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January 29, 2010

Danvers woman reigns (briefly) on 'Jeopardy!'

DANVERS — Anna Tschetter of Danvers will never forget the famous line in Chapter 2 of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" or who saw Perth, Australia's lights in 1962.

Tschetter got both those final answers wrong as a contestant on the TV quiz show "Jeopardy!" during appearances on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Despite her wrong responses, Tschetter will forever be a "Jeopardy!" champion after winning on Tuesday.

"It was so much fun, it was amazing," said Tschetter, 23. (Her name is pronounced like "Cheddar.")

The 2008 Gordon College graduate and legal assistant for Attorney Amy Connors of Topsfield even got to shake hands and pose for a picture with the show's legendary host, Alex Trebek.

Contestants on "Jeopardy!" must phrase their responses as a question, and on "Final Jeopardy!" Tuesday, the question in the category "19th-Century Literature" eluded Tschetter.

She blanked on the clue: "My eyes were not to be deceived. I was indeed awake and among the Carpathians." (The correct response is: "What is 'Dracula?'") Tschetter never read the novel because she does not like scary books, she said.

"I was really bummed because they came to me first, and I got it wrong," she said.

It was Tschetter's savvy betting — she'll say she also blanked on the math — that led to her becoming a "Jeopardy!" champ and winning $3,400.

"I got the 'Final Jeopardy!' question wrong, but we all did," Tschetter said. During the regular round, she had amassed $9,200 in winnings, just $100 shy of the first-place contestant.

However, both contestants she was playing against bet too much of their winnings. She bet $5,800, while the other two were left with less than $1,000 in the bank.

"I was pretty shocked," Tschetter said. "It took a bit for it to register."

The win allowed Tschetter to come back as champion and appear on the show Wednesday night, but she came in third on "Final Jeopardy!" with a category called "The 1960s."

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