Every now and again, we don't get through all of the questions on the board during Jeopardy! Many of these questions have been well researched. So my question is (in true Jeopard style):

This is what happens to questions that aren't revealed during the show

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    Sadly, question shelters are already crowded with unused questions, so any questions not used during an episode are euthanized by Alex Trebec.
    – Wad Cheber
    Jun 7, 2016 at 0:55
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    @R.J.MacReady That's why I prefer Bob Barker's approach of spaying or neutering questions on the price is right Jun 7, 2016 at 5:31

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According to this interview with Alex Trebek promoting The Jeopardy! Book: The Answers, the Questions, the Facts, and the Stories of the Greatest Game Show in History:

"We save all unused material, although sometimes an answer that isn't used one day will turn up later under a different category."

Billy Wisse, the head writer for Jeopardy!, says the same in an interview with The AV Club:

AVC: How many questions get thrown out upon review?

BW: Well, in every category one is going to get thrown out, and then there’s always an extra there for emergencies or technical problems. And so two clues out of every seven get thrown out, but they could get used later if you write that same category again or you really like that clue and you want to write around it. So a lot of clues get thrown out, but some of them come back again. But we have thousands and thousands and thousands of unused clues, and most of them will never see the light of day.

  • I doubt we're going to get a better answer than this; great work! Jun 6, 2016 at 12:27
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    I wish this answer was in the form of a question and the question written as "This is what happens to questions that aren't revealed during Jeopardy" Jun 6, 2016 at 18:54
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    I was a little confused by the "in every category one is going to get thrown out" comment. Elsewhere in the interview, it's explained that a writer submits seven clues for a category, and the head writer selects six to be used and discards the remaining one. Jun 6, 2016 at 19:31

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