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Jeopardy: Just Noticed This

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by waynomo, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    No, but they don't actually work until after.
     
  2. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

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    Also, my understanding is that if you buzz in early, you get some kind of penalty where your buzzer is locked out for some small fraction of a second. This way, there's no point in you just spamming the button before Alex is done with the hopes of one of your clicks hitting right when they go active.
     
  3. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    There is a light around the board that TV viewers can't see. You can only (properly) buzz in once it's lit up, and it lights up the instant he finishes reading. Buzz in too early, you are locked out just long enough for someone else to buzz in.

    So yeah, buzzer management is a key skill to master.
     
  4. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Do you have any idea of the mechanics of how this works? Is there a person? Sound activated?
     
  5. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

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    I heard that it's a guy. But it's always the same guy, so it's got the same rhythm all the time, leading to an advantage for the returning champion.
     
  6. MarkofT

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    in various interviews I've seen for Ken Jennings, he claimed that it wasn't just his knowledge that kept him winning, but his skill in hitting the button as soon as possible so he could answer the questions he knew.
     
  7. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Anybody watch Friday's show? From contestant standpoint this has to be one of the worst showings in a long time.
     
  8. tlrowley

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    That threw me as well - with the date, I didn't guess Truman. But it wasn't about the bombs, it was about Roosevelt's death and Truman being sworn in as President.
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    DevdogAZ

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    Kind of makes sense, though. If you allow a minor misspelling, then where do you draw the line between that and a larger misspelling. Would it be OK if the contestant spelled something phonetically? I think a hard-line rule of "the answer has to be spelled right to be right" is really the only sensible way to deal with something like that.

    Although Trebek could have been less of an ass about it. Admittedly, the answer looks all kinds of wrong when you just glance at it, but there was only one extra letter in there, and the judges had clearly had time to look it over and make a decision.
     
  11. Aug 5, 2013 #111 of 923
    waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    It's funny. That show was the first show I have missed in quite some time.

    I was going to be out for the evening and I wanted to transfer a movie over from the PC so my wife could watch it. I wanted to have the TiVo dedicated to transferring the movie so it wouldn't pause while my wife was watching so I canceled all recordings for that evening including Jeopardy. It was no big deal for any of the others since they would all be repeated later. But of course not Jeopardy.

    Then I watch Thursday's show and of course Alex mentions the kid setting the record. And now this controversy!
     
  12. Aug 5, 2013 #112 of 923
    waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    And for the record I now agree with the point you make. "This" is a clue telling you what they are looking for. After watching a bit more carefully over the last month or so, I do see this come up quite a bit in clues. I just never payed that close attention to it before I guess. (And it is not just in FJ.)
     
  13. Aug 5, 2013 #113 of 923
    astrohip

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    FJ has different rules than regular Jeopardy. They will allow misspelling, as long as the word is otherwise correct. So phonetically is generally allowed. But if the misspelling creates a different word--emanciptation is not emancipation--then it will not be accepted.

    So if the answer is "John Deere", they would allow "John Dear".
     
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    Marco

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    But "emanciptation" isn't "another" word because it isn't a word.
     
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    astrohip

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    What I meant is it's not the actual word, phonetic or not. It's another word, regardless of whether that word actually exists. You're being petty, the point is it's the wrong word.

    Here's a comment from the Jeopardy forum, that I think covers it well...

    Could Alex have been kinder in his reaction? Sure. But the kid was still wrong.

    No one commenting on the winner's bet? He risked a Clavin!:eek:
     
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    nickels

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    I TiVo Jeopardy so I am still mid-last week. Anyone catch the 10 year old girl playing on Tuesday? She was part nervous, part cute, and part goofball. I loved her, but she was an odd one. I cracked up when she tried to buzz in during her "Double Jeopardy" clue. Hilarious kid!
     
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    waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Pretty much agree. Cute.
    We've seen adults buff in during their DJ clue. I think it just happened within the last month.
     
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    busyba

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    Do you even watch the show????


    :D
     
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    busyba

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    The 10 year old was too cute for words.
     
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    waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    And you have seen something like this happen on FJ? I get the feeling that you have a ton more experience watching the show than I do.

    I am not sure dear/deer/deere is fair either.

    FWIW - I would suck at FJ as I am a really poor speller. (Among other reasons.) :)
     

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