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Retired Allegheny County police officer scores fourth-day win on 'Jeopardy!'

Jeff Himler
| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 9:03 p.m.
Retired Allegheny County Police Officer Dave Leffler won again on “Jeopardy!” on Thursday.
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Retired Allegheny County Police Officer Dave Leffler won again on “Jeopardy!” on Thursday.

Retired Allegheny County police officer Dave Leffler continued his winning ways Thursday during his fourth day as a contestant on”Jeopardy!.”

The Pittsburgh man’s correct questions to the TV game show’s answers boosted his winnings from $81,202 to $100,102 and earned him the right to defend his title again on Friday’s broadcast.

Leffler bested Samir Patel, an anesthesiologist from Chicago, and Pat Berwick, a retired technical editor from Houston.

The lead revolved among the three contestants early in the game, but Leffler pulled ahead with a run of correct responses in categories concerning mountains and religions.

Leffler added $900 in the game’s final round, for a day’s total of $18,900, after correctly listing Iran as a country that is “mistakenly called an Arab land.” Patel had the same correct response but couldn’t catch up to the champion.

On Friday, Leffler will face Staci Huffman, a certified public accountant from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., and Nick Wawrykow, a graduate student from Ann Arbor, Mich.

When host Alex Trebek asked Leffler what he does now that he’s retired, Leffler said he’s found that others who preceded him into retirement and reported being just as busy “were right all along. There are so many things come along that you never had time to attend to before.”

Leffler is a volunteer for Working Warrior Foundation , a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit founded by a Marine to help veterans find jobs and get food assistance.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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