On the televisionquiz showJeopardy!, there are some recurring categories that follow special rules. In such cases, contestants and viewers are usually told prior to game play the specific format required of a correct response.
In these categories, a letter or group of letters will be placed inside quotation marks in the category name; correct responses will begin with, end with, or otherwise contain that letter or group of letters.
For example, if the category title is "AFTER" CLASS:
Clue: A small earthquake or tremor that occurs following a major one.
A specialized "quotation mark" category in which the category name gives the first letter and the individual clues give the number of letters in the correct response. Previously known as STARTS WITH [Letter] or FILE UNDER [Letter], these versions did not give the expected number of letters.
The correct response must be spelled out. Sometimes the answer will be spoken by the host, but not shown in the clue. Also known as THE DREADED SPELLING CATEGORY, the words are sometimes taken directly from actual spelling bee contests or are related to a particular topic or letter of the alphabet, as reflected in the category name.
The category is CELEBRITY SURNAME SPELLING:
Clue: The actress who'll always be TV's Buffy Summers to us.
When this category appears, it is often the subject of humor, since the assumption is that the category will be a difficult one. The category has on occasion been renamed in a manner acknowledging that assumption (for example, as THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY or UH-OH, OPERA).
An alcoholic drink must be identified from its ingredients. A variant for younger players is NONPOTENT POTABLES, about soft drinks or other non-alcoholic drinks. This category is also a recurring category in the Celebrity Jeopardy! sketches on Saturday Night Live, although it has never been picked by a contestant in a sketch.
Also called HODGEPODGE or GOULASH, this is a variety of unrelated topics in the same category; it almost always appears in the last (rightmost) column on the board. A popular variant is LEFTOVERS, which consists of clues that were not used in previous games because time ran out.
TAKE IN ORDER
The clues must be requested in order from the lowest value to the highest. Usually, the responses form a phrase or list, or each response is connected to the one below it.