By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia
Third time is still a charm for Iowa City native Paul Nelson, as his “Jeopardy!” winnings climbed to $45,400 Tuesday morning (11/6/12).
He’ll have a two-week break while the popular answer-and-question game show goes into its Teachers’ Tournament. After that, Nelson, 23, a legislative correspondent in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Washington office, will be back to defend his crown.
He jumped to a huge lead Tuesday, racking up $4,800 by the first commercial break. He amassed $7,400 by the end of the first round and took $18,100 into Final Jeopardy.
It seemed like a given that he’d clean up in the Final round, with the category Cabinet Departments. He tripped, however, on which department launched a Spanish-language television campaign. He guessed the Department of Commerce, but the answer was the Department of Homeland Security.
No worries, with a conservative wager, his total fell to $16,200 — enough to remain Jeopardy champion.