February 14th, 2013
03:45 PM ET
A little luck brought Leonard Cooper to the finals of the 2013 "Jeopardy! Teen Tournament," and a lot of confidence caused his big win to go viral.
The Arkansas high school senior clinched the grand prize with what's been dubbed by some as the greatest Final Jeopardy! question ever. Click on the above video to see the answer, and Leonard's response.
While some people have praised Leonard for his sense of humor, others have scolded him for not getting his math right. A select few have even suggested that Leonard could have given host Alex Trebek a laugh by drawing a reminder to a 1983 game show pilot he made for NBC.
So how did it all go down?
He finished second in his semifinal match, but earned a spot in this week's final when the three contestants in the previous semifinal managed to finish the game with no money in the bank.
He held his own in the first game of the two-game final, but finished a distant third when he missed the Final Jeopardy! query on "The Grapes of Wrath." However, he roared back in the second game, doubling his $18,000 tally on a late Daily Double.
Heading into Final Jeopardy!, Leonard had $37,000 in his second-day bank, compared to $14,400 for Georgia freshman Nilal Sarda (who beat Leonard in the semifinals) and $8,800 for Kentucky senior Barrett Block.
When all was said and done, Leonard had a two-day total of $40,000, and earned the $75,000 grand prize. But he would've have egg on his face if Nilal, who entered Final Jeopardy! with $14,400 in his second-day bank, had answered correctly.
Nevertheless, Nilal went home with $26,400 and Barrett, the only one to answer correctly, took home $35,600 for his efforts.
What do you think of Leonard's gutsy question? Was he too confident, or was it just a case of youthful indiscretion?
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