Monday, January 30, 2012

Exemplar

Scheherazade? What 1960s tv show was she in?

Seriously. That is what I think of as a quintessential Jeopardy! question. Category is a clue, and then the clue is
One of her first lines was translated as "You have the face of a wise and gentle caliph."
Now there is no way in hell I'd have known the answer to "What was Jeanie in I Dream of Jeanie's first line?" But asked like this?

And yet the champ missed it! (Didn't wager much and still won...)

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At 5:04 AM, January 31, 2012 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

I got it. The caliph gave it away. Wasn't even sure what it meant, but looked Arabic. The woman who came in second annoyed me--you should never be ahead of someone, get the right answer, & lose due to bad wagering.

 
At 5:06 AM, January 31, 2012 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

BTW, champ didn't win, he came in last. Last shall be first, & the first shall be last, as it were.

 
At 10:27 AM, January 31, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Really? Guess I wasn't paying enough attention, I was so dumbstruck by the question.

 
At 2:27 PM, January 31, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Like Anonymous, husband and I both got it right away because of "caliph." But I'm still slack-jawed over the two contestants last week who missed "What is Central Park West?" for the street bounding the west side of Central Park in the "Stupid Answers" category (see my prior comment re this). Had they never watched, e.g., any of the "Law & Order" oeuvre, "CSI NY," "Castle," or any of a number of other police procedurals set in Manhattan?

 
At 2:46 PM, January 31, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I meant to comment on that, Kathie. I think they probably couldn't believe it would be that simple.

 
At 4:00 PM, January 31, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

You're right, Ridger, there's a tendency (perhaps born of stage-fright?) for contestants occasionally to overthink the lower-value clues, which usually have obvious solutions (even ones NOT in the "Stupid Answers" category!). We'll see what tonight may bring...

 

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