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  1. MrAtoz

    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    See here, for example: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2018/02/09/oxford-comma-lawsuit-settlement/ Always use the Oxford comma if you don't want to lose 5 million bucks! Edited to add: BTW, I work at Ball State, so thanks for the shout-outs, everybody!
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    It's hard to say whether I "got" Final Jeopardy or not. I looked at the clue early on TheJeopardyFan.com, as I often do. I eventually figured out Albany/NY, but I don't know if I would have done it within the 30-second time limit. On the other hand, I got that Vermont-Montpelier clue that tripped up Austin right away, because back in the days when I was memorizing the states and capitals, that's how I remembered Vermont's capital: it's also got a "Mont" in it! 🙂 I thought Barton had the game sewn up at first. He was doing really well early on, and then Lindsey came on strong to overtake him. I thought this was a really good, exciting game. It may have been just my imagination, but I thought Alex looked a bit thinner in his introductory video (which of course would have been taped much later than the game itself was). I hope things go well for him.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I knew Allison Janney instantly. Unfortunately, what I actually said was "Janel Moloney." I knew who it was, but put the wrong West Wing name with her. 😞 Welcome to Elaine/Stavia, and congratulations on your victory. You played well both games. I'm sorry that you didn't have better luck in the second one.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    He, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice all became EGOTs recently, all thanks to the Jesus Christ Superstar TV special that aired last year.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I thought The Man in the Iron Mask, knew it was wrong, and couldn't think of the right title. I would have been reduced to muttering, "You know, the other one."
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    And Sam Rayburn was from Texas, not Illinois. But other than that... 🙂
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I, for my part, was surprised that Teddy was only the second in command. I thought he was in charge of the whole thing.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Here's how it was explained to us in the pre-show briefing when I was on the show: When giving titles (of movies, books, whatever), you can add an article that isn't there, or omit an article that is there, unless that would create a conflict with another title. So, for example, Ralph Ellison wrote a novel called Invisible Man. H.G. Wells wrote a novel called The Invisible Man. If a clue was about the Ellison novel, and you said "What is The Invisible Man?", you would be ruled incorrect because there is another novel called The Invisible Man. On the other hand, Shakespeare wrote a play called Two Gentlemen of Verona. If you answered "What is The Two Gentlemen of Verona?", you would be ruled correct, because there is no other play with the title The Two Gentlemen of Verona. So in this case, I presume they ruled "The Titanic" correct, because there is no movie with that title. It strikes me as a little on the loosey-goosey side, but that's the policy as it was explained to me. Maybe if j5cochran, who was on the show more recently that I was, is reading this, she can tell us if they're still giving that instruction in the briefing.
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    The Jeopardy! All-Star Games

    I can't find it now, but someone upthread noted that Monica beat Ken when they both appeared on the short-lived game show 500 Questions in 2016. People who can beat Ken Jennings at trivia are in short supply, so he probably figured he should snap her up for his team. The teams split the winnings. I think that was mentioned at some point. Which means that Brad, Larissa, and Dave are splitting $1,000,000 three ways. Who do you suppose gets the extra penny? 🙂
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    The Jeopardy! All-Star Games

    Monica won the 2012 College Championship. One could be forgiven for not remembering her; she looks very different now than she did then. I remember her largely because she was so visibly thrilled about winning. She kept shaking her head as if she couldn't believe it was really happening, which I found rather endearing. Leonard won the 2013 Teen Tournament. His winning Final Jeopardy response ("Who is some guy in Normandy, but I just won $75,000!"--he had a runaway victory) greatly amused Alex and went viral. It seems to me that both Monica and Leonard were included largely because their reactions to winning were in some way funny and/or memorable. But they both turned out to be pretty good players, Leonard in particular, despite not having the long runs that the other All-Stars did. I enjoyed the tournament, on the whole. I suspected Brad's team would win--Brad always wins, somehow. If they hadn't had the 5-day limit during his initial run, he might still be the returning champion to this day! 🙂
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    The Jeopardy! All-Star Games

    Not to mention that this tournament is sort of a celebration of them as beloved "all-star" players. I'm sure that's how it was pitched to them. It's a chance for them to share a bit more about themselves, talk about how winning big on Jeopardy! has affected them, update the audience on what they're doing now, and basically celebrate the fact that they did extremely well at a challenging game show that they love. I suspect, from their point of view, this particular tournament is less about the game and a little more about them, the players themselves. So I imagine that it does hurt their feelings a bit that there's been criticism, and that so much of that criticism takes the form of complaints that there's too much time being spent on the contestants and not enough on the game playing. I suspect that it's easy for the contestants to hear that as "Nobody gives a crap about you and your life." I admit that I've been a little surprised by the vehemence of some of the criticism--not so much here, but on other social media platforms like Twitter and such. It's not like this is a permanent change to the format. It's only two weeks, and only a couple of the games are being split over multiple days. For the most part, it's the same game as always. But if you don't like it, it's easily skipped. Just like I skip the Teen Tournament whenever it comes around. 🙂 To actually comment on the most recent episode, I liked Ken's crack about Buzzy when the clue showed a picture of Harold Lloyd. One of the most frequent Twitter comments about Buzzy is that he looks like Harold Lloyd, so that was kind of a fun in-joke.
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    The Jeopardy! All-Star Games

    There are a total of six teams. The first match-up is Buzzy/Colby/Brad, leaving the second match-up to be Ken/Austin/Julia. Each match-up plays two games. So once teams Buzzy/Colby/Brad finish their first game today, they will play a second game on Friday. According to the schedule, game two will be played all in one day. The two games are a total point thing, just like the final round of most tournaments, so whichever team has the most money at the end of the two games advances to the finals. After that, teams Ken/Austin/Julia will play two games. Same deal, team with the most total money advances to the finals. Just like the first match-up, the first game will be spread over two days. Don't ask me how they'll fill the time. Probably more interviews. Then there is the wildcard matchup. That's the three highest scoring non-winning teams. So basically, the lowest scoring of all the teams drops out at this point. The wildcard match-up also plays two games, and the winning team goes to the finals. And finally, the finals will be the three winning teams. Again, two games, total points. So there will be a total of 8 games, spread over 10 days. Whew.
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    What are... Jeopardy! experiences?

    Mostly bill paying, if I'm honest. We did do our annual trip to Walt Disney World, and stayed in a nicer hotel than we usually do. 🙂 Hopefully we'll finally do Route 66 in the next year or two.
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    What are... Jeopardy! experiences?

    They told me that, too, but it actually came earlier than that. I think that 120 days is the maximum time. From talking to other contestants, I have the impression that most people's checks seem to come sooner than promised. When you find an envelope in your mailbox with "Quadra Productions" in the return address, that's it. 🙂
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    What are... Jeopardy! experiences?

    After the shows air, in fact. My final episode aired on July 2, and I got my check in early September.
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