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'Jeopardy' Contestant Loses Big Due To "Spelling" Mistake


A Jeopardy contest lost thousands of dollars of prize money after he made a slight spelling mistake.

In a broadcast aired on New Year's Day, Nick Spicher answered the double Jeopardy! question: "A song from Coolio from Dangerous Minds goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic."

Quick to respond, Spicher immediately answer "Gangster's Paradise," which many believed was the correct response.

Despite the answer originally being accepted, the show's judges conducted a review of the call, and retracted their approval.

"Our judges have reevaluated one of your responses a few minute ago, Nick," Trebek said. "You said 'gangster's' instead of 'gangsta's' on that song by Coolio, so we take $3,200 away from you. You are now in second."

Shocked face

Following the shocking blow, Jeopardy posted the cause of the game show's retraction on its official website.

As plenty of viewers were stunned with the game show retracting its acceptance of Spicher's answer, Jeopardy judges decided to clarify their response in a blog post.

"It turns out that "gangsta" and "gangster" are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition."

"Nick changed not only the song's title, but also its meaning ­- making his response unacceptable."

The drama continued as TMZ was able to reach Coolio, and asked for his opinion over the Jeopardy snafu.

In the short interview, Coolio said Spicher's mistake was a lesson for him and for white people, but probably would have deemed his response as the correct answer.

"The 'er' will always get you in trouble," he said.

Would you have given Spicher the money for his answer?

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