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Can You Answer These Real Jeopardy! Questions About Words?

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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.

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FROM RAGS TO RICHES $1200:

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Redact

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NEW WORDS IN THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY $2000:

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A dachshund

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TRENDING AT MERRIAM-WEBSTER $1200:

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Hirsute

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

“Prudent only in small matters”

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Pennywise

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WORDS FROM MYTHOLOGY $1000:

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Nemesis

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WORDS START WITH “U” $800:

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Unboxing

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NONSENSE WORDS $400:

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Bazinga!

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16-LETTER WORDS $2000:

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Northeasternmost

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REVERSIBLE COMPOUND WORDS $1200:

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Layover and overlay

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ONOMATOPOETIC WORDS $1600:

The back of the neck

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Nape

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JUST YOUR AVERAGE CATEGORY $1200:

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Mediocre

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SINGLE-CONSONANT WORDS $2000:

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Adieu

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HIGH-SCORING SCRABBLE WORDS $400:

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Equinox

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FOREIGN WORDS & PHRASES $1200:

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An au pair

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ANAGRAMS OF EACH OTHER $800:

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Treason and senator

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NUMERIC WORDS & PHRASES $1200:x

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A three-ring-circus

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ABORIGINAL WORDS $400:

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Boomerang

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NEWER WORDS $1600:

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Youthquake

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ANIMAL WORDS & PHRASES $1200:

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A duckface

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MALE & FEMALE WORDS $400:

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Iron

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WORDS ABOUT WORDS $600:

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

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Emote

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MEDICAL WORDS & PHRASES $800:

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Tetanus

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BORROWED WORDS $1200:

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A bodega

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AUTHORS USE NEW WORDS $600:

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