Florida State cost Jeopardy! contestant James Holzhauer $10,000 in the third match of the "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" tournament Thursday.
Holzhauer picked a topic with a Daily Double in it and bet the $5,000 that he had earned already on the question.
The question was "This birthstone is in abrasives for polishing and grinding. The color pairs with gold as an official one for Florida State."
Holzhauer -- who is also a professional sports gambler when he's not dominating Jeopardy! -- was stumped by the question before ultimately answering "What is diamond?"
What are garnet and gold?
Florida State's school colors of garnet and gold are a merging of the university's past, according to the FSU website.
In 1904 and 1905, the Florida State College won football championships wearing purple and gold uniforms. When FSC became Florida State College for Women in 1905, the FSCW student body selected crimson as the official school color.
James Holzhauer thought he was headed to 10K, but an easy Florida State question said “presto change-o” and left him with 0 #JeopardyGOAT pic.twitter.com/n7P5dgfVYx— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) January 10, 2020
The wrong answer effectively cost Holzhauer $10,000 since the bet he made would have been doubled if he had given the correct answer. Instead, Holzhauer went back to zero.
But with more than $2.7 million in winnings from his previous appearances on Jeopardy! – which include a 32-game win streak from April to June, 2019 – should make things a little easier to bear.
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This story originally published to tallahassee.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the new Gannett Media network.