Jeopardy! recap for Fri., Jun. 22 - Today's contestants are:
The game was wide open as the players arrived at the untouched final category of DJ about poetry, and the two men lost money while Amanda added to her score, leading into FJ with $11,600 vs. $8,800 for Jordan and $7,800 for Ali.
DD1 - SURNAMES - A popular surname in the Philippines, it’s the birthplace of an Italian Dominican theologian & saint (Ali lost $1,000)
DD2 - U.S. CITIES - This third- largest Montana City is named for a feature of the Missouri River (Ali lost $600)
DD3 - THE REAL GAME OF THRONES - Edward IV broke an arranged match from this country & wed a commoner; he fared better than Robb Stark, who lost his head (Jordan won $3,800 on a true DD.)
FJ - MEDICINE & THE MOVIES - Vestibular rehabilitation is one treatment for a condition that is also the title of this 1958 suspense film
Amanda couldn't follow through on Alex's demand that she defend America from the two Canadians, as they were both correct on FJ while Amanda missed. Jordan added $7,000 to win with $15,800.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one knew the "hand warmer" committed by a football kick returner who touches but does not catch the ball is a muff.
Spoiler alerts: Not only did DD3 have a "Game of Thrones" spoiler, Alex had to go and blab that in "Vertigo", Jimmy Stewart had...well, in case you didn't see the show, I won't spoil it here.
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is Aquino? DD2 - What is Great Falls? DD3 - What is France? FJ - What is "Vertigo"?
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The list of exact dates (month, day, year) that you need to know is incredibly short. But there are others that it would be helpful to know. Especially when it comes to Final Jeopardy, where the hints are often slight. If knowing an exact date can turn a slight hint into a major one, then that could be the difference between winning and losing.
Example: "Commissioner John Quincy Adams and British delegate Baron Gambier spent Christmas 1814 in this European city." It's possible to arrive at the right response without knowing that the signing of the Treaty of Ghent happened on exactly December 24, but knowing that makes it much easier.
So, I decided, I'm gonna try and memorize some helpful dates. But I'm having a very hard time getting them to stick. Now I'm trying to decide whether to give up entirely, or whether to double down and come up with mnemonics or images.
Examples of what I thought would serve me well:
I thought, what's 12 or 15 dates, I can memorize that no problem. But I've found it much harder to memorize these dry numbers than to memorize most other things. Putting them in plain old flash cards alongside other pieces of information is not working. I feel like the wise thing to do is either study harder and prioritize them even more so they actually stick, or do the opposite and spend my energy on everything BUT exact dates. What would you do? Do you think the examples I gave are worth knowing the dates of?
P.S. As for those "iconic dates" that might actually be their own responses to Jeopardy clues, here are pretty much all that I could brainstorm in five minutes:
Any other suggestions? Dates that you might need to know in order to get a correct response?
Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Jun. 21 - Please welcome today's contestants:
Ali had a huge leads when he found both DDs in DJ, but he chose not to try and put the game away, leaving the door open for Deb to break up his runaway on the last clue. Going into FJ it was Ali with $21,700 vs. Deb at $11,200 and Justin with $8,800.
DD1 - THE MALE MAN - In 2017 Alabama elected its first Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1992 -- this man, who beat Roy Moore (Ali won $3,000)
DD2 (video) - DIVINITY - Born from a golden egg, this multi-faced god of creation in Hinduism mediates between Vishnu and Shiva (Ali won $2,800)
DD3 - FOUR LEGS GOOD - This deer is the biggest animal followed by "hound" in the name of an AKC dog breed (Ali won $500)
FJ - WORLD GEOGRAPHY - Australia's fourth-largest city, it's at the southern end of the road called Indian Ocean Drive
Everyone missed FJ, with Ali losing just $701 to win with $20,999 for a three-day total of $67,801.
For some reason, Alex said about Ali's FJ wager "You couldn't make it $700 even?", which was a dumb comment, since that bet could have resulted in a tiebreaker if both Ali and Deb were correct and Deb bet everything.
Triple Stumper of the day: Alex's Streisand impression for the line "Hello, gorgeous" didn't lead the players to 1968's "Funny Girl".
This day in Trebekistan: Alex kept harping on Ali being from another country, saying he's "leading a one-man invasion of the United States".
