"Jeopardy!" Ace Ken Jennings Meets His Match

"Jeopardy!" Ace Ken Jennings Meets His Match

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Maybe Ken Jennings isn't so tough after all.

The "Jeopardy!" brainiac met his match this week, losing a three-day tournament of champions from the game show and a two (M)million dollars prize to Brad Rutter of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Rutter was hardly intimidated by Jennings' 74-game winning streak in the game show last year. He beat Jennings in all three individual games, and his final total of 62 thousand dollars easily eclipsed Jennings' 34-thousand, 599 dollars.

Rutter won more than one (M)million dollars on "Jeopardy!" in 2002, and whipped several other former champions to earn the right to face Jennings. He is host of his own local quiz show in Pennsylvania.

Second place earned Jennings 500 thousand dollars.

Knowing he was about to lose, Jennings wrote "Go Brad" as part of his final answer in the game televised yesterday.

The defeat could bruise the Utah resident's mystique, especially since he is trying to turn his trivia prowess into a career -- with his own board game, book and Comedy Central game show in the works.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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