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Metro Atlanta woman stuns Jeopardy! champ on Atlanta-centric final clue

The winning question required knowing a bit about Atlanta's airport and mayoral history.
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ATLANTA — A metro Atlanta woman went into the final Jeopardy! clue on Friday night facing the long odds of unseating the game show's Gen Z running champ of 23 straight victories.

Those odds shrank considerably, however, when the final clue was actually revealed: "These two mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler." 

To get that one, it helps to be familiar with Atlanta.

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The mayors are former Atlanta mayors William Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson, and the "facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler" is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

For Danielle Maurer, who lives in Peachtree Corners, it was a piece of cake. Not as obvious, however, to the 23-year-old defending champion Mattea Roach - who's from Toronto.

Maurer's correct response, and Roach's incorrect response, leapfrogged Maurer to victory by all of $1.

Roach, meanwhile, saw her winning streak end at 23. She earned $560,983 during her run on the game show and produced one of the five longest winning streaks in “Jeopardy!” history.

The final margin was Maurer's $15,600 to Roach's $15,599.