Sioux Cityan Eric Newhouse won $20,000 in the Jeopardy Million Dollar Masters tournament, which aired Friday on television station KTIV.
Newhouse, who doubled his winnings to $20,000 with the final Jeopardy question, came in third behind two other contestants. Chuck Forrest, an attorney from London, England, surged ahead to win the preliminary round by doubling his winnings on the last question from $16,000 to $32,000. Forrest defeated Spanish teacher Leslie Frates of Hayward, Calif., who ended up with $22,000.
All three correctly came up with the correct question in the final category, which asked them to name the wreck of a ship found in 1999 off the coast of England that was featured in another shipwreck in 1912. That ship was the Carpathia, which rescued passengers from the Titanic.
Among the other categories Newhouse successfully handled were topics on Nietzsche, designers, authors, cable lines and kings. In the first round, he doubled his winnings from $3,000 to $6,000 on a "Daily Double" topic on King Ludwig II.
The winners in the preliminary round will advance to the semi-finals, along with four "wild card" contestants who are the next four highest money-winners. The overall champion will win $1 million.
Newhouse, 29, was invited to return as one of 15 of the most memorable Jeopardy contestants in the show's 18-year history. The tournament took place March 24-26 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The tournament will air on television until May 14.
When Newhouse was 15 years old, he won a teen tournament and has been invited to return five times. He won the Teen Reunion challenge in 1998.
A 1990 graduate of Sioux City East High School, he is the technical assistance director at the Big Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and a student at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek asked Newhouse if there had been any advances in Alzheimer's research. Newhouse answered that while there have been tremendous advances in research in the last 10 years, there still are millions of people fighting the disease.