New Paltz’s Francois Barcomb advances to semifinals in Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

Francois Barcomb

Francois Barcomb of New Paltz continued his Jeopardy triumph last Friday, winning his quarterfinal match in the Tournament of Champions.

The final Jeopardy question was:

From an 1894 work, his name literally translates to “Tiger King”

Would you have answered correctly? For Barcomb, it didn’t matter, as he was so far in the lead he bet nothing. (The answer, by the way, is Shere Khan, of the Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.)


Barcomb next advances to the semifinals. His match will air Wednesday, November 13. His opponents will be Gilbert Collins, a university administrator from Princeton, NJ, and Lindsey Shultz, a physician healthcare analyst from Pittsburgh, PA.

Barcomb, a physics teacher at Hendrick Hudson High School in Westchester County, was crowned Teachers Tournament champion on the episode that aired May 17, securing the top prize of $100,000.

In the Tournament of Champions, the top prize is worth $250,000. The final match will air Friday, November 15.

Among the competitors is James Holzhauer, who earlier this year won 32 consecutive Jeopardy! games and amassed more than $2.4 million in winnings.

There are 4 comments

  1. Firannion

    Anybody else finding it inexplicably baffling to find out how, when and where one can watch Jeopardy? I spend much of my life doing research, but this one stymies me. It’s almost as if the information is so precious that they want to keep it hidden.

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