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Can You Answer These Real Jeopardy! Questions About Words?

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If you are one of the 90% of Americans who are staying inside in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be running out of ideas about how to stay occupied. There is, after all, a finite number of shows that can be streamed online. Luckily, virtual gatherings – just like virtual happy hours – are an option. And what better way to spend this time with friends than to test each other’s knowledge with fun trivia questions.

As one of the most beloved games in American television history, “Jeopardy!” offers an entertaining activity to pass the time. Three contestants will have to battle it out while answering clues from different categories, several of which are about words. The categories vary wildly — from basics like compound words to more odd ones like “Dr. Johnson’s alphabet.”

24/7 Tempo went through J! Archives — a site created by fans of the show that lists clues going back to 1984 — and found more than 11,000 clues about words. We narrowed them down to 30 that are more specifically about the meaning of words, synonyms, descriptions, popular expressions, and spelling.

Click here to see if you can answer these real Jeopardy! clues about words

Test your knowledge in another area — U.S. states: Here are 50 real “Jeopardy!” questions about each state.

FROM RAGS TO RICHES $1200:

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Redact

NEW WORDS IN THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY $1200:

Glamping

NEW WORDS IN THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY $2000:

A dachshund

TRENDING AT MERRIAM-WEBSTER $1200:

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Hirsute

FROM THE “PEN” OF WEBSTER’S THIRD $800:

“Prudent only in small matters”

Pennywise

BIG WORDS $1200:

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Humongous

FRENCH WORDS IN ENGLISH $600:

A brunette

WORDS IN PLAIN SIGHT $1000:

A long, narrow strip of wood used as support for a bed

A slat

4-LETTER WORDS ENDING IN “O” $600:

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A memo

WORDS FROM MYTHOLOGY $1000:

Nemesis

WORDS START WITH “U” $800:

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Unboxing

NATIONAL SPELLING BEE WINNING WORDS $2000:

Dulcimer

NONSENSE WORDS $400:

Bazinga!

16-LETTER WORDS $2000:

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Northeasternmost

REVERSIBLE COMPOUND WORDS $1200:

Layover and overlay

ONOMATOPOETIC WORDS $1600:

The back of the neck

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Nape

JUST YOUR AVERAGE CATEGORY $1200:

Mediocre

SINGLE-CONSONANT WORDS $2000:

Adieu

HIGH-SCORING SCRABBLE WORDS $400:

Equinox

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FOREIGN WORDS & PHRASES $1200:

An au pair

ANAGRAMS OF EACH OTHER $800:

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Treason and senator

NUMERIC WORDS & PHRASES $1200:x

A three-ring-circus

ADD A LETTER $1600:

Fiend and friend

ABORIGINAL WORDS $400:

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Boomerang

NEWER WORDS $1600:

Youthquake

ANIMAL WORDS & PHRASES $1200:

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A duckface

MALE & FEMALE WORDS $400:

Iron

WORDS ABOUT WORDS $600:

This 5-letter verb meaning “to express feeling”, maybe on stage, is an example of a back-formation

Emote

MEDICAL WORDS & PHRASES $800:

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Tetanus

BORROWED WORDS $1200:

A bodega

AUTHORS USE NEW WORDS $600:

Freelance

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