Speechwriters are often tasked with writing both a victory and a concession speech before a big event with an unknown outcome.
If that’s what the Atlanta speechwriter who appeared on Jeopardy! did, he’d be pulling out the former.
In his first-time appearance on Thursday, Faris Alikhan beat his competitors — Elana Schor, a Washington D.C. journalist and Mary Kate Moriarty, a Virginia dentist — with $22,700 in winnings. Alikhan is no stranger to going the distance, as he told host Alex Trebek he once walked the 80 miles of Hadrian’s Wall in Great Britain with a group of friends.
Alikhan answered 23 questions correctly and missed two, according to The Jeopardy! Fan. He correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question, about which 19th century author thanked a herpetologist of Upper India and an elephant named Bahadur Shah in the preface to a book of his stories — Rudyard Kipling.
He will again appear on the quiz competition show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 on WXIA-TV NBC. His competitors are Jackie Fuchs, a California attorney writer, and Noah Link, an organic farmer.
Alikhan joins the ranks of metro Atlanta contestants, such as: a teen student from Peachtree City, a stay-at-home dad and lawyer, an Atlanta librarian who knows her Kendrick Lamar trivia, a Georgia Tech student who retweeted his haters, the chairman of the DeKalb County GOP and an archivist at the Breman Museum.
The show is in its 35th season.