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Ryan Chaffee

What are you asked most often when people find out that you're a Jeopardy! champ?
Uh, people ask, uh, if there's, like, prepared material. And I say "No." Um, and, uh, they ask how Alex Trebek is, and I say, "I'm not sure, he's very enigmatic."

Did you learn anything from your previous appearance that will help you in this tournament?
I've learned since my last appearance that Missouri is also known as the "Puke State".

How did you celebrate your original run on the show?
I celebrated with my family. I was home in Minnesota for Christmas, and, uh, I celebrated at home with family.

Could you show us your winning buzzer technique?
Yes. Here's my winning buzzer technique: [puts right hand up near grinning face and buzzes in with thumb repeatedly]

2010 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist: $5,000.
Season 26 4-time champion: $91,900 + $1,000.

Ryan won $36,000 on two episodes of ABC's 500 Questions on 2016-05-26 and 2016-05-27. He eliminated Nathan Kaplan on Nathan's question 24 and survived a challenge from fellow 2010 ToC'er Terry Linwood. He was eliminated by fellow 2010 ToC'er Liz Murphy on question 51.

Ryan appeared on two episodes of NBC's Who's Still Standing? on 2012-01-02 and 2012-01-09. He competed in the speed round on the second episode and was the last person standing, winning $32,000.

Ryan appeared as an expert on Best Ever Trivia Show on various episodes throughout the summer 2019 season.

Ryan appeared as a master mind on GSN's Master Minds in various episodes in 2020-2021.

Last name pronounced like "CHAY-fee".

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: mrbungle
Sister's Jeopardy! Message Board user name: mrbungle's militant sis

Ryan appeared in the following archived game:
#5916, aired 2010-05-10 Ryan Chaffee vs. Liz Murphy vs. Patrick Tucker 2010 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 1.
Ryan previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Ryan Chaffee in the following 5 archived games:
#5819, aired 2009-12-24 Ryan Chaffee vs. Stephen Weingarten vs. Sarah Boyette Ryan Chaffee game 5. Stephen Weingarten game 1.
#5818, aired 2009-12-23 Ryan Chaffee vs. Abby Collins vs. Matt Green Ryan Chaffee game 4.
#5817, aired 2009-12-22 Ryan Chaffee vs. Allison Brown vs. Dan Troha Ryan Chaffee game 3.
#5816, aired 2009-12-21 Ryan Chaffee vs. Tom Cohen vs. Mallory Ortberg Ryan Chaffee game 2.
#5815, aired 2009-12-18 Jennifer Montgomery vs. Ryan Chaffee vs. Bobbie Fulton Ryan Chaffee game 1.

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