Jeopardy! recap for Tue., Sept. 18 - Here are today's contestants:
Emily had a chance to take the lead on DD3 but missed, which allowed Kyle to hold first position into FJ with $15.800 vs. $12,000 for Emily and $4,200 for Raymond.
DD1 - ONE-SYLLABLE CITIES Hanseong & Gyeongseong are former names of this world capital (Emily won $1,000)
DD2 - THE LETTERS OF THE LAW - 1973 pro-animal legislation: ESA (Kyle won $2,000)
DD3 - TOMB RAIDER - 16th century knights tried to plunder this tomb in Halicarnassus, but it had already been looted (Emily lost $4,000)
FJ - ANIMAL CHARACTERS - Items bought by this predator: iron bird seed, an iron carrot, earthquake pills & dehydrated boulders
Everyone was correct on what could just as well could have been a $200 first round clue, with Kyle picking up $8,201 to win with $24,001 and a five-day total of $107,602.
Triple Stumper of the day: A clue's reference to the Lancaster Barnstormers didn't lead the players to Pennsylvania chocolatier Hershey.
This day in Trebekistan: Don't try and tell Alex anything about the Chicago Cubs, he's the host of Jeopardy!, after all.
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is Seoul? DD2 - What is the Endangered Species Act? DD3 - What is the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus? FJ - Who is Wile E. Coyote? (Both Kyle and Raymond spelled it "Wiley Coyote" but it was accepted.)
Jeopardy! recap for Wed., Sept. 19 - Introducing today's contestants:
Kyle dominated the first two categories of DJ, then took a couple of missteps and was just able to hang onto the lead going into FJ with $10,000 vs. $9,800 for Jordan and $7,000 for Jonathan.
DD1 - SAY IT 3 TIMES - Say this cliche Lord Harold Samuel gave about the 3 most important things in real estate (Kyle won $1,000)
DD2 - AWARDS & HONORS - Established in 1348, this oldest and highest honor of British knighthood is named for a fashion accessory (Kyle lost $3,000)
DD3 - HERE'S YOUR METAL - This precious metal got its name from a Spanish word for "silver" (Jordan won $2,000)
FJ - 18TH CENTURY AMERICANS - In a famous 1775 speech, he said, "Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston!"
Kyle and Jordan were correct on FJ, with Kyle adding $9,601 to win with $19,601 and a six-day total of $127,203.
That's before our time: No one knew that the rocker who starred in "Change of Habit" was Elvis.
This day in Trebekistan: In the middle of the week and without explanation, Alex was suddenly beardless.
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is "location, location, location". DD2 - What is the Order of the Garter? DD3 - What is platinum? FJ - Who was Patrick Henry?
I swear they used to say something like vacations were "a prize valued at $6000" now they cut away from the description back to the set and simply announce "$6000" without the valued at line. now, I can guess this has something to do with legal or tax reasons but I'm curious if someone knows the exact reason.
Captains in Draft Order (pick based on reverse seed):
Austin Rogers: Long streak and a very broad knowledge base -- can pick up points anywhere. A big better, which can go both ways, has played and looked good recently and has now basically been deeply embedded in Trebekistan for the past 3 years. Expect him to be fresh!
Buzzy Cohen. Looked really good in last years ToC, and had a nice streak in regular play as well, beating good players (like Jerry Vinokurov) and making it look pretty easy. Although his streak was earlier than Austin's, he beat Austin in the ToC, giving Buzzy the advantage.
Colby Burnett: Won his ToC, looked sharp on Decades (beating Tom Nissley and Pam, managed to hang close with Roger). The fact that he didnt have a regular streak means we don't really have much comparable tape on him. FWIW I think he's basically equivalent with Austin and Buzzy, but has some concerns about fresh-ness as he hasn't played in a few years.
Julia Collins. Never seemed like an incredibly buzzer-dominant killer but "all she do is win, win, win no matter what". Probably has the best FJ record of the captains, and a 20-game streak plus a strong "flu-game" performance in her ToC against Ben Ingram and Arthur Chu suggests she is both consistent and can turn it up against top players when she has to.
Ken Jennings. Legend. duh
Brad Rutter. Also legend. Also duh.
Alright, lets get down to the DRAFT!
