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Hip to be smart: 'Jeopardy' savors run of super champions

NEW YORK -- As Mattea Roach, Amy Schneider and Matt Amodio can attest, it's cool to be smart again.“Jeopardy!” is on an unusual run of super champs. In the past seven months, each of those contestants has landed in the television game show's historical list of top five winning streaks.

Roach's run of victories ended on her 24th game Friday.The timing couldn't be better for “Jeopardy!” — and the show's fans know all about timing.The show had been reeling last summer after it bungled the process of replacing late host Alex Trebek. Mike Richards was fired as both host and executive producer of the show after insensitive statements he had made on a podcast surfaced.“It has really let people fall in love with ‘Jeopardy!’ again and forget about what happened to focus on all of these amazing contestants,” said Andy Saunders, who runs website.Amodio, a doctoral candidate at Yale University, ran off 38 straight wins before he was beaten last October.

He soon gave way to Schneider, the engineering manager from Oakland who was a fixture on TV over the holidays before her streak ended at 40. Roach, a 23-year-old tutor from Toronto, was the show's youngest major champion.They joined Ken Jennings, whose 74-game streak in 2004 has never seriously been challenged and high-stakes gambler James Holzhauer, who won 32 in 2019, in the “Jeopardy!” top five.The show, which has aired regularly since 1984, changed its rules in 2003 to allow people to stay on until they lose.

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