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'Jeopardy' Contestant Loses $1600 After Mispronouncing Title of Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'

Alex Trebek poses on the set of the Jeopardy!
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Alex Trebek poses on the set of the Jeopardy!

Jeopardy contestant Nick Spicher had a $3200 scoring swing judges deemed that he he had mispronounced Coolio's 1995 song title "Gangsta's Paradise." 

On Monday night (Jan. 1), host Alex Trebek, offered up a clue that read, "A song by Coolio from Dangerous Minds goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic." Spicher buzzed in and swiftly responded with the answer, "What is Gangster's Paradise Lost?" Though he was initially awarded $1600, judges reviewed his answer and later realized that he mispronounced "gangsta," since he added the -er at the end. 

The costly mistake left Spicher not only dejected, but $3200 short, after the $1600 he got for his correct answer was nullified and he was docked $1600 for his incorrect answer. Check out the clip below.