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Pottsville and Yuengling Once Again Featured on Jeopardy!

Spoiler alert: The correct question is “What is Yuengling?”

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For at least the fifth time in the history of the show, Pottsville and Yuengling were the subject of a Jeopardy! clue.

The most recent occurrence happened on the Friday (March 25) episode, hosted by Ken Jennings.

In the category BEER TODAY for $1000, the clue read:

“Boasting “America’s Oldest Brewery”, this late-in-the-alphabet beermaker offers tours in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

The returning champion, Ciara, buzzed in and got it right: “What is Yuengling?”

She struggled with the brand’s pronunciation but did get it right.

According to the J! Archive, a Jeopardy! fan site, this is the fifth time Pottsville and/or Yuengling has been mentioned in a game clue. And it’s the first time in nearly 12 years.

The last time either appeared was back on Nov. 23, 2010. In the category BEER GOGGLES for $1000:

“A Google hit for this Pottsville, Penn. beer that sounds like a panda reveals that it’s America’s oldest brewery”

Obviously, the correct question is “What is Yuengling?”

Now, the next time Pottsville was mentioned happened earlier in 2010, on April 6. But it’s unclear if the clue means Pottsville, PA. It could be Pottsville, Arkansas. The clue for $800 in the WHERE’S THAT DARN TRAIN? category was:

“Going 60 mph, it’s on a 2-hour run from Pottsville to Scottsville; at Knottsville, 3/4 of the way there, it’s gone this far”

That could be to Scottsville, New York, but it’s probably to Scottsville, Virginia. There’s a train in Pottsville, Arkansas, so that makes more sense. Either way, it was mentioned.

Before that, Pottsville appeared in a 2000 episode, on March 15. In the category THE STATE I’M IN, for $400 the clue was:

“Pottsville, Schuylkill Haven, Altoona”

Hey, Schuylkill Haven, too. But our focus today is on Pottsville. Here, obviously, the question is “What is Pennsylvania?”

And the first known mention of Pottsville on Jeopardy! happened on April 14, 1998. The clue for $500 under AMERICAN AUTHORS was:

“The Gibbsville of many of his novels & short stories is based on his own hometown of Pottsville, Penn.”

The correct question here is, of course, “Who is John O’Hara?”

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