#1: With the first overall pick Austin selects..... Matt Jackson. Yes, he lost to Alex Jacob in his ToC, but you gotta play the odds here -- Matt looked more dominant during his streak than anyone has in the past 10 years and is still young, hungry, and extremely sharp. His depth of knowledge on any academic subject is basically unmatched. When you can confidantly say you know virtually all possible answer lines in an academic category, that opens up your ability to bet big on DDs and Matt used that to gain huge leads in DJ over opponents. Double Jeopardy is the most important round of the game, and Matt Jackson is the most dangerous DJ player in the pool. Austin in Single/Final Jeopardy and Matt in Double Jeopardy is an incredibly strong 1-2 punch.
#2: With the second pick Buzzy selects.... Alex Jacob. Stared Matt Jackson down shortly after Matt's streak and beat him. Alex's knowledge base might not be as deep as Matt's, but it's broader in key Jeopardy areas like pop culture. Final Jeopardy could be a weakness, as his stats are poor there, but those are dragged down by a few $0-bet joke answers due to runaways. Bottom line, Alex is a recent, dominant megachamp who is a professional on the big stage and has definitely been waiting for his supertournament chance. He's the perfect counter to play against Matt Jackson, Brad, or Ken in Double Jeopardy if it comes down to it! Buzzy/Alex for Single/Double Jeopardy is an equally ferocious combo
#3: With the third pick Colby Burnett selects.... Roger Craig. BotD finalist, the only one in the field who has played against BOTH Ken and Brad. Somewhat reckless in his betting which might scare some captains off, but the truth is, it's not that complicated: Roger has supertournament experience at the highest levels, crushed his opponents in his ToC with Jeopardy's only double-double (!!), and holds the single-day scoring title. You PLAY to WIN the GAME, and that's how Roger Craig lives his life.
#4: Julia Collins drafts: Larissa Kelly. Widely considered the best female Jeopardy player until, well, Julia Collins. Larissa has supertournament experience, great depth (especially in academic trivia) and was thrashing her opponents, only to be stymied by a triple-stumper and some slick betting from Russ that cut her BotD run short. Julia had an incredible track record in FJ during her run, so with Larissa projecting as a DJ player and Julia in FJ, this team looks prepared to take on any challenging core.
#5: Ken Jennings drafts: Ben Ingram. Unprecedently good at Final Jeopardy during his original run and ToC, but also showed he can rack up points in J/DJ with the best of them. His ToC performance cemented that he has strengths all across the canon, but he can especially shine in Final Jeopardy. A huge pickup for a captain that needs no help in Double Jeopardy.
#6: Brad Rutter selects: Pam Mueller. Supertournament player, that has spent a long time in the trivia world. Played well in BotD, though looked like the odd one out when she played against Roger Craig and Colby. Rumor has it that they have some good personal chemistry (??), which might help everyone play a little calmer and better.
#7: Austin selects: Alan Lin. Had a higher combined Coryat score than both Buzzy and Austin in their ToC, but as both FJ's were triple stumpers, he ended up losing a lot of his lead there. His original run was decent, and he showed up in the ToC against two flashier opponents and made them look very beatable. This team looks like it's shaping up as Alan/Matt/Austin for J/DJ/FJ and is a damn good team for it!
#8: Buzzy selects: Seth Wilson. Had a hot streak in his original run but didnt perform well in his ToC...projects as a low-risk, very competant player for J!, but may lack the firepower to compete with first-round talent. Team projected to be Seth/Alex/Buzzy, with the reigining ToC champ in the decisive FJ role despite missing both Fj's last time around (overall Buzzy was quite good at FJ)
#9: Colby selects: Monica Thieu. As a college champion she didn't impress me much, as it seemed like she rode her FJ prowess (on college Finals) to victory over opponents who generally outscored her in J and DJ. However, she was a freshman in her tournament run and therefore has the potential to have improved massively since her appearance. Has appeared on other Game Shows so we know she's been keeping sharp, but there's a lot of boom/bust potential here. Team projects as Monica/Roger/Colby, or Monica/Colby/Roger, depending on how much you'd prefer to keep Roger's bet-it-all instincts in check.
#10: Julia Collins selects: David Madden. Super hard to project how he'll do. The first post-KJ mega-streak holder, but hasnt done any Jeopardy or game show appearances in a decade-plus. Didnt make his ToC finals and didnt play BotD. He's stayed in the professional trivia world as the head of National history Bee/Bowl, but how well does running high-school trivia tournaments translate to high-level jeopardy play against the best of the best? On top of those uncertainties, he's got a reputation as a difficult egomaniac which could scare people off towards safer picks. Still, for a bottom-three pick he's clearly got the most upside. If Julia as captain can keep his ego in check this team can be very dangerous as a David/Larissa/Julia three-headed monster of seasoned long-time trivia champs.
