US Stamps

By Michael Baadke

'Jeopardy!' runs Stamps category Sept. 21

September 22, 2015 04:45 PM

  • Julia Child, featured on a forever stamp in the 2014 Celebrity Chefs commemorative set, was one of five subjects in the Jeopardy! Stamps category on the TV show's Sept. 21 episode.

Someone on the Jeopardy! staff likes stamps. And that, of course, is a very good thing.

The popular syndicated television game show hosted by Alex Trebek featured “Stamps” as a category on the episode broadcast Sept. 21.

Following the familiar answer-and-question format of the show, the category on the first Jeopardy game board contained five clues about recent United States postage stamps. The three contestants vied to respond to each with an appropriate question.

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The $200 clue, for example, stated “These structures depicted on stamps include ones from Boston Harbor & New London Harbor.”

Reigning Jeopardy! champion Natalie Lips correctly asked “What are lighthouses?”

Both of the lighthouses mentioned are in the New England Coastal Lighthouses forever stamp set of 2013 (Scott 4791-4795).

The other four clues led the contestants to correctly come up with questions about the 2015 Medal of Honor forever stamps (Scott 4988), the Water Lilies forever stamps (4964-4967), the Julia Child stamp in the Celebrity Chefs issue (4926), and last year’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamp set (4946-4949).

When Lips provided the correct question for the Julia Child clue, Trebek entertained the audience by responding “Yes, yes,” with his best Julia Child impression.

The stamp honoring Child was the only stamp pictured during the broadcast; Child’s name was graphically removed from the image shown to the contestants.

Lips continued her success on the show to repeat as the Jeopardy! champion.

The long-running program has featured stamps multiple times over the past year, including on episodes broadcast Feb. 17 and May 4.