She smiled knowingly. She knew the answer. It was in her wheelhouse.
Jeopardy! contestant Mattea Roach — a Toronto-based tutor from Nova Scotia — is a Jeopardy! champion.
When a question during the Double Jeopardy! round on Tuesday night happened to include the Maritimes, Roach was all over it.
“Nova Scotia duck tolling is one breed of the sporting dog for whom ‘fetch’ should be instinctual,” read host and former Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik.
“Retriever,” Roach confidently replied, adding there was no way she should get that one wrong.
It was that kind of night for the Roach, who was making her debut on the long-running quiz show, hosted by fellow Canadian Alex Trebek over three decades before his death in November 2020.
Roach, 23, who led after the first round and took a $2,000 lead into the Final Jeopardy! round, came up on the winning side with her final answer — related to the creator of the board game Life — to win with a $32,001 showing.
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The Canadian eliminated the returning champion, a high school studies teacher, as well as a government contractor.
She’ll try to keep her streak going on Wednesday night on YES TV at 7:30 pm
Roach graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Halifax in 2015. Her family lives in Halifax and Cape Breton.
Roach flew to Los Angeles at the end of January to shoot the show.