Tuesday, February 08, 2011


The category, Popular Names. The clue:"Leo" means "lion"; this means "lion bold". Keagan said "Leonard." Alex said "No". He managed to guess "Leonardo" before his time ran out.

But for crying out loud. "Leonardo" is simply the Italian (and Spanish and Portuguese) version of "Leonard", which is a Germanic name! How could "Leonard" be wrong and "Leonardo" be right?

If he'd missed that, I think Keagan would have definitely had grounds for complaint.



At 9:56 AM, February 09, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

I wondered at the time if the blame lay with the clue-writers, i.e. if they listed only "Leonardo" as the correct answer, resulting in Alex's initial "No." Presumably a producer cued Alex via ear-piece to try to elicit the other reply in time (which worked).

Of course if Keagan had not given that second response and instead had been penalized for a wrong answer, not only would he have had reasonable grounds to appeal, but the show might well have invited him back for a second appearance -- whereas on last evening's contest he simply lost.

In fairness to Alex, on the whole he's done a remarkably good job of hosting "Jeopardy!" over the decades, what with all the unpredictability involved in wrangling three intelligent human guests per show (assuming Watson doesn't have "attitude"!). Occasionally the ad libs fall flat, but that's equally true for even the most brilliant improv troupes :-)


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