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    As you know, I’m a big JEOPARDY fan. I’m way too dumb to be on it, but I like watching other smart people being rewarded for having intelligence. So my readers tend to ask numerous JEOPARDY-related Friday Questions. Here’s one that warranted its own post since I went right to the source to provide the answer.

    Cecil Newson asks:

    Can a person make a living writing questions for Jeopardy? Is it a stressful job?

    Billy Wisse is the Co-Head Writer of JEOPARDY. I posed this question and he was gracious enough to respond.

    Hi Ken. Yes, you can make a living writing questions for Jeopardy!. It can be a stressful job but you get to learn a lot, exercise your creativity and work with great people. And there is not a lot of turnover, so job insecurity is one stress we are generally free from. Or should that be “from which we are generally free”? As you see, the job does bring out one’s nitpicking side.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Billy Wisse
    Co-Head Writer, Jeopardy!

    Very helpful and greatly appreciated. Thanks, and I’m ashamed to say I got the Final Jeopardy question wrong on Monday night and the category was “Movie Comedies.” This is why I’ll never be on that show.

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