#11: Ken Jennings selects: Leonard Cooper. As much as I love this kid (he gave us the greatest grantland article of all time! http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-jeopardy-teen-tournament-just-got-real/) I can't take a chance on him earlier in the draft. He projects the same as Monica (OK tournament win, young + could have gotten better, but largely untested in big-time play) but slightly worse because he didn't outright win his semi-final game and the teen tournament is easier than college. Slot him in for single Jeopardy and hope he can hang with the rest or hit on a nice DD. Team projecting as Leonard/Ken/Ben, which should be a thrill to watch
#12: Finally, Brad Rutter selects: Jennifer Giles. She won her teacher's tournament but got pretty thoroughly outclassed in her ToC QF and didnt make the next round. A low-value/low-risk pick that you could slot in for single Jeopardy and feel OK about it. Not much else to say except that any team featuring Brad (and Pam) has the talent to go deep in this tournament and Jennifer/brad/Pam is as solid a lineup as you could hope for.
Final team assessments!
Leonard/Ken/Ben: Ben is the X factor here, giving this team the edge in FJ it will need to close out games, as runaways seem virtually impossible against such good competition
Alan/Matt/Austin: No weaknesses. Alan appears to be the best player slotted for Single Jeopardy, and if he can get a lead and Matt can keep it against strong competition, Austin should be able to play FJ from a position of strength.
Seth/Alex/Buzzy: Essentially equivalent to the Alan/Matt/Austin team, no weaknesses, and perhaps even slight edges in DJ and FJ. Alex Jacob's gambling tendencies could be the decisive factor.
Jennifer/Brad/Pam: To be the best, you gotta beat the best. And Brad Rutter is the best jeopardy player of all time. With Pam as a solid FJ getter, this team just needs Jennifer to stay alive and not make mistakes in Jeopardy.
David/Larissa/Julia: Possibly the deepest team overall, any of these players has the potential for a superstar round. A true three-headed monster, but some question marks about consistency from David and Larissa.
Monica/Roger/Colby: This team will live or die by Roger's performance in DJ. If Roger swings for the fences and connects on a massive DD, Colby is more than capable of cruising the team to victory in FJ.
Is there any kinda Jeopardy VOD service cause if there was I would pay at max 20$ a month to access every episode of the past couple years and like access famous episodes and such.
Apologies if this has already been discussed. But were these episodes not filmed months ago? How does a voting contest work if this already happened? And today, Alex said, "The votes are still coming in!" Did they film that recently and splice it in? Or was he prognosticating?
Do the writers know in advance whether their quintet of clues are jeopardy or double jeopardy? The implication is they adjust for the latter to be harder since they are known in advance to be worth more. Following from that is final jeopardy taken from a proposed quintet of clues for a category with 4 discarded or are they written in advance to be the last clue. Perhaps there is a risk that they can be leaked if the writers know in advance the final clue given the money at stake.
Something else I was wondering is what happens if all contestants fail to make double jeopardy. How would money be allocated in this scenario according to the rules
Kyle was answering three countries--Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania--and he stalled just a bit between his 2nd and 3rd answer and Alex said that the barely got in the 3rd answer.
Was he rushed in comparison to someone who is pondering an answer? Seems Alex gives a person about 2 seconds and then mention's the person's name, questioning like: John? (as in do you have it?). And Alex gives them about 1 more second.
Seems Kyle got rushed way more. Am I wrong?
Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Sept. 17 - Introducing today's contestants:
Kyle got off to a fast start and led at every commercial break, while both Reese and Christine performed well, making it a three-way battle into FJ with Kyle at $17,600, Resse with $12,400 and Christine at $9,000.
DD1 - STATE SONGS - "In its fair Western home, may the Columbine bloom till our great mountain rivers run dry" (Kyle won $1,200 on a true DD.)
DD2 - SPECIFIC GENERAL HISTORY - Known by a "colorful" nickname, he got the rank of General of the Armies of the U.S. in September 1919 (Christine lost $1,000)
DD3 - STRIPES IN THE FLAG - Stripes were added for Vermont and Kentucky, so the star-spangled banner that flew over Fort McHenry had this many (Reese won $3,200 on a true DD.)
