Clues to Ottawa leave Jeopardy! participants on ice

Participants would have answered the question if they had boned up on the life of the late, great Alex Trebek.

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“An annual event called Winterlude includes ice skating on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in this city.”

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When host Ken Jennings read the final answer to the episode of Jeopardy! posted Tuesday night, none of the remaining contestants could find their way to this world capital.

“Paris,” guessed Genesis Whitlock, a professional diversity and inclusion from Brooklyn, NY

“Amsterdam,” threatened Amy Schneider, an engineer from Oakland, California, who still went on to win.

“It has canals, but no, the Rideau Canal runs through Ottawa, Canada,” Jennings said.

Of course, the participants would have answered the question if they had boned up on the life of the late, great Alex Trebek.

The protracted Jeopardy! host, who died of pancreatic cancer in November 2020, was born in Sudbury but graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1961 and never forgot the capital, though his fame grew.

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“Ottawa has always been my favorite,” Trebek said in 2016 during one of his many trips to Ottawa when he was handed the key to the city by Mayor Jim Watson.

He put his money where his heart was, and donated millions to his alma mater, who in turn named Alex Trebek Alumni Hall in his honor.

Barely a month before he died, Trebek appeared with a pre-recorded cameo from the set of Jeopardy! on National Hockey League draft night.

“With the third pick in the NHL draft, the Ottawa Senators pick this player,” Trebek said of the dead arm, before announcing the name of striker Tim Stuetzle.

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