It’s been a rough week for game show contestants.
With barely enough time to let the dust settle after Indiana University freshman Julian Batts infamously mispronounced “Achilles” on “Wheel of Fortune,” costing him a shot at $1 million prize, there’s been another flub stealing the spotlight.
Now Sandie Baker, a reigning champion of “Jeopardy!” is leading the confused-contestant charge for one huge, blatant reason: She was physically wearing the answer to Monday night’s Final “Jeopardy!” clue, but still got the answer wrong.
The clue in question, as Alex Trebek read aloud from the Signs & Symbols category, was: “Meant to evoke a person with arms outstretched & pointed downward, it was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom.”
The answer? The peace symbol, which Baker was wearing as earrings the entire show.
“It was one of those goofy things,” Baker, 51, of Eastpointe, Mich., told GoodMorningAmerica.com of her unfortunate aloofness. “When Alex read out the clue I was kind of, in my head, visualizing something that looked more like a person rather than a stick figure.
“It’s just one of those things,” she added. “Sometimes you have a brain cramp, and you know you know it, but it just doesn’t appear at the right moment.”
Baker’s mistake didn’t cause her too much distress, however. She still walked away the winner with $26,600, only having risked $200 on the question she didn’t have an answer for.
“My friends got a big laugh out of the fact I missed that question because I do wear a lot of peace sign stuff and tie-dye clothing,” said Baker.
And as for the earrings that earned her the Internet’s unwavering attention, “They’re my favorite pair. I’ve had those for over 20 years,” she explained.