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About Jeopardy!® for AARP

In this digital version of Jeopardy!®, answer clues written by the Jeopardy! team on a variety of topics curated for 50+ adults. During the week of January 13–17, compete against others for prizes up to $500, or play until February 11th to get on the leaderboard, beat your own best score or just have fun. You must be registered on aarp.org to play.

Like the TV show, games consist of three rounds: Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy!, and Final Jeopardy!. Choose categories and clues of different values to score points. Some clues (three per game) have a hidden Daily Double, allowing you to wager points up to your score total. 

Unlike in the TV show, Jeopardy! for AARP is not a live game played in real-time against other contestants, and points do not equate to monetary value. Scores are tracked, and players can see how they are competing against others via the game leaderboards. All players have an equal chance to participate in Daily Double clues. All monetary prizes awarded in the Jeopardy! for AARP Tournament are predetermined.

Frequently Asked Questions

You don’t have to be an AARP member to play Jeopardy! ® for AARP, but you must register and log in on the aarp.org website to access the games. Registration is free and will give you access to a few other areas of aarp.org, including AARP Rewards and the ability to comment on articles and post in the Online Community.

You can share your computer, phone or tablet to play the game with someone else, but you must log out between turns so that the scores are attributed correctly. You can find the logout link under the menu in the top left corner of the screen. Once you're logged out, the other person can log in with their own account credentials. 

Absolutely! You don’t have to compete to play, but playing during the Tournament period (January 13–17) may still qualify you for a prize if you are the top daily scorer.  Likewise, if you’re one of the top 30 total scorers across all 5 games for that week, you will qualify for the championship. However, you can still play and enjoy the game, even if you don’t qualify to win.

On January 18th, the Tournament period is over, and you may continue playing until February 11th, unaffected.  The 6th game will be added to the game page for everyone to play after January 25th, when the tournament finalists finish the game on Championship day.

 

Each game consists of 3 rounds: Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! Each of the first 2 rounds have 25 clues each, spread across 5 categories with increasing point values.

Choose a category and a corresponding point value to expose a clue. Clues are either multiple choice or text input. A few clues may feature images. You have 60 seconds to answer each clue. There’s no need to write in “what is” as it’s already pre-filled in the answer space. Write-in answers are not case sensitive. Try to spell your answer as correctly as possible. We do not account for misspellings. While some misspellings and answer variations may be accepted, points will not be awarded if your answer doesn’t match what we accounted for. 

There are three randomly hidden Daily Doubles per game—one in Jeopardy! and two in Double Jeopardy!. For the Daily Double, you wager points, up to the total of your current score or the highest point value allowed in that category, whichever is greater. A correct response will award you the amount of your wager, allowing you to potentially double your points. An incorrect response will deduct the amount you wagered from your point total. 

The Final Jeopardy! round is comprised of one clue. Before the clue is revealed, you must make a final wager, at minimum $0 and up to the total amount of your points. After the wager is set, the clue is revealed. A correct response will add the amount of your wager to your total points, while an incorrect answer will deduct it. Your total point value at the end of this round is your total score for the game. 

While playing the Daily Games, you can pause the game in between questions, while no clue is displayed on the board. Pausing the game will not count against your time played.

Only the score from your first game will be recorded on the leaderboard and qualify towards the Tournament. However, you can play each game multiple times to beat your personal best score, get more familiar with the trivia questions, and practice your wagering strategy.

 

Jeopardy! for AARP is available January 13–February 11, 2020, only, with the tournament Daily Games running between Jan 13–17. The games will be taken down after February 11th. If you enjoyed your experience and want to see Jeopardy! for AARP come back, drop us a line!

If you think you scored in the top 10 for any game, or your score adds up to a total that should qualify for the leaderboard, it could be missing for one of the following reasons:

  • During the tournament period (Jan 13–17), each game’s leaderboard only reflects scores submitted in the stated play window (12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST) on the day the game is released. On January 18th, the leaderboards will update to reflect all scores earned since the games became available, so you may find new names on the leaderboards at that time.

  • All leaderboards reflect the scores earned from each player’s first attempt at the game.  Since the questions don’t change when you play a game for a second time, we want to keep the leaderboards fair by only displaying scores from the first attempt. However, in your personal score box, you will see a field for the first score and the best score so that each time you play, you can learn and reinforce something new and strive for a new personal best.

In the event of a tie score, the time it took to complete the game will be the tiebreaker and the player with the faster time will have a higher position on the leaderboard.

Remember, you have 60 seconds to answer each clue, but speed counts!

You may play as many times as you like, but only the score from your first attempt will count towards the Tournament prizes and towards the leaderboards. However, playing more than once will allow you to get a higher personal best score and to keep learning some fun, new facts!

You can pause the game between clues only by using the pause button (two vertical lines) at the top center of the game screen. Once you’ve selected a clue, the pause function will be disabled until your answer is submitted.

You have 60 seconds to read and answer each clue. However, remember that time is a tie-breaker, and answering a question faster can put you ahead of other players with the same score.

Clues that don’t have a multiple-choice selection require a write-in answer. Simply click or tap on the line and type in your answer.

With write-in answers, do not type ‘what is’ or the question mark (?), as that’s pre-filled for you. Also, do not add an article (‘the’ or ‘a’) before your answer -- doing so will make your answer incorrect and cause you to lose points. 

Please do your best to spell your answer correctly. We have accounted for a few spelling errors for each answer, but those options are limited.

If you exit the game by pressing the Exit button or the End Game button, your score at the time of exit will be submitted and count as your first play attempt. You can play the game again, but your score will not count towards the Tournament or the leaderboards.

If you accidentally quit the game by closing your window or refreshing your browser, you can pick up the game where you left off.

 

If you have feedback you would like to share, we want to hear from you!  Please go to https://survey.foresee.com/f/Et75Xpl0ce to fill out a short survey and tell us what you think.

Technical Questions

Jeopardy! for AARP is a web-based application, optimized for some of the most common and current web browsers. To get the optimum playing experience, please use the following:

  • Desktops and laptops running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 with the latest updates and service packs

  •  Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones and iPads.  Turn your mobile device to a landscape view (horizontally) for a better playing experience.  

  • The latest updated versions of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge. (Note: IE 11 may also be used, but for an optimum playing experience, we recommend using Edge or one of the other browsers listed here.) 

You may also find that Jeopardy! for AARP is functional on some browsers and devices not listed above, including Amazon Kindle Silk, but please understand that we cannot guarantee your experience in that case. Your experience will also be influenced by the strength and speed of your internet connection and the processing speed of your device.

 

If you experience issues while playing or while trying to access the game, please follow these steps:

1. Make sure that you’re using the most updated browsers and your technology meets the minimum system requirements, as seen above.

2. Check your internet connection and make sure it’s steady. You can check your internet status on speedtest.net.

3. If you’re in the middle of a game that has timed out, try refreshing your browser, or completely closing your browser window and navigating back to Jeopardy! for AARP by following this link: https://www.aarp.org/entertainment/games/jeopardy-for-aarp/.  Do not exit the game from the game screen or game menu, as your score at the time will be submitted as your first attempt toward the Tournament and leaderboard.

 

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