Tuesday, December 18, 2012


bachelor and bobby-soxer poster

The clue was: This term for a teenage girl of the 1950s referred to ankle socks folded over at the top.

He said: What are bobby socks?

NO NO NO. "Bobby socks" was not the term for the girl. Bobby soxer was!

I can't believe they let him have that.



At 12:02 AM, December 19, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist (LOL!), it seems that they're more lenient on players who are behind near the end of Double Jeopardy -- perhaps in hopes of avoiding a match where the leader can't be caught in Final Jeopardy?

At 12:03 PM, December 20, 2012 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

I would have given it to him, too. In the clue, "referred to ankle socks" is using "referred to" in the sense of "alluded to," but if you read it in the sense of "meant," then you're looking for the word for the socks, not for the girl. This forces you to construe "for a teenage girl of the 1950s" as a parenthetical, even though it's not set off by commas, but I don't think the answer should stand or fall on a point of punctuation.

At 10:13 PM, December 17, 2013 Blogger Rainier Wolfcastle had this to say...

To the poster who talked of leniency to players who are behind late in Double Jeopardy: this was fairly early in regular, not double, jeopardy.

And I agree completely that they should not have given that to him. The wife and I assumed they'd issue a correction after the commercial break.

"Bobby sox" was never a term for a teenage girl, and they should not have accepted this answer.


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