Ending a 75-day reign of terror in which he won $2.5 million, Ken Jennings has been deposed from his throne on Jeopardy!, by Nancy Zerg, a realtor from Ventura, CA. It was a tense, tightly-played match, and would have been great watching if the end hadn’t had the living crap spoiled out of it (here in the Twin Cities, channel 11 went so far as to blurb about it during the first commercial break).

Zerg played a very conservative game, avoiding gambles and mostly just concentrating on making enough to stay in the game. Jennings, meanwhile, couldn’t put her away, especially after he blew not one, but both Daily Doubles in the 2nd round. This was not unintentional: with categories like “Funny Hats” and “Pro Sports Venues,” this was a board designed with the express purpose of stumping the champ.

Then, for the first time in months, came a Final Jeopardy that actually mattered, with Jennings only leading Zerg by $4,400. Zerg got it right, Jennings got it wrong, and that’s all she wrote. It wasn’t exactly the Cliff Claven-like hubric downfall I had been expecting, but it was pretty exciting all the same.

And if you missed it, here are the Daily Double and Final Jeopardy questions that Jennings missed:

A: “On Dec. 26, 1944 Patton’s forces relieved this town in Belgium’s Ardennes; the Germans were driven out in Jan.” Q: What is Baston?

A: “The name of this often brimless hat, popular in the 1920s, is french for ‘bell’, after the shape of the hat.” Q: What is a cloche?

A: “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only 4 months a year.” Q: What is H & R Block?