Laurie Beckoff knew that Noah Webster learned 26 languages in the 20 years it took for him to publish his first English dictionary in 1828.
But the Hollis Hills resident, a sophomore at the University of Chicago, came up just a little short Monday night in her semifinal round in the annual “Jeopardy” College Tournament.
The daughter of Alan and Esther Beckoff finished second last week in her opening game, but earned her way into the semifinals with a wild card berth.
Monday night she squared off against Tucker Pope of Texas A&M and Whitney Thompson of the University of Oklahoma.
She entered the Final Jeopardy round in third place, her $10,400 total $200 behind Thompson and $1,600 behind Pope with $12,000.
The Queens quiz kid nailed the Noah Webster answer to add $9,400 to her total. But Pope, having to guard against Thompson doubling her money, wagered big and also got the right question to move on to this week’s two-round finals.
Thompson initially had the right question but crossed it out. She would not have won even with the correct answer.