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Season 29 (2012-2013)[]

Season Changes[]

  • At the start of this season, VITAC acquired its closed captioning sponsorship for Jeopardy!, and its sister show, Wheel of Fortune.
  • At the beginning of the season, Alex Trebek announces special online contestant tests for viewers in Cleveland and Cincinnati markets.
  • This is the last season to use the 2009-2013 set, which was introduced at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2009 Tournament of Champions and one 2009 Celebrity Jeopardy! match.
  • New opening sequence: a circle zooms out showing the categories and the dollar figures driving like a road, forming the Silver & Gray Jeopardy! logo on a blue background with burgundy to a violet wall, and black floor on it. And then, it wipes away revealing the 2009-2013 set.
  • This is the last season, in which the sliding doors behind Alex's podium were used on the Jeopardy! set.
  • Starting in Season 30, the sliding doors are out, and the ramp behind the game board is in.
  • Like Season 31, this is the season that produced the champion with the most wins in a row at least five consecutive wins (10 people).

September 2012[]

  • Season 29 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 17, 2012.

October 2012[]

  • From October 8–17, 2012, Stephanie Jass became a 7-day champion with $147,570, beating Larissa Kelly from Season 24 in terms of longest winning streak on Jeopardy! by a female player in non-tournament play.

November 2012[]

  • On the November 2, 2012, episode, Keith Whitener finishes with a 7-day total of $147,597.
  • The 2012-B Teachers Tournament aired November 7–20, 2012
    • Colby Burnett wins the tournament, taking home the $100,000 grand prize.
  • On the November 23, 2012, episode, Paul Nelson finishes with a 5-day total of $54,900. He is only player to win 5 regular games despite all incorrect from Final Jeopardy.

December 2012[]

  • On the December 4, 2012, episode, Jason Shore finishes with a 4-day total of $85,200.

January 2013[]

  • On the January 9, 2013, episode, Ashok Poozhikunnel finishes with a 4-day total of $69,002.
  • On the January 16, 2013, episode, Kristin Morgan finishes with a 5-day total of $69,098. She is fourth and last of only four Jeopardy! contestants to win two games as co-champ, and last female 5-time champion to win one game as co-champ.

February 2013[]

  • The Teen Tournament is held January 30–February 12, 2013.
    • In the first semifinal game, aired February 6, 2013, the Jeopardy! round categories reference Carly Rae Jepsen's song "Call Me Maybe", which was a very popular hit at the time.
    • During the second semifinal match, aired February 7, 2013, all three contestants have zero dollars at the end of the game: the third known instance of this happening, and the first instance of it happening in a tournament semi-final game.
      • As a result of this match, eventual champion Leonard Cooper makes it to the finals as a wildcard.
  • The Tournament of Champions was held right after the Teen Tournament, aired February 13–26, 2013.
    • This tournament is the first time since Season 21 where the champions in the quarterfinal week were in the order of how much money they have won in their initial appearances.
    • 2012-B Teachers Tournament winner Colby Burnett also wins the Tournament of Champions, becoming the first Jeopardy! contestant to accomplish this feat.
  • On the February 27, 2013, episode, Joshua Brakhage finishes with a 5-day total of $103,205.

March 2013[]

  • On the March 15, 2013, episode, Drew Horwood finishes with an 8-day total of $138,100.

April 2013[]

  • On the April 4, 2013, episode, Rebecca Rider finishes with a 5-day total of $101,600.

May 2013[]

  • The College Championship airs from May 6-17, 2013.

June 2013[]

  • On the June 25, 2013, episode, Andrew Moore finishes with a 6-day total of $137,803.

July 2013[]

  • From July 1–11, 2013, Ben Ingram becomes an 8-time champion with $176,534.
  • On the July 17, 2013, episode, Mark Japinga finishes with a 4-day total of $112,600. This is the highest score among those who have won ToC winners so far.

August 2013[]

  • July 29, 2013-August 2, 2013 is Kids Week.
    • On the July 31, 2013, episode, Skyler Hornback sets the all-time Kids Week record of $66,600. At the time, this was also the third-highest one-day record behind Ken Jennings and Roger Craig.
  • Just like what they did in Season 26, there are no roadshows to tape. All 230 half-hour episodes are taped in Culver City.
  • Season 29 of Jeopardy! wraps up on August 2, 2013, which also marks the last appearance of the 2009-2013 set.
  • Summer reruns, with replacement fee plugs, air from August 5, 2013, until the Friday before the next season premieres. Reruns later air on weekends from 2013-2014.