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A BU Sophomore Divulges How To Beat 'Jeopardy!'05:07
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Boston University sophomore Erin McLean with host Alex Trebek (Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)
Boston University sophomore Erin McLean with host Alex Trebek (Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Erin McLean's flirtation with "Jeopardy!" started when she was just a kid back in Danvers. Now a sophomore at Boston University, McLean made beating the game show a serious goal. And her strategy for winning? "It's a combination of studying," she explains, "but only the things I didn't know." (In her case, that means art).

She continues: "It's more important to look at the context clues. You don't have to know a lot; you just have to know a lot about things surrounding them. For example, 'Jeopardy!' often repeats questions, so if they ask you about a composer from Finland, you know it's going to be Sibelius, no matter what."

McLean came to our studio to tell us more about her experience -- and play from a category that is sorely missing from the show's line-up: Boston.

Guest:

  • Erin McLean, "Jeopardy!" college champion and BU sophomore

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