No takers on quiz show question on Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island farmers are still feeling the squeeze after the U.S. banned their potato exports because of potato warts. But a Quebec man named Mac Watson has chipped in to help, buying 27,000 kilograms of spuds. Mike Armstrong explains how Watson is trying to solve two problems at once.

“What is Prince Edward Island?”

Apparently, the brainiac competitors on Wednesday’s airing of “Jeopardy!” and its all-time winningest champion host have no idea.

The American TV quiz show’s current long-running champ Amy Schneider chose a category within the Double Jeopardy round entitled Local Nicknames.

With $2,000 up for grabs, the answer was “A Spud Islander is a resident of this Canadian province, known for its potatoes.”

Then crickets, as neither Schneider, nor her two challengers could come up with the question, which was “Prince Edward Island.”

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Even host Ken Jennings appeared to admit not knowing the question as he relayed the correct response.

Island potato farmers are already feeling the sting of a temporary Canadian ban on exporting P.E.I. spuds to the U.S. due to the discovery of two cases of potato wart.

For the record, Schneider won the day’s match to stretch her winning streak to 36 shows, and added another $17,800 to her total of $1,181,800.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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