FJ - 20TH CENTURY NOVELS - "I've killed my brother" is said near the end of this 1952 book with a Biblical title and a plot echoing a Biblical story
For the second straight game, only Kyle was correct on FJ, adding $7,201 to win with $24,801 and a four-day total of $83,601.
That's before our time: No one knew the trio who performed the 1965 no. 1 hit "Back in My Arms Again" is The Supremes.
This day in Trebekistan: As he had done previously with his mustache, Alex pretended that the votes and suggestions were coming in about his Clooney/Connery/professorial beard.
One more thing: Draft day for the upcoming All-Star Games will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. Pacific, available for viewing on Facebook.
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is Colorado (Kyle's home state)? DD2 - Who was Pershing? DD3 - What is 15? FJ - What is "East of Eden"?
Hi all, a little off topic but something that may be helpful to many on here:
I download the episodes provided by /u/jibjabjrjr whenever I miss the live airing, and I was wondering if anyone had a method to automatically follow and download them. I've tried a few methods with RSS feeds, but I'm not great at it and can't figure out how to automatically parse the Google links. Any ideas?
Jeopardy! recap for Fri., Sept. 14 - Today's contestants are:
Kyle was correct on his DD opportunity in DJ while Andrew missed his, and that was the difference in Kyle having a runaway at $20,800 vs. $10,200 for Andrew, while Riley finished in the red at -$400.
DD1 - MULTI-WORD CAPITAL CITIES - Developed by King Norodom, this capital city lies at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac & Tonle Sap Rivers (Andrew won $1,000)
DD2 - 1973 - His death on Jan. 22, 2 days after Nixon’s second inauguration, left no living ex-U.S. Presidents (Andrew lost $3,000)
DD3 - LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - Dizzy Gillespie & Diana Krall are among those who have played at this musical event first held in Northern California in 1958 (Kyle won $1,000)
FJ - SPORTS HALLS OF FAME - Posthumously, Axel Paulsen was among the first group of inductees into the World Hall of Fame for this in 1976
Only Kyle was correct on FJ but he chose to stand pat at $20,800 for a three-day total of $58,800.
Judging the writers: A clue made reference to a "fitting hit" performed by Bonnie Tyler on a cruise ship, which appeared to lead Riley to an incorrect response. Alex then explained that there was an eclipse as she sang "Total Eclipse of the Heart", but the players can't be blamed for wondering why that song was "fitting" when there wasn't much in the clue to make that clear.
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is Phnom Penh? DD2 - Who was LBJ? DD3 - What is the Monterey Jazz Festival? FJ - What is figure skating?
Any Boston area fans who are living under a rock, the gas explosions near Lawrence mean they’re running over with the news and probably won’t be off the air any time soon.
There’s video from (I forget the username) on today’s game thread.
btw, tomorrow is Patriots All Access so J! will be bumped
Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Sept. 13 - Let's meet today's contestants:
Kyle found DD3 from second position and was able to tie up the contest with Shawn, then kept moving forward to secure first place going into FJ with $16,800 vs. $12,000 for Shawn and $6,600 for Lauren.
DD1 - I GOT A FEVER - Random House defines this "fever" as "greed and excitement caused by" it and dates the term to the 1840s (Kyle lost $2,000)
DD2 - ARTS & CULTURE - He had nothing to do with the title, but Aaron Copeland said, "I've begun to see the" mountains "myself" on hearing this piece (Shawn lost $1,600)
DD3 - CONTRACTIONS - A 2015 book says that for over 200 years, this word "has been knocking at the door of standard English" but is still shunned (Kyle won $4,000)
FJ - BEFORE THEY BECAME PRESIDENT - On October 4, 1940, for the premiere of what's been called his most famous movie role, Ronald Reagan was in this city
This season's FJ hot streak came to an abrupt halt, as surprisingly no one was correct.
This should have resulted in a win for Shawn, but instead of betting just enough to cover a possible double-up by Lauren, he lost $8,000, finishing with $4,000. This allowed Kyle to escape with the victory when he dropped $7,201 to $9,599 for a two-day total of $38,000.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one was able to provide the product in the ad slogan "We got the fever for the flavor of a Pringle's".
This day in Trebekistan: Alex doesn't have the rhythm down of the "gimme gimme gimme" lyrics from "Honky Tonk Women", and thinks his body looks a lot like Neptune's.
Correct Qs: DD1 - What is gold fever? DD2 - What is "Appalachian Spring"? DD3 - What is ain't? FJ - What is South Bend, Indiana?