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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Local Jeopardy! Contestant Returns for Third Game Tonight: UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 11:54 AM

UPDATE: Alison Meermans is now a two-time champ. She returns to the game tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Originally posted June 20

When Alison Meermans begins her shot at becoming a Jeopardy! champion tonight, her friends and family will be watching.

The Lakewood resident continues what seems to be a fine 2014 trend of Northeast Ohio denizens going up against the Big Blue Board.

"It likely started with watching Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? as a kid, and lots of games of Trivial Pursuit," Meermans says. "Plus watching Jeopardy! was a nightly routine in our house, and after a while I figured I should at least try to go for it. So I took the online tests when they were offered, auditioned in Cleveland in December 2012, and got called to film the show in January 2014."

Of course, Meermans can't discuss what'll happen during her time on the show - hence the whole point of watching along - but she says she did plenty of prep work prior to the filming.

"I played a lot of Sporcle, an online quiz site, and used the QuizUp app to brush up on things like literature, geography, history - the kinds of topics you see on Jeopardy!," she says. "I didn't try to focus on learning a lot of new material, just refreshing my memory on things I'd already learned. The game moves really quickly, so I wanted to feel confident in what I knew and didn't know."

Meermans' family and friends will gather at McCarthy's on Main Avenue in the Flats. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

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