A California professor pursues the second Jeopardy! tournament title

Sam Buttrey returns to “Jeopardy!” stage on Monday when the final of the Tournament of Champions begins. (Previous coverage in the video above.) Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School, earned his spot in the finals after winning the semifinals on Thursday, November 10. It was Final Jeopardy. The clue: “By ferry, the distance between these 2 twinned Mediterranean islands is about 40 miles from Alcudia to Ciutadella”, Buttrey correctly answered, “what are Mallorca and Menorca?” His bet of $10,601 was enough to advance him to the final. Professor NPS is now in the running for a second “Jeopardy!” title after winning the first teachers’ tournament last December. But winning this second title will not be easy. Buttrey takes on Andrew He and Super Champion Amy Schneider. A champion will not be crowned overnight. The finals will follow a best-of-seven format. The first competitor with three wins wins the tournament title and a grand prize of $250,000. Although we don’t yet know who will win. One thing is clear. The winner will be from California as all three contestants are from the Golden State. He’s from San Francisco and Schneider is from Oakland. “Danger!” airs weeknights at 7 p.m. on KSBW 8.

Sam Buttrey returns to “Jeopardy!” stage on Monday when the final of the Tournament of Champions begins.

(Previous coverage in the video above.)

Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School, earned his place in the finals after winning the semifinals on Thursday, November 10.

It boiled down to Final Jeopardy. The clue: “By ferry, the distance between these 2 twinned Mediterranean islands is about 40 miles from Alcudia to Ciutadella”, Buttrey correctly answered, “what are Mallorca and Menorca?” His bet of $10,601 was enough to advance him to the final.

Professor NPS is now in the running for a second “Jeopardy!” title after winning the first teachers’ tournament last December. But winning this second title will not be easy. Buttrey takes on Andrew He and Super Champion Amy Schneider.

A champion will not be crowned overnight. The finals will follow a best-of-seven format. The first competitor with three wins wins the tournament title and a grand prize of $250,000.

Although we don’t yet know who will win. One thing is clear. The winner will be from California as all three contestants are from the Golden State. He’s from San Francisco and Schneider is from Oakland.

“Danger!” airs weeknights at 7 p.m. on KSBW 8.

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