One more thing: Maybe if the contestants go on strike and refuse to respond to Young Sheldon clues, they'll stop showing them.
Correct Qs: DD1 - Who is Doug Jones? DD2 - Who is Brahma? DD3 - What is elk? FJ - What is Perth?
The puzzle was all filled in except one letter..
And the lady guessed the letter P.
Is there a list for this? I know celebrity is ambiguous but by this I mean famous enough to have their own Wikipedia page and famous outside of jeopardy (so ken Jennings doesn't count). For example Kiran Kedlaya is well regarded outside jeopardy but competed as a civilian
I remember it being fairly recent (past 3-4 years) and it was called "(Catch the) Im-pasta" or something like that. It was either in a Battle of The Decades or Tournament of Champions match. They gave you three Italian-sounding words and you had to recognize the one that wasn't a real pasta type. I've tried searching in the archive but have come up empty. Anyone else remember it?
Edit: Found it! http://j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=4938&highlight=pasta
Alex Trebek, as per Thejeopardyfan.com, will be a panelist on To Tell the Truth on June 24th, Sunday night, at 10PM EST on ABC. He hosted To Tell the Truth for four months on NBC in 1991. It will be his first game show panelist appearance in about 40 years, outside of an appearance Celebrity Poker Showdown a few years ago. He played Celebrity Bowling, Hollywood Squares, Art Fleming's Jeopardy, and To Say the Least in the 70s
Jeopardy! recap for Wed., Jun. 20 - Here are today's contestants:
Tyler was trailing Ali by just $200 with one clue remaining in DJ, but couldn't even offer a guess on the specialty of baseball's "Dr. K" Dwight Gooden, so Ali retained the lead into FJ with $13,400 vs. $13,200 for Tyler and $8,200 for Lindsay.
DD1 - 25 YEARS AGO: 1993 - A major gun control measure known as this was signed into law in November (Ali lost $2,000)
DD2 - 3 P'S PPPLEASE - 15-letter adjective describing the time after a nuclear war (Ali won $2,000)
DD3 - WHO ESSENTIAL MEDICINES - "Activated" this, in powder form, is an essential poisoning antidote (Lindsey won $3,000)
FJ - CLASSICAL MUSIC - Not in the initial score, the feature giving this symphony its byname was a whim added by the composer close to its 1792 debut
Tyler played for the Triple Stumper by betting $0, but Ali foiled that plan by coming up with the correct response, adding $13,001 to win with $26,401 and a two-day total of $46,802.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one could identify the food when shown a photo of manicotti.
This day in Trebekistan: It sounded weird when Alex, who often proudly embraces his roots, referred to Ali, a Canadian, as a "foreigner".
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is the Brady Bill? DD2 - What is post-apocalyptic? DD3 - What is charcoal? FJ - What is "The Surprise Symphony"?
I taped in early April and haven't received my photo with Alex yet. I wanna be sure I didn't accidentally delete it if it ended up in my spam folder! Did it take a couple of months to get that email?
Long story short: I took the teen tourney exam, passed, and was randomly selected for my audition at this competition called JLAB at Washington DC this Sunday. Problem is, the emails about this are coming through somebody else since they organized JLAB and the special audition there. So I'm cut off from information. I sent the Jeopardy dept. an email, and I'm about to ask the JLAB event organizers for information, but I have no clue how to get more information about the details of my audition. Thoughts?
Jeopardy! recap for Tue., Jun. 19 - Introducing today's contestants:
Ali fell back to third after missing DD3, then went on a late roll to take first place, which he held when the last $2,000 clue was a stand-and-stare. Ali entered FJ with $10.800 vs. $10,200 for Jessica and $10,000 for Deirdre.
DD1 - WORLD HISTORY - After a long journey, this was signed Nov. 21, 1620 to ensure the enactment of "just and equal laws" (Ali lost $3,200 on a true DD.)
DD2 (video) - ARCHITECTURE - Instead of Doric (seen here), columns at Athens' Temple of Athena Nike are in this order named for a region in Asia Minor (Jessica won $1,800)
DD3 - THE 27 LANDLOCKED STATES - Word shared in the name of 2 of the 27 (Ali lost $1,800)
FJ - 20th CENTURY AMERICAN HISTORY - On Nov. 3, 1948 he sent a congratulatory telegram, then told reporters, "I was just as surprised as you"
Only Ali, the Canadian, was able to solve this American history FJ as his opponents didn't read the clue carefully enough. Ali added $9,601 to win with $20,401, which hopefully made the hassle he went through to get on the show worth it.
