Thanksgiving occupies a unique spot on the calendar, situated between the all-too-brief Halloween season and the all-too-long Christmas stretch that usually eclipses any type of Turkey Day celebration. The holiday brings families together, for better or for worse, and we wanted to make sure we had some conversation fodder before the Thanksgiving meal started rolling in and Uncle Darren started talking about the price of gold.
Here’s our list of the top Thanksgiving questions Jeopardy! in the last few years. We have to give a huge shoutout to the dedicated team Jay! archiveThe documentation of which gives us the most impressive archive of a game show ever.
a pop culture thanksgiving
This category originally appeared in the first round of 21st November 2018 Episode,
$200: A traditional folk song finds it “in the straw” and “in the hay”.
$400: The group’s song “Zombie” is about the blood shed for Irish independence.
$600: A 1933 Popeye short called “I _ What I _”
$800: Justin Theroux starred in this HBO series about 2% of the world’s population disappearing—was it rapture?
$1000: That was the nickname of gangly banjo player David Ackman, a star of the Grand Ole Opry and “Hee Hoe” (it was a “triple stumper” where no one got the answer right).
Answers for a pop culture Thanksgiving:
$200: Turkey, $400: Cranberries, $600: Yams, $800: Leftovers, $1000: Stringbeans
Life in Plymouth Colony
This category originally appeared in 26th November 2019 Episode,
$200: Arriving in Plymouth in December 1620, the Pilgrims spent several months aboard the Mayflower while building their new homes, initially using grass and reeds to build this type of roof as in England.
$400: In 1621, sometimes called the first Thanksgiving, the celebration of this gathering of autumn crops lasted 3 days.
$600: Re-enactors today at Plimoth Plantation wear what the actual Pilgrims did, such as what they would have worn in England. The image of the black cap and buckled shoes came from artists during this British era
$800: Malnourished after their first winter, the Pilgrims learn from this guide and interpreter how to plant corn and use herring for fertilizer (this clue startles all three contestants).
$1000: After more than a decade of grinding corn by hand, life was made easier for the Pilgrims of Plymouth when they built this type of mill, whose name is from the Old English “to grind”
Answers to Life in Plymouth Colony:
$200: Thatch, $400: Crop, $600: Victorian Era, $800: Squanto, $1000: A Grinder
Yes, this is the name of the entire category of its first round Sports of 23 November 2010, We appreciate simplicity.
$200: In 1863, this president declared a national day of Thanksgiving to be held in November
$400: This Department Store’s Beloved Thanksgiving Day Parade Has Been Running in New York City Since 1924
$600: Traditionally used to make Thanksgiving pie, this gourd is rich in vitamin A.
$800: One of 2 NFL teams that traditionally hold games on Thanksgiving Day
$1000: Since 1957, this country has been celebrating Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October.
$200: Abraham Lincoln, $400: Macy’s, $600: Pumpkins, $800: Detroit Lions or Dallas Cowboys, $1000: Canada
Thanksgiving at Alex House
This lineup comes all the way November 27, 2002 episode, hosted by the always great Alex Trebek. These clues were provided by the show’s clue crew from around Alex’s house during Thanksgiving.
$200: We should all thank this US president who declared Thanksgiving a national day in 1789 (surprisingly, a triple stumper right off the bat)
$400: While dinner is being set, Alex and I watch this NFL team that played more Turkey Day games than any other (once again, all three contestants fail to guess correctly).
$600: I’m decorating with a cornucopia inspired by the magical horn of Amalthea, who nursed this Greek god when he was a child (and the third triple stopper of the category)
$800: If we consume enough of these cranberries we will not get scurvy as they are rich in this vitamin
$1000: The sedative effects of turkey have been attributed to this amino acid, which was sold as a sleep aid until the 1990s.
Answer for Thanksgiving at Alex House
$200: George Washington, $400: Detroit Lions, $600: Zeus, $800: (Vitamin) C, $1000: Tryptophan
a thanksgiving feast
Another classic, this category appeared in the first round of Thanksgiving episodes that originally aired. November 27, 2003,
$200: In cold water, changed often, turkey takes about 30 minutes per pound to do so (do not submerge)
$400: The pineapple in this salad must be canned, not fresh, or the main ingredient of the salad will not set.
$600: You can make dessert easier by mixing Libby’s Pumpkin Pie mix with evaporated milk and these
$800: Breadcrumbs are often the base of this Thanksgiving staple meal.
$1000: A simple way for sweet potatoes to do this is to bake them with a mixture of butter and brown sugar (this left all three of the game’s contestants stumped).
Answers for a Thanksgiving Feast
$200: Thaw, $400: Jell-O/Gelatin Salad, $600: Eggs, $800: Stuffing, $1000: Canding
The following prompts come from a variety of games and categories, but they all have something to do with the holiday.
Check Your Calendar, $200: Colorful Nicknames for November 27, 2020, Knowing Thanksgiving is November 26
Monday is Fun Day, $400: Named for its online bargains, it’s the Monday after Thanksgiving
That ’70s or ’80s Show, $600: “Thanks for the report on that spot, Les”; The Thanksgiving turkey can’t fly during a 1978 episode of the Ohio-set sitcom
9, one year ending in $800: A year before the Pilgrims landed, a thanksgiving ceremony of sorts was held in Virginia by the newly arrived settlers.
American History, $1000: On the first Thanksgiving in 1621, the Pilgrims shared a feast with these native peoples of Massachusetts (it was another triple stopper).
answer for miscellaneous
$200: Black Friday, $400: Cyber Monday, $600: WKRP in Cincinnati$800: 1619, $1000: The Wampanoag
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