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Video: Who is our new favorite 'Jeopardy' loser?

That’d be American hero Ari Voukydis, a comedian and veteran improv teacher who found himself a distant second going into Final Jeopardy on Thursday’s episode. The clue category: “Science & Industry.” The answer: “In 1891, this European said, ‘Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your Congresses.'”

The correct question? That’d be “Who is Alfred Nobel?”—the Swedish armaments manufacturer who invented dynamite, then was inspired to create the Nobel Prize (for physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace) after reading his own obituary. (Truth: Stranger than fiction!) Unfortunately, none of the smartypantses playing in last night’s game could name him; fortunately, Voukydis came up with something even better.

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'Jeopardy!' champion Julia Collins loses

Who is Julia Collins? She’s the most successful woman in the history of Jeopardy! — and unfortunately, her time on the show has come to an end.

Collins lost during her 21st appearance, which aired Monday, after betting everything in Final Jeopardy and answering the question incorrectly. The clue that stumped her? “The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay.” The correct answer: “Who is John Irving?” (Collins guessed Michael Chabon instead.)

Collins lost to Brian Loughnane — but walked away from the show with a total of $428,100 and 20 victories. For those of you keeping count, that officially puts her ahead of David Madden and firmly in the second place spot for most consecutive wins, behind only Ken Jennings. See the Final Jeopardy question that finally defeated her in the video below. READ FULL STORY

Here's what you need to know about 'Jeopardy!' champion Julia Collins

If you haven’t already heard the name Julia Collins, it’s only a matter of time.

Collins has now won 18 straight games of Jeopardy, giving her the most wins of any woman in the show’s history and putting her in third place on the show’s all-time win list. Ken Jennings and David Madden currently hold the top two spots for most consecutive non-tournament wins.

But with nearly $400,000 in winnings, Collins isn’t done competing yet. So before she goes on to break any more records, it’s time you got to know a little about her. READ FULL STORY

'Jeopardy!' champ Arthur Chu's winning streak ends -- VIDEO

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He can’t win ‘em all, apparently. Arthur Chu’s 11-game Jeopardy! winning streak ended Wednesday when he wagered everything on an incorrect Final Jeopardy! answer.

But losing isn’t so bad — Chu is still walking away with his earnings from more successful games, which come to a total of $297,200. Pocket money, you know.

Chu won the third highest of any Jeopardy! contestant, following number one winner Ken Jennings and David Madden at number two. Chu’s success came partly from his strategy of jumping around the game board and finding Daily Doubles before his fellow contestants, which has earned him a villainous reputation — one that he’s embraced.

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Sorry, Internet: 'Jeopardy!' confirms that 'gif' has a soft 'g' -- VIDEO

I know it. You know it. The American people know it. And now it’s been corroborated by the ultimate smartypants authority: Jepoardy, and more specifically, Alex Trebek.

Yes, Steve Wilhite — inventor of the looping mobile image format that conquered the Internet long ago — has always insisted that his creation should be pronounced with a soft “g;” you’re supposed to say it like the peanut butter, not “gift” without the “t.” And yet plenty of us continue to ignore his wishes, including the Oxford English Dictionary — which allows for both pronunciations.

Not America’s favorite quiz show, though. Tuesday’s Final Jeopardy established that as far as Trebek is concerned, the soft “g” rules. Could this finally be the video that convinces everyone to let go of gif? Only time will tell; for now, though, watch it and weep.

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'Suits' star Meghan Markle takes EW's Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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Having already gotten to know Suits star Patrick J. Adams better with an EW Pop Culture Personality Test, it’s only right that we bring in Meghan Markle, who plays his onscreen love interest Rachel, for questioning. And her answers do not disappoint. Watch the video below to find out which Beverly Hills, 90210 actor was her first celebrity crush and which Baywatch lifeguard received the only fan letter she’s ever written. READ FULL STORY

Who should replace Alex Trebek on 'Jeopardy'? -- VOTE

This beloved game-show host may be out of a job come 2016.

If you guessed “Who is Alex Trebek?” then you probably already know what the New York Post is reporting – that the long-time Jeopardy host will be stepping down when his contract expires in 2016. (Reps for the show and Alex Trebek declined to comment to EW).

The Post is also saying the show is looking to woo Matt Lauer — who’s been having some trouble with his current gig — for the job if he leaves Today. The Lauer suggestion is ridiculous. As much as we all adore Jeopardy!, it would be a huge step down for the current morning show anchor, and something he has no need to seriously entertain.

But Trebek does eventually need a replacement, and it’ll likely be someone younger who can be the face of the franchise for a long time to come. I’d love to see Anderson Cooper — whom the Post reports is also a contender —  take over. He’s obviously incredibly intelligent, and his daytime show, not to mention his New Year’s specials with Kathy Griffin, show he’s quick on his feet and isn’t afraid to have some fun with pop culture. READ FULL STORY

'Jeopardy!' kills it with Stephen King-themed board -- PHOTO

It’s not quite as OMG-worthy as the game show’s recent homage to “Call Me Maybe” — but this board from tonight’s episode of Jeopardy!, inspired by legendary writer, longtime EW contributor, and — as a commenter points out — former Celebrity Jeopardy! victor Stephen King, is still pretty nifty. See the spooky sight below:

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This is crazy: 'Jeopardy!' goes all out with 'Call Me Maybe'-themed clues

Well, that’s one way to make contestants in the Teen Tournament feel welcome.

These are the clue categories Jeopardy! gave its high school-aged competitors during the first round of a game earlier this week. And this is how stately, dignified Alex Trebek sounded when reading those category names aloud:

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'Jeopardy!' producer reveals how to ace the game's online audition test

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Is your brain bursting with fun facts about everything from aardvarks to the Zhou Dynasty? Does your trigger finger itch every time you watch a game show on TV? Have you always yearned to say the words “anal bum cover” to Alex Trebek himself?

If so, this is your lucky week. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Jeopardy‘s official website will host its annual online test — the ten-minute, 50-clue quiz that serves as the first hurdle for anyone who wants to become a Jeopardy! contestant. Participants don’t have to phrase their responses in the form of a question or even spell everything correctly — so no sweat if “Quetzalcoatl” ends up being one of the answers — but they do have to snag a high score if they want to make it to the next round of the audition process.

So how can you ensure victory over this trivial pursuit? There’s no secret formula — but Jeopardy! contestant producer Maggie Speak was kind enough to share a list of online test tips and tricks with EW. Read on to see her advice — and don’t forget to register before the test date of your choice. Your time begins… now.

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