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Test Your Knowledge of Irish Culture with These Authentic 'Jeopardy!' Clues

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Despite hosting changes and controversies since Alex Trebek’s passing in 2020, “Jeopardy!” remains one of America’s most beloved primetime game shows for decades.

On the show, three contestants compete by answering trivia questions across various categories, including history. Irish history, in particular, has proven very popular, with over 900 questions related to Irish figures, culture, and traditions.

Using J! Archive, a fan-created site documenting clues since 1984, 24/7 Tempo identified some of the most interesting and difficult questions about Irish culture ever asked on the show.

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 broader knowledge with 50 real “Jeopardy!” questions about each U.S. state.

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

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:

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

St. Patrick

GLOBAL CHEERS! $1600:

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

Sláinte

RAINBOW COALITION $800:

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:

It’s another name for the Irish language

Gaelic

 

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS $800:

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:

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:

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

Shamrock

 

THE IRISHMAN $800:

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:

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

Pierce Brosnan

 

GHOSTWRITERS $1200:

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

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George Bernard Shaw

 

“WATER” YOU SAYING? $800:

Irish city famous for its crystal

Waterford

 

ACCENTS $2000:

It’s another word for an Irish accent

A brogue

 

WHISKEY BUSINESS $400:

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:

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

Saoirse Ronan

 

PLACES THAT BECAME WORDS $800:

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:

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

A harp

 

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

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

Eugene O’Neill

 

G.O.T. $800:

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:

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

Oscar Wilde

 

GOING VEGAN $400:

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:

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

Peter O’Toole

 

IRELAND $300:

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

Eight

 

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE $100:

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

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Potatoes

 

RELIGIOUS HISTORY $800:

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

The Druids

 

COFFEE, TEA OR MEAD? $200:

It’s the “Irish” ingredient in Irish coffee

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Irish whiskey

 

NAMES $1000:

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

Regan

 

GEOGRAPHY $400:

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

The Shannon

 

ODDS & ENDS $100:

The Fighting Irish play football for this university

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Notre Dame

 

WHAT’S TO EAT? $300:

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

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:

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

Isle of Man

 

LANGUAGES $800:

It’s also called Erse

Irish

 

“IRISH” STEW $500:

It’s the tallest dog known

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Irish wolfhound

 

IRISH EYES $500:

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

Sir Francis Beaufort

 

IRISH EYES $400:

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

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Arthur Guinness

 

ACTORS & THEIR ROLES $2000:

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

James Joyce

 

CHEMISTRY $400:

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):

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

Baileys Irish Cream

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