Deirdre gave up her chance to win on a possible FJ Triple Stumper by betting it all except a dollar. Meanwhile, Jessica wagered $8,500, which wasn't enough to cover double of Deirdre's score, so her only chance was if both opponents missed.
That's before our time: Even with "very good" in the clue, no one knew the legendary Sinatra song "It Was a Very Good Year". Also, the players couldn't associate Gordie Howe with the Detroit Red Wings, which must have crushed Trebek's soul just a little.
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is the Mayflower Compact? DD2 - Who was ionic? DD3 - What is Dakota? FJ - Who was Dewey? (Both Deirdre and Jessica said Truman.)
Looks like he's come out with a book about the impact comedy is having on society. Looks interesting
Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Jun. 18 - Let's meet today's contestants:
Sara and Deirdre struck out on their DD opportunities, with Sara losing the most, so it was Deirdre with the lead into FJ at $10,400, followed by Erik with $8,400 and Sara at $5,200.
DD1 - REVOLUTION NOW! - The Euphrates Revolt was an unsuccessful 1920s uprising against the U.K.'s control of this country (Sara lost $5,400 on a true DD.)
DD2 - IN THE LOUVRE - An Italian import: "The Rebellious Slave" (a sculpture); "Ideal Head of a Woman" (a sketch) (Deirdre lost $2,000)
DD3 - ECONOMICS - From Latin for "to look at", they are investors out for short-term profit; their money keeps the markets liquid and efficient (Sara lost $2,800)
FJ - CLASSIC TOYS - This toy was patented in the 1960s as a "liquid filled die agitator"
Everyone was correct on FJ, with Deirdre adding $6,401 to win with $16,801 and a two-day total of $33,200.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one figured out that cock-a-leekie soup uses chicken stock.
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is Iraq? DD2 - Who was Michelangelo? DD3 - What are speculators? FJ - What is the Magic 8 Ball?
Sorry for posting this so long after the fact, but I was away last week and am only catching up on the Jeopardys now.
Okay, let's set the stage so we're all talking about the same thing:
It's the very end of DJ. Diana, the champ, is behind Deirdre, the leader, by $5800: $14,000 to $19,800. At this point, Diana finds DD3. There's just $3600 remaining on the board, and the "less than one minute remaining" call has already been made.
In this situation, is it proper to bet to take the lead, as Diana did? With her $6000 bet, if Diana had gotten it right, it would have been $20,000 to $19,800, a $200 edge, with that same $3600 remaining on the board. If Diana had held onto the lead from that point, this would put Diana in control of her own destiny in FJ. Get FJ right and win (and win big!); get it wrong, and most likely, but not necessarily, lose.
But, as we saw, Diana got it wrong, and fell to $8000. Critically, this is less than half of Deirdre's total, giving Deirdre a runaway at this point. Was Diana's $6000 bet a mistake?
FYI, the contestants are briefed that there are two types of "one minute" calls - the actual "one minute" call, which means that there really is roughly a minute remaining; and the "less than a minute" call, which was the call used here, which could really mean anything. (John Lauderdale, the stage manager, holds up one finger, straight or bent, to signal the time left to Alex.)
Diana was able to get both of the remaining questions on the board correct and just barely climb back up enough to eliminate the runaway. But hoo-boy, that was a huuuuge risk, because you really don't know if you're going to: 1) get to both clues, given that you don't actually know how much time is remaining; 2) know the answer to both clues; and 3) be the first to ring in on both clues. The $1600 clue alone would not have been enough to eliminate the runaway. Diana should have chosen the $2000 clue first, which would have been enough. (We've already seen that Diana hasn't been betting properly in previous episodes.)
Or, should Diana have bet just enough to keep her in contention if she missed, but enough to get closer to Deirdre if she got it right? The maximum bet in this situation that does both here is $4100, which would result in $18,100 on the upside, and $9900 on the downside - exactly half of Deirdre's score. In this scenario, she'd have to be looking for a miss from Deirdre in FJ; or hoping that the three criteria given above come true, allowing Diana to take the lead anyway.
