Claire McNear, The Ringer

Claire McNear

The Ringer

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Claire:

Kamala Harris Talks to The Ringer About Her Wordle Habit

The Wordle craze has hit the vice president’s office, but there’s a problem: The veep can’t send anyone her squares → Read More

What to Do When Playing the Word Game Wordle Isn’t Enough? Solve It.

Linguists, engineers, and puzzle obsessives unite in the quest for the perfect first word → Read More

Mike Richards’s Rise to ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Sparks Questions About Past

The ‘Jeopardy!’ host search is finally over. New reporting reveals that concerns about Richards and the show’s selection process remain. → Read More

‘Jeopardy!’s Mike Richards Has a Decorated CV—and His Share of Detractors

With its guest host rotation finally nearing a conclusion, the storied quiz show is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Richards, the freshman executive producer of ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ to succeed Alex Trebek as permanent host → Read More

After Nearly a Decade of Campaigning, LeVar Burton Finally Gets His Chance to Host ‘Jeopardy!’

The ‘Reading Rainbow’ and ‘Roots’ star hasn’t been shy about wanting the permanent job. (But you don’t have to take my word for it.) → Read More

Netflix’s ‘Too Hot to Handle’ Remains TV’s Horniest—and Most Confounding—Reality Show

The contest bars contestants from kissing, sex, and "heavy petting." But partying isn’t really what reality TV is about, anyway. → Read More

The Second Season of ‘The Chase’ Is Faster, Funnier, and Maybe Even Smarter

The game show takes a crack at a do-or-die TV question: How do you fix a broken game? → Read More

The 2021 Tournament of Champions and the Science (OK, Art) of Measuring ‘Jeopardy!’ Skill

This year’s competition, the first without Alex Trebek, will feature Buzzy Cohen behind the lectern. And as always, it will push the best trivia minds to the top of their games. → Read More

Waluigi Is Nintendo’s Cult Hero, but Will He Ever Be Something More?

The tall, purple-clad Luigi foil has been a part of the Mushroom Kingdom for two decades, yet he’s never been more than a sideshow. Just don’t tell that to his legions of fans. → Read More

The Problem With Dr. Oz Guest Hosting ‘Jeopardy!’

The TV personality’s long history of peddling pseudoscience and misinformation could not be more at odds with the quiz show → Read More

‘The Chase’ Has Returned for All the Real Trivia Nerds

There are no pies or dunk pools here—just ‘Jeopardy!’ legends Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer and a lot of tough questions → Read More

Alex Trebek’s Final ‘Jeopardy!’ Episodes Are a Testament to His Legacy

The longtime ‘Jeopardy!’ host’s final episodes are airing this week. They’re a testament to Trebek’s profound impact—on the show he defined, the world it created, and the lives of those who crossed his path. → Read More

Pedro Pascal Delivers the Most Unhinged Performance of 2020 in ‘WW84’

This is why you shouldn’t make him wear a helmet all the time → Read More

Ranking the Many, Many Crimes Committed in ‘The Flight Attendant’

Sure, there is one biggie that sets off the show’s plot, but there are A TON more after that → Read More

The Search for the Next ‘Jeopardy!’ Host

Who might be Alex Trebek’s successor? Ken Jennings? Anderson Cooper? LeVar Burton? Dane Cook?! → Read More

Alex Trebek Forever Embodied the Joy of Curiosity

The longtime host of ‘Jeopardy!’ died on Sunday at age 80. An excerpt from a new book sheds light on what made him such a beloved cultural figure—both on camera and off. → Read More

Alex Trebek Was More Than a Game Show Host. He Was Family.

The face of ‘Jeopardy!,’ a cherished American ritual, died on Sunday at the age of 80 → Read More

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants’ Most Hated Word: Preemption

Pity the players who summit trivia’s Everest and compete on ‘Jeopardy!,’ only to have their episode canceled by election coverage. Or a tornado. → Read More

How Haunted Houses Are Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Each October, the niche-but-devoted haunted house community opens thousands of spooky interactive experiences across the country. But this year, with packed indoor gatherings off the table, the industry is changing its plans on the fly. → Read More

‘Supermarket Sweep’ Has Been Rebooted, but Not Retooled, for 2020

Leslie Jones has replaced David Ruprecht as the host of the grocery-centric game show, but not much else about the program has changed from its original run in the ’90s → Read More