A Jeopardy contestant lost $3,200 when he mispronounced the title of a Coolio song. On the first episode of 2018, contestants were the given this Double Jeopardy! clue to win $1,600: “A song by Coolio from Dangerous Minds goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.” The category was “Music & Literature Before & Afters,” a popular theme on the quiz show where contestants must combine well-known entities to create a new phrase.
… Contestant Nick Spicher buzzed in and confidently answered: “What is Gangster’s Paradise Lost?” The answer pushed Spicher to the lead, going from $9,600 to $11,200. Moments later, host Alex Trebek revoked the dollar value Spicher had won from the answer plus the penalty he should have received for answering incorrectly. Trebek explained: “Our judges have re-evaluated one of your responses a few moments ago, Nick. You said ‘gangster’s’ instead of ‘gangsta’s’ on that song by Coolio, so we take $3,200 away from you. So you are now in second place.” •