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Post Jeopardy!
on: November 15, 2017, 13:52
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I’ve been into watching Jeopardy’s “Tournament of Champions” this year. Tonight the third finalist will be decided and then I think on Thursday and Friday the three finalists will compete, adding their two-day totals in order to determine the winner.

So far the two finalists are white males. I think something sexist and racist is going on. But I’m glad to report that both of these fellows are real characters. One of them you could even call an oddball. But obviously they earned their way there — not counting the guy who had something like $14,000 going into Final Jeopardy who was in second place and likely would have made it in the semi-finals as a wild card…but he bet it all and lost. If he had bet zero he would have been in the semis. I think the one oddball guy made it in with a smaller wild card total. But nothing ventured nothing gained. And I’d be pretty sure they don’t know the totals from other games when they wager.

I did have a nice moment of Schadenfreude last night. There’s this one little liberal mousy girl who was one of the semi-finalists last night and she just got her ass handed to her by the other two players. Absolute wipeout. And nothing against women players, per se. Jeopardy is the last meritocracy in America. I mean, they really should do something about that game. Women should be able to have easier questions. And races other than white should be given more time or have their buzzers set so they have an advantage buzzing in first, although those of Indian decent (dots, not feathers) have been well represented.

But Jeopardy remains a politically incorrect and therefore racist and sexist entity. It’s all about answering the questions (or, of course, providing the questions, as it were) regardless of your sex or skin color. That’s how backward they are.

But back to chicks: I really liked that one lady, Cindy Stowell, who was a six-time champion this past August or September. But she couldn’t be in the tournament because she succumbed unfortunately to cancer. All contestants, and Alex himself, are wearing a ribbon in this lady’s honor. It’s a nice and fitting touch. Jeopardy even donated a pretty sizable sum of money to cancer research in her name.

I would have been very pleased to see her in the semi-finals or final. But I’m glad the mousy liberal chick got waxed.

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Post Re: Jeopardy!
on: November 15, 2017, 14:55
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I loved Jeopardy as a kid. In those days the host was, I believe, Art Fleming. I recall the cards being pulled up to display the answers as those were the days before everything became digital.

I used to be pretty good at the game, but these days, I notice it takes a bit longer to search my files and come back with the question. I guess my DRAM is degrading.

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Post Re: Jeopardy!
on: November 15, 2017, 17:45
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I think it helps to regularly watch it. I think I'm getting better. Once in a while I know the answer and none of them do. But when it comes do Double Jeopardy, I rarely get it. Last night was a hard one.

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on: November 15, 2017, 20:36
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I used to watch it when young as well, and KFZ is right that Art Fleming was the first host -- which led to a brief appearance in one of the Airplane movies when someone mentioned the plane being in jeopardy. (He was providing the answer to an entry on air disasters -- their own incident, of course). When I watched it as an adult, too many of the categories dealt with entertainment news/history for me to do well. And I think a lot of contestants ring before they know the answer -- they just assume they'll know it.

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on: November 15, 2017, 20:37
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I used to watch it when young as well, and KFZ is right that Art Fleming was the first host -- which led to a brief appearance in one of the Airplane movies when someone mentioned the plane being in jeopardy. (He was providing the answer to an entry on air disasters -- their own incident, of course). When I watched it as an adult, too many of the categories dealt with entertainment news/history for me to do well. And I think a lot of contestants ring before they know the answer -- they just assume they'll know it.

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Post Re: Jeopardy!
on: November 16, 2017, 09:27
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The young Indian kid (dots, not feathers) is the third finalist, so it’s an all-male affair. Someone I think this is deeply unfair. At leasts two of the slots should be reserved for minorities.

One of my favorites last night was the guy who was on the far right. He got wiped out and was never competitive. But he was very good-natured about it. A lot of these contestants you can see are wound a little tight. This appeared to be truly a nice guy.

But the Indian kid has a great face and a nice smile. The two other players are name “Austin” although one of them goes by the name “Buzzy.” He wears these very nerdish round glasses. So the winner will be either him, the oddball Austin, or the Indian guy (dots, not feathers). I have a feeling Buzzy will take it.

Timothy, it does appear that at times the players buzz in hoping to know the answer. I’ve seen many a player crash-and-burn doing just that. But perhaps a certain amount of that is necessary, especially if it’s a category that you are very strong in.

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on: November 17, 2017, 09:10
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In round one of the finals, Buzzy didn’t do so good. Oddball Austin was up and down. He blew a significant amount of money on the Double Jeopardies but eventually finished in a close second behind the Indian kid (dots, not feathers) who had a steady game. Yours truly alone got the Final Jeopardy question right. Oddball Austin had crossed out “iPhone” and wrote in “iPad.” He was right the first time.

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