12 Questions Answers! for Ken Jennings

July 20, 2004 | 28 comments


King of Double Jeopardy, media sensation and newly minted millionaire Ken Jennings has graciously agreed to participate in our 12 Questions interview feature.

However, because Ken is averse to answering questions, we will accomodate his request that we supply nothing but answers and leave the questions to him. ; )

Feel free to ask Ken questions, oops, I mean provide answers, in the comments. If for some reason you want to keep your answer secret, you can email it to Matt (matt @ times and seasons). The T&S staff will select 12 answers from the submissions and will post Ken’s responses in a future post.

(Actually, Ken didn’t ask that we provide him with answers. That idea was Gordon’s.)

28 Responses to 12 Questions Answers! for Ken Jennings

  1. Taylor on July 20, 2004 at 3:00 pm

    Category: Spare-Time Secrets
    Answer: How I learn all that stuff.

  2. danithew on July 20, 2004 at 3:06 pm

    Answer: “Nothing has really changed at all. I’m just the same humble unassuming smart guy I always was before.”

  3. D. Fletcher on July 20, 2004 at 3:09 pm

    Category: Big Mistakes of Former Mormon Jeopardy Contestants

    Answer: Wilford Woodruff

  4. danithew on July 20, 2004 at 3:13 pm

    I forgot to add a category to my previous answer.

    Category: Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems

    (sheesh, I’ll bet I somehow got this all messed up. oh well.)

  5. Julie in Austin on July 20, 2004 at 3:28 pm

    Answer: What your wife and baby were up to while you were winning big.

  6. Dave on July 20, 2004 at 3:33 pm

    Category: Friendly celebrities

    Answer: Alex Trebek’s gentle sense of humor.

    Category: Double Jeopardy Moments

    Answer: “I’d like to wager it all, Alex.”

  7. Keith on July 20, 2004 at 5:41 pm

    Category: Spare Time Secrets

    Answer: What I read, my interests, and the kind of things I like to do.

  8. Steve Evans on July 20, 2004 at 5:45 pm

    A: Clammy handshake, short but with excellent posture, and a raving drunk.

    Q: what are things I didn’t know about Alex Trebek until I met him?

  9. Kingsley on July 20, 2004 at 6:17 pm

    I am going to break the rules here, Ken, and ask what is your favorite sort of literature? Do you really read Amy Tan, or is she just one of those odd facts you’ve picked up along the way? Joyce had a head for facts facts facts (see Poldy’s ode to water) and diverse and esoteric trivia: Do you read Joyce?

  10. Jeremy on July 20, 2004 at 6:23 pm

    A: Ken Jennings’s home teaching stats for June.

  11. Kaimi on July 20, 2004 at 6:26 pm


    The correct format is:

    “Answer: What I enjoy reading.”
    “Answer: How my reading for fun impacted my success on Jeopardy.”

    I think we need at least one that is simply:

    Answer: Yes.

    That will give Ken some space to discuss any old fun topic that we can’t think of.

  12. Ryan Bell on July 20, 2004 at 6:26 pm

    Category: Highway Robbery

    Answer: This sum is the percentage of my total Jeopardy! winnings that I will pay in taxes.

    (I really would be very interested to know this one).


  13. Kingsley on July 20, 2004 at 6:30 pm

    Answer: Why or I do or do not enjoy reading Joyce.

  14. Kingsley on July 20, 2004 at 6:32 pm

    Answer: Why I do not enjoy reading Amy Tan.

  15. dan w. on July 20, 2004 at 6:42 pm

    Answer: Why I apparently don’t have any suits and had to borrow my brother’s to go on the show.

  16. dan w. on July 20, 2004 at 6:46 pm

    Answer: The number of Elders in my quorum who have lost their testimony because I said “rat’s ass” on national television.

  17. danithew on July 20, 2004 at 7:02 pm

    Answer: the # of reasons I have to quit my job.

  18. danithew on July 20, 2004 at 7:10 pm

    Ken, I think you need to create a blog and join the Bloggernacle. You can wake up every day, drink your orange juice and write about all your unique experiences as a Jeopardy winner. C’mon… you know you want to do it.

  19. Davis Bell on July 20, 2004 at 7:29 pm

    Category: Newfound Celebrity

    Answer: What is the amount of times I’ve been hit on by aging librarians and other Jeopardy groupies.

    Category: Me and Alex

    Answer: What is how sick I am of the jokes that Alex and I are lovers.

  20. Bob Caswell on July 20, 2004 at 7:45 pm

    Category: Spare Time

    Answer: What is what I plan on doing with my life now.

    Category: Cheezy Advice

    Answer: What is how to become like Ken and win money for a living.

  21. Kevin Barney on July 20, 2004 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t have an answer, just a comment. The Chicago Tribune had a box next to an article about Ken that gave 10 of his correct final Jeopardy answers/questions. I must say, reading that impressed the hell out of me.

  22. Gordon Smith on July 20, 2004 at 10:44 pm

    Here are the answers to which Ken provided the questions:

    1. Films of the ’70s: This 1973 thriller was re-released in 2000 with extra footage, including a scene in which Ritalin is prescribed.

    2. U.S. Presidents: With a book about the South, he became the first president — past or present — to publish a novel.

    3. Words and Phrases: Once slang for brain, this two-word phrase now means the Heritage Foundation or the Brookings Institution.

    4. Classic Literature: “Did I Request thee, maker, from my clay to mould me man . . . ” is the epigraph to this 1818 novel.

    5. On Exhibit: The Chinese government, which controls all of these in the U.S., won’t let a new one be named until it’s 100 days old.

    6. Entertainment: This title character who debuted in 1999 was created by former marine biology educator Steve Hillenburg.

    7. Historic Americans: For his role in writing this 1861 document, Thomas Cobb of Georgia has been compared to James Madison.

    8. Inventions: Josephine Cochrane’s 1886 version of this consisted of a copper boiler, wire baskets and a pump.

    9. Famous Products: First designed as a surgical disinfectant, in 1895 it was available to dentists and by 1914 was sold over the counter.

    10. Food: Experts believe that 16th Century Dutch growers, through breeding, gave this vegetable its color to honor their ruling house.

    For the questions, see here.

  23. VeritasLiberat on July 21, 2004 at 12:19 am

    Answer: What is Ken’s reaction to the absurd accusations of the games being fixed?

  24. Adam Greenwood on July 21, 2004 at 4:15 pm

    If we could bury a serious question (or answer) somewhere at the end of the list, I would like to know why Mr. Jennings thinks God has given him a five-talent gift for remembering trivia. I have a one-talent version myself and it puzzles me what to do with it.

  25. MDS on July 23, 2004 at 6:55 pm

    How it feels to be dubbed a “Mormon assassin” and “the MJ of nerds” by ESPN.


  26. Kevin Barney on July 24, 2004 at 10:41 am

    I see that you have survived until the summer hiatus, and will be back in September. With the layoff, do you plan on studying any more topics and brushing up generally, or are you pretty much past that stuff now?

  27. Ryan Bell on July 28, 2004 at 12:11 pm

    Ken, would there ever come a point at which you would simply retire, if your winning kept going for a while? What point would that be? 50 games? 100? 2 million dollars, 5 million dollars? What theoretical place could you reach where you would finally say “man, this is getting old, Alex.”

  28. Dan Richards on August 2, 2004 at 8:53 pm

    Category: KJ wannabes

    Answer: This is the secret to being the first to buzz in on the questions all three contestants know the answer to.