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If they ever do a live-action version of Bob's Burgers, they should look at the reigning champ when it comes time to cast Tina.
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Was it just me or have the last two nights (Jan 15-16] been two of the worst games ever played? A ton of triple misses and no answers plus that poor woman tonight nearly had the worst non-Wolf Blitzer score of all time.
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I just rewatched tonight's game out of Seattle. It seems to me she was flustered from the very start, trying and failing to buzz in.
I agree, they were all terrible. The guy from Connecticut didn't know what a Nor'easter is? And I feel really bad for the nervous woman. For one thing, I think she was keeping her thumb off the buzzer, so when she wanted to buzz in she was always behind. And at least once she knew the answer and was trying to say it, but was so nervous she couldn't get her voice to work.
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I only watched today's, but I came here to comment on how painful it was. It wasn't just the one woman. The other guy who lost was also terrible...
For a while I was worried Veronica was going to be playing Final Jeopardy by herself. Has that ever happened?

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It makes me half-tempted to try out for the show, if their well is getting so dry, but there's no way I'd be able to afford to fly to LA, much less stay there for some unknown period of time.
If you get called out to play, you're guaranteed at least $1,000, which, depending on where you live, should cover most of the cost of a one-night trip to L.A. If you have to stay longer, that means you're making lots more money.

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Those are interesting points on all sides. But I'd counter your last one with a question. Let's say the producers sent out a memo saying "I am hearing from friends and family that the questions are too hard lately, making it not as fun to play at home. Let's go a little easier, please." Would that really be actionable? Or what if they went even closer to the line, saying "Competitive games are more exciting: let's make sure we have clues that even the average contestant has a decent chance of knowing." That's not the same as actually specifically sabotaging the returning champion, as it would be if they invited on two college professors and made an inordinate number of clues feature their specific subject areas.

Because it does seem possible that James's quadruple-sized winnings could have been hurting their bottom line. And if he had stayed dominant champion for too long, I don't think the ratings bonanza would have lasted. Let's say he went way longer than Ken Jennings (and the producers had no idea whether this might be possible). Eventually, let's face it, people would get bored with it.
IANA Federal prosecutor, but ISTM that any documented change to normal practice during a run like James' would be suspicious on its face because of the obvious financial motive. But to a certain extent, the show is like a casino: they're always going to come out ahead in the long run. As I mentioned above, even if they lost money during James' run, it probably allowed them to raise ad rates for the next season, and the GOAT gave them another opportunity to recoup.
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Old 01-17-2020, 10:51 AM
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I did not know that Iago had the most speeches of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy .

Horatio was a reasonable guess. Tough way to lose, I thought James would get it.
My guess would have been Prospero.
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I was thinking Shylock, but then remembered "The Merchant of Venice" isn't a tragedy either. Except to Shylock.
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For a while I was worried Veronica was going to be playing Final Jeopardy by herself. Has that ever happened?
At least five times. Links to j-archive.com:

February 26, 1986
July 1, 1987
February 23, 2005
March 16, 2011
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I agree, they were all terrible. The guy from Connecticut didn't know what a Nor'easter is?
The responses that really got me were "tornadoes" in England* and "the Texas Marshals."

*I believe they occasionally do have "blizzards," however.
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The responses that really got me were "tornadoes" in England* and "the Texas Marshals."

*I believe they occasionally do have "blizzards," however.
I couldn't believe no one got "Quadrophenia" or "Ithaca" either.
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Thanks for tracking these down. How did you manage it, BTW?
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Stephanie Hull, who played in the March 12, 2015, game linked above, holds the unfortunate record for lowest Jeopardy score ever, -$6,800. Makes Priscilla's -$5,400 on Thursday seem not quite so bad by comparison.
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Thanks for tracking these down. How did you manage it, BTW?
This Google search:

site:j-archive.com "single-player final jeopardy"
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site:j-archive.com "single-player final jeopardy"
Very good. Thanks again.
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Stephanie Hull, who played in the March 12, 2015, game linked above, holds the unfortunate record for lowest Jeopardy score ever, -$6,800. Makes Priscilla's -$5,400 on Thursday seem not quite so bad by comparison.
Priscilla got down to -$6,600 at one point. I feel bad that I was rooting for her to keep getting them wrong so she would break Stephanie's record.

I'm surprised that someone with that much anxiety would ever try to be on the show in the first place and that she would get through the audition process.
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The object in question does not buzz. The sound engineer does not add a buzz. Similarly, I wouldn’t call it a clicker. Some people might call it a button or switch. Personally, I don’t care what they call it.
Dudn't matter. It's still a "buzzer".

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Oh, me too. That's why I brought it up. And then there's the old "note that the "M" is in quotation marks. We all know what that means." He used to say that pretty much every time, but now only every so often. I'm gonna miss the guy.
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Dudn't matter. It's still a "buzzer".

And then there's the old "note that the "M" is in quotation marks. We all know what that means." He used to say that pretty much every time, but now only every so often. I'm gonna miss the guy.
For Mature Audiences?
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there's a light in the corner of their name screens, showing who has control of the board.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Jeopardy/co..._base_of_each/
Um, it's command of the board, at least while Trebek is in charge!

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I wasn't clear at all. No, I mean, say the category is Amazing "M"ammals. All questions begin with the letter "M".

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Priscilla got down to -$6,600 at one point. I feel bad that I was rooting for her to keep getting them wrong so she would break Stephanie's record.

I'm surprised that someone with that much anxiety would ever try to be on the show in the first place and that she would get through the audition process.
You never know how you're going to react until you're actually there, on that stage in that studio, with all the lights on you, all the audience looking at you, Johnny Gilbert says your name, and you're thinking "OMG that's really Alex Trebek and he's like ten feet away from me!" The audition in a hotel conference room somewhere, and even the practice game you play before taping starts, are only partial preparation. And if you get off to a bad start, it can be tough to get your confidence back.
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And then there's the old "note that the "M" is in quotation marks. We all know what that means."
So why does he have to tell us we already know what we already know?
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I wasn't clear at all. No, I mean, say the category is Amazing "M"ammals. All questions begin with the letter "M".

Sorry, I was just joking, since you'd happened to pick "M" for your example.
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that poor woman tonight nearly had the worst non-Wolf Blitzer score of all time.
Early on my wife said, “Oh, she’s having a panic attack.” At the end of the show, Trebek with his typically Canadian polite understatement said, “You were a little nervous.”
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We all know what that means.


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And then there's the old "note that the "M" is in quotation marks. We all know what that means."
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So why does he have to tell us we already know what we already know?
I think he should explain every time. Sure regular viewers like us know, but newcomers and infrequent viewers might not. Also sometimes the letter is at the beginning, but sometimes it could be anywhere.
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I think he should explain every time. Sure regular viewers like us know, but newcomers and infrequent viewers might not. Also sometimes the letter is at the beginning, but sometimes it could be anywhere.
But in that case, we "all" obviously don't "know what that means." And it seems to me he more often than not doesn't really follow it with any explanation beyond saying "notice the 'm' in quotation marks", which anyone who can read has already noticed anyway.

It's no big deal, I was just mouthing off. His "We all know..." comment always strikes me funny for being unnecessary and illogical. But that's just me. And it's still the best show on television. I've watched it since the Art Fleming years.
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