Mind you, I ask this question already knowing that when you're in that studio, there is a lot of pressure on you, and it's very easy to bet incorrectly even if you do know the proper bet - which is exactly what I did under similar circumstances. But I ask because I really don't know - what is Diana's proper bet here?
At this point in the game, I think whether you like the category or not shouldn't really enter into consideration much because Diana's second-place position overrides that. Beyond that, well . . .
What do the odds say in this situation? Any mathematicians among us? Is Alex Jacob around? Maybe if I say his name three times?
Hello everyone, if you have an upcoming teen tournament in-person audition, I'd like to inform you of what you should expect.
I had my audition today in Kansas City. I believe Kansas City was the earliest audition site.
First, you are instructed to take an official Jeopardy pen, an answer sheet, and a piece of cardboard, (to separate sheets) and then you also need to have your completed application form, your parents' completed application form, (which both were attached to the confirmation email) and a list of 5 interesting things about yourself.
Secondly, they explain about the process of the audition and where you and your parents can go, and then ask you to line up to have your picture taken. It's a Polaroid, so they give it back to you to eventually turn in with your other materials. They then separate the kids and parents into two separate rooms. In the parents' room, there are small candies and water; nothing in the kids' room. In the kids' room, though, is a projector, and all the equipment needed for a mock game of Jeopardy, as well as a video camera to tape interviews.
They then offer a short intro to the game where the kids simply raise their hands to get a basic feel for playing through the game. Then, they practice with the specialized Jeopardy pens, as the pen clicker is similar to the signaling device. After everyone has gotten to pick and/or answer at least one clue, they show a short intro video with Alex Trebek himself. He tells you to have fun and good luck. Then, a pre-made video/slideshow with the all of the 50 questions is shown, and you write answers down onto the answer sheet. After the test, all of your materials are collected in a specific order with the cardboard used to separate them, and are taken to be graded.
In KC, we were fortunate enough to have Jimmy from the clue crew there to answer questions and go over anything else about the show. (It was really just meant to stall everyone until the tests were graded)
Then, the main person came back in with all the personal profiles, and randomly called three people up. They used buzzers similar to those in the real game to play a mock version of it. There are only 3 clues in each in each category, instead of the usual 5. It's so more clues can be gotten to more quickly, and more categories can be explored. When one category is finished, another automatically pops up. Approximately 15 clues between the 3 players are played, and then they are told to put their buzzers back on the table in front of them.
After the mock game, the contestants remain standing at the front of the room, and are interviewed, one by one, based on their applications. This process is repeated in groups of three until everyone has had an opportunity to play. During the interview, one of the judges operates the camera, and you are filmed. You aren't really aware of it when you're standing there, though.
Finally, there are some final remarks, and a parting gift (we received earbuds). Then, it's over.
It was interesting, and definitely a cool experience. There were kids from probably 16 or 17 states there, which is impressive, considering 22 people in my audition. Approximately 20,000 teens took the test. Only 200 or so (~1%) were randomly selected from the pool of contestants who passed the test. Of those, 15 will actually be on the show.
If you would like more information about any part of this, or anything other part of the audition, you can comment below or PM me.
Good luck to all of you, whether you've had your audition, are going to have it, or even if you didn't make it. Best wishes!
UPDATE: After 2 emails I got a response and everything is cleared up for my audition! :) If anyone else is having trouble I suggest you send the contestant department an email or two.
I received an email on June 4th stating that I was selected for a follow-up appointment for the Teen Tournament in Washington D.C. on June 23rd at [time].
I had my mom follow the directions given within the email which involved calling the number provided and giving them information on me. She called on June 4th, the day we received the email. However, we never received a follow-up email like it said we would. We waited 10 days before calling again (which is what the email instructed us to do) yesterday, but we have still heard nothing since. I sent an email to the Contestant department yesterday but still no response.
Does anyone have any idea what is going on? The email said please RSVP within 2 days and we did it within 20 minutes of receiving the email so that can't be the problem. Just a little worried since this is my last year I am eligible for the Teen Tournament! (My mom also said it was 100% the right phone number because the greeting was a machine the from jeopardy department.)
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