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'Jeopardy' Couple Maryanne Lewell And Mike Townes Are The Peak Of Nerd Dreams

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If shared interests are any indication, this is one couple that is sure to last.

History teacher Maryanne Lewell, from Saint John, N.B. was the first Canadian teacher to ever be featured on 'Jeopardy's' Teacher's Tournament back in 2013. But in addition to that, she might be the first person to have met her future spouse as a contestant on the show.

CORRECTION: The first "Jeopardy" teacher couple was, in fact, Justin Hofstetter and Catherine Whitten, who met in 2012. Meanwhile, Emily Cloyd and Stacey Braverman competed against each other in an episode — and have been married since 2012.

English teacher Michael Townes, from South Carolina, was also featured in the tournament, and according to the CBC, the pair hit it off and continued to keep in touch long after the show had aired.

Now they're engaged, and while they're still undecided where they'll live, they plan to marry in 2017.

"We both happen to be kind of nerds, and into the same kind of thing, and with a weird sense of humour, and obviously both smart enough to get on 'Jeopardy,'" Townes told the broadcaster.

Lewell has been a 'Jeopardy' fan since age 12, while Townes says he's been watching since he was a kid, they each revealed in a promotional video for their tournament.

And while the couple says host Alex Trebek will be invited to the wedding, it's really the producers at the show they thank for their happiness.

Whichever country they end up in, one thing's for sure — that will be one 'Jeopardy'-loving household.


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