US Stamps

By Michael Baadke

Stamps return to 'Jeopardy!'

February 18, 2015 09:30 AM

As it does from time to time, the long-running television game show Jeopardy! introduced a new stamp category for the episode broadcast Feb. 17: "Singers on Postage Stamps."

Following the familiar answer-and-question format of the show, the category in the Double Jeopardy segment contained five clues about singers on United States postage stamps, and the contestants vied to respond to each with an appropriate question.

The first clue, for example, stated, "In the wee hours of January 8, 1993, this stamp was dedicated at Graceland on what would have been his 58th birthday."

The correct response, given by contestant Eamon Doyle, was "Who is Elvis Presley?"

Later questions described additional stamps from the 1993 American Music Series, plus issues from the 2011 Latin Music Legends set and the current Music Icons series.

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All of the questions were answered correctly by the contestants, but one question was disqualified because of a rare misstep by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who inadvertently began to say the name "Selena" when calling on contestant Stephanie Engel, who had the correct response, identifying the 2011 Selena forever stamp (Scott 4499).

Only one stamp was partially pictured in the category: the 2014 Janis Joplin forever stamp (Scott 4916).

Late last year the Jeopardy! "clue crew" went on a road trip to the United States Postal Service's distribution center in Chicago, a visit that is chronicled on the show's Tumblr news page.

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