A graduate student of international relations from Durham, New Hampshire...

Mehrun Etebari

Does being a student help you compete on Jeoaprdy!?
Being a student really helps me on Jeopardy! because I'm still in that mode of, I guess, cramming and trying to insert pieces of knowledge in my brain, and, y'know, never knowing what's going to come up on a test or in class, so Jeopardy!'s like a big... test, except on, well, everything.

Does having auditioned for Jeopardy! several times make winning more special?
I auditioned for Jeopardy!... four times before, I believe?--three times for the Teen Tournament, and one time for the regular show--and passed the test all--all the four times that I tried out. Y'know, went through the mock game, y'know, drove long distances from New Hampshire to various cities up and down the East Coast to, uh, to try out. Um, but, y'know, was never picked. Um, but, so, when I was actually picked to be on the show, it made it that much more special, and to actually win kind of validated all the different--all the years that I'd been trying to be on the show...

Have people treated you differently since your appearance?
One of the good things about coming from a small town--Durham, New Hampshire--is that, uh, when I was on the show, was kind of big news for our town, y'know, we've only got about ten thousand people there, so walking around town, I was recognized on Main Street, y'know, in the--in the supermarket, y'know... They'd be, like, "Hey, it's the Jeopardy! guy..."

2007 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist: $5,000 + the Jeopardy! DVD Home Game System.
Season 23 5-time champion: $128,100 + $2,000.

Mehrun's turn against IBM's Jeopardy!-playing computer Watson was featured in a video posted along with a New York Times Magazine article published June 14, 2010. Mehrun played against Watson and Season 22 5-time champion Maria Wenglinsky. The final score shown in the video was Maria: $19,200; Watson: $3,200; Mehrun: $42,400.

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: Mehrun

Mehrun appeared in the following archived game:
#5326, aired 2007-11-05 Mehrun Etebari vs. Cathy Lanctot vs. Chris Mazurek 2007 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 1.
Mehrun previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Mehrun Etebari in the following 6 archived games:
#5244, aired 2007-05-31 Mehrun Etebari vs. Renee Paradis vs. Mike Donner Mehrun Etebari game 6.
#5243, aired 2007-05-30 Mehrun Etebari vs. Phil Cunneff vs. Dianne Lindsay Mehrun Etebari game 5.
#5242, aired 2007-05-29 Mehrun Etebari vs. Katy Hardy vs. Carlos Alcala Mehrun Etebari game 4.
#5241, aired 2007-05-28 Mehrun Etebari vs. David Turley vs. Grace Tighe Mehrun Etebari game 3.
#5240, aired 2007-05-25 Mehrun Etebari vs. Keith VanDen Heuvel vs. Lisa Cope Mehrun Etebari game 2.
#5239, aired 2007-05-24 James Clark vs. Mehrun Etebari vs. Pauline Harris Mehrun Etebari game 1.

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