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'Jeopardy!' champ Amy Schneider opens a new chapter for show

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LOS ANGELES -- One word made all the difference Wednesday on “Jeopardy!”Champion Amy Schneider’s dazzling streak on the quiz show is over, snapped by a Chicago librarian after 40 consecutive wins and nearly $1.4 million in prize money.Schneider’s success put her in the ranks of Ken Jennings, who's serving as guest host, and the quiz show’s other all-time greats.

It also made Schneider, a trans woman, a visible symbol of achievement for often-marginalized people.“It’s still a little hard to believe," she said of her impressive run. "It's something that I’m going to be remembered for, and that’s pretty great,"New champ Rhone Talsma had the correct response to the final “Jeopardy!” clue for a winning total of $29,600.

Schneider, who found herself in the unusual position of entering the last round short of a runaway, was second with $19,600.“I’m still in shock,” Talsma said in a statement. “I did not expect to be facing a 40-day champion, and I was excited to maybe see someone else slay the giant.

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