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Jeopardy Contestants Miss Stephen Harper Question.. Again

For the second time this year, "Jeopardy" contestants have failed to identify Stephen Harper.

On Tuesday night's episode, the prime minister's name was the answer to the $1000 question in the category Anagrammed 21st Century Leaders.

Now anagrams, a rearranging of the letters in a phrase to form a new phrase, can be tricky. But this one included a couple of big hints.

First, the question (or answer, if you're a purist) clearly identified the country involved as Canada. Second, there have only been three Canadian PMs so far this century: Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper.

The anagram? "Sharpen the rep."

Are "Jeopardy" writers making some sort of clever attempt to let us know our reputation, under Harper, could use some improvement?

We think it's the contestants who could use some reputation sharpening. Back in April, nobody could figure out that Harper was the Canadian prime minister who sang "With A Little Help From My Friends" with Yo-Yo Ma in 2009. You can see that clip in the slideshow at the bottom of this story.

It appears Marx was right, history really does repeat itself, "first as tragedy, then as farce." OK, that may be a bit of a stretch, but the first time we thought it was sad nobody knew who Harper was, and now we're just laughing.

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