.)

But enough of his stats: Are you smarter than this punk? Think you have what it takes to beat him on a clue? Ha-ha, sure. Knock yourself out. Below are 40 questions that, as of this publication, Holzhauer has so far buzzed in on and gotten incorrect or simply couldn’t answer (triple stumpers included), plus the category each question came from. Let’s see how much you actually know! And to check anything you might’ve gotten wrong, we’ve included an answer key at the bottom. Remember, you have about .05 seconds to form something in your head before he pounces on that buzzer. (Note: Like the show itself, this quiz acknowledges multiple answer variations as the correct response. Also, we won’t make you answer in the form of a question.) Good luck!

WE WILL ROCK YOU: In 2018 this band “didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision, always had high, high hopes”

AMERICAN HISTORY: A 1975 N.Y. Daily News headline after this man opposed a federal bailout: “To City: Drop Dead”

PHRASE ORIGINS: 19th-century exhibitions saw fire brigades competing either using water, or in one of these, now a term for a practice effort

AMERICAN HISTORY: On June 1, 1660, Mary Dyer, one of this religious sect’s “Boston martyrs,” was hanged on Boston Common

THE FIRST WINNER: In 1903 Maurice Garin was its first winner in 94 hours, 33 minutes, 14 seconds

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: Constitution Day is September 17; this related set is celebrated every December 15

ROOT '66: Modern auto safety took a big step in 1966 as LBJ signed bills mandating seatbelts and rupture-resistant these

MONET-PUNNY: A common sight was walking around Monet who worked outdoors, as in a cliff walk in this Channel-side French region

DON'T TREAD ON MEME: A 2016 interview with this Batman actor found him looking sad; the internet then made him the meme we deserve

BALLET: The creators of 1943’s Fancy Free called each other Lenny & Jerry — Leonard Bernstein and this choreographer

LET’S GO TO THE WILDLIFE REFUGE: More than 5,000 of these big deer spend winters at the Wyoming national refuge named for them

JOURNALISTS: Often called the first “war” one of these, Crimean war reporter William Howard Russell preferred “special” one

AMERICAN POETRY: Frank O’Hara’s most famous poem is “The Day Lady Died,” in which he reads about this jazz singer’s death in 1959

THE CIVIL WAR: On July 21, 1861, the Union attacked the Confederates near a stone bridge crossing this creek in the first battle of it

MUSIC FESTIVALS: At the Montreux Jazz Festival, you might see smoke on the water of this Swiss lake’s shoreline

CAR TALK: Introduced in the 1980s, this Ferrari model has a name that means "red head"

SCIENCE CENTRAL: In 1916, the great chemist Gilbert Lewis called the central part of an atom this, a word we use for the seed of an apricot pit

SMORGAS-WORD: Almost before and after: "Ne m'oubliez pas" flowers bloom as a Dallas TV spinoff

LAKE NAME-IS-MEMORABLE: Those imaginative Canadians! Okanagan Lake's Ogopogo and Lake Memphremagog's Memphre are these

TAKE "OUT": The term this type of "art" by self-taught non-mainstream artists was coined by Roger Cardinal in 1972

HISTORY: In ancient Rome if you were free but non-aristocratic, say a baker or an artisan, you were in this class

MOVIES IN THE DIRECTV GUIDE: "Two hit men, a boxer, a crime boss, and others meet their fates over the course of two days"

OCCUPATIONAL VERBS: In a 1999 speech Nelson Mandela said his government would do this "on" toward national reconciliation

NOVEL CHARACTERS: In this novel insurance agent Walter Neff turns to murder after falling for a woman he loves like a rabbit loves a rattlesnake

GREEK CUISINE: Made in the Vytina region, the first type of this sweetener does not crystallize

CRAZY WEATHER WE'RE HAVING!: In 2013 there were 114-degree temps in La Rioja, the wine belt of this South American country

SOCIAL STUDIES: He's a senator from Nebraska and the author of Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal

1930s SLANG: The 1930s were a time of poverty, and dog soup meant a glass of this

"TAKE" IT: This manifold supplies fuel and air to your car's cylinders

IT'S A GAS: Europe's first use of gas for this purpose was with coal gas in William Murdock's cottage in 1792

BREAKS & LIVERS: The portal vein bring venous blood to the liver, while this artery brings oxygenated arterial blood

MOVIE STORES: In The Shop Around the Corner, Margaret Sullavan and this actor bicker at work but are sweethearts by letter

THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR: Some 800 American volunteers died fighting for the Loyalists, many as part of a battalion named for this 19th c. president

HEY, "B.B.": Stove placement of lower priority items

WORLD OF SPORT: The 2018--19 season of auto racing's World Endurance Championship concludes with the 87th running of this event

STATE SCHOOL, THAT GREAT SCHOOL: In 1965 John Irving entered this Midwest school's prestigious writers workshop and worked with Kurt Vonnegut

TRICKY TRAILS: It takes a full day to manage this Yosemite peak

TASTE SENSATIONS: Big, full-bodied, jammy, and, dare we say, unsubtle red wines are called these "bombs"

STAGE CRAFT: The musical Anything Goes, set on an ocean liner, has a song with this appropriate French title

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: In 1985 Philip Morris acquired this maker of Jell-O and Oscar Mayer meats for almost $6 billion

Answers, descending from the top: Panic at the Disco; Gerald Ford; a dry run; the Quakers; the Tour de France; the Bill of Rights; fuel tanks; Normandy; Ben Affleck; Jerome Robbins; elk; correspondent; Billie Holiday; First Battle of Bull Run; Lake Geneva; Testarossa; kernel; Forget-Me-Nots Landing; lake monsters; outsider art; a plebeian; Pulp Fiction; soldier; Double Indemnity; sugar; Argentina; Senator Ben Sasse; water; the intake manifold; heating; the hepatic; Jimmy Stewart; Abraham Lincoln; back burner; the 24 hours of Le Mans; Iowa; Half Dome; fruit bombs; “Bon Voyage”; General Mills

Can You Answer the Jeopardy Clues James Holzhauer Couldn’t?