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Saint John teacher Maryanne Lewell meets fiancé on Jeopardy

This game show may be the best for romance. The correct answer is: What is Jeopardy? At least that's the case for one Saint John woman.

Saint John's Maryanne Lewell met fiancé Mike Townes on the popular quiz show in 2013 and now plan to marry

Saint John resident Maryanne Lewell and South Carolina contestant Mike Townes, who met during Jeopardy's Teachers Tournament in 2013, are now engaged. (Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

This game show may be the best for romance.

The correct response is: What is Jeopardy?

Well, at least that's the case for Saint John teacher Maryanne Lewell and her new fiancé, South Carolina resident Mike Townes.

Lewell was a semifinalist and the first Canadian teacher to make it to the game show's Teachers Tournament in 2013.

Although she lost her first round by $1, she went home a winner — in love — with fellow contestant Mike Townes.

The two didn't compete on the same show, but met during the week of filming. 

"We had a really great time. We were both sequestered together," Lewell said.

Lewell's episode was on a Thursday, and Townes appeared on the Friday show. So they spent time on the set and on the bus to the studio, when they started getting to know each other. 

"Well, you know, I was cute, so that helps," joked Lewell.

"Yeah, that's not a hindrance," said Townes.

"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," he said.

The two teachers kept in touch after they left the Jeopardy stage and eventually started a long-distance relationship.

Now the couple plans to marry in the summer of 2017 and, of course, the guests will include Jeopardy host Alex Trebek — who was born in Canada and started his broadcasting career with the CBC.

"Oh yeah … We'll try," said Lewell about inviting Trebek.

"I don't know if he'll come, but we'll send him an invitation."

But they still need to figure out where they will live and deal with the required paperwork.


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