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Can You Solve These Real ‘Jeopardy!’ Clues About Irish Culture?

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Though “Jeopardy!” is on its second interim host after Alex Trebek’s death in November 2020 — executive producer Mike Richards — the trivia show remains one of most beloved primetime game shows in America for decades.

On the show, three contestants duke it out answering trivia questions in several categories, including history. Irish history, in particular, has been very popular. There have been over 900 questions related to Irish historical figures, culture, and traditions.

In honor of March being Irish-American Heritage Month, 24/7 Tempo went through J! Archives — a site created by fans of the show that lists clues going back to 1984, when the show first aired in its current format — to identify some of the most interesting and challenging questions about Irish culture.

Wonder how you’d rate on the game show? Take the following pop quiz and see how you stack up.

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

Click here to see if you can answer these real ‘Jeopardy!’ clues about Irish culture?

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RUN IT UP THE FLAGPOLE $4,000 (Daily Double):

In a nod to its Irish settlers, Montserrat’s flag shows a woman in green holding one of these musical instruments

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A (Celtic) harp

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th CENTURY RAIDER? $400:

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Around 420 Irish raids on Britain carried off corn, cattle & this young future Irish super-saint

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St. Patrick

GLOBAL CHEERS! $1600:

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“I want’cha” basically rhymes with this traditional Irish toast

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Sláinte

RAINBOW COALITION $800:

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In the musical “Finian’s Rainbow”, Finian & his daughter have been followed by one of these creatures from Irish folklore

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A leprechaun

 

“A” BEFORE “E” $1200:

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It’s another name for the Irish language

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Gaelic

 

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS $800:

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Deirdre Bair’s 2019 “Parisian Lives” is a memoir of writing the biographies of Simone de Beauvoir & this Irish-born playwright

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Samuel Beckett

 

CLASSIC SONGS $1600:

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Here’s a little something you might have heard on St. Paddy’s Day

“When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”

 

CRAYOLA COLORS IN OTHER FORMS $600:

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The name of this plant comes from an Irish word meaning “clover”

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Shamrock

 

THE IRISHMAN $800:

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Dublin’s Leinster House inspired James Hoban’s design of this Washington, D.C. building

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The White House

 

CELEBRITY ARTISTS $1200:

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“Bisou Moi”, or “Kiss Me”, was painted by this Irish James Bond actor for wife Keely Shaye Smith

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Pierce Brosnan

 

GHOSTWRITERS $1200:

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Early in his career, this Irish playwright ghost wrote music columns

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George Bernard Shaw

 

“WATER” YOU SAYING? $800:

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Irish city famous for its crystal

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Waterford

 

ACCENTS $2000:

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It’s another word for an Irish accent

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A brogue

 

WHISKEY BUSINESS $400:

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Most scotch is distilled twice; this type of whiskey, like Bushmills & Tullamore D.E.W., 3 times

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Irish whiskey

 

ACTRESSES $2000:

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This Irish-raised lass was just 13 when she got her first Oscar nomination, for “Atonement”

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Saoirse Ronan

 

PLACES THAT BECAME WORDS $800:

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On the Shannon River there’s an Irish town that’s given its name to this verse of renown

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Limerick

 

COUNTRIES’ MUSIC $1200:

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Irish euro coins feature the traditional musical instrument called clairseach or the “Irish” this

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A harp

 

HE IRISH-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME $2,000 (Daily Double):

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The 2011 inaugural class included Maureen O’Hara & this 4-time Pulitzer-winning 20th century playwright

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Eugene O’Neill

 

G.O.T. $800:

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Pub memorabilia websites sell signs advertising this “G.O.T.” –the sign of a fine Irish bar

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Guinness on tap

 

1890’s $400:

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In 1895, this Irish playwright was sentenced to 2 years’ hard labor on a morals charge

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Oscar Wilde

 

GOING VEGAN $400:

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Vegans can finally have a proper pint; this Irish brewer completely phased out fish-derived filters in 2017

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Guinness

 

THE OSCARS:

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This Irish-born actor has received 7 “Best Actor” nominations without winning an Oscar

Peter O’Toole

 

IRELAND $300:

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Of nearly 2, 5, or 8 times as many, number of people of Irish descent in U.S. compared to those in Ireland

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Eight

 

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE $100:

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To make the Irish dish colcannon, mash these & add cooked onions & cabbage

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Potatoes

 

RELIGIOUS HISTORY $800:

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The name of these ancient Celtic priests may be derived from daur, an old Irish word for “oak tree”

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The Druids

 

COFFEE, TEA OR MEAD? $200:

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It’s the “Irish” ingredient in Irish coffee

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Irish whiskey

 

NAMES $1000:

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One of King Lear’s daughters bears this Irish family name that means “little king”

 

GEOGRAPHY $400:

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When it reaches Limerick, this Irish river widens to become an estuary

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The Shannon

 

ODDS & ENDS $100:

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The Fighting Irish play football for this university

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Notre Dame

 

WHAT’S TO EAT? $300:

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It’s the Irish-sounding name for a diced potato dish fried with onions & peppers

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Potatoes O’Brien

 

ROCK ARTISTS $200:

B.B. King made a guest appearance on this Irish group’s “Rattle And Hum” album

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U2

 

THE VIKINGS $1000:

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Founded over 1000 years ago by the Vikings, Tynwald Court on this Irish Sea isle is one of the oldest legislatures

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Isle of Man

 

LANGUAGES $800:

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It’s also called Erse

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Irish

 

“IRISH” STEW $500:

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It’s the tallest dog known

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Irish wolfhound

 

IRISH EYES $500:

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Everyone knew when it was windy, but not how windy until this Irishman came up with his scale in 1805

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Sir Francis Beaufort

 

IRISH EYES $400:

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The record says in 1759 he opened his brewery at St. James Gate

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Arthur Guinness

 

ACTORS & THEIR ROLES $2000:

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Ewan McGregor portrayed this aspiring Irish writer in the 2000 movie “Nora”

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James Joyce

 

CHEMISTRY $400:

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This Irish chemist’s law states that a gas’ volume is directly related to the pressure applied to it

Robert Boyle

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THE LIQUOR CABINET $1,800 (Daily Double):

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The milk used for this blend of spirit reportedly accounts for some 4.3% of all the milk produced in Ireland

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Baileys Irish Cream

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