Study some of the most popular categories:
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
DRILL DOWN WITHIN THEM
River-related categories spring up more than ones about mountains.
English literature is on the board about 360% more than French literature is.
You’re far more likely to be asked about puppies than kittens.
Computer categories are about twice as popular as aviation ones.
Ancient history is more frequent than medieval history.
… AND GET REALLY SPECIFIC
Which river to study? Euphrates over Tigris; Thames over Seine.
They said yes to Mr. Darcy too. Pride and Prejudice is more popular than Great Expectations.
In the battle of the breeds, poodles just barely beat bulldogs.
Bill Gates is more frequently the answer to a question than Steve Jobs is.
To wrap it up, remember that mummies are mentioned more than togas.
THIS OR THAT?
Among correct answers, the yellow words show up more often
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|Memorial Day||Labor Day|
(Answer: What’s the most anybody’s ever won on a single Daily Double?)
CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVES DON’T WASTE TIME ON TOPICS THAT AREN’T AS POPULAR AS THEY ONCE WERE (SORRY, OPERA FANS)
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Track the changing frequency of more of your favorite Jeopardy! words at time.com/jgrams
COMPARATIVE FREQUENCIES AND DAILY DOUBLE DATA FROM A J!-ARCHIVE-SOURCED SET OF 216,000+ JEOPARDY! QUESTIONS; TIMELINE FROM JGRAMS.COM
This appears in the July 06, 2015 issue of TIME.