Dom Granello

Dom Granello, right, is pictured with the show's host Alex Trebek when he filmed his appearance in November.

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A Madison man lost during the final round of "Jeopardy!" Monday on a question about a historically panned automobile.

Dom Granello, a native of Texas and a former project manager for Epic Systems, was in a good position going into the last question of the popular day-time trivia game show.

After a returning champion took a commanding lead during Monday's first round, the 25-year-old Granello correctly answered questions on subjects like "Aspirational Nations" and the Eurovision Song Contest to pull within $1,000 of the episode's leader before "Final Jeopardy!"

The clue for the last round on Monday's show was this: A 2007 headline said after being ridiculed since the 1950s it "Takes its victory lap" and noted the auction of one for $184,000.

Granello answered with "What is a tuba?" on a bet of $10,500. His answer dropped him down to a final dollar amount of $500.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek quipped in response that "we don't ridicule tubas."

The correct answer was Ford Motor Company's short-lived automobile the "Edsel," which the company only produced from 1957-59 when it was met with a less-than-enthusiastic reception.

"When they first came out, I didn't think they were so bad," Trebek commented on the Edsel.

Granello, who has applied to compete on "Jeopardy!" for several years, has lived in Madison for a little more than a year and is thinking about moving back to his hometown of Dallas.

During his short interview segment, Granello gave a shout-out to the Madison Curling Club, where he has continued to play the sport after doing so at his alma mater of the University of Oklahoma.

He traveled to Los Angeles in November to tape the performance.

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Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.