Diana Peloquin Beats Controversial 'Jeopardy' Champ Arthur Chu

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 04:59 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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University of Michigan law student Diana Peloquin snared a “Jeopardy” victory Wednesday to stop Arthur Chu’s 11-game winning streak.

It was beginning to look as if Chu and his unusual playing strategy might challenge some of the Jeopardy win records, but Peloquin scored on a couple Daily Doubles and ended the game with $15,700, beating Chu.

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Peloquin watched the episodes, which are pre-recorded, along with other law students at the university, she told Michigan Live. “They were cheering and clapping when I got a question right,” she said.

The show tapes several episodes at once, and Peloquin was able to watch champion Chu play.

Chu has been criticized over his run — which earned him $297,200 — because he didn’t play in a traditional “Jeopardy” style. Chu would typically start at the bottom of each category, going straight for the largest-dollar answers.

Peloquin told Michigan Live that she didn’t agree with the criticism of his playing style and was surprised at how much flack he took.

“I actually really admired his playing style while watching his games, so I was surprised that there was such a backlash to it," she told Michigan Live.

Chu was upset he didn’t go further in the game. On the “Jeopardy” website, he said, “$297,200 is an awfully unsatisfying-looking number; Alex [Trebek] gave me a hard time about not breaking $300,000 and I wish I had, if only to make for a better story.”

Peloquin told Michigan Live that she had to look at the mistakes she made during the game with humor, like when she called the Peanuts comic strip character Sally instead of Lucy.

“I saw that moment, and I didn’t remember it happening. I was really invested in playing the game. Not even winning, but just playing the game,” she told Michigan Live. “So seeing some of those questions come up was a surprise to me.”

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