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‘Jeopardy!’ contestant from 1972 returns for second chance to win

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What is perseverance?A “Jeopardy!” contestant has returned to reclaim her crown — 50 years later.Player Martha Bath — who won the game show in 1972 — has come back to add more dough to her winnings.Bath told host Ken Jennings on Wednesday evening’s episode: “Fifty years ago this spring, I was on the original daytime show with Art Fleming in New York.”“Generally, ‘Jeopardy!’ appearances are one to a customer,” Jennings joked.Back in the day, the now-retired CPA ultimately scored $40 and a set of encyclopedias.

Factoring in inflation, $40 would be about $283 today.The Seattle, Washington, native doubled her winnings with the query: “Perhaps the most famous picture of him was taken in New Jersey in 1951 as he was annoyed by paparazzi on his 72nd birthday.”This made her the game show’s champ and she answered, “Who is Einstein?”Since she wagered her entire prize pot, Bath’s score of $15,400 increased to $30,800 and she was able to get ahead of former winners Emmett Stanton and Christopher Pennant. “Or, if we count 1972, $30,840,” Jennings quipped. “That’s a lot more than a set of encyclopedias.”Bath also returned for Thursday’s episode, but she trailed behind in the final game.

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