AMHERST — Andrew Pau’s return to the popular televised gameshow “Jeopardy!” ended Monday as he went against two tough competitors — Austin Rogers of New York City and Lilly Chin of Decatur, Ga.
But, Pau, 48, didn’t walk away empty-handed. He won an additional $10,000 Monday for being a runner-up along with Chin. Rogers earned enough money to carry him on to play in Thursday’s final game.
At the end of round one, Pau, an Oberlin College professor, was in second place with $6,000, while Rogers had $6,800 and Chin had $4,600.
It was the Double Jeopardy! clue that Pau landed on that he feels ultimately cost him the game.
“In hindsight, I would have won if I hadn’t wagered so much on the second Daily Double,” Pau said Monday night after the game aired.
Pau wagered $8,000 and the incorrect response knocked him down to $4,000. Another incorrect question to a clue moved him to $2,800. At the end of Double Jeopardy! Pau had $7,200, Chin had $6,800 and Rogers earned $9,200.
The final category was vice presidents.
Pau had a good feeling he would know the response, but wagered a safe $3,199.
The clue was: “A biography of this 19th Century VP traces his family to a German town made famous in a folk tale about children.”
Pau answered correctly with “Who is Hannibal Hamlin?” but Rogers also provided the same response, with a much higher wager of $5,300, sending him to the finals.
“It was a tough loss, but still, I can only be grateful for the amazing run I had,” Pau said.
As for plans for his winnings, Pau said he will make a decision once he has the check in his possession.
“I’ll think about it more when I get the check,” he said.
A second Lorain County resident — Tim Aten of Vermilion — will go up against two other semifinalists at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on WOIO-TV.