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Montana man competes (again) on "Jeopardy!"

Stuart Crane of Kalispell
Posted at 1:22 PM, Nov 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-14 00:19:39-05

GREAT FALLS — Stuart Crane played well, but ultimately took second place, losing by just $1 to Fred Nelson.

In a gutsy move late in the Double Jeopardy round, Crane made a true daily double wager of $10,200 in the category "Say Cheese" with the following clue: "Danbo, a cheese originally from this country, is also known as King Christian IX when made with caraway seeds."

He correctly replied "What is Denmark?"

The Final Jeopardy clue - in the category Iconic Brands - was: "In 1916 it began packaging its flagship product in a variety of glass called Georgia green."

All three contestants correctly replied with "What is Coca Cola." Crane's bet of everything briefly put him in the lead, but Nelson's wager of $17,801 gave Nelson the win with $40,801.

(1st REPORT) Stuart Crane of Kalispell is getting a second chance to be in “Jeopardy!” as he will compete in the episode that will air on Monday, November 13, 2023.

Crane first competed on "Jeopardy!" on the episode that aired on Thursday, February 4, 2021 - and he won, defeating Gina Damico and returning champion Nicole Kozdron.

He is returning now in the “Wild Card” tournament, which features contestants who won one, two, or three games in previous seasons, and are now competing for a chance to be in the next Tournament of Champions.

Crane will be competing against Emily Fiasco of Missouri and Fred Nelson of California.

A graduate of Helena High School, Crane has lived in Kalispell since 2011 with his wife and two kids. He is also a graduate of Montana State University.

He applied to be a contestant in 2017, and finally got the call to compete for the first time in November 2020.

“You never know when you take the test if you’re good enough or not, some people will take the test and do well enough but just don’t get randomly selected among the many people who pass, so a little bit of luck and a lot of waiting,” Crane said.

"Jeopardy!" airs at 6 p.m. on KRTV.



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