No, I haven't been a Jeopardy contestant. I play a pretty decent living room game, inspiring my mother and brother to marvel that I should go on the show, but I'm well aware that there's a big leap from answering the questions at home and not making a fool of yourself on the show. (I know people who have been winning contestants, including at least three mystery writers--Noreen Wald, Taffy Cannon, and Nathan Walpow. I'm seriously impressed by them!) Still, Mom's an addict, and I enjoy watching the show when I'm around her and Jeopardy's a long-term part of my mental landscape.
So you can imagine how impressed I was when I found out I'd been a Jeopardy question! In fact, I got to see it live, and captured it on my DVR. Sally Fellows (one of the founders of Mayhem in the Midlands) emailed me that she'd just seen me on Jeopardy. I was at my computer, read the email, and realized that she'd sent it at 5:52 my time--way early for Jeopardy. Apparently it shows at 4:30 CT in Omaha, instead of 7:30, as it does here. Maybe, if I set my DVR . . . tuned into ABC at 7:30 p.m.
And I got to see it! Photo of the clue above. The contestants looked blank, but Alex Trebek loved saying, "We'll Always Have . . . Parrots," and the studio audience tittered. A highly satisfactory appearance on Jeopardy if you ask me!