‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s incorrect Final Jeopardy answer wins over viewers

Jeopardy! fans on couldn’t help but be drawn in by a contestant who had some quirky moments on Thursday. Joel Levinson, a head of content from Ohio, showed his personality from the get-go. With his curly hair and mustache, Levinson gave a seemingly sarcastic side nod to the camera during the introductions, followed by a shrug, then a smile as he nodded.

For one clue — “Put on your gauntlet & wire mesh mask” — Levinson leaned back and guessed with a suddenly high-pitched cartoonish voice, “What is lacrosse?”

Host Ken Jennings commented, “Never heard that voice before, Joel.”

The clue was: “This 1962 classic was dedicated to Albert Schweitzer, who predicted that man ‘will end by destroying the earth.’”

Levinson looked to the sky and clasped his hands above his head as Jennings read his answer.

“You wrote down the nonfiction classic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” Jennings said while chuckling. “I’m afraid that’s not correct.”

Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret is a 1970 novel by Judy Blume. The correct answer was Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

And though Levinson didn’t know the answer, he knew enough to not bid on it.

THIS IS JEOPARDY!…contestants in charcoal or ink

In lieu of leisurely life-drawing, I challenged myself, in the latter part of 2015, to do speed drawing of Jeopardy contestants. I don’t pause the program so I have to get the essence of a person in the brief moments that they’re on screen. I sketched in either charcoal or ink to add to the difficulty because there is no correcting allowed. I tried to do some as caricatures and others as more portrait-like.

But before we get to the contestants, we must have Alex Trebek, the One Host to rule them all. Unlike the super quick doodles of the contestants, I gave myself about 20 minutes to sketch Alex from a photo and directly in ink. . .without under-drawing with a pencil or any erasing.


Some of the contestant drawings are more caricatures while others are more realistic. Which do you prefer?

Click on any thumbnail to pull the larger version up. This is just a sample of all the sketches I did.

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