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What is a wild card? Our reporter makes it to Jeopardy! tourney semis

Sun-Times writer Kara Spak with Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek, on the set of Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.

“Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions’ last quarterfinal game on Tuesday ended with some good news – I was moving on to the semifinals as a wild card.

I squeaked in to the fourth of four wild card spots with $6,012 after a cautious Final Jeopardy wager in my first game. Going into the tournament, my one goal was to move into the semifinals, and I couldn’t be happier to be playing another game. The semifinal round starts Wednesday and I will be playing on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on WLS-Channel 7.

While some conservative game play moved me into the next round, a wacky, mildly risque answer from my first game – “What is a threesome?” – moved all over the Internet and onto a few television programs in the 48 hours after my last show aired. (The answer they were looking for was, “What is a love triangle?”)

“Jeopardy!” hasn’t gotten this much publicity since Watson, the know-it-all IBM computer, played last season.

Surprise, surprise – a few Internet commentators did not seem to appreciate the humor of the situation. The folks on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” sure did. But a CLTV anchor? The look of utter disdain on her face told me, not so much.

Overwhelmingly, though, the public response was either 1) you were right and should have gotten credit or 2) I thought the exact same thing.

Right or wrong, the online hubbub didn’t drown out any of my excitement. I was moving on, one game away from the two-day final and a $250,000 prize.