Thursday, February 03, 2011

A perfect example

This is what I think of as the quintessential Jeopardy! question:
A deep ravine that's often dry in summer, it shares its name with a "grand" dam in Washington state.
The first part of the question might have led me to "arroyo", as it did one of the contestants, but the format of the full thing gave me the answer: though I had no idea what a "coulee" was, I knew the dam.



At 11:39 AM, February 04, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Ridger, I experienced EXACTLY the same though processes as you re: Grand Coulee.

BTW, were you as astonished as we a few nights ago when the leader going into Final Jeopardy did a "Cliff Claven" -- waged her entire winnings on the final answer, then missed it, winding up with $0? Husband and I couldn't believe anyone would do that when it was unnecessary in order to win. She looked way too young to have seen "Cheers" when it originally aired, and probably never saw that epi in reruns either.

Of course, we also couldn't believe that none of that night's three contestants could get such an easy clue (name two of the three US Presidents who didn't complete their second term in office). Guess those hand-wringers lamenting the state of American education lately haven't been kidding.

At 1:03 PM, February 04, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Actually, I missed that episode. I did hear Alex say the Final was "very hard" and that two of the contestants ended up with $0, but he didn't give all the details.

At 2:19 PM, February 06, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Ridger, I've been waiting for your pre-match commentary on, "IBM prepares for machine-vs.-man 'Jeopardy!' showdown":

A lot probably hinges on the style of the clues. There seem to be whole formulas that confuse Watson, so it'll wind up being a matter of how many of those are in the game (versus more straightforward ones that Watson can solve correctly as well as fastest).

Your call?


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