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Matt Amodio is not used to losing. The former Yale PhD student-turned-“Jeopardy!” celebrity wrote himself into the quiz show’s record books with his 38-game winning streak and over $1.5 million in winnings. But when Amodio appeared on the show’s “Tournament of Champions” on Nov. 10, the contestant faced some steep challengers.
Amodio — now a postdoctoral research for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard — squared off against Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School from California, and John Focht, a software team lead from Texas. In the first “Jeopardy!” round, the trio faced the “Celebs” category and were stumped by three of the five clues. The $800 clue was, “This 18-year-old dancer has 145 million followers on TikTok,” alluding to Norwalk native, Charli D’Amelio. Neither Amodio nor the other contestants guessed the correct answer. Amodio did correctly guess the $200 clue — “She co-starred in 'Green Lantern' with Ryan Reynolds before the pair married” — buzzing in with “Blake Lively,” as well as the $600 clue of “In 2022 this rapper & Rihanna welcomed their first child together,” answering “A$AP Rocky.”